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KRAFTWERK BANNED FROM PLAYING IN CHINA By Patrick Swift

30 March 2013
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KRAFTWERK BANNED FROM PLAYING IN CHINA

The Guardian have reported that the German synth-pop band have been banned from playing a festival in China.

Kraftwerk were due to be playing at the annual Strawberry Festival in Beijing next month, but this will not go ahead now because the band are connected to a Free Tibet concert which occurred over a decade ago.

A source at Chinese music company Modern Sky, who are responsible for organising the festival, said: "Kraftwerk were not allowed to play...because they participated in a Free Tibet concert. We had already arranged the show, it's a pity they can't come, it's a great shame."

They were scheduled to appear at a Free Tibet concert in 1998 in Washington DC, but Kraftwerk did not actually play due to lightning strikes on that day.

This is not the first time something like this has occurred involving China. In the past musical icons such as Elton John, Bob Dylan and Guns N' Roses have been implicated in censorship scandals.

Earlier this year Kraftwerk returned with a bang after completing a string of performances at London's Tate Modern and they are now pencilled in to perform at this year's Latitude Festival.

TAGS: APPEARANCE / BANNED / CANCELLED / CHINA / FESTIVAL / FREE TIBET / KRAFTWERK

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