Lollapalooza came, saw and conquered Berlin
You’ve probably heard of Lollapalooza – the iconic open air music festival has become a huge name in the USA after kicking off in Chicago in 1991. This year, the festival made its European debut in Berlin, Germany and Student Flights consultant Stefanie Harms was there to soak in the atmosphere over two days from 12-13 September 2015.
Check out Stefanie's account of the festival...
‘Lolla’ Berlin sold out weeks prior to kick off and over 90,000 people turned out to experience headliners Muse, Sam Smith, Fatboy Slim, The Libertines and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. The first part of the festival that stood out was the location. Australian festivals are typically hosted over sprawling lawns or by the beach. Typically, Berlin took a quirky, alternative route and picked Tempelhof Airport, famous for its activity during World War II and abandoned for official use since 2008. The anticipation was heightened by the long walk to the festival grounds, which was along the old airport runways, surrounded by local Berliners who have adopted the space to fly kites and host BBQs.
The concrete made for a different festival experience but what it was lacking in green grass, Lollapalooza made up for with entertainment. Along with fellow festival-goers donning either a gorilla suit or a horse mask while dancing to Scottish hit band CHRVCHES, there was LollArt; an entire area of the festival dedicated to local artists as well as roaming structures with acrobats that were an interesting throwback to the 1930s, as long as they didn’t run you over! [you had to be there]. If fashion is more your thing, there was Fashionpalooza; a series of workshops and interactive exhibitions dedicated to celebrating the melting pot of fashion and music.
Lolla Berlin worked as a cashless society for 2 days; everything was paid for via a wristband fitted out with an electronic chip. This made cash impossible to lose and with a swipe of your wrist, we had access to the usual beer and spirits as well as a huge range of food. On offer was everything from burgers to German kranskys to traditional kebabs to Asian noodles to help soak up the alcohol, although none of the lines were as big as the ‘cocktails’ queue. Ready to go was everything from Vodka Lemonade to Cuba Libres and Long Island Iced Teas. The underwhelming number of toilets around the grounds on day one made for some long queues, makeshift rivers on the concrete and a dangerous game of Russian Roulette when deciding which “beer” bottle to drink out of. Thankfully, extra toilets were brought in for day two and we were able to return to more standard drinking games.
All in all, there is something for everyone at Lollapalooza and its rather special being at the Brandenburg Gate one day and then partying at Tempelhof Airport the next day as the sun goes down behind the likes of James Bay, Tame Impala and Stereophonics. Next year’s festival has already been announced and early bird tickets are already on sale for 10-11 September 2016!
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