Make no mistake, the music industry is a horrible polluter. Massive Attack has studied ways to reduce their emissions along with a little help from Manchester University.
By Bubba Krishnamurti
In 2019, Massive Attack revealed details of a collaborative project with Manchester University’s Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research to study the live music industry’s impact on climate change — as well as offer steps which the industry could take to mitigate its carbon footprint and decarbonize all together. The Tyndall Centre used Massive Attack’s performances to create a report on how they can curtail their carbon footprint. The team planned an exemplar show slated for October 2020 yet those plans were derailed due to the pandemic. In the interim, the band has now shared a short film outlining the study. The film was created by Anthony Tombling Jr for Unit 3 Films, sound design and narration was headed by Robert Del Naja, and show footage was provided by Ground Work affiliate Will Dohrn.
“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,” Del Naja told media. “So we opted to design that change ourselves, to put together the identities and circumstances to push through and show that it’s possible.”
The film hosts discussions with Tyndall’s Carly McLachlan, Liverpool’s Director of Culture Claire McColgan, Forest Green Rovers – the world’s first vegan and carbon neutral soccer team, and other industry insiders.
Watch the film now.