Kraftwerk celebrate 50 years with 3-D concert tour

Kraftwerk performing in 3-D with lasers
(Image credit: Peter Boettcher)

 Kraftwerk head back on the road this summer in celebration of their 50th anniversary. The German troupe have announced a series of 3-D concerts, including new shows in North America.

The multimedia project was started in 1970 by Ralf Hutter and Florian Schneider, and by the mid-1970s, Kraftwerk had achieved international recognition for their revolutionary electronic‚ soundscapes and their musical experimentation with robotics and synthesisers. Their compositions have had a major international influence across an entire range of music genres from electro to hip-hop, and techno to synthpop.

Tickets for the North American dates go on sale on February 27.

Kraftwerk 2020 Tourdates 

May 13: Clermont Ferrand La Cooperative De Mai, France
May 14: Nimes Paloma Grande Salle, France
May 16: Bonn Hofgarten, Germany
May 25: Milan Teatro Degli Arcimboldi, Italy
May 29: London Victoria Park All Points East Festival, UK
Jun 19: Seattle Moore Theatre, WA
Jun 20: Vancouver Queen Elizabeth Theatre, BC
Jun 21: Portland Keller Auditorium, OR
Jun 23: San Francisco Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, CA
Jun 24: Los Angeles Shrine Auditorium, CA
Jun 25: San Diego Balboa Theatre, CA
Jun 27: Salt Lake City The Union, UT
Jun 29: Morrison Red Rocks Amphitheatre, CO
Jul 1: Austin ACL Live at The Moody Theater, TX
Jul 2: Dallas Bomb Factory, TX
Jul 5: New Orleans Orpheum Theater, LA
Jul 7: Miami James L Knight Center, FL
Jul 8: Orlando Dr Phillips Center, FL
Jul 9: Atlanta Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, GA
Jul 11: Washington The Anthem, DC
Jul 18: New York Radio City Music Hall, NY
Jul 20: Columbus Palace Theatre, OH
Jul 21: Chicago Byline Bank Aragon Ballroom, IL
Jul 22: Minneapolis The Armory, MN
Jul 24: Nashville Ryman Auditorium, TN
Jul 25: Memphis Crosstown Theater, TN
Jul 26: Saint Louis The Pageant, MO
Jul 27: Detroit Masonic Temple Theatre, MI
Jul 28: Toronto Meridian Hall, ON
Jul 30: Philadelphia The Met, PA
Jul 31: Boston Boch Center Wang Theatre, MA
Aug 1: Montreal Osheaga Music and Arts Festival,  QC

Natasha Scharf
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Contributing to Prog since the very first issue, writer and broadcaster Natasha Scharf was the magazine’s News Editor before she took up her current role of Deputy Editor, and has interviewed some of the best-known acts in the progressive music world from ELP, Yes and Marillion to Nightwish, Dream Theater and TesseracT. Starting young, she set up her first music fanzine in the late 80s and became a regular contributor to local newspapers and magazines over the next decade. The 00s would see her running the dark music magazine, Meltdown, as well as contributing to Metal Hammer, Classic Rock, Terrorizer and Artrocker. Author of music subculture books The Art Of Gothic and Worldwide Gothic, she’s since written album sleeve notes for Cherry Red, and also co-wrote Tarja Turunen’s memoirs, Singing In My Blood. Beyond the written word, Natasha has spent several decades as a club DJ, spinning tunes at aftershow parties for Metallica, Motörhead and Nine Inch Nails. She’s currently the only member of the Prog team to have appeared on the magazine’s cover.