Media: Zeitgeist - London's South Bank shows the future of musical fusion experiments with Ether 04

Strange days when the leading edge in contemporary music isn't to be discovered in some dingy club but is up there for all to see (and hear) on the relatively salubrious South Bank.

Because that's where you'll find the Ether Festival this year. Subtitled "where worlds collide", it features artists who attempt to fuse the best in electronic music with more traditional forms - such as orchestral music.

The sell-out highlight is supposedly the return (for one night only) of Kraftwerk - but real music buffs will be far more intrigued to see what the likes of David Axelrod do when they get the chance to monkey about with an orchestra.

Other highlights include the London Sinfonietta taking on the music of John Cage and Steve Reich plus Jean Jacques Perrey (another near legendary figure in electronic pop) teaming up with Luke Vibert. Expect such electronica to replace the current vogue for Ska and New Wave on Ford ads anytime soon.

The event: Ether 04

The places: Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall

The dates: 11 to 18 March

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