Massive Attack’s 3D calls on government plan to reduce music industry carbon footprintIt’s a big task that needs big ideas.

The music industry certainly talks the zero carbon talk but will it ever take the walk. Many bands are trying to work out a new way but it’s not as easy as it looks. There is no infrastructure and transport links are often disjointed and messy as anyone who has tried to tour by taking trains instead of vans can testify. Then there is the practicality of moving kit around from venue to venue and also festivals which can be wasteful despite the good work of organisations like A Greener Festival.

One of the key drivers in the green thinking for music and touring is 3D from Massive Attack who has called on the government for a plan to ensure the live music industry meets climate targets. He has commissioned a report on carbon emissions in the music business from the University of Manchester. The report feels that, of course, the music business and musicians should take some of the responsibility in what can be a very wasteful industry but there was also a feeling that far more can be done by the government.

 “Where’s the industrial plan for the scale of the transformation that’s required for the UK economy and society? It doesn’t seem to exist. The live music industry, especially after Brexit, is so important to national identity and self-esteem. It’s one of the few areas you could describe as genuinely world-class and has a vast social and economic value, as well-reported, generating over £4.6bn for the economy every year and employing thousands of dedicated people. But where is the government planning to support the rate of adaption we’re going to need to hit compatibility with [the Paris agreement]? It doesn’t seem to exist. The data [from the report] is not surprising, it’s the strategy that’s missing here.”


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Award winning journalist and boss of Louder Than War. In a 30 year music writing career, John was the first to write about bands such as Stone Roses and Nirvana and has several best selling music books to his name. He constantly tours the world with Goldblade and the Membranes playing gigs or doing spoken word and speaking at music conferences.


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