Massive Attack release new film on the music industry’s impact on climate change

Robert Del Naja, Massive Attack

The band have shared a new short film on climate change.

Last year, Massive Attack announced that they’d teamed up with Manchester University’s Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research to investigate the live music sector’s impact on climate change, and ways in which the industry can decarbonise. Tyndall Centre analysed the band’s live shows to create a report on how they can reduce their carbon footprint. Whilst an exemplar show for planned for October 2020, the event hasn’t taken place due to the pandemic. Instead, the band have now shared a short film on the topic, created by Anthony Tombling Jr for Unit 3 Films. Sound design and narration has been helmed by Robert Del Naja, with show footage provided by Ground Work affiliate Will Dohrn.

“We came to the realisation that our industry couldn’t, or wouldn’t, move fast enough for live music to play its part in rapid decarbonisation,” Del Naja said. “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 features interviews with Tyndall’s Carly McLachlan, Liverpool’s Director of Culture Claire McColgan, Forest Green Rovers – the world’s first vegan and carbon neutral football club – and more. Watch the film below.