This month, as always, Berlin comes through with an endless selection of gigs for your listening pleasure. Some of these events are so in demand that they’ve actually sold out in the time this blog post was written. But if you’re truly determined, you can always find a way to get there. Here are our top picks for the best-of-the-best gigs in Berlin this March.
Boy Harsher – Berghain / Panorama Bar: Tuesday 5th March
Boy Harsher usually sell out shows before you’ve even found out they’re playing, thanks to having a devoted cult following since they formed in 2014. If you’re lucky enough to get your hands on tickets, you’ll find that Berghain main floor is the dream industrial space to host Boy Harsher’s danceable dark-wave electro-pop. Trying to track down tickets for this gig will be about as easy as finding a needle in a haystack, but it’s worth checking for spare tickets or keeping an eye out for their next tour. Good luck!
Empress Of – Kantine am Berghain: Wednesday 20th March
Following 2015’s widely acclaimed LP ‘Me’, Empress Of is back, with her second album ‘Us’ receiving similar applause. Blood Orange’s Dev Hynes features on the opener ‘Everything to Me’ – this smooth track filled with charming and soulful vocals, gives a sense of Empress Of’s distinct brand of R&B pop. Catch Empress Of at Kantine am Berghain.
Steve Gunn – Frannz Club: Saturday 23rd March
If you have a parent who’s into good music coming to visit you in Berlin, then this is the perfect gig to take them to. Not only is the venue a beautiful old Prenzlauer Berg building (perfect parent fodder), but revered singer-songwriter Steve Gunn touring his lyrically gorgeous Americana-inspired album ‘The Unseen In Between’ is not to be missed. A favourite for all ages. Get your tickets here.
Gus Dapperton – Lido: Tuesday 26th March
Even though 21-year-old self-taught Gus Dapperton is yet to release a full-length album, he has racked up a huge following, not to mention a headline gig at Berlin’s acclaimed venue Lido. Known for his analogue indie pop and ’90s inspired visuals, he’ll be a fun mellow treat to behold. Grab tickets.
Beirut – Funkhaus: Sunday 31st March
OK, yes, it’s another sold-out gig I’m recommending, but remember, where there’s a will there’s a way! Beirut will play in Funkhaus’ infamous main halle, which is sure to be an uplifting and awe-inspiring way to spend your Sunday evening. Funkhaus is an incredibly special venue. Designed as a radio station in the DDR, the studios and various music halls are acoustically perfect and visually stunning. You’ll find yourself gazing up into the heavens, watching Beirut’s accordion indie sounds bounce around the room. Try your luck for tickets here.