Artist quotes:

»So much fun! We’re loving it! Definitely a wicked vibe.« – Rudimental

»Absolutely smashing location. Much better than Tempelhof. It’s always a thrill to come back here. It’s magical. To be continued!« – Ellen Allien

Press quotes:

»In short: the metropolis’ zeitgeist in one place, in the heart of the city.« – Tagesspiegel

»Moving to Treptow, the Berlin Festival truly created one of the most beautiful festival sites in the world. Musically, the festival found its true calling. You can say for sure that Berlin Festival is the biggest party in the city this weekend.« – tip Berlin

„Smaller, more electronic – better“ – rbb online

Berlin Festival 2015

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Berlin Festival united the capital city’s vibrant cultural scene with a distinguished, international programme at Arena Park, strengthening the event as a pop-cultural beacon in Berlin.

Berlin, 1 June 2015
Having found its true calling, 15,000+ festivalgoers celebrated a decade of Berlin Festival history at Arena Park from 29 to 31 May.

Arriving at the entrance, located at Schlesischer Busch this year, festivalgoers were treated to one last look at the TV tower before descending into Arena Park where the concepts of music and art, debaucherous parties, high culture and subculture as well as audience and performers merged into one massive cultural event. Berlin’s heroes and international top acts like Fritz Kalkbrenner, Underworld, James Blake, Róisín Murphy and Chet Faker conquered the main stage at Arena while, at the same time, pianist Valentina Lisitsa presented minimal music of the 60s and Chopin at Yellow Lounge.

Under the banner of Trashité, variety and burlesque performers took the stage at White Trash Fast Food turning night into day before open-air raves at Badeschiff and smashing techno sounds at Elektronische Wiese, curated by heroes such as Richie Hawtin and Carl Craig, kept the crowd moving until the wee hours of the morning. The festival’s electronic focus was deliberately interrupted by such contrasting performances as aerialists Sol’Air above the main stage and a water ballet at the Badeschiff pool.

The crowd couldn’t wait to party with SchwuZ, the Neukölln-based LGBT institution, which transformed the Hoppetosse into our glittering Love Boat on the river Spree with a genre clash of retro, pop and house tunes. Opera singers mingled with hungry festivalgoers at the food court while others joined guided tours through Our/Berlin’s vodka distillery. With a plethora of colourful flowers, Nordic by Nature brought us the ultimate festival accessory amongst other Art Village highlights like the »Kirmes der Verpeilten«, fakirs, and the Staatliche Schule für Artistik with its skilful acrobatics.

The Art Village stage proved to be a chill-out oasis for festivalgoers, and the Busker Diaries Campfire spread romantic vibes under the starry night sky. On top, Berlin ‘A’ Screen catered to film buffs of all genres at Arena Club with its screenings from fantasy to horror to queer porn to music documentaries in addition to Q&As with the filmmakers.

»What we dreamed of creating in the past months, what we developed and planned with the entire team, became a reality. The city of Berlin has found its mirror image in the Berlin Festival – all its facets, its music, arts and culture, its secrets, bringing together Berliners and Berlin fans at a truly magical venue!« Programme Director Fruzsina Szép comments.

The anniversary also marked the successful introduction of cashless payment at the venue – the first of its kind at a German festival – which was positively received by the festival crowd.

Berlin Festival wishes to thank all participating partners such as Watergate, Yellow Lounge, Westbam and all the other Berlin-based institutions. Without you the festival wouldn’t have been possible. We also want to thank all media partners, press people, partner companies, the entire festival crew and, most of all, the entire Berlin Festival crowd to make the 2015 edition a memorable one.

The organisers can’t wait to announce more details on the festival’s 2016 edition soon.

See you next year!
Your Berlin Festival team

Berlin Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary

Confirmed acts include Underworld, James Blake, Róisín Murphy, Richie Hawtin, Fritz Kalkbrenner, Seth Troxler, Carl Craig, Robert Hood, and Rudimental, plus numerous special events to transform Arena Park into a melting pot of Berlin’s club and culture scene. Early bird tickets now on sale for 69,00 EUR.

From 29th to 31st May Berlin Festival brings together all the city’s best features of unique music, culture and art. Genre barriers are torn down and redefined as techno flirts with hip hop, Arthouse with cabaret, high fashion with street wear, street food with haute cuisine and classical music with club culture.

Playing the 10th anniversary are top international acts Underworld, James Blake, Róisín Murphy, Seth Troxler, Carl Craig, Robert Hood, Rudimental and Ten Walls alongside key players from Berlin’s club scene including Richie Hawtin, Fritz Kalkbrenner, Dixon, Tale Of Us and Âme (live).

Berlin Festival will transform Arena Park into Berlin’s biggest club, taking the electronic heartbeat of the city to the next level for a 48hour party.

Club institution and label Watergate has shaped the sound of techno in Berlin for over a decade and will gather resident DJs, label acts and international club regulars like Pan-Pot, Ellen Allien, Tiefschwarz, La Fleur and Marco Resmann.

Westbam will mark his 50th birthday with a special celebration of three decades of techno history: A Night with Westbam, while debaucherous gay club institution SchwuZ will invite you to join a collision of electro, indie, kitsch and glamour on the SchwuZ Love Boat, spread across Hoppetosse’s two floors. splash! Mag, Germany’s first address when it comes to world of hip hop, will return with its own stage featuring acts such as Kelela, Shlohmo or Purple at Glashaus. With its Yellow Lounge concept and celebrated classical music stars Valentina Lisitsa and Avi Avital, Deutsche Grammophon blends classical music and club atmosphere.

Berlin’s film festival scene will make an appearance at the Festival under the banner of Berlin ‘A’ Screen: in co-operation with Berlinale, Teddy Awards, Pornfilmfestival and EXPOSED International Queer Film Festival Berlin. Arena Club will turn into a film lounge with Q&A’s and an intriguing cross-section of the film festival’s programme. Meanwhile the city’s art scene will once again turn the entire Festival site into a creative Art Village with street art, graffiti, dance, performance art and poetry slam.

Early bird tickets for Berlin Festival are available via www.berlinfestival.de/tickets

All confirmed acts:
Underworld, James Blake, Róisín Murphy, Richie Hawtin, Fritz Kalkbrenner, Seth Troxler, Carl Craig, Robert Hood, Rudimental, Dixon, Tale Of Us, Âme (live), Ten Walls (live), Chet Faker, GusGus, Marek Hemmann (live), Tiga, Twin Shadow, Atari Teenage Riot, Howling, Recondite (live), Kelela, Sylvan Esso, Pan-Pot, Ellen Allien, Westbam, Tiefschwarz (DJ-Set), Zebra Katz, Ratking, Shlohmo, Tourist, Yung Lean, Purple, La Fleur, Valentina Lisitsa, Avi Avital, Marco Resmann, DJ Ipek, Eva Be, Clé (DJ-Set).

More performances across the Festival’s ten indoor and outdoor stages to be announced soon!


Berlin Festival is moving


Berlin Festival relocates to Arena Park, Kreuzberg 48-hour non-stop party comes to the beating heart of Berlin 

Berlin, 6th August 2014
Berlin Festival is relocating to Kreuzberg, a cultural hotspot in the beating heart of this vibrant city, heading to its new home at Arena Park, the area around Club der Visiona?re and Arena Berlin, Hoppetosse and White Trash. Taking over Arena Park for one marathon 48-hour party on September 5-7, Berlin Festival promises to be one unforgettable weekend, soundtracked by only the most diverse, promising and talked-about acts from around the globe.

Although Berlin Festival’s night program has taken place at Arena Park for the last few years, the move to the new location marks the start of a new era for the festival. Berlin Festival is very happy this move worked out in time for the 2014 event as the area offers more than one could expect: Badeschiff with its beachfront and pool-atmosphere, the vintage rock ‘n roll kitchen White Trash, the stunning open-air location Club der Visiona?re, alongside Glashaus, Hoppetosse and the Arena itself will ensure that Berlin Festival will be more colourful, diverse and even more surprising.

As well as relocating to a more central cultural hub, Berlin Festival becomes the first ever to offer a 48-hour program in one place, where revellers can party without needing to move between venues representing Berlin’s prized sub-culture and its spirit in the best open-air location in the city. An outdoor stage will be added to the event, while the popular side events are being expanded. Catch Woodkid, Moderat, Editors, Sven Va?th, DARKSIDE, Warpaint, Jessie Ware, Kid Ink, Bombay Bicycle Club, Trentmøller (live), DJ Koze, Chase and Status (DJ set), Crystal Fighters, Digitalism, Neneh Cherry & Rocketnumbernine, Ellen Allien, Mount Kimbie, Hudson Mohawke, Foreign Beggars, Rustie, Jimmy Edgar and many more for the weekend’s festivities.

And in addition to the well-established Art-Village, Berlin Festival will be host to a Food Village that will include typical Berlin themed food stalls in and around the festival site.

Berlin Festival was the first open-air event to prove the great possibilities of Tempelhof airport as an event location, and now this unique event heads to a new authentic site that boasts of historical Berlin flair. The festival organisers had planned a move to Arena Park since the end of the 2013 edition of the event, and now the time is right for Berlin Festival to relocate to the middle of this vibrant area which has become a focal point of Berlin’s night life in recent years.

This year’s all-weekend event allows revellers to party throughout an entire 48-hour period; boasting more acts, art installations, colour and craziness than ever before, this year’s Berlin Festival guarantees a melting pot of creativity true to the city.

An integral partner of the annual Berlin Music Week (September 3-7 / www.berlin-music-week.de), Berlin Festival celebrates the German capital’s diverse and eclectic culture through music and arts programming. Pulling together some of the finest names in international music – the Berlin Festival soundtrack reflects the city itself: innovative, creative and inspirational.

Arena Park
05. – 07.09.2014


Day tickets available + new line-up additions

With new acts such as Digitalism (DJ-Set), Dieter Meier (Yello) or Hudson Mohawke, details on co-ops and all acts divided by day and stage, the organisers of Berlin Festival, which takes place at Tempelhof Airport from 5th to 7th September, announce the sales launch of Berlin Festival day tickets.

Berlin, 4th June 2014

After having elaborated on their 2014 concept in more detail last time, the Berlin Festival organisers now put their plans into action. Alongside several new act announcements, first deals with Berlin’s club institutions are set in stone. On top, today also marks the start of day ticket sales.

In 2012, Digitalism already brought the house down with their electro pop hybrid at Berlin Festival. This year, the renowned duo will be luring the crowd with a DJ set. Dieter Meier of Yello fame cut his first solo record this year, which we can’t wait to see live on the airfield. Also confirmed for our main stage and the hangars are Hudson Mohawke, Kindness, Rustie, Jacques Greene and a DJ set by Jazzanova. Berlin Festival’s partner festival, First We Take Berlin will, once again, bring all the up and coming talent to its very own stage on the airfield. HVOB, Highasakite and Rüfüs have confirmed so far.

The Berlin club institution, Yaam, which recently found a new home next to the Schillingbrücke at the river Spree, will host the Yaam Yard, boasting international culinary specialities, sport activities, a chill-out area as well as an open-air stage. Splash!-Mag curates part of the programme, bringing Motrip, Taktloss, Karate Andi, DJ Stickle, Edgar Wasser & Fatoni as well as Retrogott & Hulk Hodn to Tempelhof Airport.

SchwuZ, one of Berlin’s leading LGBT clubs, will also curate its own floor, bringing its legendary London Calling party to Berlin Festival amongst other highlights which will be announced soon. Sampson’s Cherry-O-Kie, on the other hand, takes Karaoke performances to the next level with backup dancers and loads of glitter. DJs who will be getting behind the decks at the Mvschi Kreuzberg Floor or the Quarantine Station will be announced shortly.

Under the following link, you can find all acts divided by day and stage. To check out all available ticket categories (48h ticket for EUR 79 + booking fee / day tickts for EUR 44 + booking fee) as well as the First We Take Berlin free ticket, click here.

Berlin Festival is a partner of the Berlin Music Week which takes place from 3rd to 7th September 2014. For further information, check out www.berlin-music-week.de.


All newly confirmed acts

Digitalism DJ-Set x Dieter Meier (Yello) x Hudson Mohawke x Kindness x Rustie x Jazzanova DJ-Set x Jimmy Edgar x HVOB x Motrip x Onra x Taktloss x Jacques Greene x Chopstick & JohnJon x Meggy x Rüfüs x Karate Andi x Edgar Wasser & Fatoni x Retrogott & Hulk Hodn x Nyma x DJ Stickle


All confirmed acts so far

Woodkid x Moderat x Editors x K.I.Z. x Sven Väth x DARKSIDE x Warpaint x Jessie Ware x Bombay Bicycle Club x Kid Ink x Trentemøller live x DJ Koze x Chase & Status DJ-Set & Rage x Genetikk x Fünf Sterne Deluxe x Crystal Fighters x Digitalism DJ-Set x Neneh Cherry and Rocketnumbernine x Austra x Dieter Meier (Yello) x Ellen Allien x Alle Farben x Nina Kraviz x Magda x Mount Kimbie x Hudson Mohawke x Zoot Woman x Henrik Schwarz live x André Galluzzi x Foreign Beggars x Rustie x Jazzanova DJ-Set x Jimmy Edgar x Mykki Blanco x HVOB x Schlachthofbronx x Bilderbuch x Motrip x Olson x Onra x Taktloss x Highasakite x Rampue live x The Acid x Aérea Negrot x Jacques Greene x Kiki x Chopstick & JohnJon x Meggy x Rüfüs x Karate Andi x Edgar Wasser & Fatoni x Retrogott & Hulk Hodn x Nod One’s Head x Nyma x DJ Stickle x Fidelity Kastrow x MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED


Berlin Festival 2014

Berlin Festival embraces its hometown and cuts prices for the event which takes place for 48 hours nonstop from 5th to 7th September.

Berlin, 16th May 2014

Berlin is changing. Of course, this doesn’t pass us by without any effect. Yet, the one constant which we have always loved about Berlin – and still do – is the feeling of freedom you have. You can do whatever you want or simply don’t do what you don’t want. Even today, it’s still possible to find places in which you can experience this freedom.

We want to create a festival for Berlin, for Berliners and for all its visitors, who love Berlin for what it is unconditionally. That’s why we decided to permanently lower the price of our 2-day ticket to EUR 79 to make party madness just a little more affordable to all of you. On top, we want to thank our longterm festivalgoers with loyalty tickets for 74 EUR.

For us, Berlin Festival is part of Berlin. We want to support and represent the German capital’s music and club scene. No nightly bus shuttle trips, no separating of concerts during the day and club feeling by night. Instead we give you 48 hours of music nonstop. We work very closely with Berlin-based clubs and labels, giving them the opportunity to shape Berlin Festival with their own unique floors and areas. On the culinary front, local heroes will take over Tempelhof Airport as well as Berlin’s trademark food stalls, restaurants and bars. We also decided against adding some uber-headliner to the line-up in favour of a more diverse line-up of exciting bands in which we truly believe.

Berlin is a city like no other. We want to create a festival that is like no other. In the following weeks, we will give you more details on who will be participating at this year’s Berlin Festival.

Berlin Festival is a partner of the Berlin Music Week which takes place from 3rd to 7th September 2014. For further information, check out www.berlin-music-week.de.


Berlin Festival and First We Take Berlin ending on a high note

With over 20,000 international festivalgoers, Berlin Festival 2013 came to a close on Saturday night after two days of smashing performances by such artists as Björk, Blur, Pet Shop Boys, Casper at Tempelhof Airport. With more than 5,000 revellers descending on Berlin-Kreuzberg’s club scene, First We Take Berlin celebrated a successful premiere.

Berlin, 9th September 2013
The eighth edition of Berlin Festival came to a close on Sunday morning after a plethora of  thrilling performances under the late-summer sun. On Friday and Saturday, over 20,000 festivalgoers ventured to Tempelhof Airport and Club Xberg at Arena Berlin to celebrate high-calibre acts such as Blur, Björk, Pet Shop Boys, Casper, MIA., Bastille, Ellie Goulding, White Lies, Klaxons, Turbostaat and many more.

On Friday, Bastille arrived from the UK to open the festival’s main stage, luring the crowds onto the airfield right from the start. Further highlights of the day included performances by MIA., Get Well Soon, The Sounds or OK KID before the Pet Shop Boys took the stage that night, delivering a glamorous concert including all their famous number one hits. Berlin Festival ended on a high note on Friday with Blur’s extraordinary show, one of the best the festival’s ever seen.

Alongside Björk‘s out-of-this-world performance, Casper, White Lies, Klaxons and Fritz Kalkbrenner were amongst the festival’s highlights on Saturday. With her crowd-enchanting concert at Tempelhof Airport, the exceptional artist, Björk, concluded her ongoing Biophilia tour, wearing a beautiful one-of-a-kind dress specially tailored for the occasion.

Stefan Lehmkuhl, Creative Director, summed up: “After Björk had left the stage, Berlin Festival revealed its impressive genre-crossing diversity once more. While Fritz Kalkbrenner sang “Sky & Sand”, Pantha Du Prince catered to the crowd with captivating beat arrangements, a beat boxer showed his skills at the Art Village and, at hangar 4, a thousand people sat and listened to Graf von Bothmer improvising the soundtrack of the silent film, “Berlin – Sinfonie der Großstadt” on the piano.”

The new stage setting at Tempelhof as well as the expanded Art Village with its abundance of artists and performers, the Church of Phonk, the Barkowski pub, the art market and the poetry saloon, were also well received by the crowd. The winner of this year’s Art Prize is the entire artist collective that created the Church of Phonk: Art Village curator Jan ‘Yaneq’ Kage, Various & Gould, Nomad, Christoph Krönke, Maike Gräf, Stohead, Il-Jin Atem Choi, Poet, Johannes Buss and Hendrick van Meckenem. The jury, comprised of Melvin Benn (head of Festival Republic) as well as Berlin Festival co-founders Conny Opper and Hilary Kavanagh were so impressed that they increased the prize money to EUR 2,000. MR GALLE & M.I.C., the artist collective Styroporno came in second and Mina Stoyanova made third place. Both artists participated in this year’s Young Talents Call. A special prize was awarded to Quiet in the Corner and all the dancers for their performances at the dance place, inviting them back to perform at the Art Village in 2014.

The Berlin Music Week’s showcase festival, First We Take Berlin, celebrated its successful premiere with more than 5,000 revellers attending the event each night. Close to having sold out, music lovers attended gigs by 80+ acts together with representatives of the music industry, establishing this brand-new showcase event on the annual festival agenda.

Berlin Festival wants to thank all the media partners, press people, partner companies, the entire crew, all the volunteers, and, most of all, the entire crowd for the incredible support this year.

See you next year!



Berlin Festival @ Flughafen Tempelhof
Blur x Pet Shop Boys x Mia. x Left Boy x Tomahawk x Villagers x Charli XCX x Pool x Bosnian Rainbows x Parquet Courts x Capital Cities and many more

Club Xberg @ Arena Berlin
Boys Noize x Röyksopp (DJ-Set) x DJ Shadow x Maxim (DJ-Set) x BNR Special feat. Djedjotronic, Strip Steve, SCNTST, Audionite and many more

Club THF @ Hangar 2, Tempelhof
Pantha du Prince x Booka Shade (DJ-Set) x Ben Pearce x John Talabot (live) and many more

Berlin Festival @ Flughafen Tempelhof
Björk x My Bloody Valentine x Fritz Kalkbrenner x Ellie Goulding x Klaxons x Turbostaat x Dillon x Die Orsons x Graf von Bothmer: Berlin – Symphony of a Metropolis x Delphic x S O H N x Savages x Ruen Brothers and many more

Club Xberg @ Arena Berlin
10 Years of Ed Banger feat. Breakbot (live), Busy P (Ed Banger Megamix), Justice (DJ-Set), SebastiAn (DJ-Set) x Para One x Exploited Special feat. Shir Khan, Round Table Knights, Claptone, Cocolores and many more

Club THF @ Hangar 2, Tempelhof
Ellen Allien x Miss Kittin (live) x Tale Of Us and many more