Sunday 16 December 2018

Kraftwerk head for the hills

Electronic music legends Kraftwerk will play a two-hour show at the Luggala estate in Co Wicklow where Guinness heir Garech Browne currently lives
Electronic music legends Kraftwerk will play a two-hour show at the Luggala estate in Co Wicklow where Guinness heir Garech Browne currently lives

Brian Hutton

A MEMBER of the famous Guinness brewing family is to stage a one-off concert by electronic music legends Kraftwerk in his stunning country home.

The gates to the spectacular Luggala Estate in Co Wicklow will be opened to almost 5,000 ticket-holders in September for what organisers say will be a unique music event.

Promoters also claim it will be one of the most environmentally-friendly events in the world this year with cars banned and fans being bussed in the almost 30 miles from Dublin over mountains and past lakes.

Luggala, bought by Ernest Guinness as a wedding gift to his daughter Oonagh -- one of the so-called Golden Guinness Girls -- was a renowned gathering place for Ireland's artists, musicians and thinkers during the 20th century.

Guinness heir Garech Browne, who lives on the estate now, has named the concert 'A Day In The Life' in memory of his brother Tara Browne, whose fatal car crash in 1966 was immortalised by his friends The Beatles in the song of the same name.

Reclusive

The two-hour concert is Kraftwerk's only show in western Europe this year. The notoriously reclusive quartet from Dusseldorf pioneered the electronic music genre in the 1970s and their influence on other bands is said by some critics to be incalculable.

Tickets for the September 13 show go on sale tomorrow at 9am with capacity limited bizarrely to 4,999.

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