Kraftwerk banned from playing live in China

The electro legends have been refused visas to perform at the Strawberry Festival in Beijing

Kraftwerk have been banned from playing live in China.

The iconic German electronic group have reportedly been refused visas because of their planned involvement with the Tibetan Freedom Concert in Washington, DC 15 years ago, writes Pitchfork.

The band ended up not playing the concert in the US capital because of adverse weather but even so, they will now no longer be playing the Strawberry Festival, which will take place from April 29-May 1 in Beijing.

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

Kraftwerk are also set to play T In The Park. In addition, the 20th anniversary of the Scottish festival will see sets from Mumford & Sons, Rihanna, The Killers, Jake Bugg, Paloma Faith and Alt-J.

Of Kraftwerk’s addition to the festival – which takes place July 12-14 in Balado near Kinross – director Geoff Ellis said:

“Kraftwerk are a truly seminal band. Their revolutionary sound altered the face of contemporary music, and paved the way for so many artists across so many musical genres. They are a massively influential group and an incredible live act, and we are hugely excited to welcome Kraftwerk to T in the Park for the first time this July, in what will be a very special moment in our 20th year celebrations.”

Kraftwerk recently staged a residency at London’s Tate Modern gallery, where the group performed their discography in full.