KRAKE FESTIVAL is a festival for challenging electronic music organised by the Berlin-based Killekill crew. As the name implies, the festival spreads its tentacles out over multiple days and venues across the city, presenting different styles of music. KRAKE is not about hype, it’s about music, that dares to step off the beaten track, about surprising performances and a down-to-earth attitude, far off the mainstream. A festival for music lovers. This year sees the festival take over Silent Green, Griessmuehle, and Urban Spree with movie screenings, synth markets, and performances from the likes of Dasha Rush, Paula Temple, Femanyst (aka Lady Blacktronika), The Horrorist, Dopplereffekt, and a whole lot more from 22-29 July.
This year’s edition opens on MONDAY at Silent Green, a beautiful former crematorium in the north of Berlin, which has been operating as an art and cultural centre for a few years only. Its remarkable octagonal domed room offers the perfect surrounding to host performances outside the usual club context. Techno artist Dasha Rush premieres her most recent experimental collaboration with a live instrumentalist, who will soon be announced. Cio D’Or, our second guest creates a live/hybrid set following her idea of a “pictureless cinema“. Close your eyes and hear the silent images. The evening will be closed by WhoKnowsWhoCares, who has built a whole live set around field recordings from an extended trip through Asia.
On WEDNESDAY we head to Griessmuehle, where Paula Temple presents the first Berlin showcase of ‘Noise Manifesto’. Challenging structural hierarchies in music, Noise Manifesto declares to “feature at least 50% artists who identify as trans, female, woman, non-male, non conforming or queer.” So for this night, she invites the uncompromising SØS Gunver Ryberg, Lady Blacktronica under her Femanyst alias and The Lady Machine, a hard-hitting newcomer to the scene. Taking over the other floor are Warning with a showcase of four artists who helped to shape the immanent style the project stands for. All of them coming from different directions and adding their very own spice to the soup that will be seething in the Silo all night.
The Krake weekend begins on FRIDAY daytime with the legendary Label & Synth Market, a record fair bringing together almost 100 of Berlin’s underground record labels and a small selection of synth brands to present their products in the lively garden area of Urban Spree. Next to DJ sets and surprise performances rounding off the day, the raffle is a chance to win electronic music production equipment and other cool stuff once again. All profit of the raffle will go to Ickmachwelle, a project which aims to empower and teach people with cognitive disabilities to learn how to make electronic music. Ickmachwelle will also perform live directly after the raffle!
FRIDAY night sets the stage for a series of concerts and performances in pure punk attitude! Dig through wild West-Berlin’s archives of the ‘80s with scene expert Mark Reeder and ‘B- Movie’, followed by a Q&A and DJ set with and by the protagonist himself. Synth-punk Petra Flurr & 89st is opening for Schwefelgelb, Berlin’s most prolific duo in classic body music tradition, while The Horrorist is gearing up for one of his raging and devastating live performances.
On top of this, we are delving deeper into DIY synth art and Circuit Bending throughout the day and night with Lithuanian Moon Armada being one of the most impressive artists in the field. He builds experimental musical devices using doll heads and other objects to create an unreal and spooky atmosphere and has prepared an installation and a performance for our festival.
On SATURDAY night Krake boards onto more than 36 festival hours where nothing is off- limits. Griessmuehle, one of Berlin’s most notorious clubbing institutions, is located right next to the canal. Each of its three floors – Club Floor, Silo, and Garden – has a distinct atmosphere, which complements the musical diversity happening all weekend. The club floor will host Detroit-rooted duo Dopplereffekt – one of Electro’s most genre-defining acts – as well as eclectic selector Otto von Schirach from Miami. Regis, one of the leading figures in techno, is in for a very special Jungle set and UK techno duo AnD step up for a 4-hour long journey stamping their renowned and forthcoming productions. Electro- explorer Jensen Interceptor proves why he has been one to watch recently. Arad, one half of Lakker, sings live over raw bassy sounds, while industrial act Tara in Tibet branches out into esoteric realms. Meanwhile, in the Silo, Jasmine Azarian, Rory St John and many more serve spine-tingling bangers. The madness carries on throughout Sunday evening, with techno legend Ben Sims and Alienata taking you on a tour of their sound obsessions to close the festival.
What? Krake Festival 2019 Where? Various locations in Berlin When? 22-29 July 2019 Tickets:krake-festival.de and RA