What happens, when a pair of big nightlife makers of Berlin get together and create something new: Exactly, something bigger! And so goes the story of Sampson who has been running his crazy karaokee nicht Cherry-o-kie now for years and PANSY who has taken Berlin’s party scene by storm with her gay R’n'B party Sissy and her PANSY presents… extravaganzas. Those two crazy kids have teamed up to create YO! SISSY – Berlin’s first queer music festival which is happening this coming weekend from July 24-26, 2015. With a massive line-up of over 50 acts the festival will take over the venues Schwuz, Neue Heimat and SO36 bringing together the diversity and creativity from all over the world onto the stages of Berlin. We are super excited about this new festival because it’s the first of its kind here in Berlin and it’s fresh and edgy and full of potential and we can’t wait for the world to see it. You can expect of course the local heroes of the queer Berlin music scene such as Aerea Negrot, Black Cracker, Evvol, aminus, and the party makers Pet Shop Bears, Mr. Ties (Homopatik), Mauro Feola (Beitola), and Joey Hansom (Boo Hoo), but also international names such as Hi-Fashion, Crystal Waters (yes, the one who gave us 100% Pure Love back in the 90s), Hidden Cameras, Annie and Peaches. After the jump you’ll get a taste of what’s to come with music from our favorite acts, as well as a big mixtape especially compiled in promotion of the festival featuring the music from all the acts mixed by Voin who many of you will know as the maker of the glorious Blitz party. Enjoy and get your tickets for the festival asap!
Robert Montgomery, All Palaces, photo: Kai von Rabenau,
courtesy Neue Berliner Räume
You’ve probably heard the news by now: The glorious Stattbad Wedding has recently closed. This weekend the party makers of the club nights Stattnacht are throwing the last two parties in their temporary exile at one of the previously unused halls of Neue Heimat and after that an era has ended. I feel quite sad about this sudden development because the Stattbad was one of those locations that I have recommended through its entire run here on iHeartBerlin, for parties, exhibitions and other crazy stuff happening there. The old public swimming pool found a new purpose in the hands of the makers of Stattbad and the place including all its institutions such as the Open Walls gallery, the Stattbar and the Statt.lab was a wonderful experimental playground for a whole generation of creative Berliners and therefor an important part of the youth culture of Berlin for the past 6 years. It’s a shame that the place has closed so unexpectedly and there is not even a chance to have a final good-bye party there. So as an alternative we went back into our archive and compiled a huge best of from all the coverage and photos we have dedicated to Stattbad over the past 6 years and then some. Enjoy the Stattbad Chronicles after the jump and don’t feel ashamed to shed a tear for this amazing place on the final Stattnacht party on Saturday night and the open air on Sunday. We will miss you, Stattbad Wedding.
On Satuday the kids of SXX SELLS celebrated their big White Ball at P.O.P. and offered quite a lot for their Christmas party: Vibrator icicles hanging from the ceiling, Christmas buffet with candy canes, cupcakes and ginger bread, condom photo wall courtesy of Eis.de and none other than Peaches at the decks. It was an absolute blast! Enjoy the photos and – by popular demand after a long break – animated party GIFs after the jump on 3 pages.
On Friday probably 90% of our fellow bloggers were celebrating at the StyleNite after party because apparently that’s the place to be that night. We had a different place to: The after show party of some amazing designers who we love and who are as mad as a box of hair (at least in the case of one of them this is meant quite literal): Tata Christiane, Charlie Le Mindu and Vava Dudu. The crazy party organized byconcept store UNI+FORM took place at P.O.P. and none-other than Peaches was entertaining the eclectic crowd. Some impressions after the jump.
Fashion Week is nearly over. But wait, there is one person I want to present you before all my fruits are back in the closet: Tata Christiane. This amazing artist just makes me gaga. She is not only one of the most talented and colorful fashion designers in town. She has also a band together called Aniaetleprogrammeur. The music is very dark and somehow haunted. A perfect clash with the color and print magic she is doing on all here designs and dresses. On my street style day in Wedding I was wearing one of here outfits and a headpiece she designed. Also, on the first day of Fashion Week I was wearing a unisex piece from Tata. There I met another blogger called Max Bonheur who was wearing one of her outfits, too. Tonight she is doing a fashion installation and a party. My fruitiest singer Peaches will have a DJ set there along with Tata, Charlie Le Mindu and Vava Dudu so dont miss it. More information are in our event guide. After the jump some of my best poses in Tata’s amazing dresses.
Our all-time favorite Berlin music sensation Peaches is giving an inspiring speach at The Lost Lectures this Thursday. In her performance (part talk, part interactive show), she will demonstrate that it’s in losing fear that we will gain freedom of expression and experience real creativity.
The Lost Lectures is a series of talks from London making their first appearance in Berlin. Their concept is simple: they invite an eclectic mix of world class speakers, thinkers, doers and dreamers to give short 15 minute talks with visuals and demos. All this, in awe inspiring secret locations fully art directed and designed to bring the imagination to life. Get some impressions of previous talks after the jump. Find out who else is speaking in Berlin tomorrow and how to get one of the limited tickets here.
Last week the annual Sparkle Army party exploded for the fourth time at Monster Ronson’s. Femme fatal Jackee Word once again swung her barely covered ass around the dancing pole and Peaches made surprise appearance during the Sparkle outfit contest. Enjoy the photos and animations after the jump.
Peaches just released a video to her new song titled Burst! The track is produced by Boys Noize and Alex Epton. On the EP there are also mixes by Planningtorock and Bart B More. Enjoy the ride after the jump.
Last week Berlin-based performer Peaches called to action in support of the imprisoned Russian protest band Pussy Riot. Together with Simonne Jones she recorded a special song and shot a video with many other supporters in the streets of Berlin that has been released a few days ago. See the results after the jump. Read more about the protest here and if you would like to support the cause as well, sign the petition here.
Since last Saturday I am totally hooked on Karaoke. Matthias Lilienthal, artistic director of the HAU theater celebrated his goodbye party with sexy rockstar grandma Peaches. She didn’t just perfome some great songs herself but also hosted an amazing karaoke night. The whole audience sang and danced and somewhere between Total Eclipse of the Heart, Rolling in the Deep, 99 Luftballons and I will Survive I got quite emotional. Not so sure if it was because of the 16 year old Turkish girl wearing a head rag performing Adele’s no. 1 hit like a champ or because of the collective experience of 800 people singing (or let’s say screaming) all together I will Survive. Definetly a night to remeber. Photos of the night after the jump.