Kraftwerk beeps out against nuclear power again

Revellers at a festival in Suffolk were given an impromptu taste of musical protest when German electronic legends Kraftwerk made a stand against nuclear power over the weekend. A crowd […]

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By Vicky Ellis

Revellers at a festival in Suffolk were given an impromptu taste of musical protest when German electronic legends Kraftwerk made a stand against nuclear power over the weekend.

A crowd of thousands gathered to watch the group headline on the main stage at Latitude on Saturday night.

The group played a remix of their 1975 tune called “Radioactivity” which included references to an English nuclear waste processing site and Fukushima, the 2011 Japanese nuclear disaster.

Symbols for radioactivity and nuclear atoms flashed up on the backdrop of the stage, as heavily voxed lyrics blared out: “Sellafield, Fukushima, stop radio-activity. This is the air, for you and me… contaminated population.”

The band has a history of opposition to the energy source, performing an anti-nuclear power concert in Tokyo in July 2012 and were clearly out to spread their message again in the UK.