Legendary Technopop outfit Yellow Magic Orchestra and Electronic pioneers Kraftwerk are to share the same stage for the first time in their long careers as part of the NO NUKES 2012 effort.
The music event was the inspiration of Ryuichi Sakamoto and follows on in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster last year. NO NUKES 2012 is designed to raise funds for the 10 Million People’s Petition To Say Goodbye To Nuclear Power Plants which organises events and rallies in Japan to promote the cause. Sakamoto has been very dedicated to the anti-nuclear message following on from the earthquake/tsunami disaster in Japan last year that caused the incident at Fukushima.
This will mark the first time that YMO and Kraftwerk will be on the same bill for a live performance which is an historic event for the two bands that have both pioneered electronic music and influenced many different bands and artists both at home and abroad. YMO were inspired by Kraftwerk to pave their own path of Technopop, although they preferred to introduce many different styles into their sound that made them distinctive from their German counterparts.
The performances are scheduled for 7th and 8th July 2012 in Chiba City, Japan. As well as YMO and Kraftwerk, the line-up also includes Asian Kung-Fu Generation, Hajime Chitose, Akihiro Namba, 9mm Parabellum Bullet, Acidman, Nakaido Reichi Band, Ryuichi Sakamoto and others.