Massive Attack presented a plan to make music concerts more eco-friendly

    11 Dec 2021

    The British band Massive Attack, together with scientists from the Tyndall Center for Climate Change Research in Manchester, presented a plan to reduce carbon emissions at music concerts.


    Main recommendations


    •       refusal of flights;
    •       service of concerts by electric cars;
    •       rejection of diesel generators at concerts;
    •       use of renewable electricity sources in concert halls.


    As frontman Robert Del Naya emphasizes, change is possible only with the participation of all players in the music industry.

    Massive Attack is a British electronic music duo of Robert Del Nay and Grant Marshall, founded in 1988.

    According to the band’s frontman, Massive Attack has already given up disposable plastic, sponsors tree planting and, if possible, travels to music performances by train.

    Following an extremely difficult & frustrating period for live music during the COVID-19 pandemic, Massive Attack are now pleased to publish and offer as an open resource to industry the Roadmap to Super Low Carbon Live Music, commissioned by the band & produced by the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research – a specialist body that brings together scientists, engineers, economists, and social scientists to accelerate society’s transition to a sustainable low carbon future and avert climate catastrophe. The band also wrote:

    “As an immediate response to this substantive exploration, we’ve designed 6 major emissions reduction modules for our 2022 tour, to trial implementation, carry out modelling on interactive practicalities and transferabilities, and to then bring all project learning together in a major UK testbed show to proliferate change.

    We’re also excited to be working with industrialist Dale Vince and Ecotricity to design bespoke convergence partnerships with a variety of music arenas and venues – so we can create far greater renewable energy capacity for the UK grid, help train event staff to run and generate sustainable operations, and to introduce vegan food options in front and back of house set ups.

    In relation to the roadmap overall, we’re pleased that the UK music industry now has a comprehensive, independent, and scientifically produced formula to facilitate its own compatibility with the Paris/1.5 degrees climate targets. Given the unique profile, reach and emotional resonance of our art form, it’s crucial that live events lead the way in these urgent developments, and that as a sector overall our actions match our words.”


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