Those attuned to the rumblings of Berlin’s musical under- (and overground) will know that it’s not long until the 14th edition of CTM lands in Berlin, turning the city into a hub of forward-thinking electronic music performance and discussion—yup, even more so than usual. Taking place from 28 January until 2 February, it hosts an extraordinary line-up, covering the myriad offshoots and evolutions in contemporary electronic music and club culture in 2013… and beyond. Some of the acts confirmed to play in a variety of venues across Berlin include Pantha du Prince, Andy Stott, Matmos, Lee Gamble, Iceage, Holly Herndon and Skream, with SunnO))) charged with closing the festival—which, frankly, is enough incentive to get a ticket in itself. There’s also a showcase of Bill Kouligas‘ excellent PAN label at the Berghain, which promises to be unmissable.
What’s more, we’re pleased to say that this year Electronic Beats are partners—and there’s a strong EB presence in the program. Editor-in-chief Max Dax will be engaging in public conversations with Terre Thaemlitz, Emptyset and Uwe Schmidt aka Atom Heart. Elsewhere, senior editor Daniel Jones is gracing the line-up at Stattbad Wedding as BlackBlackGold alongside his spirit-brothers xorzyzt and Tom Ass. They’ll be combining their parties (the bleak-bass PURGE and the ghetto-goth #gHashtag) for a deadly megaparty that includes, among others, Mykki Blanco, Gatekeeper, ︻╦╤─ ƱZ ─╤╦︻, Necro Deathmort and Alec Empire.
Electronic Beats will also be recording a number of shows to be aired via our EB Radio later. Stay tuned.
You can find full line-up information and buy tickets by heading over to the CTM website.
Published January 11, 2013. Words by Louise Brailey.