Kraftwerk gig could be cancelled due to Argentine synth ban

German electronic music pioneers scheduled to play Buenos Aires later this month

Kraftwerk could be forced to cancel a gig in Buenos Aires later this month due to a ban on electronic music events in the city.

In April, the city ruled to ban all electronic events after the deaths of six people at Time Warp festival. The local government said they would no longer approve permits for major electronic music festivals until a new law is introduced to prevent drug-related deaths at music events.

The German electronic music pioneers had been scheduled to play Buenos Aires’ Luna Park Stadium on November 23 but now Argentine newspaper Clarín reports that the show’s promoters were given permission to sell tickets for the event in July but were later refused a permit to hold the concert.


A city government representative told Clarín: “After Time Warp, Judge Lisandro Fastman’s court ruling prohibited all electronic music festivals. Because of that, and despite the fact that they presented their paperwork with the required 30 days notice, we cannot authorise the permit.”


The statement added that the original ban would apply because the band “use synthesizers or samplers as their primary instrument.”

NME has approached Kraftwerk’s PR for a comment on the reports.

Meanwhile, Kraftwerk are set to tour the UK in 2017. They were also recently nominated for next year’s Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.