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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Berlin Booked :-)

I am finally booked to go to Berlin in November.

Berlin is one of my favourite places in the world and I have been craving a return for ages.

There is an excellent video on Resident Adviser which explains the beauty of Berlin, and why it is somewhere that everyone who loves underground house/techno should make a pilgrimage, as much as anyone who has made a pilgrimage to Ibiza.

I went in 2006 to one of the biggest ever Love Parade's, a total of 1.2million people was estimated to have visited, all dancing away in the same road where Hitler used to parade his military might back many many decades ago, and it was one of the most special days of my life.

It is quite impossible to find a single photograph to show the vastness of the event.  There was a central square with DJs performing and then 40 different large trucks each with a different soundsystem, from techno, to house, to Tiesto, to drum and bass, to Eastern European gabba techno - everything imaginable though it being Berlin there was probably more minimal and techno than anything else.

Definitely worth 30 or so minutes of your time is the Luciano and Ricardo back to back set - from when Luciano played really good music instead of all the commercial sounding stuff that he plays now, and this was probably when I first discovered Ricardo properly, and the height of my love of minimal too.

It comes in 4 parts - a fantastic memory for me :-)  I was so delighted to discover this!

Part 1, part 2, part 3 and part 4.

This trip to Berlin will be totally different but I am sure it will be equally enjoyable.  No plans as such, I just want to explore the city as much as possible and find some hidden places with a lot less than 1.2million people this time.

Flight details are London Gatwick to Berlin Schoenefeld, with Easyjet, flying out Saturday November 12th, coming back Tuesday November 15th, 06:45am and 07:10am departures respectively.

More than welcome to join if you fancy it, flights were only £100 return.  And Berlin is a really cheap city to spend compared to London!

And if you don't come, then you will just have to read my blog.