Jun 01

Move over Daft Punk, here are the original robots 🙂

Watching Kraftwerk live - Sydney Opera House Saturday 25/03/13 - 13

Kraftwerk live - Sydney Opera House Saturday 25/03/13 - 12

Kraftwerk live - Sydney Opera House Saturday 25/03/13 - 10

Kraftwerk live - Sydney Opera House Saturday 25/03/13 - 09

Kraftwerk live - Sydney Opera House Saturday 25/03/13 - 05

Kraftwerk live - Sydney Opera House Saturday 25/03/13 - 15

Kraftwerk live - Sydney Opera House Saturday 25/03/13 - 18

I had grand plans of blogging about each night of the Kraftwerk marathon… but I didn’t realise how much effort it was going to be. Think about it, you go to a live performance of one of your all time favourite artists and are blown away with 90 minutes of electronic heaven, then you do it again another seven times in four days. It was somewhat insane but, it was awesome, you really had to be there! Overall, it was an epic experience and I felt privileged to be able to afford, have the time and opportunity to see all eight Kraftwerk shows in Sydney.

Here are some ramblings from the last three nights of Kraftwerk at Vivid Live.

Saturday 25 May – Trans-Europe Express (1977) and The Man Machine (1978)
• We were running late for the 7pm show and had to push through the hoards of thousands around Circular Quay checking out the Vivid lights. We sat down in the Joan Sutherland Theatre just as the lights went down and Kraftwerk were starting. Sweat. Dripping.
• Enthusiastic crowd – more woohoo’ing
• Our Kiwi friends were randomly seated right next to us!
• Food truck food for dinner at the “half-time” break.
• The Man Machine show had an even more enthusiastic crowd which included hand clapping and “singing” along to some tracks!

Sunday 26 May – Computerworld (1981) and Techno Pop (1986)
• Met up again with pbot before the show at Opera Kitchen. All five of us were sitting in the same row for this show! It was the out of town-ers row!
• Sat next to a father and son (aged twenty-something) from Canberra. The father told us about buying Kraftwerk albums (on vinyl) when they came out in the 70s. I asked him how did people find out about “cool” music back in the day before the internets and he said that he used to ring up radio stations like Double J and ask them to recommend music.
• There were a few technical hitches during tonight’s shows. These are the things you notice when you start seeing the same thing again and again! This meant they were human and not actually robots 😛
• Degrassi and Leo Broke were the “lucky recipients” of our successful ballot tickets for Techno Pop. We applied for five shows and only got one in the ticket ballot.
• What I particularly  liked about Techno Pop was the chance to see some different visuals/tracks (stuff that wasn’t in the greatest hits package from the last 5 shows)
• We had really great seats right near the stage again and there was a partial standing ovation down the front.

Monday 27 May – The Mix (1991) and Tour De France (2003)
• It finally dawned on me while at The Mix, that Kraftwerk had been performing “The Mix ” versions of their classic tracks over the last four nights. They were more energetic and sounded heaps better than the original versions.
• Finally caught up with the Honka Princess
• Enjoyed Tour de France soundtracks as I wasn’t so familiar with this album
•At the end of the last show, the Kraftwerk guys shook hands and patted each other on the back for a job well done. Standing ovation by all in the Opera House.

After four nights, I would have to say that my favourite tracks were The Robots (made me want to listen to old electro and hip-hop & hip house), Radioactivity (made me want to go to a rave) and Tour de France (made me want to dance). But really, they were all good. The one thing missing from the shows was the opportunity to get up and dance, it just wasn’t that kind of crowd I guess. I’m sure that people would have been annoyed about their 3D show being obscured. A guy next to me at one of the shows had even brought his own fancy 3D glasses.

Anyway… OMG Kraftwerk the pioneers of electronic music performed live right in front of me eight times!!!

See my many photos here

Further reading:

http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/music/electronic-pioneer-still-retains-the-wow-factor-20130526-2n54i.html

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/australia-culture-blog/2013/may/26/kraftwerk-sydney-opera-house-vivid

http://www.themusicnetwork.com/reviews/live/2013/05/28/live-review-kraftwerk-vivid-live/

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