If you are going to Berlin you probably love music just as much as me. There are multiple cool music venues to read up on online and you’ll probably be able to find your own sweet spots when roaming the streets of Berlin.
However, Berlin is a huge city with twenty something thousands of musicians playing thousands of genres so it’s hard to know where to spend your time and energy. If I were you, I’d start by narrowing it down to a low number of options to exclude that you know that you’re not interested in. I personally love all genres at the right occasion.
I don’t feel like going to the opera every day but I can still appreciate it a lot some days. The key to life is moderation, so I pick my favourites here and there by ignoring borders of genres. Regardless of what you like, you’ll be able to find it in Berlin – if you are looking in the right spots.
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The German opera was being used slightly after its birth in Italy, year 1598. The German operas are very renowned world-wide since day 1. The 2 most famous German-born composers, Gluck and Handel was however involved in the Italian operas.
Then there was Mozart and Beethoven who innovated the whole music scene at a later stage. It is strange to realize that the Germans were such innovators of the international opera scene, yet impossible to argue. Mozart’s songs are still being played at Operas, although he passed away 220 years ago.
Foremost, the Germans were great at writing down their musical masterpieces, which might explain why there’s such a strong track record of notes to all songs. There are 3 opera houses to go to in Berlin, each one got destroyed during World War II but were restored in the 60’s. You will be able to find live acts on each one of these three opera houses;
Staatsoper Unter den Linden
Deutsche Oper Berlin
Komische Oper Berlin
Dixieland Festival in Dresden is a one week festival in Dresden, this festival offer 350+ artists each year and they hold the 47th in 2017. The Dixieland Festival hosts open-air events out in the Elbe River and the streets of Dresden are filled with street artists every year.
The Thuringia Bach Festival offers Baroque musical acts solely and is hosted for weeks! “Rock am Ring” & “Rock im Park” are two festivals that are hosted during the same weekend, allowing the two festivals to basically use the same artists and they have 160,000 visitors altogether.
The Munich Opera Festival is the festival for Opera lovers. It takes place throughout July in the Bavarian area. The Wave-Gothic Festival is a festival for the darkest souls, you’ll be able to meet cyber goths, steampunks and many more alternatives.
Then there is Oktoberfest, a 15-day festival which honours the German (Bavarian) beer but it also offer the world’s biggest fairs.
All Musicians go to Berlin
All roads lead to Rome, yet all musicians go to Berlin. The biggest names in the music industry will end up in Berlin sooner or later.
Truly great bands such as Depeche Mode, Tiger Lou, Billy Talent, Talib Kweli, Green Day, Bon Iver, Coldplay, Aerosmith, Elton John, Korn, Lindsey Stirling, Avenged Sevenfold, Disturbed, Bonobo, Parov Stelar, Rise Against, ZZ Top and System of a Down show up here without hesitation. These artists are all very recognizable on the international music scene.
They all have hundreds of thousand fans all around the world and they all love to perform in Berlin. The fact that Berlin is such a multi-cultural hub, allows the music genres to transfuse with each other through various jams and other open-air performances.
Berghain is Europes most renowned nightclub. Located in Berlin near the border between Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain. Many consider Berghain to be the capital of techno in the whole world.
This nightclub is actually the 2.0 version of the Ostgut club, which was a gay club open between 1998-2003. The club itself is located in a power plant in Friedrichshain with space for 1,500 persons! Due to the nature of the nightclub, Berghain is considered to stand for decadence and hedonism.
A great thing about this night club are the price-worthy tickets and the good drink prices. One would expect that a nightclub of this magnitude would have exaggerated drink prices since it offers such a unique experience, but the prices are actually very good compared to many other places I’ve been to.
There are sooo many nightclubs in Berlin. Almost too many.
The nightlife in Berlin is great, close to perfect. The clubs are in many cases open until 08 in the morning and the crowd is usually very laid back, regardless of what music genre is being played at the venue. Every possible sexual orientation is welcome in Berlin.
It is one of the most LGBT-friendly places in the whole Europe which is a reason to Berghain’s success. The Hedonism culture encourage people to follow their hearts in order to obtain maximum amount of pleasure.
This theory was invented by Aristippus of Cyrene, a student of Socrates. This is (in my opinion) not correct, as it seems to be the words of an obvious upper class who didn’t have to harvest crops or go on long hunting trips for food.
This jazz club was established in 1992 and is a multi-cultural music venue. Musicians from all over the world go to these jazzy sessions and the average time spent at the club is actually 3.5 hours!
There are constantly different jazz acts available and the atmosphere humbly asks you to have a glass of wine. You can visit their site for additional information about upcoming artists and such. Even better, you can see exactly what kind of music equipment they are using!
The venue was an old potato store originally which needed much audio tests before it could be opened to the public.
The “A-Trane” is said to be created out of respect to John Coltrane and “take the A-train” by Duke Ellington.