If there’s one open air contemporary festival that has that famous Californian flower power vibe it’s got to be Coachella
Berlin’s iconic Tempelhof Airport, which evokes scenes from classic Cold War spy movies, is home to the Berlin Festival on 7 and 8 September. The airport, which was closed to flights a couple of years ago, hosts concerts, dance and contemporary art in the spaces and hangers of the site that until the fall of the Berlin Wall was a crossroads between East and West. The Festival is a celebration of what makes Berlin one of the most cutting-edge and eclectic cities on the planet, featuring artists like Michael Kiwanuka with his unique mix of urban soul alongside Sigur Ros, Little Dragon, Kate Nash, The Killers, and Franz Ferdinand. Then there’s the ground-breaking electronic sound of Nicolas Jaar, whose “blue wave” album Space Is Only Noise was ranked number one by Resident Advisor and Mixmag and received four stars from The Guardian. Or Swedish band Miike Snow, the most requested remixers of the moment, who have worked with Madonna, Kylie, Kelis and Britney. Following the concerts, the Festival continues with Club Xberg which will include sets by Modeselektor, Junior Boys, and Dada Life, and make sure you don’t miss the Silent Arena Aftershow, where up to 10,000 partygoers can lose themselves in dance beamed directly through their headphones.