Berlin Works Well For Lehmkuhl

Stefan Lehmkuhl’s efforts to extend Berlin Festival beyond the disused Tempelhof Airport and involve the whole city appear to have turned out well.

He added two days (Sept. 4-5) to the beginning of the festival and called them “First We Take Berlin.” This gave emerging acts a platform in the clubs around the city’s Wrangelkiez district, which has venues including Astra, Postbahnhof, Magnet, Lido, Festsaal Kreuzberg, and Fluxbau. Fans who’d bought Berlin Festival tickets could attend the extra dates free of charge, while others had to pay less than euro 20 ($26.50) for the two days of club shows.

The regular festival at Tempelhof once again sold out its 20,000 capacity, but at press time it still wasn’t known how many of the $26 two-day tickets were sold.

The two-day festival at Temeplhof Sept. 6-7, which is co-owned by Festival Republic, now sells out on a regular basis.

Acts on this year’s bill included BjörkMy Bloody ValentineWhite Lies, and Ellie Goulding.