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Buenos Aires ban on synths forces Kraftwerk to scrap gig

The drug-related deaths of six people at an event in the Argentinian city saw officials ban electronic music shows

A ban on electronic music events means Kraftwerk might be forced to cancel their Bueno Aires performance.

Six people died at Time Warp music festival, deaths that were reportedly drug-related, back in April. This triggered the Argentinian government's enforcement of a law against events with electronic music. Permits for shows will only be issued once policy has been agreed to curtail any more drug-related deaths.

As Argentine outlet Clarin report, the Kraftwerk show, scheduled for late November, was flagged because of their use of “synthesizers or samplers as their primary instrument”. 70 per cent of the tickets were old when promoters were told their permit request had been denied.

“After Time Warp, Judge Lisandro Fastman’s court ruling prohibited all electronic music festivals,” a Buenos Aires government representative told the newspaper. “Because of that, and despite the fact that they presented their paperwork with the required 30 days notice, we cannot authorise the permit.”

This decision, which is being appealed, rings all too familiar with dance music fans, who saw the campaign to close Fabric query the heights of BPM in relation to drug use.