The two-day event brings hip-hop, indie, pop and a raft of electronic music to Tempelhof.
Having called off last year's event in the wake of the Love Parade disaster, which happened just a few weeks prior, the Berlin Festival has resurfaced with expanded efforts in 2011 with the additional Club Xberg program at Arena. On the Friday, the club leg will host a trio of local label showcases, including one by the electro-pop imprint Greco-Roman. Here is also where the bulk of the festival's DJs will perform, including the likes of A-Trak, DJ Hell, Diplo, Brodinski, Mr. Oizo and Jimmy Edgar.
Over the two days Tempelhof will mostly host bands with an electronic edge, such as Battles, Apparat (with his band), Hercules & Love Affair, The Rapture. Mount Kimbie lend their pensive bass to Friday's bill along with James Blake, whose melodic bass-inspired pop has managed to breach both underground and popular music circles. On Saturday, Berlin-based Boys Noize, Dial Records artist Pantha Du Prince and African kuduro-tech outfit Buraka Som Sistema break up the otherwise indie and pop-heavy affair.
The Tempelhof program will run from noon until midnight over both days, with Arena opening at 11:00 PM and carrying things on until morning.