Kraftwerk do the Tate

Often referred to as the pioneers of electronic music and lauded widely through the synthesised world for their commitment to strange futuristic soundscapes at a time when electronic bleeps were nowhere near as embedded in popular consciousness as they are now, Kraftwerkare coming back to the UK.

And befitting their deeply stylized and intensely arty approach to music and the conceptual experience of performance, they are to play their gigs in none of the venues one might expect – but in the Turbine Hall of the Tate Gallery. The Turbine Hall is more usually home to giant art installations, but it could certainly be argued that a Kraftwerk concert is precisely that – a giant art installation. It’s all very symbolic – not least because Kraftwerk actually translates as power station and of course the Tate Modern building was Bankside Power Station in a former life.

The Tate website crashed earlier this week under the overwhelming rush for tickets proved all to much for their servers. The German band will perform for eight nights between 6 and 14 February 2013 with each of the nights taking in one of their eight studio albums in its entirety.

Kraftwerk led the new wave of synthesiser pop and in the late 1970s and early 1980s, as well as hitting the charts with several tracks and the 'The Model'. Coldplay later ‘borrowed’ the main riff from their 1981 track Computer Love for their single 'Talk'.

The group, who had once plotted to send out robots on tour, last played a rare UK gig in 2009 when the keen cyclists performed at the Velodrome in Manchester.

Their new shows are entitled, Kraftwerk The Catalogue 12345678 Live and will see them perform their entire back catalogue in chronological order as 3D visuals engulf the Turbine Hall.

Tate Modern director Chris Dercon said: "As a former power station, Tate Modern's Turbine Hall is an ideal venue for Kraftwerk's explorations of technology, energy and rhythm.

"Bringing together music, video and performance, these events will be true gesamtkunstwerk - a total work of art."

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