Massive Attack cancels Liverpool gig in protest of electronic warfare arms fair

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  • The concert was meant to be a "testbed" gig for methodologies to reduce carbon footprint.
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  • Massive Attack has cancelled a gig at ACC Liverpool to protest an electronic arms fair being held at the venue. The legendary group planned the gig as a "super-low carbon" event testing out methodologies the band researched at the University Of Manchester, reported The Guardian. "The one-off testbed show planned for Liverpool involved design, planning and relationship building on a scale that dwarfs any conventional tour, so it's really disappointing that for reasons way beyond our control we can't pull it off," said Robert "3D" Del Naja. "But showing solidarity with the people of Liverpool at this crucial moment supersedes that." The band expressed solidarity with Liverpool Against The Arms fair, which has organized a demonstration taking place at 12:30 PM Saturday at Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral. "We can rearrange a testbed show, but applying a wider focus, I can't imagine a more graphic example of the psychosis of the systems we live by than what’s playing out in Liverpool," Del Naja added. "On the eve of a global event that's totally critical if we're to avoid a catastrophic extinction event, arms barons are shop-windowing technologies that inevitably harm and incarcerate people; often in the hands of states already acknowledged to be human rights violators. He continued: "The International Red Cross says that the impacts of climate emergency seriously increase the risks of armed conflict, by exacerbating existing social, economic and environmental factors. In what world is that an 'opportunity' worth promoting? As artists, we cannot travel along with that." Read the group's tweet below.