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Win the gift that keeps on giving: a coffee subscription from Silo!

by James Glazebrook

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For us, this year’s coffee discovery was Silo, a beautiful Friedrichshain cafe run by Aussie expats with exceptional taste in the black stuff. We’re pleased to announce that Silo are now sharing their obsession with all things caffeinated beyond the Berlin borders with a curated coffee subscription service – AND that they’ve given us three months’ worth of coffee to giveaway! Introducing your prize:

The Silo Curated Coffee Subscription is a guided tour through what we, the owners and operators of Silo, a specialty coffee shop in Berlin, think is the best coffee available.

We will be sending out the best coffees that we can get our hands on. Subscribers can expect to receive coffee from renowned German roasters such as The Barn, Bonanza and Five Elephant on a regular basis, as well as some fantastic roasters from overseas including Drop Coffee, Coffee Collective, and Workshop. We are always looking for the finest coffees of the season and we will be sending out the best we can find. When we are able to, we will reach further afield and bring some coffees back from other renowned coffee roasting countries like Australia and the US.

At the start of every month we select and send one 250g (or 1/2lb) bag of freshly roasted coffee to you. We select one filter and one espresso every month, and you can subscribe to either. If required, we can also grind your coffee to suit your equipment. We select your coffee with the aim of sending out a diverse and interesting range of coffee from a wide range of origins, roasters and profiles.

We have a three month coffee subscription to give away, worth €35! To find out how to win, scroll down…

HOW TO WIN A THREE MONTH SILO CURATED COFFEE SUBSCRIPTION.

Just answer this question in the comments below:

Silo’s first coffee selections were Gichithaini AA (blackcurrant, raspberry with wonderful mouthfeel) and La Divina Providencia (muted maraschino cherry balanced acidity with a syrupy body of fudge/caramel).

If you had to produce a coffee inspired by Berlin, what would it be called and what would it taste like?

You have until 6pm on Friday 27th December. Good luck!

The Boring Bit (yawn, RULES):

1. You must be at least 18 years old to enter.
2. ONE ENTRY PER PERSON!
3. Our favourite comment wins. It’s that simple.
4. We will announced the winners via our Facebook page on Saturday 28th December.

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What Do You Know About Berliners? Tell us and win a free book!

by James Glazebrook

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If you’re a fan of this blog, you’ll know that we recently launched our first book, What I Know About Germans: 101 Observations. Well, if you haven’t bought a copy yet, here’s your chance to win one – by telling us what you know about Berliners.

We’ve already written about how Germans stare, love their dogs and are refreshingly comfortable about nudity, but what makes Berliners special? According to our article You know you’re a Berliner when…, daily acts of crazy, lost weekends and regular Berlinergasms are signs that you belong here, but what about the people who were born and raised in the Hauptstadt? How are Berliners different to people from the rest of Germany?

We’d love to hear from you, and in return we’re giving away a copy of the beautiful print version of What I Know About Germans – plus one of these awesome überlin tote bags! Scroll down to find out how to win.

What I Know About Berliners

HOW TO WIN A “WHAT I KNOW ABOUT GERMANS” BOOK PLUS AN ÜBERLIN TOTE BAG:

Just answer this question in the comments below:

What Do YOU Know About Berliners?

You have until 6pm on Sunday 8th December. Good luck!

The Boring Bit (yawn, RULES):

1. You must be at least 18 years old to enter.
2. ONE ENTRY PER PERSON!
3. Our favourite comment wins. It’s that simple.
4. We will announced the winners via our Facebook page on Monday 9th December.

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BLOG PARTY 3.0 – Guestlist up for grabs!

by James Glazebrook

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Yippee ki-yay melonfarmers! Our blog familitary is regrouping on Friday to lay down a carpet-bombing of hip hop and RN’B classics from the golden era of the 90s and 00s. Back at Fluxbau, Blog Party 3.0 will feature banging sets from Lucy vs. the GlobeNordic by NaturePonydanceclyde and Demons Galore, as well as your friendly überlin selecta! We have 5 x 2 guestlist spots to give away - scroll down for your chance to win. But before that, I should warn you that  lately I’ve been listening to lots of UK garage, grime, two step… woteva you call it.

Let me kick you off with this classic UKG video…

…which for some reason, doesn’t feature this leg end:

HOW TO WIN 2 X GUESTLIST SPOTS FOR BLOG PARTY 3.0:

Leave us a comment below. Now would be a good time to request your ultimate garage anthem!

You have until 6pm on Thursday 28th November. Good luck!

The Boring Bit (yawn, RULES):

1. You must be at least 18 years old to enter.
2. ONE ENTRY PER PERSON!
3. We will keep a record of each comment in a database and then a random number generator picks the winner.
4. Remember to include your full (real) name or we won’t be able to put you on the guestlist!
5. We will announced the winners via our Facebook page on Friday 29th November.

Full event details here.

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Win 2 guestlist spots for X-MIX with Dave Clarke, Objekt and Ostgut Ton!

by James Glazebrook

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How’s that for a lineup? Techno godfather Dave Clarke, leader of the new school Objekt and a very special guest from Berghain residents Ostgut Ton.

We can’t think of a better set of DJs to celebrate the classic !K7 mix series X-MIX at this awesome “audio/visual nightlife experience” at Stattbad Wedding this Friday. And we’ve heard that Pussycrew’s live video installation based on the original X-MIX archives is NEXT LEVEL.

Scroll down to find out how you can win two guestlist spots to the hottest event on the Berlin clubbing calendar!

But first, here’s a little remind of how far we’ve come: Dave Clarke’s “Electro Boogie” X-MIX from 1996 (accompanied by Lawnmower Man-calibre computer graphics) and a collection of Objekt’s feverishly fresh recent mixes.

HOW TO WIN 2 X GUESTLIST SPOTS FOR X-MIX 1993-2013 AT STATTBAD ON FRIDAY 22ND NOVEMBER:

Just leave us a comment below. Say something, anything. But be nice.

You have until 6pm on Thursday 21st November. Good luck!

The Boring Bit (yawn, RULES):

1. You must be at least 18 years old to enter.
2. ONE ENTRY PER PERSON!
3. We will keep a record of each comment in a database and then a random number generator picks the winner.
4. Remember to include your full (real) name or we won’t be able to put you on the guestlist!
5. We will announced the winners via our Facebook page on Friday 22nd November.

Full event details here.

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Win 2 tickets to the Vans Warped Tour!

by James Glazebrook

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By Mike T West.

Next week überlin shall continue its slow decline into being the grumpy old gits at the back of the venue during the very first Vans Warped Tour date in Berlin!

Scroll down to pick up a pair of free tickets, or keep it locked for our list of five bands you really need to see!

1. Parkway Drive

It’s a close call between these Aussie metalcore gods and the next band for the most bum wee expelled in anticipation. Parkway are celebrating ten years of colossal beatdowns and, um, surfing, so prepare yourself for what will probably be the biggest moshpit/brodown of all time.

2. Enter Shikari

Yes, Enter Shikari.

3. RDGLDGRN

Probably the most sore thumb band of the day will inevitably be one of the most memorable. Simply put, there are not enough good rap rock bands on this planet and RDGLDGRN (Red Gold Green) are here to rectify that. And some guy called Dave Grohl (?) played drums on their debut album…

4. Crossfaith

Did we mention Enter Shikari? Because Crossfaith are like them, only from Japan. They have a song called “Jägerbomb”. Make of that what you will.

5. The Wonder Years

Last on our list is an actual pop-punk band playing a pop-punk festival called The Wonder Years. They’re big favourites of ours so we’re mega pumped to hear their refreshing brand of melodic rock songs about touring, girls and “keeping it real”. POP PUNK AIN’T DEAD!

HOW TO WIN 2 X TICKETS FOR THE VANS WARPED TOUR AT ARENA ON 9TH NOVEMBER:

Ready to join the kids in the pit? Just answer this question in the comments below:

Which band are you most looking forward to?

You have until 6pm on Sunday 3rd November. Good luck!

The Boring Bit (yawn, RULES):

1. You must be at least 18 years old to enter.
2. ONE ENTRY PER PERSON!
3. We will keep a record of each comment in a database and then a random number generator picks the winner.
4. Remember to include your full (real) name or we won’t be able to put you on the guestlist!
5. We will announced the winners via our Facebook page on Monday 4th November.

Vans Warped Tour Berlin 2013 is at Arena, Eichenstraße 4, 12435, Samstag 9th November from 1pm until bedtime.

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Win tickets to The Dillinger Escape Plan!!!

by James Glazebrook

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When was the last time you saw a frontman risk concussion and third-degree tongue burns, while performing a DEPECHE MODE cover? Enter The Dillinger Escape Plan, probably the most ferocious live band in metal today:

HOW TO WIN 2 X TICKETS FOR THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN AT LIDO ON 16TH OCTOBER:

Love the smell of lighter fluid in the moshpit? Just answer this question in the comments below:

What’s the most kick-ass live show you’ve ever seen?

You have until 6pm on Sunday 13th October. Good luck!

The Boring Bit (yawn, RULES):

1. You must be at least 18 years old to enter.
2. ONE ENTRY PER PERSON!
3. We will keep a record of each comment in a database and then a random number generator picks the winner.
4. Remember to include your full (real) name or we won’t be able to put you on the guestlist!
5. We will announced the winners via our Facebook page on Monday 14th October.

Full concert details on Songkick.

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Some apology to Berlin

by Guest Blogger

By John Medlock. 

Berlin. Wake up from your slumber. The third summer of love is now dead, buried, a mystery. It’s a jealous footnote to those who weren’t there and a nauseating pit of nostalgia for those that were.

Maybe it was the drugs. Maybe it was the music. Maybe it was the history and that sense of standing on the precipice which sends the alluring shiver of expectation down the spine of everybody who passes through the city’s gates. Or maybe not. Whatever it is, there can be no denying that the sensation has changed. Maybe it has watered down, or maybe it has disappeared altogether, but the search for the hit is getting harder. It’s something that cannot really be quantified. Because of that, it may no longer be found again and we cannot tell if 2013 will be a fourth.

So I’d like to apologise because there may be some portion of blame to be doled out for the demise.

I apologise for my curiosity, I apologise for my naive quest for the authentic and I apologise for every other person, Ausländer or Deutsche, who is here doing the same thing.

The City.

Berlin is the most authentic place on earth. History has made that the case. There simply was never any time for bullshit. Never was and never will be.

This city is like the ugly, pretentious older brother who, no matter how much you try and disbelieve them, is right when they say they’ve seen it all.

In 2011, with the flood of ever richer, ever younger, ever more disenfranchised and dysfunctional people fleshing out the districts of note (Kreuzberg, Friedrichshain, Neukölln), the (3rd?) summer of love happened. The music was great, the parties, the drugs, the people. Pure hedonism. No apologies. And, in the spirit of so many platitudes, the party died.

In its place, hubris, followed by doubt, followed by anger and finally a flaky kind of cynicism has taken root. Now you justify to yourself and others why you are here, living space feels like it’s at a premium (almost just as much as the need to be believed).

“How long have you been in Berlin?” is constantly, consistently leveled. “How long is enough?”

We feel gagged now. We are lost. Is the party still in Neukölln or has it (whisper it) moved to the West? What the fuck happened to Kreuzberg? Remember Wedding? When will richer people stop bitching about the quest for authenticity when there is no authentic experience that can be bought with your wallet (except, of course, for all those powders)?

Let me now, as an outsider, blame the outsiders for the lack of anything to focus on.

This city’s transient nature is dizzying. And let me blame the drugs. Because that’s easy. And because they’re never as good as they once were.

The city is afraid to look to its future almost as much as it’s afraid to look to its past, since we know that nothing good ever comes from a fixation on what has passed.

The Reader.

At least, I think that is the case and I think that that is true. Because I wasn’t there; because I am not here… I am living in the past and I’ve chased a dream like everybody else, in love with the Berlin of 2010/2005/2000/1995 ad nauseum.

Dreamy images I’ve lusted after from history books, films and from computer screens, planting the foundation of our generation‘s constant affliction: the incessant need to ‘be there’.

Perhaps that dream is now dead. It seems that against the dying face of winter, on the sliproad into 2013’s summer, nobody really knows where it’s at.

And how can you trust me? The fact that this is in English should speak volumes. Yes cities change and you cannot, should not, attempt to pin international forces on individual people.

We’re all playing the game and this city is the perfect playground. But one still has to be sensitive to it. Do not be threatened into thinking that you should “know your place” but definitely never take what this city has, and what it offers you, for granted. History walks the streets as much as you do and the present can be blown away in an instant.

Out-priced today, it may be the Turks, but you can be sure that tomorrow it’ll be your artistic collective under the hammer. Be under no illusions. But equally, don’t take any shit.

So grow bold Berlin. Feel stronger in yourself. Charge up my smartphone and be sure to ignore the krusty punks, with all their quasi-social-fascism and suffocating cultural pontificating. Shrug off too the cynicism of the panda-eyed dying ravers, pink skinned and sensitive to the morning light, as innocent as newborns. Perhaps build a wall around the redneck anti-Schwabians (but be sure to keep those rich southerners in there with them too).

But most of all: reclaim and protect your identity; from the freemarketeers, from any group that thinks it owns you and from people like me who try and understand you.

 

Taken from the first issue of ÜBERGANG, a cultural and literary magazine in English and German, published twice a year. The publication offers literature with illustrations that reaches out to a liberal audience with features often touching sexual topics through poetry, commentary, interviews and fiction. In Berlin spirit it uses culture to open up minds and promulgate new ways of living.

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We have two copies of issue #01 of ÜBERGANG, devoted to Kottbusser Tor, to give away. Find out how, below.

HOW TO WIN A COPY OF ÜBERGANG, BERLIN’S NEW BILINGUAL CULTURAL AND LITERARY MAGAZINE:

Write your own apology to Berlin in the comments below. Come on, you must be feeling guilty about something…

The two most heartfelt apologies will win their authors a copy of ÜBERGANG.

You have until 6pm on Friday 4th October to enter. Good luck!

 

The Boring Bit (yawn, RULES):

1. You must be 18 years or older to enter.
2. ONE ENTRY PER PERSON!
3. Our favourite apology wins. Simple as.
4. Remember to include your full (real) name or we won’t be able to put you on the guestlist!
5. We will announced the winners via our Facebook page on Saturday 5th October.

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Evil Music – win tickets to Berlin’s most morbid festival

by James Glazebrook

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“The devil has all the best tunes.” As a lifelong metalhead, I have to agree with this maxim, one whose truth is only reinforced by the existence of Evil Music. Berlin’s most morbid festival, subtitled “Odes to Violence, Death and the Devil”, explores the most sadistic genres, from the usual suspects – Nazi rock, black metal, gangsta rap – to the darkest crevices of the music world.

La Musica Della Mafia © Francesco Sbano

La Musica Della Mafia © Francesco Sbano

Highlights include DJ sets from Kode9, king of the darkstep movement, Hamburg’s expert in evil Lars Brinkman, and Berlin electro veteran Zeitblom. At the more experimental end of things are The Schwarzenbach, whose lineup – which includes Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung arts editor and multiple-award-winning author Dietmar Dath – has been flirting with morbidity, death and the devil for a long time, and a death metal project lead by the members of South American tropical jazz acts Los Pirañas and Ondatropica.

Evil Music: Odes to Violence, Death and the Devil takes place at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, from 24th-27th October 2013. To win tickets to the opening night and following day (24th and 25th October), scroll down!

Kode9 by Valerio Spisani // CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Kode9 by Valerio Spisani // CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

HOW TO WIN 2 X TICKETS FOR EVIL MUSIC ON 24TH AND 25TH OCTOBER:

What’s the most evil music you’ve ever heard? Leave a link in the comments below – the two readers that scare us the most each win two tickets to Evil Music’s opening night and day.

Here’s what you have to beat:

You have until 6pm on Thursday 17th October to enter. Good luck!

The Boring Bit (yawn, RULES):

1. You must be 18 years or older to enter.
2. ONE ENTRY PER PERSON!
3. Our favourite tracks win. Simple as.
4. Remember to include your full (real) name and email address, so we can contact you if you win.
5. We will announced the winners via our Facebook page on Friday 18th October.

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Win guestlist spots for the next FluxFriday BLOG PARTY

by James Glazebrook

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We’re DJing nineties and noughties hip hop and RN’B at this Nordic by Nature event – plus we have 2 x 2 guestlist spots to give away!

FluxFriday BLOG PARTY

How can you argue with that flyer? Grumpy Cat, Kells in tears and our blog buddies immortalised as the stars of 90s hip hop and pop! For the record, that’s me as Biggie Smalls and Zo as Missy Elliott, with the rest of our DJ crew rounded out by: Lucy vs. the GlobeNordic by Nature, Ponydanceclyde (together, the Spice Girls) and Mike from Feeling Gloomy Berlin (Lil Wayne).

Back by popular demand, we’re throwing another ghetto fabulous blog party next Friday (20th September) at FluxBau on the Spree. The last edition was super-crowded, so make sure you reserve your place on the dancefloor by buying tickets here. Or scroll past this long-forgotten G Funk standard to find out how to win a pair of guestlist spots:

HOW TO WIN 2 X GUESTLIST SPOTS FOR BLOG PARTY AT FLUXBAU ON 20TH SEPTEMBER:

Get this party started! Leave a comment below and post us a link to your favourite hip hop/RN’B anthem from the 1990s.

If it gets our booties shaking, you win! And we might even play it on the night…

You have until 6pm on Wednesday 18th September to enter. Good luck!

The Boring Bit (yawn, RULES):

1. You must be 18 years or older to enter.
2. ONE ENTRY PER PERSON!
3. Our favourite track wins. Simple as.
4. Remember to include your full (real) name or we won’t be able to put you on the guestlist!
5. We will announced the winners via our Facebook page on Thursday 19th September.

Full event details over on Facebook. Tickets availble at koka36.de.

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Win 2 tickets to Berlin Atonal 2013: Forming Space

by James Glazebrook

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Berlin Atonal flyer

There’s no shortage of summer festivals in Germany, but few of them have the legendary status of Berlin Atonal. The festival for sonic and visual art, first held in SO36 in 1982, hosted innovative and experimental acts like Einstürzende Neubauten, Psychic TV and 808 State before closing in 1990, when founder Dimitri Hegemann went on to open the iconic club Tresor.

Back after a 23 year(!) hiatus, the 2013 edition of Berlin Atonal is relaunching with an intriguing theme, “Forming Space”, an exciting new venue - the labyrinth former industrial complex of Kraftwerk Berlin – and a jaw-dropping line up. The stunning six-day programme includes techno founding father Juan Atkins performing alongside Basic Channel’s Moritz von Oswald, überlin faves Brandt Brauer Frick and Francesco Tristano, as well as Kanding Ray, Raime, Actress and a host of other great artists. Tune into the acts on Last.fm, and scroll down for your chance to win 2 x one-day passes to Berlin Atonal 2013.

Kraftwerk Berlin

HOW TO WIN 2 TICKETS FOR ONE DAY OF THE BERLIN ATONAL FESTIVAL:

Want to win 2 passes to the day of your choice, at the Berlin Atonal 2013 festival? Just answer this question in the comments below:

Simply go to the Berlin Atonal website and tell us which day you would like to attend. We know it’s a difficult choice, but one worth making – because you and a friend could win the chance to catch the artists of your choosing!

You have until 6pm on Friday 6th July. Good luck!

The Boring Bit (yawn, RULES):

1. You must be 18 years or older to enter.
2. ONE ENTRY PER PERSON!
3. We will keep a record of each comment in a database and then a random number generator picks the winners.
4. Remember to include your full (real) name or we won’t be able to put you on the guestlist!
5. We will announced the winners via our Facebook page on Saturday 7th July.

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