I was lucky to witness Logan Baker live in set on three occasions during our trip to Berlin. The first, a 9am set at Golden Gate, a basement like space below the Jannowitzbrucke train stop. After a good night's sleep, breakfast and coffee we left the morning sunshine and plunged into the darkness of the very busy little club. Warm thick smokey air and the sun streaming through red tinted windows created hazy beams of light across the room. Spliffs, cheap beer, good friends and smooth sounds on a smooth sound system made for a pretty cool Saturday morning.
The next experience was at the reincarnation of the famous Bar25 - Kater Blau. The three day non stop party kicked off midnight Saturday, we arrived early afternoon on Sunday to enjoy the open air festivities of the day. Logan played in the aptly named Acid Bogan room, the smallest of the stages but none the lesser, with it's crazy circus decor, sneaky mezzanine floor and funktion-One sound system. Despite tough competition from Ricardo Villalobos, Logan built up a bumping dance floor for Sven Dohse's down tempo alias Don Schtone. The 3 day lineup featured Kate Moss, Margaret Dygaz, Sebo & Madmotomiquel, Britta Arnold, MiMi Love & Dave Dinger, Kalabrese and David Dorad. . . to name a few. The vibe at this playground for 'grown ups' is truly special A++
Our last week of holiday was spent at Fusion Festival with 90,000 friends. The oasis of cool which is the Bachstelzen was home for 5 days of madness. Nestled between trees and a fair distance from the rest of the festival, you could stay here happily the entire week if you weren't aware of the wonderland beyond the sea of tents. Built in a former military airbase, the grass covered concrete hangers create spaces for stages and hills for views. The enormous lineup is only announced on arrival in the form of a very large double sided timetable, the site map is just as big. Funktion-One sound systems are the standard. My memories of Baker's 7 am set at the Bachstelzen on Saturday morning are hazy. . . but filled with sunshine, dancing, confetti, fat dubby techno and familiar smiley faces. FYI: My description in no way does justice to the magic that is Fusion.
There were not enough weekends for us to visit all the clubs in Berlin, but we did squeeze in a night chilling on decks of laid back Club der Visionaere. Another night was spent at Wilde der Renate with Leipzig based DJ Janein (who played at an ATC gig late last year). A bit like a crazy house party, the club has several different buzzy rooms in an old apartment building. Berlin has a lot more to boast about than an excellent music scene and it's the people who live there are what makes it so unique. A massive thank you to all the wonderful souls who played their part in our little adventure. Lots of love to you all and to my readers I <3 Berlin