PREVIEW: Synth pioneers Kraftwerk bringing an extra dimension to Sheffield concert

Kraftwerk appear at Sheffield City Hall on Thursday, June 15
Kraftwerk appear at Sheffield City Hall on Thursday, June 15

Tickets to see German electronic innovators Kraftwerk at Sheffield City Hall next Thursday were snapped up in a trice when they went on sale last year - but those lucky enough to be attending can expect a career-spanning 3D spectacular from the band.

The presentation is modelled on previous concerts given at some of the world’s key museums, galleries and venues, including MoMA in New York, the Tate Modern in London and Berlin’s Neue National Galerie.

Kraftwerk are still led by Ralf Hütter, who founded the group with Florian Schneider in 1969, five years before their breakthrough work, Autobahn. The LP is considered the first in the band’s core catalogue, which continued with Radioactivity, Trans-Europe Express, Computer World and The Man-Machine - the album that introduced the group’s robot mannequin doubles to the world.

The band records at its own Kling-Klang studio, a reputedly hermetic environment in Düsseldorf, said to have no telephone or reception. Post is returned unopened.

The current line-up comprises Hütter, Henning Schmitz, Fritz Hilpert and Falk Grieffenhagen.

At the City Hall, part of a rare UK tour, three-dimensional visuals will accompany the music. Attendees will be handed 3D glasses to wear for the two-hour show, which will have no support act.

A venue spokesman said: “Their compositions, using innovative techniques, synthetic voices and computerised rhythms, have had a major international influence across an entire range of music genres: from electro to hip-hop, from techno to synthpop.

“In their live performances, Kraftwerk illustrate their belief in the respective contributions of both man and machine.

“In recent years Kraftwerk have returned back to their origins within the Düsseldorf art scene of the late sixties.”

For remaining tickets, priced from £50.40, call 0114 278 9789, log on to www.sheffieldcityhall.co.uk or visit the box office in person.