Kraftwerk to play in Manchester Velodrome

Pioneering German band Kraftwerk are holding a concert at Manchester Velodrome on July 2.

Having been creating cutting-edge music for over 40 years, Kraftwerk are probably best known to cycling fans as the group behind early 1980s hit Tour de France. They also produced the music used for Eurosport’s cycling coverage.

The four band members – Ralf Hütter, Fritz Hilpert, Henning Schmitz and Stefan Pfaffe – are all cycling fanatics, and have been known to schedule their work and concerts around 100-mile-a-day bike rides.

The concert is part of the Manchester International Festival (July 2-19, 2009), and has already completely sold out. Kraftwerk will be supported by American composer Steve Reich.


Manchester International Festival

Kraftwerk official website