I have asked my mate Bron to give us a round-up of what’s going on in Berlin each week. Allowing us all to machen die Party. I’m not very techno-techno-techno – but Berlin is, and so is your mate Bron. Each event is either highlighted with a:
Bron loves it! – more electronic, than not.
Lucy loves it! – more indie boy band/ pop vibes/ not techno.
Everyone loves it! – 2.5 words: shit’s ACE.
Here are your go-to’s for the week ahead.
**DISCLAIMER: these aren’t the only discos that are going on – they are just the ones that stand out.
Festsaal tonight hosts a mid-week buffet of soft electronic vibes, lead by 17 year old wunderkind xxyyxx. 17 – yeah, I know! If you’re into his 2012 self-titled debut as much as we are – and it wouldn’t be hard to be, it has some sort of dreamy, draw-you-in staying power that is impossible to fight – seeing Marcel Everett do his thing live should be an absolute treat. He’s joined by Girrafagge (heavenly sample-laden jams come at me), Slow Magic, Beat Culture and Blackbird Blackbird. I’m with the event’s promoters on this one – this IS an erstklassige Line Up.
LIDO – Lucy and Bron both have guest list, but aren’t going?
Introducing is at capacity – but if you got guest listed, lucky you! You’re off to see CHVRCHES, Claire, Young Galaxy and Mighty Oaks. Hazzar. The recommendation – follow the team on Facebook, and be in the know their concerts as and when they are launched!
BERGHAIN – Bron loves it!
Charanjit Singh’s story goes something like: veteran Bollywood composer produces album in 1982 in Bombay, sounds ridiculously like acid house only 5 or so years before the genre emerged. Gets released in India, disappears (the LP that is). Gets re-released in 2010 on a Dutch label. Gains widespread Western praise. The origin of Synthesizing: Ten Ragas to a Disco Beat emerges. General consensus is that this background is kinda amazing. Chanjarit Singh starts getting booked to perform his work around Europe. 16.05.2013 – at 72 years of age performs in Berlin’s Berghain alongside genre-mate and UK legend A Guy Called Gerald. Jump on board, this is something special.
FRIDAY – MONDAY
KARNEVAL DER KULTUREN – Everybody loves it! (You’ll find Bron hunting jerk chicken)
The daytime party vibes continue this long weekend, with one of the bigger cultural drawcards on Berlin’s calendar, Karneval der Kulturen. As a first timer, I’m taking a little stab here – however by all accounts this sounds like the vibe of May Day, ohne riots, family-friendly, with a focus on a celebrating Berlin’s diverse cultural mix through music, dance, colourful costumes and welcoming vibes. Right, so not that much like May Day at all. Embrace the cultural feel good, maybe even learn something?
CHESTERS – Bron loves it! And is going.
I’m looking forward to this one. Two birds, one stone, or something like that. New York’s Madteo and his unique dj/producer flavour kind of blew up in 2012 and tonight is Berlin’s chance to check him out, playing live. There should be plenty of … surprises. The other bird? Chesters – a newish venue, tucked off the main street near Görli and increasingly on point with interesting bookings. Also joined by NYC’s Ital and local rkss.
SPREE PARK: The XX Day and Night – Everybody loves it! No one managed tickets.
Chances are, if you’ve lived in Berlin for a while you’ve attempted to sneak into Spree Park at some point, perhaps even been successful (I wasn’t). A former theme park within Plänterwald, it’s a pretty wonderful space filled with abandoned and nature-consumed rides – and enclosed by a tall-ish fence, lots of signs plastered with ‘verboten’ and the odd guard or two on the look out for adventure seekers. If Deutsch authority scares the bejesus out of you, Saturday is not only your chance to see this space – by invitation – but bask in the glory of one hell of a delicious musical treat. The XX’s Day and Night, one-day mini fest comes to Spreepark and there’s little chance that this could be anything but an absolute delight. Joining the curators are Jessie Ware, Mount Kimbie, Kindness, Chromatics, Mykki Blanco, Dixon, Marcus Worgull and Jamie XX (dj set).
EUROVISION – Everybody loves it! Everybody is watching!
Yes, yes and yes. Find yourself a screen, some friends with a like-minded penchant for Europop madness and place your bets – Eurovision 2013 culminates tonight and shit will surely be entertaining. With clever lyrics like “I wanna live before I die” and a generic euro dance beat, our adopted country’s Cascada are on the money, but can they bring home the Preis?
SAGE RESTAURANT – Bron loves it! And is going.
Copenhagen’s Distortion Festival comes to Berlin this Saturday/Sunday for 25 hours of Scandinavian power. With the full shebang just two weeks away, and with my ticket to the Danish capital booked, I’m looking forward to this as a taster of how Germany’s northern Nachbarn parties. I mean, they’re ridiculously good looking, sure. But how are the moves? The soundtrack for this day-night-day affair is being provided by Matt John (Perlon), Clockwork (Life and Death), Alexkid (Desolat), Kenton Slash Demon (Permanent Vacation), Shumi (Kompakt), Bakey Ustl b2b Preesh Mendez (TBD) and a whole lot of other selectors, both Danish and local. There’s also a ‘Raverbus’ full of Danes making the journey to Berlin from Copenhagen. That’s surely a selling point alone.