17th June | Colston Hall

German electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk return to Colston Hall with their 3D show. This will be a rare treat for Bristol’s music fans as the last time they played the city was in 1981.

Named after the german words for Power Station, Kraftwerk were formed by Ralf Hutter and Florian Schneider in 1960’s Dusseldorf. The band became leaders of the so called ‘Krautrock scene’ before leaving traditional “rock” instruments behind in favour of synthesisers and electronic sounds.

The band were always ahead of their time and pioneering a futuristic style which contrasted with the long haired progressive rockers of the day. Despite being so forward thinking the group had several commercially successful albums such as Autobahn and Trans Europe Express. Their most famous song is ‘The Model’ which reached number one in the UK. Kraftwerk’s music has influenced a myriad of genres from the synth pop of the 1980’s to the dance music and hip hop of the present.

The only founding member left is Ralf Hutter after Schneider left the band 10 years ago. Kraftwerk have been playing 3D shows worldwide for the last decade which sees the attendees wear 3D glasses for a fully immersive spectacle which has included headline sets at Latitude Festival and Bestival.

Have a listen to ‘The Model’ below.