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Berlin beat: The latest news from Berlin’s music scene

What’s new across Berlin’s legendary music scene? What’s changing, which clubs are opening, which are closing? We keep you in the loop.

Acoustic curfew

No jazz at Holzmarkt. (Photo: Carolin Saage)

The experiment is ending before it’s properly begun. We’re talking about the Berlin Jazz Experiment. The festival that was to be extra inclusive and accessible, recently announced that its first planned edition (to be held at Holzmarkt at the end of May) will be cancelled. On the programme were names such as legendary Sun Ra Arkestram, as well as up-and-coming jazz artists such as the soulful Allysha Joy. “It was our idea to have publicly accessible components of the festival. Outdoors, where you could listen to music and experience jazz without a ticket”, as the statement says. But complaints by residents became an issue. “Due to the current situation with a type of acoustic curfew, our concept, plain and simple, does not make sense anymore. And that would rob our concept of its soul.” What a damn pity.

A view from the rooftop

A new location at the legendary Haus der Kulturen der Welt.

The world economy is in crisis? Ah well. At least HKW’s new beer garden and roof terrace project ‘Weltwirtschaft’ (a play on both the German word for economy and the old term for a pub) opens in September. But a few events are already being held there. A particularly great opportunity to climb on the roof is the record release party of Loveparade pioneer Danielle de Picciotto’s second solo album.

Address: John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10, Mitte | May 29th

Directions: S- and U-Bahn station Hauptbahnhof


The end for Rummels Bucht?

A loss for Berlin: a new development plan threatens Rummels Bucht.

On April 29th, the community parliament of Lichtenberg voted: the controversial development plans for Ostkreuz and Rummelsburg Bucht should be implemented as scheduled. They include building an “experience aquarium”, a private entertainment venue (rather than a public space), and real estate for commercial use, as well as flats. A public initiative had collected over 20,000 signatures against the plan and presented an alternative proposal for the site. Free spaces by the lake and cultural locations such as Rummels Bucht could potentially vanish with this plan. The initiative also fought for more social housing.

Address: Paul-und-Paula-Ufer, Lichtenberg | Tue – Fri from 3pm, Sat & Sun from 12pm

Directions: S-Bahn station Ostkreuz


New records

Vinyl is dead? Re-issues and overcrowded pressing plants have been refuting this claim for a while now. And at Schillerkiez in Neukölln, a new record shop has opened: KMA60. The location is supposed to be not only a shop, but also a space for music — with studios, offices and exhibition capacity. It’s founded by multitalented producer, resident DJ of Club der Visionäre, and label owner, Dana Ruh, with her colleague Jamie Fry, both well known across Berlin’s music scene. Apart from their own label releases, also conveniently located here, there will be second-hand records, too.

Address: Herrfurthplatz 8, Neukölln

Directions: U-Bahn station Boddinstraße


Translated by Aida Baghernejad

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