Kraftwerk Ticket Rush Crashes Tate Modern’s Website

Tickets for the eight performances by the legendary electro band Kraftwerk at Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall next February went on sale this morning, but Tate’s in-house booking system proved unable to cope with the high traffic. The website crashed, and countless Kraftwerk fans were unable to reach a phone operator. Many will have to give up, despite being ready to fork out £60 per ticket (or $95, against $25 for the MoMA performances last year).

The Tate performances will be Kraftwerk’s first dates in London since 2004. For this series entitled “The Catalogue 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8,” the band will play one of their eight albums — “Autobahn” (1974), “Radio-Activity” (1975), “Trans Europe Express” (1977), “The Man-Machine” (1978), “Computer World” (1981), “Techno Pop” (1986), “The Mix” (1991) and “Tour de France” (2003) — in chronological order. Compositions from the back catalogue and new visual material will also be presented.

The Tate fiasco is particularly disappointing because so predictable. Tickets for the MoMA performances also sold out minutes after being released. Soon after, touts were offering tickets on the U.S. site Craigslist for astronomical sums. One even demanded food: “For $10,000 and dinner I will take you as my +1 to see Kratwerk [sic] perform their admirable, german [sic] version of a prince album.  Money must be paid in cash, or bitcoins prior to the show.” For wealthy Londoners ready to dine with a perfect stranger, a similar opportunity might arise in the next few days.


This article originally appeared on ARTINFO U.K.

(Image: Courtesy of Sprueth Magers, Berlin and London. © Kraftwerk.)