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Massive Attack to complete European tour by train to tackle climate change

The decision follows the group's recent support of climate activism group Extinction Rebellion

Massive Attack tour via train
Massive Attack tour via train

Massive Attack have revealed plans to complete their next European tour by train.

Following on from their outspoken support of climate activism group Extinction Rebellion as well as the announcement late last year that they intended to create a new eco-friendly blueprint for touring, the group have set out their plans as the first stage in their bid to do their bit to fight climate change.

"[As musicians] we have enjoyed a high-carbon lifestyle,” Massive Attack's Robert Del Naja told the BBC. “But as a society we’ve all existed in a fossil-fuel economy for a long time and had very little choice in that."

He continued: "The challenge now is to not only make personal sacrifices, but to insist on the systemic change that's needed. Business as usual is over."

The group are currently confirmed to play at a number of European festivals this summer, including Bergen's Best Kept Secret and Belfort's Les Eurockéennes, and are also expected to play a number of their own headline shows around that time.

In November, they announced that they were teaming up with the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at Manchester University in order to produce a report that maps the full carbon footprint of touring bands and musicians. They intend to focus on three key areas in the live sector that produce CO2 emissions: band travel and production, audience transport, and the venue.

In September, Massive Attack released Mad Professor's dub versions of their third studio album, 'Mezzanine', as a complete collection for the first time.

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