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Lollapalooza Berlin 2019 Review: Consumerism And Sustainability Collide

Lollapalooza Berlin 2019 Review: Consumerism And Sustainability Collide

So, Lollapalooza Berlin made positive to supply them a broad programme that was spread out over the several levels on the pageant website as well as the additional enter/-infotainment actions related to Fashionpalooza, Grüner Kiez, Kidzapalooza or the Lolla Fun Truthful. In case your week hadn’t been enjoyable already, it was time to spice issues up and get into the pageant temper immediately when you handed the gates and stumbled across the pageant website. Properly, relying what you have been truly on the lookout for, in fact, and the very particular person concept of enjoyable all of us have.

Let Me Entertain You …

Whereas festivals was all about music back in the day, putting on a pageant in 2019 signifies that organizers are dealing with the problem of pleasing an entire new era that appears to have little or no to do with what was the essence of an viewers at a music pageant. It’s not sufficient to only present music in the quaint method and convey individuals together by means of their mutual love for music. Festivals have to step up their recreation quite a bit to increase individuals’s interest in spending cash for a stay music event, even if the stay music sector is doing fairly nicely compared to the actual sales of music right now. Most of all, it has got to be exciting. Not just for a bit, but when potential, for 2 full days in a row.

Lollapaooza Berlin 2019 (Credit score: Stephan Flad)

If in case you have surpassed your late 20s or early 30s, it’s unlikely that you find yourself getting that sheer excitement from all that glitter or area for self-exploration (or let’s say: self-presentation?) that had Lollapalooza Berlin pretty much in management as soon as again this yr. The noticeable younger viewers that makes up a huge quantity of the gang was absolutely in their component hanging a pose every time potential which principally meant there was no limit to posing in any respect.

If the pageant website didn’t give you probably the most picturesque background or degree of beauty – whether or not it was the precise Olympic Stadium or the large Ferris wheel with blinking lights – there was still the Fashionpalooza playground to explore. It wouldn’t be a surprise if issues just like the Spiegelwald (forest of mirrors) ended up being the bigger attraction for some guests than a few of the acts they weren’t allowed to take selfies with.

Glitter first!

Wandering across the far spread out pageant website provided the identical sort of realizations over two days – in the event you didn’t catch a second on a selfie, it didn’t happen. And most of all, it didn’t have any worth. No matter occurred to enjoying festivals together with your greatest buddies and an countless agenda of testing thrilling bands?

Lollapalooza Berlin 2019 felt more like the version where music was in secondary place and the person was a lot more essential, at the least if it held up a mobile phone and noticed something value capturing.

No matter it means stepping into the zone for all the youngsters nowadays, it most definitely felt like stepping into the hazard zone on numerous events with everybody being so busy taking selfies or placing glitter into one another’s faces.

The longer term is…?

Luckily, the great and really much wanted impulses have been there somewhere in between with the Grüner Kiez promoting a sustainable way of life by way of a number of panels being held by nice organizations like WWF, Sea Shepard, Save The Youngsters or Fridays For Future. You typically marvel what is the most ideally suited method to drag youngsters away from the make up counter or their cell phones for a few minutes and it’s exhausting to say how huge the precise impression of Grüner Kiez was this yr, however the future will determine if consumerism keeps being more essential than a dialog about sustainability.

The organizers of Lollapalooza Berlin are higher outfitted to measure the success in the years to return, however at the very least an effort was made and a few impulses were given and let’s hope caring for our surroundings (and finally ourselves on this world) will probably be met with the same pleasure as a bunch of mirrors on display that encourage you to look fairly on the surface and make you fall into the same previous lure of self-display as an alternative of just accepting who you’re. Hopefully, it’s nonetheless not too late for some widespread sense although.

Tears of joy

Very similar to the overall entertainment programme of Lollapalooza Berlin 2019, the actual musical programme provided a bit of every little thing for everybody. As soon as again, an effort was made to get some kind of gender equality happening wanting on the line up. Nevertheless, putting Billie Eilish on within the late afternoon seemed like a bizarre transfer considering the fact that she in all probability drew one of the largest and most devoted crowds at this yr’s exhibits. Fortuitously, the viewers didn’t appear to mind that one bit. When you didn’t shed a tear being emotionally everywhere and completely happy singing along Billie Eilish’s songs, you definitely have been by taking a look at her extremely dedicated fanbase going nuts for her all all through the set.

Younger women holding each other of their arms, comforting each other while figuring out all of the lyrics by heart and boys being not afraid to get emotional, too. It was a very heartfelt sight that brought again some hope in regard to young music fans totally soaking up their musical heroes’ words. One of the best part about it was – it was a young heroine on stage this time, not only blessed with lot’s of expertise, but in addition a exceptional angle. Plus, two sprained ankles and still no indicators of slowing down.

Courtney Barnett stay at Lollapalooza Berlin 2019 (Credit score: Annett Bonkowski)

Talking of robust female figures being present at Lollapalooza Berlin, one other identify shortly involves mind: Courtney Barnett. The Australian rock musician who put out her a lot acclaimed album Tell Me How You Actually Really feel last yr confronted the ungrateful activity of enjoying on the Various Stage just after units from Billie Eilish and Eurotrash icons Scooter which in all probability explained the small crowd, however Courtney Barnett didn’t appear to care a lot placing on an intense set whereas making sure her last European show this yr went off with a bang.

serpentwithfeet reside at Lollapalooza Berlin 2019 (Credit score: Annett Bonkowski)

Variety, anybody?

Wanting at the general line up of the pageant, it’s virtually a surprise extra guitar pushed acts made it onto the bill in any respect. With a couple of exceptions like Courtney Barnett, Kings of Leon or Hozier to provide a shout out to some greater names – because the primarily newer skills have been ideally booked onto the Wine Backyard Stage, a comfortable little stage that nearly felt like a hidden area for everyone being fed up with all the standard candidates occupying the primary levels. Everybody unlikely of attracting the goal group was pushed to a really early slot like serpentwithfeet or was pressured to play virtually out of sight from the larger crowds because it appeared.

Particularly artists like serpentwithfeet experimenting with electro, gospel and soul music or Chinese language Hip Hop group Greater Brothers would have been a superb selection to actually present some variety on the bigger levels. The latter clearly proved that even language limitations didn’t matter so long as you possibly can interact with the viewers on a musical and emotional degree.

Larger Brothers reside at Lollapalooza Berlin 2019 (Credit: Annett Bonkowski)

A reasonably distinct emotional connection may be felt throughout Hozier’s set who managed to get the gang’s consideration without any doubt. Backed by an equally gifted group of musicians, Hozier effortlessly demonstrated not solely his vocal talents, but in addition his guitar enjoying expertise in broad daylight all whereas avoiding pointless interactions with the viewers putting the concentrate on the songs as an alternative and letting the music converse for itself. If that wasn’t enough, he threw in an excellent rendition of Stevie Marvel’s Dwelling For the City which he nailed perfectly to say the least.

Pardon me?

Hozier stay at Lollapalooza Berlin 2019 (Credit: Annett Bonkowski)

Whereas Hozier was an excellent example of positive craftsmanship in regard to songwriting, you really obtained to ask yourself what values and skills acts like Bausa or UFO361 deliver to the the desk that might be of any use. Positive, the musical type is a matter of taste as it’s so typically, however the precise content material of their work that is so sloppily and awfully conveyed with the assistance of autotune rap – that’s an entire new degree of blandness that’s troublesome to process, especially because it is so willingly introduced to an viewers as part of a prestigious pageant like Lollapalooza, but in addition – scarily sufficient – as a result of there’s a dedicated crowd truly there in front of the stage to have fun this mentally and musically mediocre output.

Plus, how do you need to spread the message of body positivity and diversity as pageant organizers, on the one hand, by curating informative panels on these subjects and, then again, you could have acts like Bausa enjoying on the Various Stage (!) who repeatedly comes throughout as misogynist in his lyrics and videos? Pardon me, but when that is the concept of placing collectively a various line up, it’s a very unhealthy transfer. Having him enjoying the same stage because the likes of Courtney Barnett or Princess Nokia is just a disgrace. Ideas for a panel about respect and tolerance for subsequent yr are open… now.

Then once more, seeing German rock ruffians Kraftklub enjoying on the primary stage at the similar time and getting everyone on their ft with their politically driven and constructive messages and angle makes you marvel by which parallel universe you’re in the place each acts can exist on the similar pageant just a few minutes on foot aside from each other. If the same type of misogynist, macho behaviour like from Bausa continues to be welcomed into festivals like Lollapalooza in 2019, I’m afraid we still have a really, very long option to go in the identify of respect and gender equality.

Kraftklub reside at Lollapalooza Berlin 2019 (Credit score: Annett Bonkowski)

Classes learnt

On the brilliant aspect, hosting a pageant on the same pageant website once more does prove to be helpful when it comes to eliminating a number of the issues that have been induced final yr, for example the difficulty of truly stepping into the Olympic Stadium to take pleasure in a few of the EDM acts there. With just one major entrance final yr, frustration, long ready durations and a bunch of indignant individuals have been stored a lot happier this yr with the stadium having a number of gates open which made the entire expertise of testing the quite a few DJ units much simpler. Nevertheless, the general quantity degree at exhibits prompted many raised eyebrows. Regardless of being aware of the noise restrictions, sets from the likes of Billie Eilish nonetheless felt extraordinarily quiet.

Kings of Leon stay at Lollapalooza Berlin 2019 (Credit: Annett Bonkowski)

Kings of Leon in all probability wouldn’t have complained a few slight improve of the quantity either. Enjoying their only German show this yr, the Nashville rock band didn’t tease any new songs throughout their set, however have been clearly in good type to treat their fans to a 24-song-setlist that reminded us once more why having some respectable guitar music in our lives (and at Lollapalooza) is a good idea.

In case you don’t overdo it, a little bit of glitter and the occasional photograph is ok, too. Simply keep in mind youngsters, reminiscences are made while you’re in the current and truly experiencing a very joyful second – and also you don’t get to try this very a lot when your attention span only lasts for a cut up second and the reminiscence you’ve gotten only comes within the form of an edited photograph.

Embrace your mates, really feel the beat of the music in your guts and be present. Maybe at one other round of Lollapalooza Berlin 2020.