Venue: Burg Friedland
This proudly small yet hugely entertaining festival is now celebrating its 12th year, and is predicted to sell out, ensuring a very friendly crowd of around 800 people. A non-profit entity, €2 from every ticket sold is donated to Berlin aid organisation Raise a Smile e.V. to help them continue their educational programmes in Zambia. It takes place in the charming surrounds of Burg Friedland with its lovely walled courtyard. Situated southeast of Berlin near Spreewald, it’s easily accessible by train and bike from Berlin, and the day trip out there by bike is well worth the effort.
The line-up is nicely representative of what’s going on in the independent music scene in Berlin and Germany at large with something for everyone, including two acoustic shows in the village church on Saturday afternoon where you can cool your heels before getting stuck into the main evening’s entertainment. From Berlin’s Slow Steve, Girlie, Masha Qrella, Soft Grid and Trucks to headliners Klaus Johann Grobe (Switzerland), Die Heiterkeit (Hamburg), Locas In Love, Messer and We Are The City (Canada) all manner of indie sub-genres and tastes are catered to.
Each night finishes off with a knees-up courtesy of some fine DJs, including DJ Future Sailor (What Difference Does It Make), Rojosson (Gold Lions/FLUX), DJ Five (British Music Club) and ending with the Jenseits von Millionen DJ team. What better excuse to escape the hustle and bustle of Berlin for a day?