Kraftwerk to headline Vivid LIVE with eight-show retrospective

Kraftwerk have been announced to headline the 2013 Vivid LIVE program at Sydney Opera House during Vivid Sydney.

Announced by NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for Trade and Investment, Andrew Stoner, the German electro trailblazers will present a retrospective series for the fifth edition of the event, with eight differing performances during May and June.

The performances follow Kraftwerk’s appearances at Tate Modern in London and the Museum of Modern Art in New York with their chronological greatest hits night called The Catalogue 12345678.

Fergus Linehan, Festival Director of Vivid LIVE at Sydney Opera House, said: "We are thrilled to have Kraftwerk in residence for Vivid LIVE following the phenomenal reaction to their performances in MoMA and TATE Modern. Book your Sydney flights and hotels now - these eight concerts are a mind-melting feast for the eyes and the ears that are sure to sell out. It is a huge coup for Sydney."

The Catalogue 12345678 will offer almost 40 years of unprecedented musical and technical innovations, featuring improvisation, 3D projections and animation. As well as additional tracks from their 10-album back catalogue, each night will cover an album in full and appear in chronological order: 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).

Andrew Stoner said Vivid Sydney 2012 saw record crowds of over 500,000 people take part, and was covered by media in over 150 countries.

"Vivid Sydney has firmly established its credentials as a ‘must see’ global event and continues to highlight Sydney as the creative hub of the Asia Pacific, and will continue to grow and surprise audiences in 2013.

"In 2013, Vivid Light has received unprecedented expressions of interest from lighting artists from across Australia and the world, and the Vivid Ideas program will feature more than 100 creative industry events including the SPARC International Lighting Event and the inaugural Australian International Design Festival (AIDF)."

The 18-day festival takes place in Sydney from 24 May to 10 June.

- Poppy Reid, via The Music Network

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