Multi-faceted and multi-coloured, Pop-Kultur is one of Berlin’s most unique festivals.
We’ve really grown to love attending Pop-Kultur, Berlin’s alternative arts festival that takes place every August. Always boasting an eclectic lineup of niche artists, it’s a place for weird and eclectic music. It’s also one of the few times we ever visit Prenzlauer Berg, so there’s a certain novelty attached to making the trek north into unfamiliar territory.
The festival’s location, Kulturbrauerei, is a great location for a city festival and it’s good to spend some quality time there.
In the past, we’ve witnessed legendary shows from Bristol punks IDLES (their first Berlin gig), ancient folk singer Shirley Collins and Swedish hit queen Neneh Cherry. This year’s lineup is eclectic as ever and features the likes of Anna Calvi, Jenny Wilson, and Deerhoof. But Pop-Kultur Festival is more than just a place to watch bands play – there’s also a bunch of installations, talks and screenings happening over the three days.
Taking place from Wednesday 21st August – Friday 23rd August, Pop-Kultur takes care of your midweek plans. Plus you get to sleep in your own bed every night, which beats camping every time.
Win tickets to Pop-Kultur 2019
Berlin Loves You has 1×2 tickets to give away to the Thursday event of the festival – email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Pop-Kultur” if you want to enter the competition. We’ll pick a winner at random on August 10th.
What you should see at this year’s festival
Stuttgart post-punk band Karies have popped up in Berlin several times in the past few years, most notably supporting Sleaford Mods at Columbiahalle last year. Like the Mods, Karies’ emotion of choice is aggression. These guys are inventive songwriters, crafting well-thought-out songs laced with uneasy guitar lines and pounding drums. Expect a memorable midnight performance from these guys.
Wednesday 21st August – Frannz Club – 23:59
Signed to legendary hip indie label Sub Pop, Shabazz Palaces aren’t the typical kind of signing the label is famous for. Based in Seattle, this hip-hop duo craft sophisticated, futuristic, lush tones. Famed for their live show, these guys don’t often get over to these shores, so catch them while you can.
Thursday 22nd August – Palais – 23:40
Die Goldenen Zitronen
Hamburg-based punks Die Goldenen Zitronen are known for their funny, politically-cutting performances. Formed in the mid-’80s, the ‘Goldies’ will always be known for their classic punk songs ‘Für immer Punk’ and ‘Wenn ich ein Turnschuh wär’. They’re getting on a bit these days, so it’s probably wise you don’t miss what’s certain to be a chaotic yet classic performance.
Thursday 22nd – Kesselhaus – 21:30
Dirk von Lowtzow
Dirt von Lowtzow, singer with the brilliant German band Tocotronic, appears to be doing a reading at this year’s Pop-Kultur festival. Known for not exactly being the greatest of singers (this is certainly no bad thing in indie rock), Dirk’s made a name for himself as an audiobook reader. Grab a seat in the cinema and allow this man’s presumably better speaking voice relax you.
Wednesday 21st August – Kino Saal 1 – 20:40
Freak-folk sisters CocoRosie are back this year with a new album. Known for their whacky stage show, idiosyncratic use of instruments and blissed-out singing, CocoRosie are always an act worth seeing. These guys will be revealing their new vision and aesthetic at Pop-Kultur and we’ll be down the front to witness it.
Friday 23rd August – Kesselhaus – 22:50
молчат дома (Molchat Doma)
Molchat Doma are from Belarus, but they’ve jumped the barricades to play a rare concert in Berlin. These synth punks create eerie, sad soundscapes, perhaps reflecting their lives back home. Who knows? Berlin Loves You has a fondness for all-things-Belarus, so we’re expecting big things from these guys.
Wednesday 21st – Frannz – 23:00
Wednesday 21st August – Friday 23rd August
Schönhauser Allee 36