Welcome to Berlin, Welcome to the Berlin Festival

Berlin Festival (c) Mike Friedrich
Berlin Festival (c) Mike Friedrich

The first music festival to take place on the former central airport Tempelhof

There is always something lately to see in or at Tempelhof airport, whether it is an air bridge anniversary, a fashion fair, a firework show, bird watching or an attempted airfield occupation. But a music festival never took place there! Bands and artists like Peter Doherty, WhoMadeWho, Jarvis Cocker, Dendemann, Peaches (DJ Set) and her revelling fans will definitely ensure much better and amazing photos photos from Berlin-Tempelhof.

We figure that a huge, peaceful “Remmidemmi” (hit single of Deichkind for the International crew who don’t know…) will happen for Berliners and fans of the city and of festivals who have travelled a long way.

Speaking of Remmidemmi: the Deichkinder already show us here how much they are looking forward to the big party:

Another argument “For Tempelhof”: Berlin Festival is an all-nighter! Everyone can dance all night on 4 floors to indie and electro-house! Party non-stop.

And we are also delighted to announce that the festival is ‘rain-safe’. Both open-air stages have been designed to guarantee that the audience will stay dry even if it is lashing rain as the complete audience area is covered. But it is still an Open-Air (port) festival.

It can’t be all good news though as two of the confirmed artists have been cancelled at the last minute by their agents. Frankie Knuckles vs. Andy Butler will not play. Due to important commitments in the USA, both of them cannot make their European dates. Florence & The Machine who we had really been looking forward to seeing has also cancelled due to “other commitments”.

But the bottom line is that the festival actually won another act and another dancefloor. Another indie-highlight has been booked to present their new album on Saturday. From the roots of the festival the legendary Club Rio (the video for the Franz Ferdinand song ‘Michael’ was recorded there) and its’ most recent and legitimate successor, Club Scala, will present yet another floor featuring: Hugo Capablanca feat. Eric D. Clark (Discos Capablanca), Coop (Berlin Festival), Dennis Ratzlaff (Rio/Coop), Nomad (Endlich18!), Fleshdance Djs (discothec miami), Okay & Okay, A Team, Marlon Beatt (Scala), Franz Underwear (Slow Motion), DJ Valis (Panic!), DJ Buggy and many more until the early hours!

It really makes sense to buy your tickets as quickly as possible. Hard paper tickets (real, old-school tickets) with considerably lower booking fees are available in these listed shops: www.berlinfestival.com/tickets

If you live in Ireland or the UK, you can easily buy tickets via lastminute.com or in Konfusion, Temple Bar: www.berlinfestival.com/tickets
Freitag, 07.08.2009
Peter Doherty, Dendemann, José González, Saint Etienne, Peaches (DJ Set), WhoMadeWho, These New Puritans, Dear Reader, Bodi Bill, Riton, Aeroplane, Telepathe, 1000 Robota, Crystal Antlers, Humanzi , Berlin Battery, Karrera klub

Samstag, 08.08.2009
Deichkind, Jarvis Cocker, The Rifles, Zoot Woman, Digitalism (DJ Set), The Thermals, Junior Boys, Whirlpool Productions’ Disco Club SoundclashKilians, Bonaparte, D.I.M., Oneida, Micachu And The Shapes, Health, Cajuan, Errors, Frankmusik, I Might Be Wrong, Death By Pop
(Text: www.berlinfestival.com)

To find a nice bed to crash after the festival you are welcome to book a bed at the cosy EastSeven Berlin Hostel.
For directions to the hostel klick HERE.

(Picture: Mike Friedrich )

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