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Massive Attack to stage “super-low carbon emissions show” in Liverpool

By | Published on Wednesday 4 December 2019

Massive Attack

Having just announced plans to take climate scientists out on the road with them next year, in order to study the environmental impact of their touring, Massive Attack have now confirmed a “super-low carbon emissions show” in the UK.

As with their wider touring data analysis plans, this show is being put together in collaboration with the University Of Manchester’s Tyndall Centre For Climate Change Research. It will take place as part of the cultural programme of the Good Business Festival in Liverpool, which aims to engage the “power of business to effect positive change”.

The show will act as a pilot for various ideas on how to reach a carbon neutral live business, looking at improvements that can be made to areas including band, crew and equipment transportation, production power, catering options, audience transportation, merchandising and show sponsorship.

“We’re looking forward to exploring the social and scientific solutions to the challenges we face in transitioning to a low carbon society”, says the band’s Robert Del Naja. “This project offers an opportunity to work with new and progressive identities in the planning, energy, technology and transport sectors”. It comes, he adds, “after years of participation in large scale music events that have had questionable sponsors on the ticket and, too often, very little enthusiasm for meaningful change”.

Director of the Good Business Festival, Claire McColgan, adds: “As both a festival and a city, we are proud to be working with Massive Attack on this unprecedented event. We are committed to supporting bold, positive action and the Liverpool show is a prime example of how change can be driven from leading industry figures, whatever the sector. We’re keen to see how these learnings can be applied quickly and widely to all appropriate content moving forward”.

Find out more about the Good Business Festival here.