AUG 1 / Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ
Scroll through tracklists affiliated to electronic music, you’re bound to check off quite a few Tangerine Dream tracks. Their impact and importance to those in the electronic music world is unquestionable, and to have them play at this year’s festival is one of the greatest honours to bestow us. One of the most important krautrock acts of our time, the German supergroup celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2017. Originally formed in Berlin by the now deceased Edgar Froese, Tangerine Dream were responsible for setting new standards for prog, droney, sexy-stadium-space music - and pretty much set the template for 80s, Hollywood soundtracks. Nowadays, their anthemic, moody-Moog-music can often be heard in the sets of the daring, and most eclectic of selectors, and at this year’s Dekmantel Festival, you can see the dream in real life. Although Froese is no longer with us, the show must got on, and Tangerine Dream are joined by Thorsten Quaeschning (synth), Ulrich Schnauss (synth, ableton) and Hoshiko Yamane (electric violin). Froese's widow, Bianca Froese-Acquaye, artist herself, is managing the band since 15 years and upholding the legacy of her husband.