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Massive Attack collaborate with Adam Curtis on 'Mezzanine' tour visuals

The Bristol band will embark on the anniversary tour next week

  • Cameron Holbrook
  • 25 January 2019
Massive Attack collaborate with Adam Curtis on 'Mezzanine' tour visuals

The UK group Massive Attack are currently gearing up to embark on a massive three-month European and North American tour to celebrate 20 years since the release their iconic album ‘Mezzanine’. Today, the band has announced that they will be collaborating with award-winning documentary filmmaker Adam Curtis to create the tour's visuals.

Adam Curtis is the most influential documentary storytellers of our times, tackling subjects that explore the areas of sociology, psychology, philosophy and political history. The documentarian first linked with Massive Attack back in 2013 for the dystopian film essay Everything is Going According to Plan which debuted at the Manchester International Festival. The erratic and bold film uses Chernobyl, the Taliban, Goldman Sachs, Vladimir Putin, Bambi, Donald Trump, the Ceausescus and Jane Fonda to show us how technocrats and global corporations establishing an ultraconservative norm.

In a statement about his forthcoming collaboration with Massive Attack, Curtis had this to say:

"The show tells the story of the strange journey we have all been on over the past twenty years since 'Mezzanine' was released: How we have moved into a strange backward-looking world, enclosed by machines that read our data and predict our every move, haunted by ghosts from the past. A pleasure dome that makes us feel safe from the endless wars outside, and plays back stories both of dreams of glory and the fear of others. But in that safe world suspicion and distrust is spreading — like a virus. The air is growing stale. Everyone sees conspiracies everywhere. But maybe suspicion is control?"

The Mezzanine XX1 tour will also feature performances from the Cocteau TwinsElizabeth Fraser and and reggae legend Horace Andy. Check out the tour dates below.

Massive Attack Mezzanine XX1 tour dates:

01/28 Glasgow, Scotland - SSE Hydro
01/28 Manchester, England - Manchester Arena
01/31 Brussels, Belgium - Palias 12
02/01 Amsterdam, Netherlands - AFAS Live
02/04 Frankfurt, Germany - Jahrhunderthalle
02/05 Munich, Germany - Zenith
02/06 Milan, Italy - Mediolanum Forum
02/08 Rome, Italy - Palalottomatica
02/09 Padua, Italy - Kioene Arena
02/11 Paris, France - Zenith
02/13 Nantes, France - Zenith de Nantes Metropole
02/14 Bordeaux, France - Bordeaux Metropole Arena
02/18 Lisbon, Portugal - Campo Pequeno
02/22 London, England - O2 Arena
02/24 Dublin, Ireland - 3Arena
03/01 Bristol, England - Steel Yard, Bristol
03/11 Montreal, QC - Place des Arts
03/12 Toronto, ON - Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
03/14 Boston, MA - Boch Center
03/15 New York, NY - Radio City Music Hall
03/19 Philadelphia, PA - Metropolitan Opera House
03/20 Washington, DC - The Anthem
03/22 Detroit, MI - The Detroit Masonic Temple
03/23 Chicago, IL - The Chicago Theatre
03/24 Saint Paul, MN - Palace Theatre
03/28 San Francisco, CA - Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
03/29 Los Angeles, CA - The Hollywood Palladium
03/30 Los Angeles, CA - The Hollywood Palladium
04/02 San Diego, CA - Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre

Cameron is Mixmag's Jr. Editor. Follow him on Twitter here

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