The 2019 edition of Krake Festival has sadly come to an end. With over 5 days of challenging electronic music, the festival continues to prove that it is one of the most vital events of the local Berlin community as well as that of Europe and beyond. Few other festivals take place in such a diverse array of venues and present an astounding variation of sounds, genres and other activities such as film screenings, a label market and more. This year’s festivities opened in the beautiful Silent Green Kulturquartier. Crowd favorites Cio D’or and Dasha Rush presented meditative ambient sets for onlookers relaxing in the venue’s striking interior.
Day II saw things move to Griessmüehle for the first ever Noise Manifesto showcase. The Paula Temple curated line up featured all female identifying artists and saw electrifying sets from SØS Gunver Ryberg, Paula herself and The Lady Machine (who also contributed a great mix for us to get ready for the night). Day III aka Undertow was jam packed as things first started with the annual Krake Label and Synth Market which hosted dozens of today’s best independent labels and raffled off some amazing items as well. After a screening of the Mark Reeder classic, “B Movie”, things moved inside to Urban Spree where a full house witnessed standout sets from Petra Flurr + 89st, Schwefelgelb, The Horrorist, Melania. and more. It was a sweaty affair but the music carried you through the whole night.
From left: The Lady Machine, Day II; Krake Label Market; Schwefelgelb, Day III. *Photos by Marco Microbi
The festival closed things out on Saturday with a marathon session back at Griessmüehle, which saw nearly two days worth of music from Dopplereffekt, Otto Von Schirach, Regis, Alienata, Jasmine Azarian and countless more. From the Silo, to the main room to the garden, it was madness throughout the grounds and the perfect way to end the festival.
ALTAR OF NYX
While Krake festival may have come to an end luckily Killekill Summer Camp is still going strong. Each summer the event series takes place every Wednesday at Griessmüehle and hosts some of the best names in electronic music. This Wednesday, August 14th, the next Altar of Nyx ritual will commence. Curated by Altar Agency, this installment brings a very rare live performance by prolific Greek artist Restive Plaggona. The somewhat reclusive producer has released some of the most exciting music over the past few years spanning multiple genres and shattering the constraints of club and techno. For more on the project, revisit this interview we had with the artist last year here.
In addition to Restive Plaggona, the night will also feature DJ sets by Zhark Recordings label boss Kareem, head priestess Rangelova and a very special closing by The Brvtalist b2b Philipp Strobel (aka The Strobelist). Yours truly and the Aufnahme + Wiedergabe label boss will go deep into the night (and early morning) with a rare back to back set that should not be missed! Get your tickets to the event now here and RSVP on Facebook as well. See you at the ritual this Wednesday.