Kraftwerk to begin work on ninth album, Ralf Hütter confirms

German electro pioneers are ready to concentrate on their follow-up to 2003's 'Tour De France'

Kraftwerk to begin work on ninth album, Ralf Hütter confirms

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Kraftwerk have begun work on their ninth studio album, the follow-up to 2003's 'Tour De France Soundtracks'.

Band member Ralf Hütter told The Guardian that now Kraftwerk have all but finished their touring based around 2009 boxset 'The Catalogue' - a schedule which saw them play each of their albums in sequence across a week of live shows in New York, Dusseldorf, Sydney and London - they can focus fully on album number nine.

"Now this is done, one to eight. Now we can concentrate on number nine," Hütter is quoted as saying. Asked if there's a timeline of when the album will arrive, Hütter added: "Of course. It's music non-stop!"

Kraftwerk will headline this year's Latitude Festival alongside Foals and Bloc Party. The festival will take place from July 19-21 at Henham Park in Southwold, Suffolk.

Kraftwerk are also set to play T In The Park. The Scottish festival is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year and will also host performances from Mumford & Sons, Rihanna, The Killers, Jake Bugg, Paloma Faith and Alt-J.

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