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Kraftwerk at the Royal Albert Hall

November 5, 2016 Leave a comment Go to comments

99c3f134-cf55-4980-acc4-da0d3acf7d23A couple of weeks ago my very good friend Danny heorically did the tedious cyclical internet thing that is sadly now standard for these big events, and managed to get tickets for the Kraftwerk gigs next June at the Royal Albert Hall.

Despite it being more than 8 months away, to say I’m excited would be an understatement, and the show will hopefully go someway to making up for the frustration of not getting tickets for the Tate gigs a few years ago.

It won’t be the first time I’ve seen Kraftwerk with Danny, although that didn’t quite work out as we’d hoped…

Back in 1996 (which I’ve just realised was 20 years ago…) we were at The Tribal Gathering Festival at Sutton Hoo, where along with a hugely impressive line up of artists including Orbital, Daft Punk, Gus Gus, Digweed, Sasha, Jeff Mills, Hardfloor, Marshal Jefferson, Masters at Work, John Peel, Fabio & Grooverider etc etc, the mysterious Dusseldorfers were down to play their first live set in the UK for five years…

2bolptgUnfortunately we got carried away with the quality and excellence of the day, misjudged the number of people that were there specifically to see Kraftwerk, and headed rather belatedly to the Trans Europe tent only to find it was super rammed. The closest we could get was behind about ten rows of people outside the entrance to the tent. Amazingly (and I honestly don’t think this would happen nowadays) the organisers took down half of one side of the tent, so that people outside could at least see the lights and hear a bit better…

I think we stayed for 4 or 5 tunes before giving it up as a bad job and heading off elsewhere. Orbital as I remember were absolutely outstanding that day…

So, fingers crossed that next years shows in the wonderours surroundings of the Royal Albert Hall will go some way to addressing the paucity of my live Kraftwerk experience…

The only slightly nagging doubt is the description of the concerts as 3-D. This could mean that we’re all wearing funny specs and in for a stunningly visual treat, but it might also mean that the single remaining original Werker, Ralph Hutter, might not actually be there in person, opting instead to send the bands robot avatars to enteratin us…

We shall see, but regardless, when that car door slams shut and the VW Beetle ignition turns over, I for one will be a very happy man….

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  1. Die Roboter
    June 24, 2017 at 11:57

    So, now that the Albert Hall shows are done what did you think?

    • June 25, 2017 at 20:15

      Howdy Die Roboter
      They were everything and more I’d hoped they’d be.. well worth waiting 25+ years for.. Enigmatic, stylish even (dare I say) humorous, with the robots coming on for the encore… Wonderful, thanks for asking..
      I guess from the moniker, you’re also a bit of a fan, did you get to see them play?
      Joe Blogs.

      • Die Roboter
        June 26, 2017 at 20:28

        This was “only” the 7th time for me. In this order:

        2013: Kunstsammlung NRW Dusseldorf, Tate Modern, Montreux Jazz Festival
        2015: Paradiso Amsterdam, CCH1 Hamburg
        2016: Guggenheim Bilbao
        2017: Royal Albert Hall

        We were **very** lucky in the Albert Hall, front row dead centre seats through the RAH website on the day the tickets were released. Couldn’t have asked for more.

        Glad you enjoyed it, as you can probably tell I’ve rediscovered a band I loved in my youth but never got to see. Too many other attractions at the time, Numan, Ultravox etc, the list was endless.

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