Tech Open Air 2014

by James Glazebrook

TOA Berlin 2013 Day 1 - Dan Taylor - Heisenberg Media, used with permission

TOA Berlin 2013 Day 1 – Dan Taylor – Heisenberg Media, used with permission

Tech Open Air Berlin is back! We’ve partnered with the TOA team to bring you this year’s edition of the most quintessentially Berlin “unconference”, as official community partners. Why? Because we share Tech Open Air’s mission, “to connect, grow, and inspire the human spirit through knowledge exchange and collaboration”, especially since we’ve opened up our own collaborative coworking space.

Also, TOA 2014 is going to be cool as hell. Staged at the quirky location of Alte Teppichfabrik, just down the road from Zur wilden Renate, Tech Open Air presents two days of inspirational story telling, interactive panels, knowshops, pillowtalks, art installations, live music and much more, with guests from SXSW, IndieGoGo, AKQA and TechCrunch.

Sounds too good to miss? Then don’t! Pick up your tickets for Tech Open Air 2014 here, and we’ll see you at this awesome event!

Tech Open Air Berlin 2013 - Day 1 (Ronni Shendar), used with permission

Tech Open Air Berlin 2013 – Day 1 (Ronni Shendar), used with permission

Tech Open Air Berlin 2013 - Day 1 (Ronni Shendar), used with permission

Tech Open Air Berlin 2013 – Day 1 (Ronni Shendar), used with permission

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Ask Lucy! podcast featuring James from überlin

by James Glazebrook

Mate. Lucy of Lucy vs. the Globe fame – and Sexpat infamy – recently asked me to be on her podcast, offering advice to the good people of Berlin. And here it is! If you were ever wondering how to move to Berlin, how to escape your WG and find your own apartment, or how to manage that long-distance relationship, then we might have the answers you need. Or we might not. Tune in to find out!

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Shooting at Urban Spree

by Zoë Noble

When you think of quintessentially unique spaces that just embody Berlin, Urban Spree immediately springs to mind. 1,700m2 of graffiti-covered awesomeness, filled with artist studios, music venues, bars and more than a little bit of grime, this creative complex is unlike anything else.

Recently I had the opportunity to shoot a fashion editorial there, and was allowed to run riot in their basement – with all its glowing red neon and industrial piping. Swoon. Christmas had indeed come early for me, so a huge thank you to Urban Spree for letting me take over their space for the day!

You can see the full editorial on Superior Magazine and find more details about the lighting and setup I used on my photography blog, here.

Red Room Fashion Editorial at Urban Spree 1

Red Room Fashion Editorial at Urban Spree 2

Red Room Fashion Editorial at Urban Spree 3

Red Room Fashion Editorial at Urban Spree 4

Photography and retouching: Zoë Noble Photography
Hair and makeup: Anna Czilinsky
Styling: Madlen Uhlemann
Assistants: Natalia Soboleva and Nancy Jesse

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Music Montag: Snoop Dogg AKA Snoop Lion

by James Glazebrook

I’ve found the perfect excuse to sneak some Snoop Lion onto überlin! We’ve been asking our readers who they are most looking forward to seeing at Greenville Music Festival, and so far Snoop is the top dogg. The Doggfather is narrowly beating out The Hives and Maximo Park, with the live indie stalwarts leading the will-they-won’t-they-show-up Babyshambles and the swing-tastic Parov Stelar Band!

Why not tell us who you’d most like to see rock the Greenville crowd? Click here to enter our competition, for the chance to win 2 tickets to Greenville Music Festival 2014.

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Silo Coffee visits überlin

by James Glazebrook


We didn’t *just* set up a coworking space to give us an excuse to set up a standing order for speciality coffee, but a partnership with Silo Coffee is one of the very first things we sorted out! The guys from Silo went out of their way to deliver the first batch of beans themselves, and took the opportunity to give us an impromptu coffee-making demonstration while they were here. For the geeks out there, our grab bag of goodies included: a Suke Quto from Ethiopia via The Barn, a Huila Palestina also roasted here in Berlin, by Bonanza – oh, and one of the most sought-after coffees in the world, a Geisha. Morgan and Pavel showed us how to prepare the perfect AeroPress coffee and left us with a recipe for cold brew that I’m looking forward to trying out. Yay!




If you’re interested in tasting Silo’s black stuff, here’s how:

- visit Silo’s wonderful café in Friedrichshain
- sign up for the Silo Curated Coffee Subscription, and get delicious beans/grounds delivered to your doorstop
- rent a desk at our coworking space! We brew up the finest specialty coffees every day, and I’m currently working out how to get it to come straight out of the taps. ;)

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Win 2 tickets to Greenville Music Festival!

by James Glazebrook

[EDIT: this competition is now closed. Click here to see if we're running any open competitions]

Walk Idiot, Walk! We’re stoked to be finally seeing The Hives live, at this year’s Greenville Music Festival. They’re no spring chickens, but then neither are the Rolling Stones – and we reckon singer Howlin’ Pelle Almqvist can give Mike a run for his money. IT’S A JAGGER-OFF! It’s a Jagger-off.

Want to see The Hives, or other awesome live acts like Turbowolf and Maximo Park in the countryside just outside Berlin? Or do you want to catch exclusive sets from Snoop Dogg AKA Snoop LionMethod Man and Redman, Hurts, Stromae and EDM megalith Avicii? Or maybe you want to see if Babyshambles will actually show up?

Well we have 2 tickets to Greenville Music Festival 2014 to give away! You’ll get three day’s access to “Germany’s dopest festival”, including parking. All you have to do is check out the epic line-up below, and tell us which artist you’re most looking to seeing. Easy!


Just leave us a comment below with the answer to this easy question:

Which artist are you most looking forward to seeing at this year’s Greenville?

You have until 6pm on Monday 30th June to enter. GOOD LUCK!

The Boring Bit (yawn, RULES):

1. You must be 18 years or older to enter.
3. We will keep a record of each comment in a database and then a random number generator picks the winner.
4. Note: the tickets include parking but *not* camping. You’ll have to drive to the festival like an adult! (ticket details)
5. Remember to include your full (real) name and email address, so we can contact you if you win.
6. We will notify the winner via email on Tuesday 1st July.

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Music Montag: DENA – “Summer Doesn’t Mean A Thing”

by James Glazebrook

DENA at At SXSW13 / pic by Tonje Thilesen

DENA at At SXSW13 / pic by Tonje Thilesen

“Summer Doesn’t Mean A Thing” is about the disappearing feeling of warmth and the faded colours of the summer when love is gone. It’s a song I wrote while trying to hold on to the last glimpses of a feeling in the middle of a burning heat a while ago. I was interested to explore the contrast between the intensity of summer life outside on the streets and the feeling of a freezing cold wind inside of me.

“Robot Koch, who is an excellent producer I had the honour to work with on a few tracks before, had sent me this beat and I immediately knew this was it. The sadness of the accordion described perfectly the vibe, and the smooth beat felt like the love you want to hold on to while it’s melting down like an ice cream under the burning sun.

DENA, talking to noisy.

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by James Glazebrook

Roamers window and plants

We love the quote that Neukölln café Roamers has adopted as its banner: “You’re only here for a short visit. Don’t hurry, don’t worry. And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.” The man who originally spoke those words, American golfer Walter Hagen, sounds like a chilled fellow, so we think he’d appreciate the relaxed, rustic vibes of Roamers. Very much a (farm) family affair, the Pannierstraße hangout features plants from co-owner Flore Schmidt’s aunt’s flowershop, lamps and chairs from the factory his uncle used to work in, tables built by his stepfather and a counter made of the old door to his family’s pony stable. Schmidt has been cooking since the age of 15, and with his partner Chris Schiefner, creates healthy, tasty fare from hearty sandwiches (mmm Welsh Rarebit) to nutrient-packed salads and smoothies. They say they put all of their passion into every dish and, from the food itself to the furniture and fixtures, love is all around at Roamers.

Roamers cafe in Neukoln

Roamers cafe and vintage furniture

Roamers vintage details

Roamers cafe and vintage furniture


Roamers chocolate chip cookies in jar

Roamers menu

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by James Glazebrook

Grunewaldsee boat in lake

Our recipe for a perfect Berlin summer day:

1. Take 1 dog. We recommend a Bully, but any dog will do.

2. Add 1 blazing hot Berlin summer day.

3. Stew in a airtight S7 train. Time may vary, but our lump of dog took 50 minutes to cook through.

4. Leave to cool for about 30 minutes (or as long as it takes to walk from Grunewald to the “dog beach” at Grunewaldsee Hundestrand).

5. Arrange your other ingredients on a picnic blanket. We recommend wine (white or rosé), bite-sized chunks of fruit and veg and assorted dips.

6. Sprinkle your dogmeat with water to keep from drying out.

7. Mix well with other dogs.

8. Enjoy. Guten Appetit!

Grunewaldsee reflection of trees

Grunewaldsee path walkway

Grunewaldsee dog walking along lake

Grunewaldsee Olive walking along lake

Grunewaldsee dogs swimming in lake

Grunewaldsee dog sitting in front of lake

Grunewaldsee pug sitting on tree

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Music Montag: DYLAN III

by James Glazebrook

DYLAN III is either insane or a visionary. Just check out the post-cyberpunk narrative about the “all-out computational arms race” that runs through “Quantum”, read with Gary Numan blankness over an oddly pastoral synth jam. Or the epic political rant that breaks down the lesson on “Iran”, like a 21st Century n-n-n-n-nineteen. “In this atomic game, reputation is at stake. But we face destruction, so things will never be the same.” Uneasy listening for the Wikileaks generation.

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