Berlin. All the roads we drive with our vans lead to Berlin. Berlin is always in the show list of every tour and generally it’s always a super gig. Berlin is simply one of the best cities in the world. Period.
I have lot of friends there, but I thought the best one for this guide was Bev, a natrual born punk rocker, frontman of the Radio Dead Ones and recently singing and playing guitars in the amazing Berlin Blackouts. He’s the Genuine european version Duane Peters, but younger, more gentle and of course way way way cooler.
There’s no better guy to drive you around this city: Bev is what Rock’n’Roll in Berlin is, so get ready to take notes and start booking your next show in Berlin :)
BEV: Berlin is one of the cheapest capitol cities in Europe, even you can’t make good money and the rent for flats are kind of exploding. There’s a lot of history, because of being devided for more than 3 decades and the traces are still there (like the remains of the wall, Checkpoint Charlie, Brandenburg Gate and so on …
You also have tons of clubs with any kind of music. There’s almost everyday at least one punkrock show. In the summer you have about a dozen lakes at the edge of the city and parks in the inner city where you can play loud music, get drunk and smoke weed.
I’ve seen my first shows there, when I visited Berlin at the age of 14. The staff behind the bar and the DJs are great. Lea and Uli who are running the place are real punkrock legends. Right next door is the TikiHeart where you can get burgers and nice cocktails . There open every night with about 5-6 shows per week.
The Clash, also located in Kreuzberg is a very nice venue. It’s a few people running the club, they’re political and not about money in the first place. Very nice beer-garden outside, they offer tasty food and it’s cool shows happening there.
SO36 in Kreuzberg; a bit bigger, about 700 people. It’s one of the oldest PunkClubs in whole Germany. Since mid 70’s, even Iggy Pop played his first Berlin show there.
There’s a lot bands with great people. But there’s not so much going on with oldschool music. All the bands are too modern for my taste. But one band really rules Gang Zero … heavy shit.
or Gray City Passengers (also originally from Italy).
Robin from the Clash bar is a really active person, I think.
But there’s actually so many people … that would break the limits of this interview.
In Friedrichshain is a Pizza place called Zeus they have any Pizza normal and vegan. The same for Calzone and even more. Also kind of cheap, but really tasty. There’s about a dozen asian restaurants in Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg, which offer all there menues for vegans as well.
It’s kind impossible not to find tasty stuff.
Aslo on the regular flea markets on sunday you have great stands with an massive amount of records.
Berlin is making you poor when you’re record collector.