The ban prohibits any gig where the main instrument is a 'sampler or synthesizer'
Cai Trefor

15:13 12th November 2016

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After the drug-related deaths of five people on 15 April at Time Warp Festival in Argentina, the government moved to stop issuing permits for all major electronic music festivals and a Kraftwerk gig has been denied.


They were initially allowed to sell the tickets and started doing so in July and sold 70 pecent of them. But two weeks ago the permit they thought they'd be given was denied for the gig which was supposed to go ahead on 23 November, as Clarín reports (via Exclaim).
 
Promoters Move Concerts have argued that the Kraftwerk gig isn’t like an electronic music festival. It would be alcohol-free, all-ages, and last two hours at the most.



One commentor on Twitter wrote,"Suspending Kraftwerk because of what happened at Time Warp? - Nobody warned them that the only pill that takes a fan of Kraftwerk in 2016 is taking is Ibuprofen."

However, the city ban’s any event including “synthesizers or samplers as their primary instrument” is subject to prohibition.

Curiously, Sónar Buenos Aires festival, which features electronic acts like Moderat and Jacques Greene, has been given the green light to take place in December because it is not, according to the Buenos Aires Ministry for Culture, “a dance party” or “DJ event” — despite being one of the most renowned electronic festivals in the world.

The only chance of saving the show would be by moving the event outside of Buenos Aires.

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