With the anticipation building for this year’s Fusion Festival, we’ve been inspired to create a list of new and more intimate summer music and arts festivals. Some are hosting performances and events at unique venues across Berlin, while others invite us take a break from the city life, pack some camping gear and escape to the beaches and forests not far away. This year welcomed a handful of new festivals with a focus on creating a community atmosphere where you can spend a weekend enjoying great music, quality food and drinks, exhibitions, installations, workshops and performances. It’s time to leave the club scene behind for a weekend and make the most of these festivals, many of which only come with the short-lived Berlin heat. Click on to discover what this summer holds in store.
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In a few days it’s already here: This year’s early edition of the Berlin Festival. It normally took place in the Fall, but with the changes the festival is going through they also moved their date into the Spring to be the first festival of the year to open the festival season. Since it’s change of location from Tempelhof to the newly founded Arena Park that includes not only the Arena itself but also a lot of the space, venues and parks around it, the festival has experienced pretty much a reboot. We are totally in favor of these changes and like that it has more of a club atmosphere now and seems a bit more true to the spirit of Berlins nightlife.
Speaking of nightlife! Absolut is one of this year’s supporter of the Berlin Festival and they know a thing or two about creative nightlife. In support of the Berlin Festival they commissioned XI Design to create five big street art murals spread over several in town in the spirit of their Absolut Nights campaign. They look super fun and are great additions to all the ones we previously reported about. After the jump you can see a making of video, some photos and you’ll get a chance to win a pair of last minute Berlin Festival tickets!
Berlin has always been a place with a strong disruptive attitude. Every decade this city sees new things going to waste and getting thrown apart. But between all that waste and messiness there is always growing an intense subculture of creative minds wanting to invent things out of the ordinary. Taking place at a former GDR-Plattenbau, now art center and nightclub called Neu West Berlin the Trashera Festival brings a whole spectrum of different art forms in one place. All the artist presented are far from being part of the establishment but a good mix of newcomers, amateurs and wild party kids in an experimental phase of their life. But by joining force and with the help of an interesting location this event might have an absorbing energy worth experiencing. You have time until monday to check out the whole festival weekend of performance, installation, and music. Also worth trying is the Agora-Pop Up Restaurant serving delicious vegan food on top of the building. A little photographic preview after the jump.
photos: Jule Müller
Berlin is a place of unconventional ideas and I think that pretty much applies to all possible things, even something as traditional as a wedding. This beautiful new video by the wedding film makers Hearts on Tape shows a wild Mexican-style wedding taking place at the nightclub Wilde Renate. It looks absolutely beautiful and fun and unique and it’s totally how I imagine the cool folks of Berlin getting hitched. What it is is the new music video for the Moewe Remix of Moby’s new song Almost Home. Enjoy the beautiful video and some photos from the set of the film shooting by the talented wedding photographer Jule Müller (one half of the fabulous Im Gegenteil) after the jump.
It doesn’t happen very often, but sometimes we are lucky to present to you events that have a very powerful message. On the 21st of May 2015 legendary folk singer Joan Baez and world-renowned Chinese artist Ai Weiwei – both committed activists – will be the joint recipients of Amnesty International’s Ambassador of Conscience Award for 2015. Prominent presenters of the honorific speech will be Patty Smith and Chris Dercon (upcoming General Director of Volksbühne).
Amnesty International’s Ambassador of Conscience Award is the organization’s top honour, recognizing those who have shown exceptional leadership in the fight for human rights, through their life and work. The award will be presented at a ceremony in Berlin at Haus der Berliner Festspiele. Continuing in the proud tradition of Amnesty supporting musicians who have gone before them, Academy Award winning songwriter Glen Hansard, German singer/songwriter Clueso and one of the finest voices in soul and blues, Jo Harman, will perform at the award ceremony for Joan Baez and Ai Weiwei.
We are giving away 2×2 free tickets for the event which you can also buy tickets for here. More after the jump.
One of my secret favorites, Welsh singer-songwriter Marina and the Diamonds, is hitting the road for a three-city German tour this week, coming to Berlin on Friday, May 8. Superstar Marina, known for her incredible voice, profound lyrics and captivating stage presence, will perform her biggest hits alongside selected songs from her new album Froot, including the singles ‘Happy’, ‘Forget’ and, of course, ‘Froot’. Are you a massive fan too? Then we are about to make your day! Today we are giving away 2×2 tickets to dance your night away at her concert at Astra Kulturhaus. How to win, after the jump!
photo: Yonca Cavus
Tonight you’ll get a taste of fresh indie pop from Hamburg live at the Fête de la Musique. The three guys from Pool have made a few rounds at several festivals in the past years including Melt!, South by Southwest, Fusion and the Reeperbahn Festival and now they are finally releasing their debut album Snacks & Supplies on April 24, 2015 which is gonna be a perfect soundtrack for the upcoming summer. The upbeat record is showing guitar pop from Germany at its best with catchy tunes and a down-to-earth attitude. The new video for the first single State of Mind is a little short film with a modern day Bonnie and Clyde story. Too bad the boys from the band are not in it because they are quite the eye candy. Let’s look at some photos of them and enjoy the video after the jump. And go check them out live on Sunday June 21, 2015 at 18:30h at the Fête de la Musique special at Dussmann!
For the longest time of my life in Berlin the appearance of street musicians made me want to change the car of the subway or the side of the street. For some reason only the least talented people on the planet seemed to be the ones who decided to play live in public here. But in the past few years this has changed. A lot. Now all of a sudden I find myself amazed by the quality of the music that we get to hear now in the U-Bahn stations. I guess the influx of people coming to Berlin in recent time also brought some talent.
The Busker Diaries is a new video series dedicated to the most talented street musicians. The term Busker itself is pretty new to me, I guess it’s a a shorter and more sexy way to describe that you play music in the streets and make a living from the donations of the people and self-produced CD sales. Of the three episodes that have been released so far we like the first one the most with the blue-haired Katie O’Connor who makes really good folk music. Enjoy the film after the jump!
For the upcoming Berlin Festival and the Re:Publica conference the makers of the Busker Diaries are hosting open stages that still have some available slots for musicians. If you are interested you can contact them through their Facebook page.
Rae Morris is one of these women that make me wonder why on Earth British female pop singers are so much cooler than American ones who can merely be accounted for being guilty pleasures. But the British (and Irish) women of pop just seem to be made of cool without dressing like prostitutes and acting like teenagers. Think of Bat For Lashes, Roisin Murphy, Lilly Allen, Adele, Amy Winehouse, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, hell even Kylie Minogue is one cool little nugget.
Rae Morris is probably more on the left field of pop music with her gorgeous debut album Unguarded. The first comparison that comes to mind is Bat For Lashes, but Rae’s music is a little more down to Earth I think. Songs like Skin, Closer, Cold and Do You Even Know? are the type that you will instantly fall in love with because they are so memorable with great lyrics. But what makes them even more enjoyable are the stunning videos directed by the equally talented Nadia Marquard Otzen. Check them out after the jump!
On June 10, 2015 Rae Morris will play live at Privatclub starting at 20h. Don’t miss this talented young lady!
When you put me in a room with technology, Freedom isn’t the first word that comes to mind; especially considering my comfort zone doesn’t extend much further than my laptop and DSLR. However, when I heard of the new Berlin-based audio company Raumfeld, I was intrigued by their wireless concept, sleek design and amazing sound quality. I first spotted a few sets of Raumfeld speakers at a Berlin Fashion Week show, perfectly balancing out the avant-garde aesthetic with their Bauhaus-inspired minimal design. So when Frank and I tried out a set of their Stereo M: Raumfeld speakers in his apartment I was a little intimidated by these purist-chic devices, but within minutes, I was blown away. Click on to see how these speakers truly live up to their slogan “Be Free” and find out how to win one of these treasures.