Have Your Turkey and Eat it Too: Clubs / Parties Preview
In the city where everyone comes from everywhere, there occurs a kind of mass evacuation phenomenon come Christmas time. Hordes of Berlin-based stowaways scurry home obligingly to blander pastures and provincial German towns, or to their homelands abroad for festive affairs (and often some much needed 'downtime' from the burning pace of life in the Berlin fast lane). But for those of us whose homelands are simply too far away for a quick - and hideously expensive - seasonal visit, for those rare and blindly worshiped Berlin-born creatures, and for those who simply cannot bare to drag themselves away from their beloved new hometown even for few days, there is a hot little gift-wrapped package of music, dancing and all related activities ready to be ripped open and ravished over the Christmas weekend. You greedy little party elves may have your turkey and eat it too; even in the club if you like. But for the sake of hygiene and general etiquette, we would suggest instead a wholesome Christmas dinner with your chosen family, followed by a twirl / stagger in the dark with a splash of flashing lights. 'Tis the season to be jolly, after all.
Born in Hamburg but based in Berlin, Alex Ridha is a boy whose noise has spread to fill all silent corners of the globe in recent years. He has repeatedly won Best Electronic Artist on Beatport (three times now), works with a variety of musicians and producers including everyone from David Lynch to Snoop Dog, and runs his own internationally renowned label, Boys Noize Records. On Sunday night, the BNR XMAS 2011 PARTY will find Boys Noize hollering his hubbub at Festaal Kreuzberg, accompanied by Surken, Housemeister, Teki Latex and more. Bang Bang has three pairs of tickets to giveaway to the first three readers to email us here with their favourite Boys Noize release or remix.
Sunday night is a time for holiness this weekend, not only at home and in the church, but also in the club, apparently. Panorama Bar says so! It hosts a Holy Sunday special with locals Empro, Sammy Dee and Ed Davenport (imported from London). The Berghain floor will be closed for the occasion, but upstairs will find diehard Pbar fans (or lonely characters without families) spending their sacred Christmas Sunday / Monday hours waiting for the window shutters to momentarily snap open and bless them with a few slithers of holy light.
Sticking to the same theme, Club Divisionaere also hosts a Holy Sunday of smaller venue proportions, but probably a lot more holy light shining into the riverside venue (or at least a soft, grey Berlin radiance). With the onslaught of international acts restraining itself to rupture chaotically over Silvester weekend, this affair will once again display locally brewed music with Daniel Dieter, Red Robin, Brita Arnold and more.
On Sunday night Der Garten Eden – Es Weinachten at ADS will feature a live set from Martin Dawson – a man currently making his musical mark - one layered with silky smooth synth chords - on labels like Cocoon and Crosstown Rebels. Support from Bacalao & Sonne, Kollektiv Ost and more. Suicide Circus hosts an Exquisite Weinacht on Saturday night with Jens Bond amongst others, who can also be found with a long list of names at the Ritter Butzke Festspiele which begins on Friday night and runs through the weekend.
And tonight, Wax Treatment Night Edition gets down to the delightfully deep sounds of the UK’s Mala (one of the international exceptions of the weekend) who represents the continuous push of freshness and innovation within the UK bass and dubstep sound, which persists slowly but surely to ooze its broken beat way into the Berlin scene and sound. Or so say all those wise, profound (or extremely wasted) techno prophets.