Frank Bretschneider, Sven Weisemann, Christian Vogel and more will play the experimental festival's first edition this August.
The brainchild of Nico Deuster and Adam Weishaupt, Krake will bring together mostly live performances with an emphasis on the audiovisual. Deuster, the man behind the popular midweeker Killekill, which just recently celebrated its second anniversary, told RA how Weishaupt of Salon Du Katz is one of the only other Berlin promoters who ascribe to a programming philosophy of, as he put it "no compromise! strictly challenging artists, no bullshit, no boredom". For Krake, he and Weishaupt focused on artists who seldom play in Berlin, and took care to find acts who push boundaries within their genres while remaining lively enough for a club setting.
The Wednesday will be a Raster-Noton showcase at the Kantine. Label co-founder Frank Bretschneider will present his hypnotic audio-visual live set, while newer signing Grischa Lichtenberger will deliver more jarring IDM. Krake will then move to Suicide Circus for the entire weekend with performances indoors and out while a Japanese barbecue provides sustenance in the garden. Friday will see British neo-electro pioneers Plaid and Rephlex's breakbeatist Bogdan Raczynski inside and the deeper house sound of Mojuba labalmates Sven Weisemann and Ojuba outside.
On Saturday, an extended lineup promises large doses of hard-hitting techno aimed at the dancefloor. French pioneer Cristian Vogel and ex-Lone Swordsman Radioactive Man will headline, with the "punk techno" of Hanno Hinkelbein and Shitkatapult's DJ Flush providing backup. Outside a whole load of ambient, IDM and electronica artists will perform their various live shows (Karsten Pflum, Bjorn Svin, Plaster and a set from Weishaupt himself). Later on, the tempo rises yet again with Der Dritte Raum and Kettel playing well into Sunday.