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Kraftwerk to headline Sydney’s Vivid LIVE

Germany’s electronic pioneers Kraftwerk have just been announced as headliners for this year’s Vivid LIVE in Sydney.

They’ll be bringing their KRAFTWERK – THE CATALOGUE 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 to Australia for the first time in a series of performances at Sydney Opera House from May 24 to 27. The performances will be exclusive to Vivid LIVE, a 10-day celebration of popular music within the city’s annual Vivid Sydney festival of light, music and ideas.

Kraftwerk will take over the Opera House’s Joan Sutherland Theatre for four nights in May, with each concert dedicated to each one of their eight albums: Autobahn (1974), Radio-Activity (1975), Trans Europe Express (1977), The Man Machine (1978), Computer World (1981), Techno Pop (1986), The Mix (1991) and Tour de France (2003). The concerts are described as a “3D multimedia performance”, with audience members given glasses and each performance featuring the artwork of long-term collaborator Emil Schult.

Fergus Linehan, festival director of Vivid LIVE, said demand for the shows is expected to be high following a “phenomenal reaction” to their performances in MoMA and TATE Modern in New York. “These eight concerts are a mind-melting feast for the eyes and the ears that are sure to sell out.”

All tickets will be allocated via an online application process that runs from February 25 to March 1. All applications will be equally considered and not allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Apply here.

The full program for Vivid Sydney and Vivid LIVE will be announced in March.

Last year’s Vivid LIVE saw performances by the likes of Florence and The Machine, Karen O from The Yeah Yeah Yeahs and electronic artist Amon Tobin.

READ OUR RECAP OF VIVID LIVE 2012 HERE

KRAFTWERK – THE CATALOGUE 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House

Friday, May 24, 7pm – Autobahn (1974)

Friday, May 24, 9.30pm – Radio-Activity (1975)

Saturday, May 25, 7pm – Trans Europe Express (1977)

Saturday, May 25, 9.30pm – The Man Machine (1978)

Sunday, May 26, 7pm – Computer World (1981)

Sunday, May 26, 9.30pm – Techno Pop (1986)

Monday, May 27, 7pm – The Mix (1991)

Monday, May 27, 9.30pm – Tour De France (2003)