Since 2005, The Berlin Festival has made the tarmac shake in Berlin’s famous abandoned airport-turned-recreation-park. Attracting the usual crowd of local music, festival and fashion lovers (as well as tourists and young families), this year’s event basked in the glorious final rays of the fading berlin summer.
This year’s expanded Arts Village had some great stalls, and the slew of dance and performance acts extended the concept of the festival beyond just music. But of course it was music that most drew the crowds, and this year’s line up was decidedly 90’s influenced, especially the headliners, which included Blur, My Bloody Valentine, the Pet Shop Boys and Bjork.
The latter presented the final performance of her highly successful Biophilia tour. The minimal techno beats of German Pantha Du Prince was a perfect choice to follow the intensity of the Icelandic star and close the show. True, the event felt a little heavy-handed on the branding, and it might have been nice if the organisers had included a few more chill out or “transit” spots – some fake grass couldn’t go astray over all that hot concrete.
But overall, partying in a venue ostensibly built for aeroplanes rather than music performances is still a unique thrill of the event, and in many ways a quintessential Berlin experience.