Berlin Festival 2013: the weekend filled with music, art, and parties

By Catherine J. Fehre . September 12, 2013

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The Berlin Festival was surely not one to miss this year, with performances by Björk, Blur, Pet Shop Boys, Casper, Fritz Kalkbrenner, Mia, White Lies, Bastille, My Bloody Valentine, and Ellie Goulding to name a few. Over 20,000 people from all over the world partied at the Festival this year. There was some amazing music, weird-cool art, and of course lots of Warsteiner beer.

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The eighth edition of the Berlin Festival kicked off Friday with Bastille taking the main stage, which lead into two days of music from all sorts of genres.


Mia took the stage later in the day, as well as Get Well Soon, The Sounds, and OK KID.


When nighttime fell, the Pet Shop Boys shined, drawing a huge crowd to the main stage. Their set was definitely one of the most entertaining, with extravagant costumes and dances coordinated with video in the background.

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The night ended with Blur, who played one of their hits, “Song 2” (which made some of us a little nostalgic).

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Björk was the main attraction Saturday night. You had to get to the stage a bit earlier to get a good spot (and to get a good look at her awesome, specially made dress), as tons of fans were crowded around to see her outrageous performance, which concluded her Biophilia tour.

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But she certainly wasn’t the only one to see on Saturday. Other performances included Ellie Goulding, who started out the day, Casper, White Lies, Klaxons, and Fritz Kalkbrenner.

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Casper really riled the crowd and got the blood flowing in the evening, while Fritz Kalkbrenner (a personal favorite) ended the whole Festival on a high note.

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This year, the Berlin Festival expanded their performance areas, allowing large crowds to gather for the various performances. The mix of genres from one set to another made for a fantastic atmosphere, as everyone could find their niche in the festival.

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Also, this year’s Art Village was expanded, with even more artists, performers, and installations, such as Church of Phonk, the Barkowski pub, the art market, and the poetry saloon. The winner of this year’s Art Prize is the artist collective that created the Church of Phonk. The artist collective Styroporno came in second, and Mina Stoyanova came in third.

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However, the fun didn’t end at the Tempelhof site. The party continued at Arena Berlin’s Club Xberg, where a ton of DJs played everyone’s favorites and people danced by the Spree well into the morning.

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Overall it was a pretty successful weekend, and we can’t wait for Berlin Festival 2014. If you missed it this year, don’t miss out again!



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