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What’s on in Berlin this May

17th April 2019


May is a great time to live in Berlin. The 1st of May celebrations, two bank holidays and with spring finally a-sprung, the hopeful air of Berlin’s Summer is just around the corner.

Here’s our top pick of gigs to provide the perfect soundtrack for welcoming in our beloved Berlin summer.

Alice Phoebe Lou – Columbiahalle: Saturday 11th May

Years ago whilst walking past a sunset-lit Warschauer Brucke, I noticed a huge crowd awestruck and silenced by a beautiful booming voice. Alice Phoebe Lou has been busking in various Berlin hotspots for years, charming her way around the city and growing an extremely dedicated social media fanbase.

This year, she independently released her second album ‘Paper Castles’. And now she closes her international tour with a homecoming gig at Berlin’s Columbiahalle. Her track ‘She’ is sure to completely blow you away. Get tickets whilst you still can.

Nick Cave  – Admiralspalast: Wednesday 15th May

Nick Cave brings his unique concept ‘Conversations with Nick Cave’ to Berlin’s infamous Admiralspalast. He is already known to have an intense and spiritual connection with his audiences, often reaching out to the crowd, his night is sure to push those relationships even further. In between songs, he will be having a completely unscripted and unmonitored open discussion with the audience. This will be a once in a lifetime gig, which is probably why it’s sold out. Track down tickets here if you can!

Sneaks – ACUD: Wednesday 15th May

Sneaks is the wonderfully bizarre post-punk/hip hop project of Washington-based Eva Moolchan. It’s hard to compare  her entirely to anyone else, which is what makes her so fascinating to watch.

ACUD is also a great tiny venue to catch emerging artists on a budget, so make sure to grab tickets while you still can.

Soccer Mommy – Musik & Frieden: Thursday 23rd May

If you haven’t already listened to Soccer Mommy’s breakthrough album ‘Clean’, listen now! 20-year-old Sophie Allison (aka Soccer Mommy) takes you right back to those tender teenage years of infatuations and self-discovery. Her songs play out like an indie coming of age film, packed with angst and tenderness.

This will be her first time playing in Berlin and Musik & Frieden will be a great intimate spot to catch her. Get tickets here.

Men I trust – Lido: Friday 24th May

Montreal dream pop trio Men I Trust are back in Berlin touring their upcoming album ‘Oncle Jazz’.

Reminding us that ‘indie’ is short for ‘independent’, they are entirely self-made., managing everything from writing and production to management and music videos. It’s worth following their Instagram as their visuals are as hazy and sultry as their sounds. Get tickets here.
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Jen Bailey

Jen Bailey is a writer, creative and social media brand specialist who has lived in Berlin since 2014. She has a degree in Illustration from the University of Brighton. Her current obsessions are Australian singer-songwriter Julia Jacklin, Manchester duo Virginia Wing and Irish writer Sally Rooney.