Kraftwerk open last week of Marquee season with 3D show

Kraftwerk open last week of Marquee season with 3D show
Kraftwerk performing their live 3d show in Live At the Marquee Cork.Pic Darragh Kane

THE MARQUEE opened its last week for the year with arguably the event’s most-anticipated announcement: the arrival in Cork of pioneering electronic outfit Kraftwerk, as part of their globe-spanning 3D audiovisual tour.

Fans enjoying the Kraftwerk live 3d show in Live At the Marquee Cork.Pic: Darragh Kane
Fans enjoying the Kraftwerk live 3d show in Live At the Marquee Cork.Pic: Darragh Kane

On their way into the Marquee, each ticket-holder was given a pair of 3D glasses, to take in the visuals that accompanied the show, delivered via a towering screen on stage and derived from the band’s long history of bare-bones, now-retro-futurist aesthetic.

Indrija Holman, Wexford, Niall Power, Waterford, Anita Mathur, Carrigaline and Tracy Power, Waterford going to see Kraftwerk in Live At the Marquee Cork.Pic Darragh Kane
Indrija Holman, Wexford, Niall Power, Waterford, Anita Mathur, Carrigaline and Tracy Power, Waterford going to see Kraftwerk in Live At the Marquee Cork.Pic Darragh Kane

As has been the case with recent touring, last night saw band co-founder Ralf Hütter and company explore their rich back catalogue, a body of work that spans the early development and evolution of electronic music, taking in krautrock, techno and synthpop.

‘Computer Love’, ‘The Model’, ‘Autobahn’, ‘Tour de France’ and ‘Trans-Europe Express’ all received airings, while a rendition of ‘Spacelab’ was met with rapturous applause.

Kraftwerk performing their live 3d show in Live At the Marquee Cork.Pic Darragh Kane
Kraftwerk performing their live 3d show in Live At the Marquee Cork.Pic Darragh Kane

Widely considered to be innovators of electronic music, they were among the first successful acts to popularize the genre. The band’s original lineup began as part of West Germany’s experimental “krautrock” scene in the early 1970s before embracing electronic instruments, including synthesizers, drum machines, vocoders, and self-made instruments.

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