In the German capital the tourism debate has flared up once and for all: after Easyjetset, Kreuzberger Resident Nights, graphic design efforts, instrumentalization and recent attempts at objectivity the fourth edition of the inner city festival Reisen macht den Kopf frei will be starting in a few days in Berlin – the organisers of the electronic dance event allowed themselves an ironic overtone in reference to the tourist subject.
Although the influx of party-mad tourists from Berlin’s club culture has often been criticized, the event’s organisers, on the grounds of the former Rummelsburg power station, are not just planning a mere open air rave but also an ironic embrace of tourism as well as possible exit scenarios for fed-up city dwellers: there will be a ‘Techno Motel’ as well as a ‘SPA Area’, a ‘Travel Post Office’ and a ‘Rave Museum’. But don’t get us wrong: despite this lovingly designed setting, the heart of Reisen macht den Kopf frei is likely to be just like in previous years: the music. Even in its fourth year the booking of the three-day open air festival stands for the integration of near and far, Berlin and the world, small and large: Marshall Jefferson, Gabriel Ananda & Marcel Janovsky, Lawrence, Jennifer Cardini, Monkey Maffia, Alexander Kowalski, T.Raumschmiere, Douglas Greed, Sven Dohse, Till von Sein, Adam Port, Empro, Süss & Sauer, grizzly, High.Co.Coon, Alle Farben, Johannes Vogel – to name just a few.
And the prices of the day or festival ticket packages for all three locations (Kraftwerk Rummelsburg, Sysiphos, Golden Gate) are also extremely fair. You’ll pay 10 or 12€ on the door at most clubs in Berlin (and 25€ for the festival ticket during a weekend in the capital). And the clincher for those still undecided: we are raffling off 3 pairs of day tickets (Friday, Saturday or Sunday) so to be have a chance at winning send us an e-mail with “EB macht den Kopf frei” in the subject line to firstname.lastname@example.org. The competition closes on Thursday, 2 June at 11am; the winners will be informed by e-mail.
And to get you warmed up we’d also like to recommend the newest Electronic Beats radio session by Monkey Maffia.