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GORILLAZ x E.ON: A SOLAR COLLABORATION

26TH MAY 2017

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Today sees the launch of a brand new collaboration between the world’s most successful virtual act Gorillaz and our client E.ON, harnessing the sun’s energy to create an innovative solar and battery storage powered music studio.

The campaign launch follows our recent appointment by E.ON to handle their digital content across seven different European countries, following a competitive pitch earlier this year.

The launch also marks the introduction of our new global brand position for E.ON, 'Tomorrow is on',  which reflects its desire to deliver innovative customer solutions that help create a better tomorrow. An integrated Engine team comprised of WCRS, Partners Andrews Aldridge, Mischief and Slice have been working closely together to produce iconic digital content for the campaign which will transform E.ON’s social platform and website, with dedicated content seeded across channels.

A new film, created and brought to life by the power of sun, is released today featuring the track ’We Got The Power’"  from Gorillaz’ critically acclaimed new album, Humanz.

Set in the desert, the film features over 1,000 dancing toys, hundreds of light installations, giant tanks of illuminating squid, a squadron of flashing UFOs and a giant golden lucky cat – all powered entirely by solar and battery storage technology; a technology E.ON has now made available to UK consumers through its new E.ON Solar and Storage offering. 

The film paves the way for 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.

Gorillaz founder and bassist Murdoc Niccals, said “These days I’m not just a feminist, I’m an environmentalist too. That’s why Gorillaz has partnered up with E.ON – the leading eggheads in solar storage – to create a spanking new studio that not only lets us create more mind-blowing music, it also saves the planet. E.ON do batteries as well, meaning we can keep banging out killer tunes even after dark.”

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 on 10th 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. 

“The partnership highlights the potential for solar power to help deliver more sustainable results without compromising on performance. This is all part of our ambition for E.ON to offer our customers smarter, more sustainable solutions that support their individual energy needs and to be a business at the heart of a new energy world.”

While, Debbie Klein, CEO of Engine Europe and Asia added:

“We’re a network of 14 specialist businesses, and there’s nothing I love more than bringing some of that diverse talent together for a client. The brief required us to bring together multiple areas of expertise, so we built a bespoke team with people from across Engine to bring to life E.ON’s vision.”

For behind the scenes footage around the creation of the ‘We Got The Power’ film and the E.ON Kong Solar Studio visit eon.com/gorillaz