A quick guide to Berlin FestivalBy Editor
Berlin is one of Europe’s capitals of culture - for good reason, too. With a heaving arts and music scene, the city is a hub of creativity and excitement. Little wonder, it seems, that September’s Berlin Festival is considered a great honour to play by many artists, and this year the lineup is as eclectic as it is electric. So why not let us guide you through a few acts to keep an eye out for?
After wrapping up a North American tour in July, Warpaint are ready to jump headfirst into the European festival scene. If atmospheric guitar lines, dreamy vocals and pop hooks are up your street, then be sure to catch them.
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The Crouch End boys are no stranger to the festival scene; a highlight most recently saw them playing an accomplished set to a huge Glastonbury crowd earlier this year. Frontman Jack Steadman’s vocals are a perfect accompaniment to the rhythm section’s bass groove and clinical drum patterns.
Those intended on spending a lot of time at the Arena Mainstage have a lot of acts to look forward to, but few are as longstanding as these Birmingham indie giants. Captivating the hearts and minds of the 2005 indie scene with hits Blood and Munich, they’re tracks always end up being floorfillers in many a rock n’roll club, so why not see them for real?
Glasgow, like Berlin, has a bustling music scene and HudMo is currently on the brink of becoming one of the world’s hottest producer. After creating a joint project with Lunice, as well as working with Kanye West, Chris Brown and Rick Ross. Catch him before you can only see him in a stadium.
Russell Whyte doesn’t understand the concept of ‘minimal’, but that’s ok because his ‘chuck every sound into the mix’ approach to music seems to be working out for him so far. His most recent addition, ‘Attak’ features Danny Brown (a man who also has no chill mode), and if he drops it in the middle of Berlin it’s going to cause a riot.
With drum sounds that often venture into Burial territory that are married with rnb vocals samples and layers of synth, Greene is thoroughly adept at melding sounds together that are technically impressive, but more importantly, really fun to dance to. Check him out at the Glauhaus.
You can’t fault Jessie Ware as both a songwriter and singer. Her songs injected some freshness intot he r&b scene in 2012. With beautiful pop tracks like Wildest Moments, as well as club bangers like 110% and Disclosures remix of Running, her live sets are diverse and are exhilarating.
True music aficionados will know Nicholas Jarr and Dave Harrington from their separate, personal projects, which are of course great. But there is something unique and affecting about the amalgamation of house and guitar. For a truly fresh and distinctive experience, be sure to catch them when they play the Arena Mainstage.
At 79 euros for the 48 hour event, Berlin Festival is what the Germans call a ‘Schnäppchen’, and is set to be two days of relentless musical nourishment.
Berlin Festival runs from the 5th-7th of September, and you can buy tickets here.