Underworld, Kraftwerk, and Nile Rodgers And Chic will top the bill at Glasgow’s Playground Festival on July 30, July 31 and August 1, 2021 respectively at Rouken Glen Park. The second edition of the multi-day festival that hosts a mix of established and new acts is set to take place a year on from the 2020 edition, which was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
No other acts for the Playground Festival have been announced as yet.
Kraftwerk’s set on the Saturday night will be ‘Kraftwerk 3D’. In recent years, the German electronic music pioneers have embarked on tours performing music from the past 25 years accompanied by 3D visuals. Audience members have also been equipped with 3D glasses for the show.
The Playground Festival, which was due to take place between July 31 and August 2 this year, originally had acts secured including CHVRCHES, The Flaming Lips, Neneh Cherry, as well as Underworld. It was postponed until September but has since not gone ahead.
The festival was cancelled in light of the ongoing coronavirus crisis but, following the death of Kraftwerk member Florian Schneider earlier that month, artists decided to club together for the playlists as an additional tribute to the musical pioneer.
Also in September, Underworld reissued their Drift Series 1 box set, launching a new website and hosting a Reddit AMA Q&A session for fans.
The reissue of Drift Series 1 came just one year after its original release. However, having sold out immediately and responding to both demand and many people’s changed circumstances, the package has been remodeled for a new compact edition, plus the bonus of a previously unreleased recording of a Rick Smith Drift pre-show set recorded live at Underworld’s show at Ziggodome Amsterdam in November 2019.
During the last four decades, Underworld’s creative legacy is one that includes everything from poems, books, visual art installations, award winning movie scores, Grammy nominated music and a digital diary of words and found art. Their partnership with design collective Tomato (responsible for creating packaging, films, and visuals for the band, on and off tour) has helped reinforce the band’s utterly unique aesthetic.
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