Kraftwerk Tickets

Kraftwerk are a famous German electronic band who rose to prominence in the late 1970s as one of the pioneers of electronic music. The band’s featured the talented duo Ralf Hutter and Florian Schneider, who continued to front the band until Schneider decided to part his ways in 2008. One of the earliest and most influential music acts of the electronic music genre, Kraftwerk can be credited for almost singlehandedly bringing electronic music to the main stream. The band is still going strong and performs regularly. Kraftwerk tickets will allow you catch the legendary band live in action. They will perform in major venues across the country as part of a mini national tour.





Electronic, synthpop, experimental


Ralf Hütter, Fritz Hilpert, Henning Schmitz, Falk Grieffenhagen

With a revolutionary new sound, Kraftwerk carved inroads in the music scene in the 1970’s and 80’s. Music critics have placed them on par with the Beatles in terms of influencing pop culture and upcoming artists. Their signature sound combines catchy melodies with repetitive, driving rhythms and strictly electronic instrumentation. In recognition of their services to music, they were awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2014 Grammy Awards ceremony.


In the late 1960s’ Florian Schneider and Ralf Hutter met as students at the famous Robert Schumann Hochschule in Düsseldorf, Germany. Both became interested in the German experimental music scene and decided to perform together. They started their musical journey by performing in an experimental band, Organisation, with which they released an album, Tone Float.

Following Organisation’s breakup, the duo decided to form their own band, Kraftwerk, so that they could get creative freedom and produce their own kind of music.  Hutter and Schneider experimented with various musicians during the early years of Kraftwerk, with only the two of them remaining constant in the lineup. Schneider would perform on flutes, electro-violins and guitars, while Hutter performed on the electric organ, synthesizers, and electric piano.

The bands earliest releases were mostly instrumental jam sessions, which fused various traditional and classic instruments with groovy beats and rhythms. Their first two albums, the eponymous Kraftwerk (1970) and Kraftwerk 2 (1972) revolved around the same pattern. Their third studio album Ralf und Florian showcased the first semblance of the band’s classic sound, since it relied more heavily on drum machines and synthesizers. The album also marked the first time the band used the vocoder, which would become a staple in the later releases.

International Success and Recognition:

With the success of their earlier albums, the band started making a name for themselves in the industry. They started experimenting more with their sound and used more technologically advanced instruments to achieve a distinct, more disciplined sound. In 1975, the band’s fortune took a turn for the better as they landed a contract which would allow them to tour the US and the UK.

This international tour would be significant for two main reasons. Firstly, it brought Kraftwerk’s music to the huge markets of the US, the UK and Canada and secondly it brought together the classic live lineup of Kraftwerk. Schneider and Hutter were joined by Wolfgang Flur and Karl Bartos on electronic percussions, giving the four member lineup a lot of creativity and spark. The classic lineup performed together till the late eighties, spawning numerous hit albums and successful tours.

Over the following years the band released Radio-Activity (1975), Trans-Europe Express (1977), The Man-Machine (1978), Computer World (1981) and Electric Café (The name was changed to Techno Pop) (1986). These albums peaked in music charts around the world, making Kraftwerk a major name in the electronic dance genre and helped to bring the relatively new art form to the main stream.


Interesting Facts:

  • Ralf Hutter and Florian Schneider hold a patent for creating an electronic drum kit which works with sensor pads.
  • Kraftwerk’s early sound was heavily influenced by the 'adrenalized insurgency' of earlier Detroit artists like the Stooges.
  • After the release of Radio-Activity, the band has released two versions of all of its albums, one with German vocals and one with English vocals.
  • Bands like Depeche Mode and artists like David Bowie have cited Kraftwerk as major influences on their work.
  • The band is famous for its seclusion, refusing to grant interviews and often using mannequins for photo shoots.