Rachel Stern takes an instrumental tour through Berlin for the city’s most famous live- music festival of the summer.
Music reverberates through the city for Fete de la Musique.
From rooftops to street corners, Berlin reverberates with music to mark the first day of summer, Wednesday, 21 June. Taking place every year since 1995, the free, live music festival Fête de la Musique (www.fetedelamusique.de) presents over 100 artists, ranging from experimental percussionists to chamber musicians, spread throughout every neighborhood of Berlin. Germany joins 120 other countries in celebrating the famous
French festival. Read on for some of our favorite performances, which play from 4pm until 10pm as the last bit of sun sweeps across the summer sky.
No fête would be complete without the many artists and massive dancing crowds that fill the auditorium at Mauerpark (Gleimstr. 55, www.m au er park. info ), playing everything from progressive to punk under a grassy knoll and graffiti-laced backdrop. Catch also the smaller spontaneous musical acts that pop up around the park throughout the evening.
For a more relaxing music experience, bring your yoga mats to BeachMitte (CarolineMichael is-S tr .8, www.beachberlin.de). Stretch out your toes into the sandy beach as live, meditative music plays and instructors from Yoga United (www.yoga-united.de) lead yogis of all levels.
For those keen on keeping the party going into the a.m., visit the nearby Mein Haus am
See (Brunnenstraße 197-198, www.mein-hausam-see.club), famous for their stylish electro and being open 24/7. The former warehouse and bookshop is a sprawling space dotted with comfy couches, a stellar cocktail bar, and multiple musical acts.
For a different kind of musical encounter, head to the REFoRGELN & friends (Beusselstr. 35, www.refo-moabit.de) reform church in Moabit, where a line-up of organ tunes reverberate the whole evening. Artist Erik Hoeppe leads a children’s program throughout the evening, teaching both choir singing and the art of playing the mighty church instrument itself.
For a celebration along the Spree, check out the ambient ipse lounge at the
Freischwimmer Restaurant ( Vor dem Schlesischen Tor 2a, www.ipse-berlin.com) for a multifaceted line-up. This year’s includes jazz and pop musician Emma Longard, singer and songwriter and, as the evening draws to a close, house music from Meggy, Click|Click und Niko Schwind.