HERE IT IS. One of the best days of the year on the Berlin party cal, May Day /Erster May is upon us and this year – FALLS ON A FREITAG. Shit just doesn’t get better. With a free for all on the party front, we’ve done our best to sift through what’s on offer this long long weekend and throw it into a list. There’s even a cheeky guest list giveaway to a dancefloor marathon from the Sweat Lodge agency crew on Sat/Sund. Read onnnnn.
Below are some of the events we are recommending for the week ahead in Berlin. Each of them 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 and/or edible.
CLUB DER VISIONAERE – Bron loves it!
May Day and it’s surrounding days really are when CDV comes alive. Whether they’ve opened their outside doors earlier in the season or not, these first few days in May at the canal-side Berlin stalwart are about as vibe-rich as it gets, with a line-up of much-loved regulars returning each year (some names have been announced, many need to just be assumed) and the party running non-stop for a bloody lot of hours. We’re slotting this one in the Donnerstag listings as things kick off tonight with their ‘Day Before May’ party w/ Cabanne, Sonja Moonear and Dyed Soundorom, however things will keep running and running and CDV is also one of our picks for May Day, May Day night and well any slot across the weekend. The flipside of such an affair at a much-loved haunt with an intimate capacity is that things could get really busy so arrive with patience and/or a weg Bier/Sekt as you may need to queue.
Also worth checking out:
YAAM – Mike Skinner & Murkage present Tonga – MEHR INFOS
CHALET – Tanz in den Mai w/ Binh, Vera + More – MEHR INFOS
THE KAPITALIST – Klub Tilt @ Kapitalist – MEHR INFOS
WATERGATE – Die Damen w/ Miss Kittin, Heidi, Kim Ann Foxman, Cinthie – MEHR INFOS
IPSE – 10 Years BNR w/ Boys Noize, Modeselektor (DJ Set), Spank Rock, Djedjotronic, Busy P, SCNTST – MEHR INFOS
NEUE HEIMAT – TANZ IN DEN MAI – BAR & FOOD NIGHT w/ Mitch Alive – MEHR INFOS
FREITAG (ERSTER MAI)
While Tag der Arbeit has a pretty wild history in the German capital (this here was one perspective, from 2010) and there should be a handful of demonstrations on earlier in the day if you want to get involved, in our past 2 May Days we haven’t seen event a hint of violence nor a firebombed car – and instead enjoyed one of the best all day extravaganzas Berlin has to offer. Centering around Kreuzberg (predominantly Kotti to Görli), there are a ridiculous amount of parties to choose from in 2015, and plenty of bars and general swanning around the closed streets to be enjoyed in between.
Our top picks are below:
RETRAMP – Everybody loves it!
Off the main drag but worth the detour, for a delicious, edible start to the day head to ReTramp on Reuterstrasse for the latest venture from the team behind Thai & Techno, Nosherei. A combined food, drink, tunes and art affair, this deli takeaway pop-up will kick off at midday and offer old-school snacks including gourmet toasted sandwiches, waffles and a twist on cocktail classics. Hungry/thirsty already? US TOO.
NEUE WEST BERLIN – Bron loves it!
One of the later parties to be announced this May long weekend, the Record Loft are putting on quite the extravaganza in the backyard of Neue West Berlin, a pretty wonderful live venue / creative space on Köpenicker Strasse. Kicking off at 14:00, you should keep an eye on their event page for an ever-growing line-up however names announced so far include Florian Kupfer, Henning Baer, Alienata, Excell, Koehler and probably more. Bonus extra – there’s an indoors option if it rains.
JOHN MUIR – Bron loves it!
Having spent the majority of our first Erster Mai unable to drag ourselves far from the front of John Muir, we were pretty stoked to hear they’re throwing a little open air this year. Coupled with sweet tunes (provided by Tyler Morrison, Bruhaha -(Will, Sarj & Jon), Cosmin TRG, Derek Plaslaiko and a cheeky Funktion One), the extra lure of this one is obviously the steady flow of fucking delicious cocktails on offer from the John Muir bar team. Cupcake Berlin will also be representing. BITTE.
LOCKE MÜLLER – Bron loves it!
Doing as they do each yeah, this Spreewaldplatz venue will be throwing another heaving 1. Mai Open Air in 2015. Centred at the heart of all the Kreuzberg madness and sprawling both inside and out, this year’s party features Oliver Deutschmann, Tristen, Albrecht Wassersleben, Stassy, Diego Krause and loads more, and is worth stopping by on your overall adventure or sticking around for the long haul.
BERGHAIN / PANORAMA BAR – Bron loves it!
This 1. May as a whole will be drastically more fun if the rain holds off, however let’s pray even more for schön Wetter for the sake of the Berghain Garden opening it’s doors. One of – perhaps the only – occasions when the Big Haus offers something for FREI, as with every Tag der Arbeit, if the weather is on board they’ll be opening the garden for a day dance c/o Ostgut residents including Ryan Elliott, Nick Höppner, Anthony Parasole and Tama Sumo. It’s kinda ridiclous, oder? As the night rolls in, it’s more of the good stuff via the monthly Get Perlonized, this round with Zip, Daniel Bell, Kalabrese and Sammy Dee. 24+hours, 8/8.
NEUE HEIMAT – Everybody loves it!
All a bit too much? Chill the fuck out ein bisschen, with jazz, delicious street food and fancy drinks over at Neue Heimat with their 1ST Of May – Bar and Food Night. Tunes for this edition will be provided by Jazzy Berlin Jam Session and Dada Disco, with essen from Happy Belly, Schneeweiß, Orlando – Sicilian Food of Happiness & Suppe & Salat. All the noms.
It doesn’t stop there – also worth checking out:
CHALET – May 1 Garden Party – MEHR INFOS
FARBFERNSEHER – 1 Mai Open air – MEHR INFOS
SECRET VENUE – ALL DAY ALL NIGHT ALL CREW – OPEN AIR MAY 1ST – MEHR INFOS
TANTE EMMA – Spacemountain – MEHR INFOS
PICNIC34 – Celebrate the 1st may with PicNic34!! – MEHR INFOS
PALOMA BAR – 1. Mai im Beatrausch – MEHR INFOS
IPSE – 1. Mai – Umsonst & Draußen – OPEN AIR – MEHR INFOS
GRIESSMUEHLE – MAY DAY MARKET – MEHR INFOS
CLUB DER VISIONAERE – Erster MAI // First OF MAY – MEHR INFOS
SALON ZUR WILDEN RENATE – Konfetti Statt Steine /w. Axel Boman, MHM One, Peak & Swift – MEHR INFOS
KANTINE AM BERGHAIN – 030 Showcase w/ DJ Pete, Sleeparchive – MEHR INFOS
://ABOUT BLANK – Bron loves it!
Jumping all over that fiesta vibe, our friends at Sweat Lodge Agency are putting on a mammoth weekender at ://about blank, and hallöooochen – we’re all invited. Showcasing a number of artists from their more than delicious roster, the nearly 24 hour affair will feature sets from Jay Shepheard (Retrofit), Nuno Dos Santos (SoHaSo), Baaz (Office Recordings), Joel Alter (Uncanny Valley),Aera Live (Maeve), Mattias Vogt (Polytone), Staffan Linzatti (Searchlight), Quarion (Retreat), Jona (Aeon), Elie Eidelman (JackOff) and more, across both the inside and in the ://about blank garden. YES! With the Sweat Lodge fam known for their vibey parties and ://about blank the perfect setting for a little dancefloor marathon/escalation, our money is on this being one pretty killer night-day-night. Kicking off at midnight, tickets are available via RA or on the door for €10, oder….
WIN GUEST LIST!
Oh yeahhh. Thanks to the Sweat Lodge crew we have 2 x 2 guest list spots to giveaway. It doesn’t get much better this lang wochenende.
1. Flick this post a like (you can do this up the top or bottom – options!)
2. email email@example.com with Sweat Lodge in the subject line by Saturday 12:00.
It’s pretty einfach. Viel glück!
Also worth checking out:
LOFTUS HALL – Red Cross Charity Appeal for Nepal at Loftus Hall / Bertrams ft. Hreno, Illum Sphere & More – MEHR INFOS
PRINCE CHARLES – American Roller Disco – MEHR INFOS
WATERGATE – Sven Väth – MEHR INFOS
CHALET – Clubnight with Cab Drivers (Live), Matt Karmil, Beaner, Ryan Mathiesen – MEHR INFOS
BERGHAIN / PANORAMA BAR – Klubnacht w/ Ben UFO, Marcel Dettmann, Ben Klock, Steffi, Shackleton (live) – MEHR INFOS
STATTBAD – Stattnacht w/ Peter van Hoesen, FunkinEven, Dexter – MEHR INFOS
CLUB DER VISIONAERE – Bron loves it!
Still going or returned to work and fancy an after work drink? The Buff Dance is back to where it began and fuck we are excited. Taking the reigns at the after-hour friendly time of 15:00 Mond, this edition will play host to Josh Tweek, Dylan Thompson, Philip Kearney and TBD’s own Preesh Mendez, probably alongside a lot of heads who haven’t left CDV all weekend. It’s the Berlin you’ve always dreamed of. Musically we’re expecting various layers of finely selected house – which is exactly what we’ll be needing this post-May Day Montag. See you canal-side.
WESTGERMANY – Father Murphy (Flenser Records, Venice) + Lief Hall – MEHR INFOS