Plastikman live tour announced

Posted on 21 July 2011
By Gill Nightingale
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Cream are pleased to announce the return of Richie Hawtin’s iconic alter ego Plastikman for his first ever standalone world tour which will see him perform three spectacular shows in the UK including Manchester, Glasgow and London.

The award winning live show will unveil itself in an all new 1.5 format as it continues to evolve and push technology and live performance forward.

Plastikman is arguably one of the only live shows around where all aspects of the performance – music, lighting, audio, visuals and real-time audience interaction via the SYNK App – are controlled by a single on-stage performer.

The Plastikman live experience has been developed by the electronic visionary Richie Hawtin, Derivative and his production team over the past ten years. In 2010, readers of the largest electronic music portal Resident Advisor voted Plastikman as the ‘number one’ live electronic show of the year.

Richie Hawtin’s Plastikman creation returned in 2010 and debuted its new look at Timewarp in Mannheim in March of that year. This version toured festivals the world over, establishing an unrivalled reputation as one of the most spectacular electronic live shows of all time, and quickly united a new generation of music fans with those who had followed the Plastikman project from its groundbreaking innovations in the 1990s.

The Plastikman logo once again has returned to the forefront of the electronic movement as EDM (electronic dance music) fever gripped North America and Plastikman performed acclaimed shows at Electric Daisy Carnival and Canada’s Mutek.

Hawtin and his team have continued to develop and evolve the show – incorporating brand new Plastikman music, visuals and interactive technologies. The updates of the show have once again been created within Hawtin’s fully-collaborative lighting, visual and interactive team: Ali Demirel & Jarrett Smith of Derivative. (TouchDesigner visuals); Matthias Vollrath (lighting integrations); Jeremy Jacobs (JPLS) & Johannes Kramer (sonic upgrades); and Robert Hexler & Bryan McDade (interactivity).

As with all previous dates, Plastikman Live will be fully interactive for any fans with the free SYNK iPhone application, which itself has been re-launched with new features including a live chat, live behind-the-curtain camera feed and more interactive elements, making the show one of the only genuinely interactive concert experiences in the world today.

Richie Hawtin aka Plastikman states: “I’m incredibly excited to finally take Plastikman on its first standalone tour. These dates will represent the last opportunities for fans to catch Plastikman Live in its current form: the 1.5 version of the show we’ve spent nearly a year of fine-tuning. After that, Plastikman will be returning to the shadows to begin work on a brand new 2.0 concept. The fall tour will be full of surprises, and the performance will continue to be spontaneous and unique for every show – the way I believe live music should be performed in 2011.”

Support on the UK leg of the tour will come from Magda and Ambivalent – with full line-ups for each date to be announced shortly. For full info on the world tour go to

The Plastikman Live 2011 tour is in proud association with media & ticket partner Resident Advisor.

Tickets go on general sale 9am Friday 22nd July.


Manchester Academy
Thursday 1st December
Plastikman Live
Doors: 9pm – 2am / Age: 18+ / £25+BF

O2 Academy Brixton
Friday 2nd December
Plastikman Live
Doors: 9pm – 2am / Age: 18+ / £25+BF (Early Bird) / £27.50+BF

Glasgow Barrowlands
Saturday 3rd December
Plastikman Live
Doors: 8pm – midnight / Age: 18+ / £25+BF