Last year Buenos Aires’ electronic music scene was hit hard following six deaths at Time Warp Argentina.
The city’s Mayor decided to take matters in his own hand by banning all electronic music festivals and shows in the Argentinian capital rather than addressing the issues that were pertinent to the specific tragedy at hand. While this was an unfortunate repercussion at the time, the likes of which we have since seen plague other parts of the world with the highest-profile case involving fabric in London, it appears that the fallout from the incident is far from over.
Buenos Aires’ extant ban on electronic music shows could now cause Kraftwerk’s forthcoming concert in the city to get canceled. Despite the show’s promoters, Move Concerts, arguing that a Kraftwerk performance should be considered to be different than the type of event put on by Time Warp, it appears that they could truly be forced to cancel the gig.
According to local newspaper Clarin, Concerts released a statement saying, “They use synthesizers but the proposal has another format: a concert for all age groups lasting one-hour-and-a-half to two hours; and soft drinks are offered. There will also be no alcoholic drinks served.”
Move Concerts were reportedly given permission to begin selling tickets back in July, and have so far sold roughly 70 percent of allotted spots for the 3D audiovisual show scheduled at Luna Park Stadium on November 23.
Sadly, two weeks ago the Government Control Agency (AGC) informed the promoters that the show would need to be canceled, “After Time Warp, Judge Lisandro Fastman’s court ruling prohibited all electronic music festivals. Because of that, and despite the fact that they presented their paperwork with the required 30 days notice, we cannot authorize the permit.”
Move Concerts have appealed the decision and are currently waiting to hear back.