"Has the music industry finally started to wake up and smell the burning forests?" - The Face writes in its introduction to the article about music and climate change. The Face breaks down some efforts being made in music streaming, vinyl, festivals, NFT, and touring in order to help the environment.

Massive plan
September 06, 2021

Massive Attack share plan for climate

Massive Attack have released their climate plan aiming to restructure the music industry, in order to combat the climate crisis, Guardian reports. Years in the making, the findings of their partnership with the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, the plan is proposing a course of action for the “urgent and significant reassembly” of the music industry. Required actions include the immediate elimination of private jet use, a switch to electric transportation for concerts and festivals, and, by 2025, phasing out diesel generators at festivals.

"At the beginning of this year, Taiwan was suffering from its worst drought in the past 50 years. Despite a history of frequent rainfall and summer typhoons, reservoirs and lakes across the country were drying up. In an effort to inspire the skies and encourage reflection on environmental conservation, ANKR traveled to the largest reservoir in Dapu, Taiwan, at the time completely dry, to film a live performance in the heart of the basin with fellow Taiwanese musician A.P.R.A." - ex-directory introduces and interviews the former, Taiwanese team of film producers, sound artists, and photographers.

Joe Duplantier

“I think having hope for the future is a default setting that we have. We choose to be in that energy that wants to succeed" - French prog-metal quartet Gojira say to Guardian about their newest album 'Fortitude', which explores the climate crisis. "We were confronted by nature hurting all the time, and nature hurting hurts you” - says vocalist and guitarist Joe Duplantier, who grew up in a French coastal town with his brother Mario, the drummer in Gojira. They deal with recent issues on their new album, such as deforestation on their single 'Amazonia' - “The greatest miracle is burning to the ground”, as they sing.

How about an e-bike tour?
April 30, 2021

Can the recovery from Covid-19 be green?

"If the music industry can get its own house in order, maybe it can set the tone for a journey out of the climate crisis" - Guardian argues in an article about the possible transition of the music industry - everything from recorded to live music - from carbon-exhausting to green, and in doing so, set an example for the society as a whole. Some have already started - British independent label Ninja Tune is divesting its funds and pensions from fossil fuels, it is installing renewable energy systems in its London headquarters and it is encouraging the pressing plants that supply its vinyl to switch to green energy. Brian Eno's Earth Percent is aiming to raise $100m (£72m) by 2030 from the industry itself to transition towards sustainability. Beggars Group also announced major new carbon reduction commitments. The dance music scene is taking steps too - Last Night a DJ Took a Flight report argued that tours could be routed more efficiently, local scenes and artists could be better nurtured to reduce the pull of foreign superstars, and exclusivity clauses (where artists can’t play more than one show locally) could be challenged.

Pitchfork looks back at 40 years of albums by "pop stars to metal urchins to avant experimentalists" covering the issue of climate danger. The list goes back to The Clash and Dead Kennedys, and also covers today's pop stars such as Grimes and Billie Eilish, as well as metal heroes Cattle Decapitation, avant-guard artist Babe, Terror, and indie-rock heroine The Weather Station.

Adam Met from the pop trio AJR wrote an outline for eco-friendly touring, including the ways in which everyone - artists, agents, promoters, venues, fans - can participate in technological, agricultural, and psychological solutions. For agents it would mean connecting flydates in ways that permit less travel, encouraging less private plane usage, and choosing the most direct bus routes. Venues could transition to electricity from renewable sources, standardize the requirements for food and drink vendors to use local farms and move away from single-use plastics...

Music journalist Greg Cochrane and Savages drummer Fay Milton have launched a new podcast Sounds Like a Plan which aims to shine a light on the music community’s fight against the climate crisis, NME reports. Launched this month, SLAP will feature an “inspiring climate advocate from the music community" like The 1975’s manager Jamie Oborne, Radiohead’s Ed O’Brien, and Melvin Benn, director of Festival Republic, which includes Reading + Leeds, Latitude...

Canadian Indigenous scholar, writer, activist, poet, and artist Leanne Betasamosake Simpson speaks and sings of the urgency of taking care of a planet in peril on her new album 'Theory of Ice'. It is, as PopMatters explains - "a dramatic, deeply eloquent, and musically rich celebration of the Earth and one of its most precious resources: water". Although concerned about the future, Betasamosake believes "human relationships can create real change" and she makes "saving the planet... somehow seem within our grasp".

Massive Attack‘s Robert Del Naja said he was “pretty livid” over the live music industry not meeting pledges to reduce its carbon footprint, Sky News reports. 3D highlighted Coldplay’s decision to stop touring until they could make it “environmentally friendly as possible”, adding, however, that “one band not touring doesn’t change a thing”. Del Naja also highlighted the possible “different solutions” for transportation like trains and buses. “Now is the time for action, no more pledges” - he told the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee as part of its ongoing investigation into the future of UK music festivals.

Foals keyboardist Edwin Congreave is suffering from eco-anxiety due to carbon footprint of their global tours. "I don't want to fly ever again" the 35-year old told BBC about touring far-flung places like Asia and Australia. "The actual impact that driving gear across Europe has compared to flying, in the big picture, is relatively low" he added, "but, yeah, I think that a lot of musicians and a lot of DJs and bands should just stop touring".

Last year 2019 Massive Attack commissioned the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research to report on the live music industry and make recommendations for decarbonisation of live music events. An exemplar show was planned in Liverpool for October 2020 in the form of a collaboration between the band, the City, Tyndall, Ecotricity, The Good Business Festival & other partners, which couldn't have happened. New short documentary reports on their efforts so far.

Tame Impala have announced a partnership with the nonprofit REVERB in adopting eco-friendly initiatives, in order to reduce environmental waste while on tour, Happy Mag reports. The collaboration will include free filtered water refill stations at shows to reduce single-use plastic waste, Eco-Villages where fans can learn more about environmental nonprofits, and the band will fund projects that eliminate greenhouse gases, donate unused food and hotel toiletries to local shelters, recycle backstage and on tour buses, use reusable water bottles for all band members and crew, and more.

Massive Attack have approached scientists from the University of Manchester to create a blueprint to help bands and pop stars to perform live and tour the world without contributing to climate change. The findings will be shared with musicians from across the industry and, it's hoped, will inspire millions of fans to live more sustainably. Researchers will […]

Coldplay will not be touring to promote their new album 'Everyday Life' because they are concerned over their concerts' environmental impact. The band last travelled the world with their 'A Head Full of Dreams Tour' in 2016 and 2017, and, as Chris Martin told the BBC, "our next tour will be the best possible version […]