January is typically one of the quietest months for touring, but living in Berlin, you’d never know it! The capital never fails to come through with an endless array of gigs and club nights to choose from, living up to its reputation as an international hub for music. From a soulful shoegazer to a veteran dance music collective and a festival for adventurous music and art, there’s no shortage of artists and events to help you get 2019 off to a cracking start. Here are our top picks.
HERCULES AND LOVE AFFAIR – RENATE: MONDAY 31ST DECEMBER (NEW YEAR’S EVE)
The amazing Hercules and Love Affair performing a live set at one of Berlin’s most loved clubs? It’s no surprise this is Resident Advisor’s top pick for the New Years’ celebration! At the helm of this ever-changing line-up for a decade now, producer Andrew Butler has a knack for combining disco, house and indie that’s totally unpretentious, giving you room to let loose, have fun and welcome in the new year with some pumping beats. Book your tickets today.
ANNA CALVI – ASTRA: FRIDAY 18TH JANUARY
Hailed as ‘the best thing since Patti Smith’ by Brian Eno, London-born Anna Calvi returned to the charts this year with her third studio album, ‘Hunter’. The award-winning singer-songwriter and guitarist certainly doesn’t disappoint when performing live, and she’s sure to sound incredible in a venue like Astra. ‘Don’t Beat the Girl Out of My Boy’ is bound to be a highlight, as it shows off her vocal range to perfection. Grab tickets.
CTM FESTIVAL – VARIOUS VENUES AROUND BERLIN: FRIDAY 25TH JANUARY TO SUNDAY 3RD FEBRUARY
A staple in the Berlin calendar for the last 20 years, CTM Festival brings together the best in international electronic, digital and experimental music. Hosted over ten days in a selection of Berlin’s most exciting cultural and nightlife venues, you can catch an impressive selection of talks, screenings, workshops, installations and networking events, as well as some straight-up amazing performances – all based on the theme of ‘Persistence’. Attending CTM is also a great way of seeing some of Berlin’s most impressive clubs without having to queue up for a big night out. Tickets are on sale now.
IAN SWEET – MONARCH: WEDNESDAY 30TH JANUARY
It’s so deeply satisfying when a venue perfectly suits the performer, and this is one such match. Performing as Ian Sweet, LA-based Jilian Medford brings her solo dream pop to Kreuzberg’s Monarch. This beloved club is worth a visit in itself for its intimate haziness and romantic view of Kottbusser Tor. Let’s hope for snow that night, as what could be a more fitting backdrop for Medford’s soul-baring vocals and shoegaze guitar fuzz? Don’t miss out.
BIMM BERLIN’S LAMPLIGHT SESSION – RADLERS: THURSDAY 31ST JANUARY
Once a month, a selection of BIMM’s most talented students showcase a handful of songs they’ve been working on to a receptive audience. The Lamplight Sessions are free and open to the public, which is, of course, a great way to enjoy an evening of brilliant music on a budget. Mark your diary now and cosy up in Radlers to soak up quality music from the stars of tomorrow. Event details here.