With June 21st comes not only the longest day of the year, or the Scandinavian festival of Midsommar, but also yet another fantastic reason (or excuse) for outdoor parties in Berlin as part of the international World Music Day, more commonly known as Fête de la Musique. As the sun hangs around for longer than normal, so do the party-goers seeking to tap into the natural energy provided by those extra few minutes of daylight, and of course there are many events catering to their needs. There will be live acoustic music going on all over the city on the streets and in the parks, but the following is a selection of more beat-focused parties from around Berlin which will not be charging any admission! Now hands up who doesn’t like free musical fun??
Caribou and Friends @ MauerPark
OK let’s start with what will be the big one for many people, and rightly so. Thanks to the good guys at the Red Bull Music Academy, fans of the excellent Caribou, fronted by Dan Snaith, are in for a real treat as the band play their first concert in Berlin for over 3 years! Support on the night comes from Jessy Lanza, Sizarr, and local boys Brandt Brauer Frick. This is a free concert and will undoubtedly be even more crowded than last year’s event which featured Modeselektor and attracted over 20,000 revelers (check out the video below), so get down early as the show kicks off at 16:00 (4pm).
Berlin Midsommar 2014 @ Urban Spree
Sure, technically this one starts on June 20th and is not officially part of Fête de la Musique, but who cares, Scandinavians deserve some love too, and at their celebration of summer at Urban Spree this Friday, they might even give some love back if you play your cards right! Starting at 4pm and continuing long into saturday morning, you can expect Swedish icecream, tug-of-war, Maypole dancing and many more of our northern cousins’ favourite pastimes, as well as plenty of music, food and drinks where you can raise your glass and shout, Skål!
Fête de la Musique Block Party @ Gretchen
The good folk from Gretchen at the Mehringdamm end of Kreuzberg are pulling out all the stops to bring you a block party to remember. Kicking off at 16:00 you can expect top-notch music from Sonar Kollektiv’s Jazzanova, Ninja Tune’s Emika, The Sexinvaders and many many more. And if that’s not enough they have a full party in the form of Fete de la Nuit to carry on with afterwards.
Neurocomic v Fête de la Musique
For more open air action you can head down to the lawn by Schillingbrücke, close to Ostbahnhof and get your fix of minimal techno and chunky beats from the likes of Red Robin, Discopunk, and Mary Jane. There’s even an unlisted ‘special guest’ on the line-up, so who knows, maybe Prince is playing in Berlin this month after all. Joking aside, this party continues in Ritter Butzke with free entry to their Fete de la Nuit shindig.
Fête de la Musique Open Air @ Sage Restaurant
The last of our free party offerings for June 21st comes in the form of Sage restaurants beach-side offering. Talented spinners such as Grizzly, Marcus Meinhardt, and Exercise One will be laying down the beats while you have the option of dancing along, or relaxing on their riverside beach. Also, if you’ve got one eye on the World Cup, don’t worry, there is even a dedicated area here so you won’t need to miss one minute of the Germany game!