Spending the weekend with the gentlemen of the Foo Fighters and Mumford and Sons, and enjoying the intensity of London Grammar while being in dynamic Berlin? This is how I, and 100.000 other music lovers, spent the weekend of 9-10 September. At Lollapalooza Berlin. Do you find yourself in the vicinity of Germany around the second weekend of September? Do yourself a favor and visit Lollapalooza Berlin. Dave Grohl commented that Lollapalooza Berlin was the perfect ending of the festival season and who am I to disagree with him!
Travel and stay
Thanks to Visit Berlin I had the opportunity to also enjoy the sights of Berlin. In my opinion traveling by train, in this case NS International, to a festival is perfect. No troubles with checking-in, spending hours at the airport or stressing out about the weight of your luggage. Besides, there is no need to take of your shoes or to be frisked. That is always a plus in my book! Just sit back and press play to your festival playlist. The direct connection between Amsterdam and Berlin drops you off 6.5 hours later at the centre of Berlin. With public transport you are just a short ride away from your accommodation. If you’re looking for a place to stay at a central location, try hotel Park Inn by Radisson Alexanderplatz Berlin. The view of the Fernsehturm from my room was absolutely stunning! Alexanderplatz is one of the most important (historic) squares in the east of Berlin and is an essential traffic junction. Just across the hotel you will find Galeria Kaufhof, which is perfect for some pre- and/or post- festival shopping.
Since I had arrived a day before the start of Lollapalooza Berlin, I took the time to enjoy Alexanderplatz and its neighbourhood. Rotes Rathaus, Nikolaiviertel, Museuminsel with its Berliner Dom and the Jewish synagogue are all within walking distance. If you have some time to spare, take a boat tour on the Spree where you can see Berlin’s history and cultural variety from the water.
Lollapalooza Berlin’s headliners this year included artists such as: Foo Fighters, London Grammar, Mumford and Sons, Hardwell and Rudimental. Visitors of the festival could enjoy a variety of acts, both international superstars and German legends at Rennbahn Hoppegarten, from approximately 11.00 am till 11.30 pm. For children, or people with a very youthful spirit, there was also the Kidzapalooza Stage.
Relax and enjoy
Listening —preferably in the sun— to the music of both famous headliners and ‘up and coming’ artists while enjoying something to eat and drink, that is what a festival is all about. At Lollapalooza there was enough to choose from; from Berliner curry wurst and Warsteiner to a burrito and a dairy free Oathly smoothie. Not in the mood for dancing or lounging? Burn your energy at the Lolla Fun Fair, which included a ferris wheel.
Lollapalooza is also aware of the importance of compassion, tolerance and giving back, to both the earth and its people. Lolla2017’s motto was therefore, ‘Love and Peace 2.0’. At Der Grüne Kiez organisations like Oxfam and Amnesty provided people with information on sustainable projects, innovations and ideas.
Lollapalooza Berlin is a relatively new festival, this year was the third time it was held. There were some issues concerning public transport— too many people and not enough trains led to chaos on the first night. As Europe’s first edition of the Lollapalooza concept, the festival is one of the highlights of the year, and growing more popular by the edition. It is a very social and colourful festival. It is a reflection of the city of Berlin. Germans are said to be distant and strict, but you don’t feel it at all at the festival. Berlin, as a city, is rebellious, creative, daring and innovative. Artistic. Those keywords can also be applied to Lollapalooza. During my stay I met tons of nice people wanting to chat and pose for my camera. Visitors want to share the fun and creative energy. I have had, once again, a great time at Lollapalooza Berlin and I hope I will attend it again next year. For the people who want to visit both Lollapalooza and Berlin, I would say: ‘Just do it!’ Make sure to explore the beautiful and fascinating sights of the German capital.
Lollapalooza Berlin 8-9 September, 2018 at Olympiapark Berlin.