Modern Music in Berlin
Big names or wannabees, you can
catch them all in Berlin.
Berlin is major stopping off point on all the big tours and the
major venues - outdoor amphitheatres like the Waldbühne and the
Olympia Stadion, and indoor venues like the Deutschland Halle,
the Arena, the Columbiahalle, the Tempodrom - regularly host world
class acts like U2, Madonna, Neil Young, Nick Cave, Bob Dylan,
the Buena Vista Social Club, Tina Turner, Sting, Smashing Pumpkins,
The Rolling Stones and Y'ssou N'Dour.
But this is only the tip of the
iceberg. You can find most kinds of music in Berlin if you know
where to look.
Since the 20s the city has been
infatuated with jazz, and many fine Jazz Clubs, like Abraxas or
Quasimodo, offer thoughtful programme mixes, modern and traditional,
local musicians and guests. The suburbs are full of tiny bars
where you might stumble across anything ranging from Country and
Western (learned from the US troops) to Schlagermusik, sometimes
bouncy, sometimes maudlin, sentimental ballads.
A tradition of dance and electronic music going back to the early
80s has thrown up many allnighter clubs, like Pfefferberg or E-Werk,
where the latest Techno is tried and tested on the thousands of
young visitors who pour into Berlin every week. Their biggest
event is of course the Love Parade, a procession of around a hundred
trucks with speaker systems which move down the Straße 17 June
every July attracting over a million dancers and ravers.
But perhaps dancing for you suggests
greater elegance? No problem - Berlin has a huge expatriate Spanish
and Latin American population and you can dance or listen to Samba
or Bossa Nova in a dozen different venues.
Or African music. Or Turkish - the Turks represent the biggest
minority in the city, are well-organised and have their own clubs
and discos, particularly in Wedding and Neukölln. Or Japanese
- keep your eye on the programme offered by the Haus der Kulturen
der Welt, a venue devoted to Far Eastern and Third World culture.
The summer months often feature
local street festivals with live music, and there are several
city-wide outdoor music festivals. Add that to a city famous for
its buskers, and with an extraordinary array of small specialist
record shops - and you're looking at a city with tempo and taste.
If you'd like us to reserve tickets for a particular event or
show, or help you find what you're looking for, you only have
to let us know. Choose the entertainment you are interested in
the travel request
© 2002-2003 Berlin Travel Service - A1 Design All rights reserved.