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Cabaret Voltaire Announce Live Show
Laurie Tuffrey , July 7th, 2014 06:34

First outing in over 20 years at the Berlin Atonal festival next month

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OOOOOFF! Cabaret Voltaire are set to play their first live performance in over 20 years, with a show just announced at the Berlin Atonal festival on August 23. A press release from Mute states: "With a line up now consisting solely of machines, multi-screen projections and Richard H. Kirk, this will be the first Cabaret Voltaire performance since November 1992 and will feature exclusively new material and no nostalgia. The performance promises to be something relevant for the first Cabaret Voltaire outing of the 21st Century." The news follows a series of Cabs releases on Mute, starting with a reissue of their 1981 album Red Mecca, followed by the #8385 (Collected Works 1983 – 1985) box set and most recently #7885 (Electropunk to Technopop 1978 - 1985) bringing together work from the band's 1978-81 and 1983-85 periods. Read our review of the latter here. Last year, Quietus editor John Doran interviewed Kirk, as well as discussing the legacy of the Cabs with former member Stephen Mallinder in his interview with Mallinder's new band Wrangler here.

This year's Atonal, which was relaunched in 2013, will also feature a performance of Steve Reich's Music For 18 Musicians, a premiere of a collaboration between Donato Dozzy and Nuel and sets by Tim Hecker, Vessel, Millie & Andrea, Source Direct, In Aeternam Vale and others. The festival's site has full details and tickets.

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Y pant
Jul 7, 2014 10:50am

Correction: Richard H. Kirk announces live show.

This is not C.V.

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And the perverts...
Jul 7, 2014 4:10pm

In reply to Y pant:


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Jul 7, 2014 6:56pm

In reply to Y pant:

As RHK clarified in a 2010 interview on this site...

"I don't know what kind of rumours or theories are going around about that but just to make everything completely clear: there used to be three people in Cabaret Voltaire. One of them [Chris Watson] left in 1981 and the other one [Stephen Malinder] left in 1993 leaving me with the option to carry the project on, which is something that I have thought about quite a bit.

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Y pant
Jul 8, 2014 9:53am

In reply to steinomite:

RHK fails to understand that C.V.'s music still resonates for many, many people, & that turning up solo - armed with a laptop & a few choice samples - essentially gobs all over it. Why is he so reluctant to perform under his own name (playing C.V. material) - is he worried that nobody'll turn up? (Maybe he's right...)

C.V. without Mal is not C.V., in much the same way that T.G. couldn't realistically continue without Gen.

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Moonee Ponds
Jul 8, 2014 12:33pm

There seems to be a lot of bad feeling surrounding Richard's reactivation of the Cabs "brand" - a mild over-reaction on some folks' part perhaps, but I guess I can see their point, as the Cabs are the last band I'd expect to see trading in pseudo-nostalgia.

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Aug 11, 2014 4:08pm

It's quite simple... Bands and/or artists who deny their past, and thus the fans that made them, should stay home on their couch and fade away... :D

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