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China ‘bans’ German band from festival over Tibet show

Modern Sky records,applied to the Ministry of Culture for permission for the band to play.

Written by AFP | Beijing | March 29, 2013 1:02:22 am

China has forbidden German electronic act Kraftwerk from performing at a music festival,more than a decade after the band appeared on the bill of a Free Tibet concert,an industry source said today.

Modern Sky records,a Chinese music company,applied to the Ministry of Culture for permission for the band to play at the annual Strawberry Festival in Beijing next month.

But a source at the firm,asking for anonymity for fear of reprisals,said: “Kraftwerk were not allowed to play… because they participated in a Free Tibet concert.

“We had already arranged the show,it’s a pity they can’t come,it’s a great shame.”

Kraftwerk achieved fame in the 1970s as pioneers of electronic pop music and were scheduled to appear at a high-profile “Free Tibet” concert in Washington DC in 1998. The band pulled out after the show was hit by bad weather.

China’s culture ministry has a long-standing policy of refusing permission to acts who have voiced support for Tibetan independence,several sources with knowledge of the matter told AFP.

News of the ban on the German band comes ahead of the first Chinese performance by UK punk rocker John Lydon,also known as Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols,who is set to play in Beijing on Saturday with his band Public Image Ltd.

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