After this summer’s heat wave in North Europe, at the end of August, Berlin – according to the official weather forecast – will be back to its ‘normal’, smooth twenty degrees Celsius, just the right atmosphere to appreciate a good variety of novelty and experimental sounds. Berlin Atonal has consolidated itself as a reference event and proof of it is that it was sold out more than one month prior to the opening.
The festival is a great opportunity to see some of the best artists in today’s electronic scene. With a mix of genres, focused on dark electronica, noise/drone, and ambient – plus an increasingly important visual journey –, organizers have managed to bring together a dedicated international crowd of techno nerds. With their black sportswear and heavy goth shoes moving from stage to stage – Main, Null, OHM, Globus/Tresor – and upon entering the cavernous ex-power plant Kraftwerk, the audience expects to be challenged by the growing intensity of the performances through the days, which is understandable given the length of the event. Here, we highlight some of our favourite proposals to help you decide what to see.
On Wednesday afternoon, the first day of the festival, Stage Null usually opens with iconic musicians. And this year, it couldn’t be less: ambient master David Morley will delight us with his hardware-heavy set. At Main Stage, Colombian-born, Berlin-based musician Lucrecia Dalt will reverberate within the concrete walls of Kraftwerk with her A/V performance Synclines and her organic experimentation – there are great expectations after her acclaimed performance in this year’s Spanish festival LEV.