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Massive Attack's first UK show in five years will set "new standards for the decarbonisation of live music"

The show, 'Act 1.5', is an all-day. large-scale climate action accelerator event at Bristol's Clifton Downs in summer 2024

  • 13 December 2023
Massive Attack's first UK show in five years will set "new standards for the decarbonisation of live music"

Massive Attack have announced their first UK show in five years, with the event set to mark a new height for the band's 25 years of climate activism.

The show, titled 'Act 1.5', promises to be the first physical fruition of Massive Attack's collaboration with climate scientists and analytsts from the renowned Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, including the band's commissioning of the only Paris 1.5 compatible roadmap for the decarbonisation of the live music sector.

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Measures for decarbonisation at the event, set for August 25 next year at Clifton Downs, include a local pre-sale for Bristol, Bath Gloucestershire, Swindon and Taunton postcodes to dissuade private car travel, a 100% renewable energy-powered site, a rail incentive initiative, a meat free arena, free post-show electric shuttles to main rail hubs, a 100% zero to landfill waste removal, and, as a legacy of the show, the creation of "a new climate resilient woodland plantation in the South West region" in parternship with Train Hugger and the Royal Forestry Society.

The duo have said that they're "chuffed to play our home city again and to be able to do it in the right way."

"In terms of climate change action there are no excuses left; offsetting, endless seminars and diluted declarations have all been found out - so live music must drastically reduce all primary emissions and take account of fan travel."

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Robert Del Naja and Grant Marshall had planned a "prototype" of the event in Liverpool, but were thwarted by a combination of the global pandemic and the band's boycott of an Arms Fair being held in the venue.

The Merseyside city became the first city in the world to commit to a global gold standard of Paris 1.5 compatible carbon reductions as a condition for licensing major live music events.

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Tibor Heskett is Mixmag's Digital Intern, follow him on Twitter

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