Music News: Kraftwerk show falls victim to electronic music ban in Buenos Aires


Kraftwerk perform in October 2016
Kraftwerk perform at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in October 2016 (ANDER GILLENEA/AFP/Getty Images)

When they banned electronic music shows, Buenos Aires officials probably didn't have in mind a concert by a 46-year-old band of synth pioneers — but nonetheless, a Kraftwerk show certainly does use "synthesizers or samplers as a primary instrument," and so a planned gig for this month has been denied a permit to go on. The ban on electronic music festivals was enacted after five people died at the Time Warp festival this past spring.

Promoters of the Kraftwerk show challenged the ruling, saying that the concert doesn't qualify as a festival, but they are now trying to find a location for the show elsewhere in the province. The head of the local electronic music association has decried the decision to shut down an entire genre on the basis of one poorly-managed event. As one fan put it on Twitter, no on told civic authorities "that the only pill that Kraftwerk fans take in 2016 is Ibuprofen."

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