Forget your ill-conceived detox – January wasn’t the most sensible time to start one, was it? Defrost your frozen heart and put on your dancing shoes. It’s time to party.
Friday 20th January
Adriano Celentano Gebäckorchester @ Marie Antoinette
Antje Öklesund was one of Berlin’s best small live music venues and the host of many excellent nights of live music. The loss of this Friedrichshain staple to a wrecking ball last year was hard to stomach, yet the vibe lives on this Friday night. Billed as a solidarity party for Antje, tonight the venue’s former ‘house band’, the Adriano Celentano Gebäckorchester unleash their rabid party vibes on Marie Antoinette. These guys have taken their demented love of ’50s and ’60s Italian music and created their own tribute band. Their first concert since the demise Antje, this promises to be a good ‘un. Just when we need them most, in the depths of January, ACGO appear to show us a good time.
Saturday 21st January
Tangerine Dream @ Haus Der Berliner Festspiele
Tangerine Dream are one of German’s most forward thinking electronic music collectives and a must-see live act. As well as their albums and performances, the band are known to many for their excellent film scores (they also recently wrote the score for Grand Theft Auto V!). To mark the second anniversary of the death of their founder Edgar Froese, the band are putting on an evening of music, art, readings and lectures. Taking place in the elegant Berliner Festspiele in Charlottenburg, the event is limited to only 200 guests. Email the band to reserve your spot here: firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday 23rd January
Helmet @ SO36
New York hard rockers Helmet have a long and storied history with Berlin, having brought the city to its knees on countless occasions since the early ’90s. This Monday the band bring their new album Dead To The World to the hallowed SO36. Consistently heavy, consistently challenging, Helmet are everything you could ask for in a heavy rock band.
Tuesday 24th January
Lee Fields & The Expressions @ Columbia Theatre
American soul legend Lee Fields steps out on tour with his band The Expressions to present his new album Special Night. If you’re in need of some soulful groove in the vein of Al Green or Curtis Mayfield, Lee Fields is going to make you very happy. With nearly 50 years of music making behind him, Fields bring his raucous yet tender live show to Berlin this Tuesday evening.
Thursday 26th January
Conor Oberst @ Apostel Paulus Kirche
Conor Oberst has one of indie rock’s most distinguishable voices. The crafter of many a memorable song, Oberst likes to keep things interesting for himself. By constantly switching between projects, Mr Bright Eyes has kept his creative flame burning strong and his fans intrigued. In recent years he’s reignited his old punk band Desaparecidos and now sets out on his own to support his seventh solo album Ruminations. Oberst will appear in the spectacular Apostel Paulus Kirche in Schöneberg.