From the gas it takes to get to a concert to the waste produced during the show to the air miles artists log touring from city to city, it’s no secret that the live music space is a major source of carbon emissions.
Massive Attack is taking on the issue in a new short film released Thursday (Oct. 29) addressing the group’s efforts to produce low-carbon and carbon-neutral performances.
“As a touring band,” Massive Attack’s Robert Del Naja says in the film, “we’ve always been aware the damage our industry and its behavior does to the environment.”
The legendary electronic group worked together with the UK’s legendary Tyndall Center for Climate Research to come up with solutions to look at the carbon emissions from their own tours and what they can do to change it. Together, along with city officials and the green energy company Ecotricity, they planned an exemplary show in Liverpool in 2020.
“We found partners that were prepared to take a risk with us and create a catalyst that shows extremely low-carbon and ultimately carbon-neutral events are not only possible,” Del Naja says, “but also viable and conducive to the experience of live art and live music.”
While the show was canceled due to the pandemic, the film urges those within the music industry to “use this time to plan and embrace seismic change.”
“As well as the havoc the pandemic reaps across our lives,” Del Naja says, “there’s also the opportunity within that enforced hiatus to reflect and to change. We came to the realization that our industry couldn’t or wouldn’t move fast enough for live music to play its part in rapid decarbonization, so we opted to design that change ourselves to put together the identities and circumstances to push for it and show that it’s possible.”
Watch the film below.