Novelty factor: 🌭 + 🍺
This weekend I went to the German edition of Lollapalooza, I had the best time and I think you should definitely go next year. The weather was glorious, (30+ degrees every day) the line up had a bit of just about everything, and Berlin is amazing.
Lollapalooza is an American export which originated in Chicago and now tours the world, with festivals in South America and Europe. Returning to Berlin this summer the line up was a mixed bag of some of my favourite acts with music from Major Lazer, Milky Chance, Odesza, Catfish & the Bottlemen, Kaiser Chiefs and Chase & Status, to name a few. For a considerably small festival there were some big big names, and I’m starting to realise the difference in European festival prices makes them well worth the longer journey. Weekend tickets were just 140 euro, giving you a well founded excuse to visit beautiful Berlin.
The festival is held in Treptower Park which is pretty central, and has it’s own train station making it super easy to get to. We got the S-Bahn to right outside the festival gates and public transport is pretty cheap. Once inside, like most festivals, everything gets a whole lot more expensive, but with beers for 4 euro (£3.50) it’s certainly a lot cheaper than any British fest.
*Cheeky Tip: It seems you are allowed to bring in juice cartons (or Tetra Paks) so in a bid to save €€€ we followed suit. Filling ours with vodka and juice, we managed to stroll in with a load of booze, without any issues…*
On Saturday we caught Catfish & the Bottlemen on the main stage. I didn’t know much of their new stuff but they played an assortment of tunes from The Balcony album, finishing with Tyrant – my favourite. We then headed over to the Kaiser Chiefs who were playing afterwards on the nearby Alternative stage. But the day truly kicked off when Odesza took to the stage. The DJ duo blew the metaphorical roof off, drowning us in waves of their synth pop, successfully getting every single audience member jumping up and down in synchronised appreciation. The night ended with a barrage of drum n bass from Chase & Status, and although Status appeared to be missing it still proved to be a bass-fuelled set filled with an onslaught of jungle and UK grime.
Milky Chance were the first act we saw on Sunday afternoon. The German duo played a chilled medley to a sun soaked crowd, compiled of all my fave tunes from their Sadnecessary album. It was so cool to see them play songs Down By The River, Stolen Dance and Flashed Junk Mind. I have an immeasurable fondness for their music because whenever I listen to them I am consumed with nostalgic memories of mincing around Canada, and of one particularly long road trip to Vancouver.
That evening Major Lazer took over the same stage, for a very different kind of performance. For the fourth time this year I was front and centre, jumping around like the unashamedly crazed fan girl that I am. I have a theory that anybody who goes to see Major Lazer, doesn’t matter who or where they are, will have the time of their life. It is impossible to not enjoy one of their sets, they have something for everyone. Mashing dancehall, reggae, pop and EDM together in the most exhilarating way imaginable. Combine that with mad pyro, hectic audience participation and Diplo running over the crowd in a human hamster ball, and you’ll be having the time of your life, trust me.
Rather than returning home on Monday, exhausted, ears ringing and still finding dust boogies, we spent an extra two days in the capital. We were lucky enough to be staying with our friend’s boyfriend in his lush apartment near Bellevue Palace, the President’s home. This meant we really got the authentic Berlin experience, having both been to the city before to do the tourist stuff, we instead spent our final 48 hours roaming around the parks and shops, visiting the Baderschiff (bathing ship) and brunching in the sunshine.