With 25-dates coming up in Ireland and the UK, their largest tour in this part of the world in 25 years, Kraftwerk will release a special 3-D version of their albums on May 26th.
We know they’ve been doing 3D shows as they did at Longitude a couple of years back but what makes these releases 3D in this context?
Kraftwerk 3-D The Catalogue is a 3-D audio/video documentary of the Kraftwerk 3-D multi-media art performances in the leading museums of the world. It features 8 classic Kraftwerk albums in chronological order: Autobahn (1974), Radio-Activity (1975), Trans Europe Express (1977), The Man-Machine (1978), Computer World (1981), Techno Pop (1986), The Mix (1991) & Tour De France (2003) – filmed and recorded between 2012 and 2016 on the band’s 3-D World Tour. The locations include MoMA (New York), The Tate Modern Turbine Hall (London), Akasaka Blitz (Tokyo), Opera House (Sydney), Norske Opera (Oslo), Paradiso (Amsterdam), Fondation Louis Vuitton (Paris) and Neue National Galerie (Berlin). These 3-D multi-media performances have been met with universal acclaim from both music critics and art/culture curators, rightfully recognised as complete works of audio-visual art.
Kraftwerk live now is Ralf Hütter, Henning Schmitz, Fritz Hilpert, Falk Grieffenhagen.
The new releases uss “high definition 3-D with Dolby Atmos surround sound and presented to the technological and audio standards one would associate and indeed come to expect from the pioneering Germans led by founder Ralf Hütter. For the very first time, every Kraftwerk fan can now experience a “Gesamtkunstwerk – a total work of art” in the comfort of their own home.”
Kraftwerk 3-D The Catalogue is released across a number of formats including: Blu-Ray, DVD, Vinyl, CD and Download. Special editions include a 236 page hardback art book of imagery from the tour and ther releases are deluxe vinyl box sets.
KRAFTWERK 3-D CONCERT UK & IRELAND LIVE DATES JUNE 2017
Fri 02 June 17 Dublin, Bord Gais Energy Theatre Sat 03 June 17 Dublin, Bord Gais Energy Theatre Sun 04 June 17 Belfast, Waterfront Hall Tue 06 June 17 Oxford, New Theatre Wed 07 June 17 Brighton, Centre Fri 09 June 17 Glasgow, Royal Concert Hall Sat 10 June 17 Edinburgh, Usher Hall Sun 11 June 17 Liverpool, Philharmonic Hall Tue 13 June 17 Birmingham, Symphony Hall Wed 14 June 17 Gateshead, The Sage Thu 15 June 17 Sheffield, City Hall Sat 17 June 17 Bristol, Colston Hall Sun 18 June 17 Nottingham, Royal Concert Hall Mon 19 June 17 Manchester, Bridgewater Hall Wed 21 June 17 London, Royal Albert Hall Thu 22 June 17 London, Royal Albert Hall Fri 23 June 17 London, Royal Albert Hall
Run The Jewels released a new song ‘2100’ featuring Boots in the aftermath of Trump’s victory to be President noting:
For our friends. For our family. For everyone who is hurting or scared right now. Here is a song we wrote months ago. We weren’t planning on releasing it yet but… well it feels right, now. It’s about fear and its about love and its about wanting more for all of us. It’s called 2100. We hope it finds you well.
Killer Mike was a very vocal Bernie Sanders supporter and last week, he urged people not to vote unless certain demands were met which he then clarified. In an interview yesterday Mike said: “I think poor people got angry, and I think there just happen to be, by this country, more poor angry white people.”
Hud Mo released more music from his Ded Sec – Watch Dogs 2 video game soundtrack:
The Kraftwerk documentary Pop Art screened on BBC4 in the last few days and while it’s not the definitive story of the band itself (it doesn’t really cover a lot of things about cycling, personnel changes or technology to name a few things), it does look at the influence of the German electronic masters on music and the modern world with contributions from Derrick May, Paul Morley, Can founder Holger Czukay, Kraftwerk remixer Francois K and also includes footage from the band’s 3D shows in the Tate Modern in 2013.
How to enter – Email [email protected] with the gig above in the Subject line you’re entering for along with your full name and phone number in the body of the message. Full info on each show below. Draw closes at 6pm the day before the gig.
New Music Dublin Talks Programme @ National Concert Hall (Free, various times) [Talks] Discussions and talks every day featuring Roger Doyle, Hans Abrahamsen, Laurence Mackin and more til Sunday. See link for details.
Longitude Festival’s lineup is pretty close in taste to the music featured regularly on this blog so with that in mind, here’s five of my must-see recommendations per day for the Marlay Park festival. There’s also a Spotify playlist of Longitude artists at the end of the post along with the site map and time table.
See you at my Longitude DJ set at 3:30pm on Sunday at the Red Bull Music Academy stage and later on that night at the Afterparty in The Academy. Check out the stage times for the weekend.
MCD today have announced the lineup to their new July festival in Marlay Park on the outskirts of Dublin from Friday 19th to Sunday 21st of July. The crossover festival to the UK Latitude festival the debut lineup features:
Kraftwerk (3D set), Phoenix, Vampire Weekend, Foals, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Villagers, Hot Chip, Modest Mouse, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Jake Bugg, SBTRKT DJ set, Paul Kalkbrenner, Mark Lanegan, Local Natives, Django Django, Jessie Ware, Alunageorge, Flume, The Cast Of Cheers, Trentemøller, Kodaline, Mmoths, Tom Odell, Young Wonder, MØ, Mikhael Paskalev, S O H N, Petite Noir, Half Moon Run, Vondelpark and Stealing Sheep.
Phoenix are playing Friday, Vampire Weekend on Saturday and Kraftwerk are headlining Sunday. Super excited about Kraftwerk!
Early Bird weekend tickets (Fri, Sat, Sun) are priced €129.50 plus fees. Early Bird day tickets are priced €44.50 plus fee. Tickets are on sale from Ticketmaster and outlets from 9am on Monday 4th March. Early bird offer expires on April 7th.
Weekend tickets €149.50 / Day tickets €54.50 plus fees after April 7th. April 8th will see a further announcement.
DJ Food continues his pretty ADDHD excursions in tribute to electronic pioneers Kraftwerk. Six Seven volumes of Kraftwerk related covers and inspirations in seven volumes are up on Soundcloud. It’s a lot to get through but with covers from The Divine Comedy, Trouble Funk, Senor Coconut, Rammstein, Souxsie & the Banshees interlaced with interview audio all appearing in Volume 1 alone, this might just be the perfect summer sunshine listening.
For my 2000th post, I bring news that Nialler9 has been inducted into a 25-strong global blog collective called Strangers in Stereo. The site serves as the main hub with syndicated post per week per blog, original editorial and the nowplaying weekly feature.
The collective launched in March with a SXSW showcase. A kind intro post to Nialler9 is here. Looking forward to getting involved.
I remember wanting to specifically not have conventional cars in the film. I wanted a sense of a repetitive journey, and alienation, which I took to be what the music was about,…………hence the solitary futuristic figure, protected by large goggles, moving through and trying to connect with the journey he is taking. The automobile “monsters” are deliberately threatening ( I have never been a big fan of cars or motorways ! ) and when our “hero” tries to make human contact (with different coloured clones of himself) he can never do it. In the end he realises he is making the repetitive and circular journey alone but strides forward purposefully at the end as he did in the beginning .
So the move from Lugalla, Wicklow to the more central location of Royal Hospital Grounds in Kilmainham mattered little on the day as the music was taking place in a large tent. It would have been nice to be surrounded by mountains but I’ll gladly trade the setting for the sunny weather we got yesterday. The actual site was a little small and like a cramped Electric Picnic which lasted for a long afternoon and evening complete with flags and a small massage area. One bar for 5000 people? Hmmmm.
The Jimmy Cake and Soulwax were both good but it was all about Kraftwerk who were fun, fun, fun but in a tightly controlled and very German way. 2 hours of music non-stop. The setup is impressive. Five projectors were utilised to show their unique visuals which is a huge selling point for me. Imagine the same show without them? Occasionally you still wonder what exactly the four of them are doing on that stage (their line-up was without Florian on this occasion, instead replaced by a Kling Klang studio technician) and I’d love to know exactly but they’re still totally iconic and relevant. Before their mechanical versions were brought out for ‘The Robots’ there was a humourous minute where the curtain wouldn’t close over. Epic curtain fail. Similiar setlist to Minimum Maximum with some other tunes thrown into a different order. I loved it. Oh yeh, where did DJ Mehdi play? I missed him somehow.
For the last four or five months, I’ve been listening to some great music, but in terms of live performance, Kraftwerk’s Minimum Maximum is the best live album i’ve ever heard (although it may not actually be live). The enormity and intensity of the sound is something you would expect from a band consistently hailed in the music press and media as the ‘electronic godfathers’. While this maybe be true, it is also a fucking cool album to get lost in, and after experiencing them live myself at Electric Picnic, i can attest to that. Kraftwerk are releasing a 2-disc live DVD of Minimum Maximum on the 5th of December in case you’re interested.