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Published on Jul 8, 2009
Kraftwerk Interview Ralf Hütter BBC2 England 20090708 18:59 Culture Show. Filmed during the Kraftwerk gig in the Manchester Velodrome 3th July 2009. With clips of Tour de France, Numbers and The Robots
German godfathers of electronica peddle their way into the people of Manchester's hearts 03 July 2009 - Kraftwerk wheeled out some surprises during their unique performance at the Manchester Velodrome last night (2 July), which saw the British Olympic cycling team ride round the venue whilst the band played.
The German pioneers of electronica are well known for their love of cycling so the Velodrome was a fitting venue.
However, it was a couple of minutes into the song Tour De France, that the names of the Olympic Gold-winning cycling team were announced from the stage with a thick German accent.
Each member proceeded to appear from behind the band and cycle round the purpose built track, much to the delight of the crowd.
The cyclists rode up and down in a wave-like formation, an image then mirrored by elaborate visual effects on screens behind the stage.
Most of the audience agreed this was the highlight of the show.
"I think I died and went to heaven when the cyclists came out for Tour De France. Thats the best track and action I've ever seen working together - it's my gig of the year," said one enthusiastic fan.
Another added: "It was absolutely fantastic, seeing the Olympic team cycle round the track was amazing and it gave the music so much energy."
Kraftwerk played a two hour show altogether. The first half saw them romp through the best-known songs from their back catalogue.
Trans Europe Express, Man Machine, Computer Love, The Model and Autobahn were particularly well received by the crowd.
But the treats didn't end there. For part two, the band emerged from behind a light show, dressed in luminous green outfits set against a backdrop of 3D visuals that required the audience to wear special glasses.
The lyrics of tracks including Radioactivity and Computer World were then thrown out at a Velodrome full of 3D spec wearers in futuristic style.
It made for an impressive encore and at the end of the set, as deadpan as ever, each of the current four members of the Kraftwerk line-up left the stage one by one.