Massive Attack address live music and climate change in short film

“We have always been aware of the damage our industry and its behavior does to the environment.”

Massive Attack have shared a short film about climate change and the live music industry. The eight-minute clip was made with the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, which the group commissioned to investigate and report on how the live music industry can be decarbonized.

“We have always been aware of the damage our industry and its behavior does to the environment,” Massive Attack’s Robert Del Naja shared in the film. “Through the years, we have taken steps to mitigate our carbon footprint, but these steps have always been unilateral.”

Del Naja explained that the coin dropped for Massive Attack when they read the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report on the human involvement in global warming. As a follow-up to both the UN report and the Tyndall Centre’s recommendations, Massive Attack planned an ambitious live show in Liverpool that aimed to prove that carbon-neutral shows are possible on a grand scale.

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The ensuing remainder of the Anthony Tombling Jr-directed film addresses the complex future the live music industry faces in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. A range of experts appear in the visual to lend their perspective on decarbonising the touring industry, such as Tyndall Centre’s Carly McLachlan and Liverpool’s Director of Culture Claire McColgan.

In July, Massive Attack released an audio-visual project Eutopia featuring Algiers, Saul Williams and Young Fathers. The three-track EP discussed the climate crisis, tax havens and universal basic income with assistance from academics in those fields.

Watch Massive Attack’s short film here:

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Massive Attack X Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research from Unit 3 Films on Vimeo.

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