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Massive Attack plan low carbon Bristol gig

Featured Image: Platonova Alina/ CC BY-SA 3.0/ Edited for size

Featured Image: Platonova Alina/ CC BY-SA 3.0/ Edited for size

Massive Attack are aiming to deliver a gig with the lowest carbon footprint of any concert of its size when they play a homecoming show in the UK city of Bristol next year. 

The event will be called Act 1.5 and will take place on The Downs on August 25. It is set to be powered entirely by battery and solar power, according to reports. This will include production, catering and lighting.

The show will also prioritise meat-free food and drink traders that can demonstrate they buy their products locally. There will also be incentives for music fans to travel by train, and electric shuttle buses to take ticket-holders from the central train station to the concert site.

Additionally, there are plans to plant a new woodland in the Bristol area in conjunction with sustainable travel charity Train Hugger and The Forestry Commission. Massive Attack also revealed that vehicles used for the concert will be electric or fuelled by HVO (hydrotreated vegetable oil) fuel.

Those living in Bristol and Bath, and the neighbouring counties of Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Somerset, will have access to priority tickets. The pre-sale went live this morning (Wednesday).

In a tweet, Massive Attack said: “The Downs show next Aug will be the lowest carbon event of its scale ever staged and Massive Attack fans will play a vital role in that achievement. Art and music can lead the way on climate action and climate justice, but our own house must be in order first.”

Massive Attack have traditionally been outspoken on politics and environmental issues. The Triphop collective travelled by train between shows in Europe in 2019, and the band also created a guide for the music industry on how to combat climate change, in collaboration with the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, in 2021.