KRAFTWERK 3D 50TH ANNIVERSARY SHOW AT ALL POINTS EAST
All Points East’s announcements continue with a special celebration of one of the most innovative, influential and groundbreaking pioneers in musical history.
Kraftwerk will celebrate 50 years since their debut release at East London’s Victoria Park on May 29, a UK exclusive and another unmissable show after Tame Impala were announced as the first headliner for May 23.
The multi-media project Kraftwerk was started in 1970 by Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider in Düsseldorf, Germany. They set up their legendary electronic Kling Klang Studio where they composed produced and recorded all their Kraftwerk concept albums.
Since the late 60s they have been closely connected with the Düsseldorf Contemporary Art Scene and after an early experimental phase, Kraftwerk achieved international recognition in 1975 with their first concept album Autobahn.
With their futuristic music and technical innovations Kraftwerk created the soundtrack for the digital age of the 21st century. Over five decades their compositions, using new studio techniques, pristine melodies and synthetic voices, computer sounds and robotic rhythms, have had a global influence across an entire range of music genres and musicians. From electro to hip hop, house to techno, synth pop to industrial and ambient to EDM, it is hard to ignore just how much impact Kraftwerk’s music has had.
The man-machine Kraftwerk will present their legendary live show from the main East Stage combining digital surround sound with breathtaking 3-D animations and robotics. And in true All Points East style, a stellar bill of acts will accompany them on the day in Iggy Pop, Johnny Marr, The Orb, Chromatics, Anna Calvi, Kim Gordon, Grandmaster Flash, Jehnny Beth and John Maus with more to be announced.
Iggy Pop was making music in the same Berlin studio with David Bowie where the latter recorded that tribute to Kraftwerk. Soaking up German music, and especially Kraftwerk’s Radio-Activity, Iggy produced his debut solo album The Idiot then Lust for Life with Bowie and Tony Visconti.
Originally associated with garage rock from industrial Detroit, Iggy’s identification with Kraftwerk’s Düsseldorf modernist music perhaps made sense. From Iggy and the Stooges’ Raw Power laying the groundwork for punk, to his latest jazz influenced record Free released this year, Iggy has become a cultural touchstone as famous for his acclaimed BBC6 Music radio show as he is for his incendiary live shows.
Johnny Marr is among the most influential and greatest guitarists ever produced by the UK. His work as songwriter and chief sonic architect with The Smiths has cemented his place in music history while his solo career goes from strength to strength (he released Call The Comet in 2018). He has been a member of the Pretenders, The The, The Cribs and formed Electronic with New Order’s Bernard Sumner – with the latter mentioned group even collaborating with former Kraftwerk member Karl Bartos on their 1996 album, Raise The Pressure.
One group whose sonic influence from Kraftwerk is easy to hear is The Orb. Their debut LP, Adventures Beyond The Ultraworld, (in particular hit single ‘Little Fluffy Clouds’) provided the soundtrack for the ambient alcoves of 90’s clubbing – with their psychedelic live shows combining downtempo melodies with a dazzling array of kaleidoscopic visuals. Their recent release No Sounds Are Out Of Bounds was the duo’s fifteenth studio album no less, a gorgeous myriad of electronic, dub and ambient styles.
Chromatics returned this year with Closer To Grey, their first studio album since 2012’s Kill For
Love. Described as “darkly glamorous pop” by The Guardian, it was another fine example of the band’s distinctive Italo disco-influence sound that has garnered them widespread support from both critics and fans alike. Their recent UK show (their first for 6 years) was similarly unmissable, a multi-sensory masterclass led by American record producer, composer, visual artist and multi-instrumentalist Johnny Jewel.
Anna Calvi is quickly gaining the fans and reputation to put her in the conversation of greatBritish artists. With 3 Mercury Prize nominations, including for 2018 album Hunter, she was asked to score the latest series of Peaky Blinders and recently released ‘You’re Not God’, an original song she wrote for it. Now, she returns to Victoria Park after offering one of the standout performances in 2018.
With a career spanning almost four decades, Kim Gordon is one of the few who can match the longevity of Kraftwerk. Originally the bassist, guitarist, and vocalist in the alternative rock band Sonic Youth, Kim has gone on to shine in both the fashion and acting world. It was only this year however that she released her debut solo LP, No Home Record, described by Pitchfork as an “ingenious fusion of sound and idea”.
Also featuring is Grandmaster Flash, legendary American hip hop artist and DJ extraordinaire. He is widely considered one of the founding fathers of hip hop, and in 2007, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five were inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame – becoming the first hip hop act to be honoured. His DJ setup has remained the same since the 80’s, two turntables and a load of records. Yet despite this, none can match the innovator’s ability and energy behind the decks.
Jehnny Beth is one of the most exciting and unpredictable musicians of the modern day. As the fierce and unfiltered frontwomen for Savages, they released one of 2016’s standout releases in Adore Life, receiving 5 stars from several publications such as The Telegraph. The French singer has continued her fine form with a stirring selection of solo material. Most recently she joined fellow act Anna Calvi on the Peaky Blinder’s soundtrack with ‘I’m The Man’ – a dark, brooding, punk-tinged song that offers the perfect snapshot into her enthralling sonic world.
John Maus will also be joining the bill, whose music combines elements of 1980s synth-pop, post-punk, and Medieval music. His 2018 record Addendum (released via Domino) was described by Crack Magazine as “a surprising collage of not-quite-disparate influences and a whole that nearly sums up Maus’ eclecticism, esotericism and singular vision”.
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Last year, All Points East built on the success of year one, bringing huge headliners together with brand new artists, the hottest buzz acts on the planet, multi genre innovators and the Victoria Park community, for 10 days of discovery.
The event gave first festival headlining opportunities to Christine And The Queens and Bring Me The Horizon, brought The Strokes to the UK for the first time in 4 years, celebrated Chemical Brothers’ new album and saw Mumford & Sons triumph before Bon Iver closed the festival, exclusively debuting two new tracks from his now released new album i,i.
Incredible headliners were just part of the story with the quality of artists running very deep indeed – Primal Scream, The Raconteurs, Hot Chip, Rina Sawayama, James Blake, Kate Tempest, Metronomy, Snail Mail, Mac DeMarco, Maribou State, Jarvis Cocker, Toro Y Moi, Dizzee Rascal, Jade Bird, Ezra Furman and Run The Jewels were just some of the many guests performing across the stages at All Points East.
Q Magazine awarded All Points East 2019 ‘Festival Of The Year’.
2018’s debut established this essential new event as one of the best festivals in the UK. Winning Festival Of The Year at the Music Week Awards, All Points East 2018 boasted headline sets from LCD Soundsystem, The xx, Björk, Catfish & The Bottlemen, The National and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.
East London’s beautiful Victoria Park in Tower Hamlets also hosts a hugely popular 4-day community focused midweek event each year. Kicking off on the second Bank Holiday Monday, In The Neighbourhood, in collaboration with Tower Hamlets Council, hosts a vibrant four day programme of activities and entertainment, in collaboration with the local community, businesses, organisations and suppliers. Last year had something for everyone – eco-friendly creative workshops, free yoga sessions, street food, open air movie nights, themed drag shows, film panels, an exploration of the history of grime music and East London with Rich Mix’s Generation Grime:Back2Bow. Everything is free and 2020’s programme will be announced soon…..
A commitment to sustainability and accessibility goes hand in hand with the community elements and All Points East is proud to have been awarded Silver on Attitude is Everything’s Charter of Best Practice for our commitment to Deaf and disabled music fans.
All Points East continue to work each year with local charity the Tower Project to give volunteer opportunities to young people with learning disabilities and autism on site at the festival, as well as providing education and performance opportunities to the students of nearby ELAM arts and music school. Committing to 100% renewable energy, working towards eliminating single-use plastic from all serve ware and programming up cycling workshops for children during In The Neighbourhood are further examples of the commitment to the local community and the park.
Local businesses are given opportunities to provide, food, drink, merchandise and more so that the local community benefits as much as possible…. Click for more information