International Women’s Day celebrations in March showed us that it’s a particular special time to be a woman, and inspired us to showcase an all-female lineup for April. For the first time, Berlin gave its citizens a holiday to celebrate International Women’s Day, and offered a 21% discount on public transport for women on the day, to highlight the gender pay gap in Germany. Oh, and Solange surprised us with a brand new album! So, March has been a roaring success and it’s been almost impossible to choose only a few unmissable female artists playing in Berlin this April… but here are our top picks.
JESSICA PRATT – HEIMATHAFEN: TUESDAY 2ND APRIL
Jessica Pratt’s third and best album yet, ‘Quiet Signs’, has been released to extremely high critical acclaim. The album plays like a daydream of faraway LA – think Californian Vashti Bunyan-esque meandering and dreamy 1970s flutes. Neukölln’s Heimathafen will be a gorgeously appropriate venue, too. A 19th-century ballroom with plush red velvet curtains, it feels like walking back into the city’s cabaret heyday. Get your tickets here while you can.
IAMDDB – BERGHAIN: TUESDAY 2ND APRIL
Manchester-born IAMDDB has released a string of ‘urban jazz’ mixtapes over the last few years to her huge and eager social media fanbase, the most recent and fully realised being ‘Swervvvvv.5’. She is reminiscent of Erykah Badu, both in the way she soulfully mixes R’n’B with jazz and in her naturally funny, relaxed attitude. Already playing support slots for hip-hop royalty Lauryn Hill and Bryson Tiller, 21-year-old IAMDDB is one to watch and promises an unforgettable performance! Get tickets here before it’s too late!
SHARON VAN ETTEN – COLUMBIA THEATRE: FRIDAY 5TH APRIL
In between becoming a mother and studying to become a counsellor, American singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten has put together her fifth and most accomplished album to date. ‘Remind Me Tomorrow’ is a confident album that packs an electronic punch, with her vocals weaving in and out of ghostly soaring and pained screams – something to behold in real life! Her songs read like introspective confessions and we can only imagine how mesmerising it will be to see her live. Buy tickets here.
DUENDITA – ACKER STADT PALAST: TUESDAY 9TH APRIL
Last winter, New York’s Duendita released her first EP ‘direct line to My Creator’, an incredibly mature and beautiful R’n’B record. Her music evokes spirituality, self-love and warmth, creating an altar of spine-tingling soul music to get lost in. Acker Stadt Palast is an incomprehensibly small venue for her, which makes getting tickets even more exciting because she will undoubtedly become huge. Be sure to join this intimate crowd. Do not miss it.
JULIA JACKLIN – PRIVATCLUB: MONDAY 15TH APRIL
Australian singer-songwriter, Julia Jacklin, is back with her sophomore album ‘Crushing’. Written in response to a painful break up, she lives up to her singer-songwriter credentials by creating songs bursting with painfully relatable and vivid anecdotes of the everyday of relationships. Julia’s gigs are always tight and punchy, and this one will be no exception. If you’re not a fan already, you’ll leave the gig converted. In fact, her vocals alone are enough for you to fully crush on her. Buy tickets here.
Photography: Eline Duijsens