Excuse my ignorance Owen - where exactly is that?
Oh, and (ahem) drugs - easy to get hold of in Berlin; reasonably priced? Thinking E/coke/weed here primarily...
that'll be the mighty karl-marx-allee in friedrichshain...
drugs i dunno...i think pills are in no way hard to come by
also, you should try and pick up Groove mag (esp the free version) in shops- auf deutsch, but with lots of good tips and things from scarily elegant teutonic DJs
the wohnzimmer in prenzlberg's furnishings are excellent for hangover...
oh yes and the bauhaus-archiv!
(sighs wistfully...only a few weeks and i'm there)
Also thinking of a trip to Berlin, can anyone recommend a nice cheap Hotel/Guesthouse ?
I dunno what sort of records you want to buy, but you should visit Dense records on Danziger Strasse, near the Eberswalder Strasse U-Bahn. Freakout is quite close by, on Prenzlauer Allee, and could be worth a look for its second-hand stuff -- otherwise it's rather standard indie. Hardwax is also worth a visit - it's on the Paul Lincke Ufer in Kreuzberg, nearest U-Bahn is Kottbusser Tor, off the top of my head.
Ausland can be a great little club for lower-key live acts (turntablism, electronica, the odd avant-rock band) -- it's on Lychener Strasse, very close to Dense records.
As far as grime related events:
Catch your boy Matt Shadetek aka Yankee Boy aka Who's That Wigger over at Bastard Club in Berlin this month.
24.09. MORE BASS – grime special @ Bastard / Matt Shadetek, DJ Sheen, HNS, Janoshi, Asian-Trouble MC’s, visuals by Kitsuka
Matt and Sheen are gonna be repping alongside Zhi MC and his partner Do, the other half of their crew Asian Trouble. Zhi is definitely one of the best MCs in Berlin right now, and one of very few who can flow doubletime at grime tempo. He tells me Do has been practicing at it too, so if you're interested in hearing what Berlin grime might sound like, this is probably it. Don't sleep.
20.10 at Watergate: Bashment upstairs, grime/crunk/drunk downstairs with Matt SHT and Sick Girls. Also Zhi MC will be in the building hosting. The downstairs at Watergate is beautiful, lounge space right on the waterlevel of the spree river with big windows and a great view, highly reccomended and the music shouldn't be too shabby either.
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So, I'm curious - how was it?
Originally Posted by baboon2004
Fantastic city - the friendliest people, the most chilled out atmosphere...am seriously considering moving there for a year sometime soon.
As for the clubs....tried to find WMF for Kano on Friday, but due to having the wrong address (and fading energy), wandered up and down Karl Marx Allee for what seemed like three years.
Better luck on Saturday - off to Berghain, which is a beautiful space/venue...DJs were pretty good, if not exceptional, but had a fab night all around due to the atmosphere. Ended up waking up at a bus stop at 9am, and eventually found my way back to my hotel by midday, which is always the mark of a good night out...
Last night went to a club named Geburtstag (?), where they were spinning reggae and dancehall, with bottles of beer for one euro apiece until midnight. How can you go wrong?
I'm back there later in the year for definite...
Too bad you missed Kano & Co, they MERCKED IT! Those guys can seriously rap their asses off. I'd say Ghetto and Demon gave Kane a run for his money as well, all 3 gave very strong performances. And yes, the night you were at was probably Callaloo club with Barney Millah, one of my favorite berlin dancehall selectors, he plays quite a nice range of stuff usually including a little soca section. That party is nice, nice vibes. The YAAM space is also worth checking in warm weather, a big complex with food vendors, basketball court, artificial beach and a stage and soundsystem playing reggae. Nice daytime family kinda place, not sure how much longer they'll go this year though.
Re-upping this, for anyone with fresh ideas of what places to check out in Berlin - think I'm set for clubs, so any recs about cool bars, spaces, shops etc would be gratefully received!
I am going a week today also! Cannot wait.
hey yo let me know what you want and i can try to have it for you when you arrive the very strong weed is in the pocket - Gambia Boy is back from vacation. as for anything else i can ask.
Jori Hulkonnen's Finnish Acid Sympthony is performing at Weekend club thursday night. don't know if you are arriving yet but I'll be there.
i've changed the starting time on the NGOMA from from 10PM to 11PM...
Originally Posted by zhao
Finnish Acid Symphony? That's a new one on me! I arrive late Thursday night, but does sound tempting...
Ngoma start change noted!
have PM-ed you about the other stuff...
If I get my bank charges back, I'll be going this summer with a coupla mates. Not holding my breath, though!
I ended up going to Watergate after being turned away from Berghain and had an amazing night. DJs were all from a label called Ariel, I hadn't heard of any of them but they wre pretty good and the soundsystem there was non too shabby. It shut at 10am and then went on to a party on a barge full of fucked-up Germans raving to minimal till 2pm. Incredible clubbing, seems so much less commercial and more permissive than London.
id hazard a guess that it was areal who were playing, was it basteroid or ada or someone? all pretty sick.