Berlin’s Pop-Kultur festival has always been ahead of the curve. Since its inception in 2015 with the first festival being held at the renowned Berghain nightclub, the festival continues to promote a 50/50 gender split lineup. You can catch a multitude of different acts or immerse yourself in one of the various talks, readings, exhibitions and films they put on throughout the three-day event.
This year’s event is taking place at multiple venues in Berlin from this Wednesday. To celebrate, here is our top 5 acts that you really need to go see during the festival.
British Singer-songwriter Anna Calvi is a must watch if you’re attending the festival. Her 2018 mercury prize nominated album, Hunter, was an exceptional LP full of alt-rock goodness. You can expect to hear tracks from the album and her previous two studio albums. Catch Anna’s set at Kesselhaus on Wednesday from 22:50 – 00:00.
Blu Samu is a Belgian MC inspired by funk and soul, 90s R&B and contemporary hip-hop. Her first musical offering was the track ‘I Run’ and what a debut single it is. Full of weighty lyricism and slick production, Blu Samu is definitely going to make a mark at Pop-Kultur. Don’t miss what is sure to be an enthralling set, when Blu Samu plays Maschinenhaus on Wednesday at 23:30 – 00:25.
Michelle Blades is a quirky and talented singer who spent most of her life in America. The artist combines pop and psychedelic-rock together to create a beautiful and sometimes otherworldly soundscape. Watch her set at Maschinenhaus on Thursday at 22.00 – 22:50.
Want to hear some down to earth indie rock that will make you feel all warm and happy? Then make sure you catch Nuria Graham’s set on Friday. The Catalonia-based first started releasing music in 2015 and has been crafting music ever since. Nuria is playing Frannz at 21:00 – 21:40.
Fronted by vocalist Nita Kaja, SYTË create dreamy pop music, tinged with soulful vocals and funky melodies. The four-piece band have only been going a short while but thanks to their eponymous debut EP, SYTË are quickly making a name for themselves. You can catch them at Soda Club on Friday, 21:40 – 22:20.
Pop-Kultur is taking place in Berlin from Wednesday to Friday.
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