Cabaret Voltaire to play first gig in 20 years at Berlin festival

Richard H Kirk is now the only remaining member of the band

Iconic post-punk band Cabaret Voltaire are set to play their first gig in 20 years at Berlin’s Atonal Festival next month,

The event, which takes place from August 20-24, writes on its website: “Berlin Atonal is delighted to announce that it will host the very first Cabaret Voltaire live performance in over 20 years. Cabaret Voltaire’s blend of dance music, techno, dub, house and experimentalism made them, without a doubt, one of the most influential acts of the last 40 years.”

They add that the band is now just made up of one member, Richard H Kirk. “With a line up now consisting solely of machines, multi-screen projections and Richard H Kirk, the first Cabaret Voltaire performance of the 21st Century – featuring exclusively new material and no nostalgia – promises to be formidable,” they continue.


Cabaret Voltaire formed in Sheffield in the early 1970s and in 1978 signed to Rough Trade Records. They released their first album, ‘Mix-Up’, in 1979. They released their 11th album, ‘International Language’, in 1993 and disbanded the following year.