When it comes to techno, the world revolves around Berlin. And at the heart of the industrial city is the Kreuzberg district: the hub of clubs that ranges from the unknown to underground to the infamous Berghain. At the crossroads of Club der Visionäre, Hoppetosse, and Glashaus you'll find Arena Park, where the city's eponymous Berlin Festival will be running for 48 hours straight from September 5-7. Wandering through Badeschiff's beachfront and pool-atmosphere to the vintage rock 'n roll kitchen White Trash to the stunning open- air Club der Visionäre you will find an expansive onslaught of massive speakers, art installations, and eccentric personalities that colour the city's melting pot of creativity.

 

 

The set list ranges from headliner to hip to underground. Nico Jaar and Dave Harrington open the festival just after midnight on Friday with the rolling, guttural bass of their Darkside project. Their music defies genres, a unique and experimental collaboration that's closer to composers orchestrating a symphony of clicks, whirrs, and rumbles than a DJ set. Jaar's BBC1 essential mix was chosen as the best mix of 2013, a huge and well deserved honor. He blended Aphex Twin with string quartets, Ricardo Villalobos with Marvin Gaye, warm rainfall with deep bass. The 23-year-old Chilean-born musician meets Guitar Virtuoso Dave Harrington for a deconstruction of sound.

Hudson Mohawke hits the stage three hours later for some heavier wobbles, leading into a weekend blessed with the likes of Sven Väth, Kid Ink, Ellen Allien, Chase & Status, Mount Kimbie, Digitalism, Koze, Crystal Fighters, Moderat, Warpaint, Bombay Bicycle Club, Trentmøller and many more.

 

 

Want a break from the throbbing bass? Check out British Singer-Songwriter Jessie Ware. From collaborations with SBTRKT and Disclosure to hits like "Wildest Moments" you can expect a drippingly soulful respite from the pervasive low-end. If you've been following Kaytranada you probably noticed that funky rapper from Sober Thoughts. Well GoldLink's hitting Glashaus at 5am Saturday morning for some hip-hop. The 21-year-old rapper is a bit of a mystery, but after dropping "The God Complex" five months ago his name's been making heavy waves. He describes the debut project thusly: “The moment God is figured out with nice neat lines and definitions, we are no longer dealing with God.”

 

 

You can get tickets here. We hope to see you there, covered in sweat and wobbles and smiles.

See you on the dancefloor,
Jesse Wheaton