Precious few pop superstars make it to their fifth decade in the spotlight – but when you’re made from metal and circuits it’s not so hard to maintain that youthful visage. Still, Kraftwerk are looking pretty good for their age – especially when seen through 3D glasses – and in 2020 the original robot rockers will celebrate their fiftieth year in music with a headline slot at All Points East on Friday May 29th.
Founded in Düsseldorf in 1970, Kraftwerk were the first band to really grasp the potential of newly invented synthesizers and drum machines. In the next decades, the krautrock pioneers had a game-changing effect on pop music: artists like David Bowie, Juan Atkins and Afrika Bambaataa all took inspiration from their man-machine rhythms. Without them there’d be no synthpop, no electro, no hip hop and certainly no techno. Standards have never slipped, either: in recent years, Kraftwerk have toured their mind-melting 3D live show around the world, reanimating tracks like ‘Computer World’, ‘The Robots’ and ‘Autobahn’ for new generations. The complete 3D spectacle will touch down in Victoria Park in May, the band’s only UK show of 2020. The supports announced so far are pretty legendary too, including the equally ageless Iggy Pop, jangly guitar hero Johnny Marr, fiery rocker Anna Calvi, hip hop pioneer Grandmaster Flash and cult US synthpop crew Chromatics. Sie sieht gut aus!
Kraftwerk play All Points East on May 29 2020. Read more about APE's other headline announce so far.