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Kraftwerk fall foul of Buenos Aires synth ban

In a "surreal" turn of events, wrinkly electronic pioneers Kraftwerk have been told they are not welcome in the Argentine capital following the Time Warp disaster

By Jon Chapple on 10 Nov 2016

Kraftwerk, Tokyo, 2013, Takahiro Kyono

image © Takahiro Kyono

The ban on electronic music festivals in Buenos Aires, initially believed to apply only to dance music/EDM events, may lead to the cancellation of an upcoming show by Kraftwerk.

The German electronic music pioneers (pictured) – whose ages range from 47 to 70 – have fallen foul of a temporary bar on events at which “synthesisers or samplers are the primary instrument”, introduced in April after five people died at dance music festival Time Warp.

A spokesman for the city tells Argentine newspaper Clarín: “After the Time Warp ruling, Judge [Lisandro] Fastman banned all electronic music festivals.

The ban applies to all shows where “synthesisers or samplers are the primary instrument”

“So, despite the fact [promoter Move Concerts] presented their paperwork with the necessary 30 days’ notice, we can not grant permission [for the event to go ahead].”

A spokesman for Move calls the decision “surreal” and tells IQ it intends to appeal the ruling.

Kraftwerk are scheduled to play on 23 November at the 9,290-cap. Luna Park stadium. The show is 70% sold out.


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