Gorillaz, E.ON reveal solar-powered studio project

Gorillaz and energy provider E.ON have collaborated to create an innovative solar and battery storage-powered music studio by harnessing the sun’s energy.

A new film, “created and brought to life by the power of sun”, has been released featuring the track ‘We Got The Power’ from Gorillaz’ new album, Humanz.

Set in the desert, the film features over 1,000 dancing toys, hundreds of light installations, giant tanks of illuminating squid, an array of flashing UFOs and a giant golden lucky cat – all powered entirely by solar and battery storage technology.

The film heralds the unveiling of the ‘E.ON Kong Solar Studio’, a concept based on the band’s original Kong Studios, which offers a solar and battery storage powered creative space for music projects. Using the power generated by E.ON solar PV panels, Gorillaz’ Kong Studios 2.0 will come to life at night and provide aspiring music artists the opportunity to create new tracks which will appear on eon.com/gorillaz.

The E.ON Kong Solar Studio will be revealed at this year’s sold-out Demon Dayz Festival, which takes place at Dreamland Amusement Park in Margate, Kent on 10 June. The E.ON Solar and Storage technology – which allows the studio to use the sun’s power day and night through the use of battery storage – will be put into action at the festival, with musicians recording music throughout the night and festival goers invited to visit the studio.

The E.ON Kong Solar Studio will then follow the band at selected gigs on Gorillaz’ highly anticipated world tour, including, it is expected, a number of European dates.

Anthony Ainsworth, global head of marketing at E.ON, commented: “Our collaboration with Gorillaz brings the possibilities of solar power and battery storage to life – using the sun’s energy as the driving force behind an incredibly creative and ambitious project. Gorillaz have always inspired audiences and artists with their bold and pioneering approach to sound and visuals and that’s exactly what this project was set up to showcase.”

You can check out the ‘We Got The Power’ film below: