A delightful and eclectic weekend by the lake

Words By Barry Cliffe

Date: 26.08.16 – 28.08.16
Venue: Bahnhof Oderberg-Bralitz

One of the most charming festivals around is at the end of August each year at the disused Oderberg-Bralitz train station about 20km east of Eberswalde in north-east Brandenburg.

This is a real treasure and a lovely way to spend one of the last weekends of the summer camping, eating and enjoying some bands in truly unique surroundings. As always there will be two outside stages for bands and singer-songwriters, and a spacious room – the station-house – for the after party. Acts on the Friday night have a decidedly electronic feel with one-man sensation Sebastian Arnold and his delicious electronica, Me Succeeds, and German-Ukrainian act Dyki Lys.

Saturday is definitely more band-orientated, with several visitors from overseas; Firestations (UK), The Bright Silence (US) and Those Unfortunates (UK), performing alongside Berlin’s very own Celsius Panda. There’s also several solo acts of the singer-songwriter variety, a terrific example being KEAH who has more electronic bouncy beats in store for audiences.

With the gorgeous little lake at the back of the church in Bralitz village to cool off during the day, the campsite set along the old train lines, light installations of all sorts, and definite encouragement from the festival organisers to get involved in setting up your little light and/or art piece, it really feels like more festivals should be like this. Food and drinks are located right at the back of the station house with the main stage just beyond, so it’s all so cosy and there’s no chance you’ll miss anything. It’s highly recommended to travel there by bike from Eberswalder. The route is very scenic and rivals any around Brandenburg.

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