Four stages have been built at the facilities of the old Tempelhof airport in Berlin where they alternate times; with two of them always active with the festival is a continuous roller coaster of bands and styles. Your best friend is your line-up timetable, so much to see, so many interesting shows, you can’t see them all but you can do your best, as we did.
Joywave warmed the audience up, opening the main stage with indie rock music, James Bay followed afterwards and owned the stage. It was all about the music; rocking the audience with only a guitar and ghostbusters t-shirt, the Hertfordshire guy is the definition of cool.
Berliners may have found some heart shaped balloons with messages written on them around the city from the Bastille concerts. While the London outfit was performing on the stage and making the crowd jump, the devoted first row fans threw red heart shaped balloons in the air.
There was also place for German bands at Lolla Berlin. The Hamburg band Deichkind delighted the German audience with their electronic hip hop and their peculiar performance; staging, costumes, dances, props… they didn’t miss anything.
Last but not least, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and The Libertines were the big closing acts of the day. Part of the crowd stayed at the Alternative stage to see the British band; after having cancelled previous shows in London and Manchester, Pete Doherty and his English pals didn’t disappoint their fans in Germany and they made it to the Berlin stage.
The biggest crowd of the day surrounded the main stage to see Macklemore rapping, jumping, dancing and even joining the audience. With best friend Lewis and his musicians on the back, taking care of every beat, Macklemore made it clear from minute one that he was in Germany to have fun; as the US rapper said ‘Germans have figured out the meaning of life, and it is to never be afraid to dance’. He took the crowd ‘Thrift Shopping’ and Downtown in his Cadillac, and literally burned the stage with pyrotechnics included in the shows performance. It only got better when he and Lewis had an exclusive for the Lollapalooza fans, they are almost done with their second album and plan to be back touring in Germany.
It is hard to believe that all that happened in one day, but get your line-up timetables and your festival maps because there is still a second day of Lollapalooza Berlin.
Words and pictures by Aida Pelaez