Music Tips Xmas & NYE Special

Determined to prove that Berlin is not completely emptied and closed down around Christmas holidays, and that alternatives to getting unpleasantly drunk before queueing for hours in front of clubs on New Year's Eve DO exist, here we bring a motley selection of events in the following weeks.

PS. We want to keep the list open till the last day of 2015. Stay tuned for more entries, and if you happen to know of a fun and offbeat NYE fiesta, do tell! We will be happy to receive suggestions to – and share it with the rest.


FRIDAY 25.12

20.00 Einstürzende Neubauten @ Radialsystem V

WHY: In the latest album and performance project „Lament“ by Einstürzende Neubauten, two of the oldest musical forms of lament - lament and motet - are carefully combined using the innovative techniques of the band, along with audio files from prisoners of WWI, creating a unique composition. This award winning piece will be performed for the very last time at Radialsystem V on four consecutive days, starting on Christmas.

Radialsystem V / Holzmarktstr. 33, 10243 Berlin, S Ostbahnhof / more info 



19.00 3AM @ Kunstfabrik Am Flutgraben

WHY:The last 3AM event of this year will feature performances, videos, installations, sound pieces and - of course - a great party. For this edition you can inscribe to present something or DJ, and also to give feedback to the artists. The organisers will need help for setting up the space,  running the bar, and a strong-willed team for the cleaning after-party. If you would like to take part, RSVP using the form:

Kunstfabrik A. Flutgraben / Am Flutgraben 3, 12435 Berlin, U Schlesisches Tor / more info


19.30 Diane Drubay - Skin Of Their Light #86 @ Spektrum

WHY: „Skin Of Their Light“ is Diane Drubay's series of video art and exclusive soundtracks to offer you „ the universe at the edge of a new light in a multi-senses transcendental journey“; „a temporary relief in front of an everlasting natural beauty“. The French Berlin-based photographer and video artist exposes the audience to a recomposed and decontextualised landscape, whilst diving into music that follows the rhythms of nature. Drubay believes that nature gives us frames to see our surroundings in clarity with new perspectives and understandings.

Spektrum / Bürknerstr. 12, 12047 Berlin, U Schönleinstr. / more info


22.00 UY 2nd Anniversary @ OHM

WHY: Just a day before the big fireworks light up the sky, the Berlin-based fashion label, UY, will celebrate its 2nd anniversary at OHM. With transition as the overarching theme - transition of appearance, of perception, of self - the night will include unique performances with the coreographer Kiani del Valle, meant to arouse the senses, transcend the mind, and transform the space. Throughout the night, the audience will be invited to experience and interact with the performance. And of course, party accordingly with the very-Berlin fashion & music crowd. 

OHM / Kopenicker Str. 70, 10179 Berlin, U Heinrich-Heine-Str. / more info



20.30 Greatest Hits: Einstürzende Neubauten // Silvester @ Radialsystem V

WHY: If four Christmas concerts somehow were not enough, you will have one more chance this year to hear Einstürzende Neubauten live, and welcome the new year with their greatest hits repertoire. Expect a set with classic album hits such as "Perpetuum Mobile", "Ende Neu", "Tabula Rasa", and "Silence is Sexy". To cap off the night, DJ Arbeit will be spinning on turntables into the New Year and after midnight, DJ Ipek takes over with her international, extremely danceable fusion-sound.

Radialsystem V / Holzmarktstr. 33, 10243 Berlin, S Ostbahnhof / more info 


18.00 New Year Marathon @ Spektrum

WHY: For those who want a different NYE party, Spektrum is organising a non-stop performance marathon running till the New Year: 6 hours, 18 performances of all kinds (sound, body, video, dance, ext) - 20 minutes each, 3 tables (1 setting up - 1 setting down - 1 playing), open doors. Everyone is welcome to come in, bring food and share with the others, while drinks will be available for purchse at the bar. You can reserve a slot for your performance via:

Spektrum / Bürknerstr. 12, 12047 Berlin, U Schönleinstr. / more info


19.00 Swinging Silvesterball @  Ehemaliges Stummfilmkino Delphi

WHY: Party like it's 1929! „Swinging Silvesterball“ is a 1920’s inspired fest featuring live swing music, a swing dance taster, cabaret performances, burlesque, tarot, Hors d’œuvres buffet, and many more surprises, in the elegant atmosphere of Ehemaliges Stummfilmkino Delphi, an original silent film theater from the 1920’s in Berlin.

Ehemaliges Stummfilmkino Delphi / Gustav-Adolf Str. 2, 13086 Berlin, S Prenzlauer Allee + tram M13 or 12 Prenzlauer Allee/Ostseestr. / 35€, 40€ with seat reservation (incl. Hors d’œuvres and Midnight Snack) / more info


22.30 Fruit Loops Queer NYE w/ Alec Empire (+ dinner & screenings from 19h) @ Loophole

WHY: Fruit Loops is a neighbourhood party in Neukölln, offering a friendly queer space and no-boundaries DJ sets. For NYE they have the only guest that can go louder than the explosions out in the streets – electronic pioneer Alec Empire (of Atari Teenage Riot), along with Fruit Loops residents and surprise guests, for a night of Acid, Techno, Hardcore Rave & Jungle. Pre-party 'Lets hide together from the explosives outside' Soli dinner and revolutionary drama films screening starting from 19h; party from 22.30h.

Loophole / Boddinstr. 60, 12053 Berlin, U Rathaus Neukölln / more info


FRIDAY 01.01

19.00 Ambient Music for Organ and Synthesizers @ Zionskirche

WHY: On the quiet of New Year's Day, listeners could shut their eyes and let the sounds cross the space above them in the special acoustics of the Zionskirche. Tones from the organ pipes will be filtered and looped through computer effects to alter its sound and play with the church's reverberations. The concert will be in two halves, with a series of minimalistic and maximalistic cosmos-themed compositions and improvisations.

Zionskirche / Zionskirche Platz, 10119 Berlin, U8 Rosenthaler Platz / 5-10€ / more info

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