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Desertfest Berlin
DesertFest
Background information
Genre(s) Stoner Rock, Doom, Sludge, Psychedelic Rock and more
Date(s) April 28th-30th (2016)
April (Annually)
Location Berlin, Germany
Venue(s) (Current) Astra KulturHaus
(Former) Festsaal Kreuzberg
Years active 2012-present
Promoter(s) Sound of Liberation
Associated Events DesertFest, DesertFest London, Desertfest Belgium, Desertfest Athens
Website Official Website

Desertfest Berlin is one of several annual festivals which run under the DesertFest banner. Each year, the festival is a three day event showcasing bands from the whole stoner rock scene. The festival takes place in Berlin, Germany. Like its English counterpart, the first event ran in 2012[1].

BackgroundEdit

The original DesertFest, DesertFest London was first conceived of by Reece Tee and Jake Farey of the music promotions company Desertscene.[2] Desertscene started organising shows in 2009, the first of which was Truckfighters.[2] After gaining experience promoting individual bands and hearing the people at those shows' desire for a UK festival like Roadburn Festival, they decided to create DesertFest.[2]

The first Desertfest London was officially announced on 26th July 2011 via a Facebook post,[3] but posters advertising the festival were placed at London's High Voltage Festival.[4] Early on in development of the first edition of Desertfest London, the team behind the festival partnered with Sound of Liberation to make a German equivalent, DesertFest Berlin.[1]

The first DesertFest Berlin was publicly announced, via Facebook, on October 9th 2011.[5] The first event was set to take place between Thursday 19th and Saturday 21st April 2012, and was initially to take place solely at Astra KulturHaus[5] (though later into development Festsaal Kreuzberg replaced Astra as the venue for the first day of the festival[6] The event has remained an annual fixture, in later years taking place within the month of April, exclusively at Astra KulturHaus. The fifth edition of the event is scheduled to take place between the 28th and 30th April 2016.[7]

2012Edit

SUMA live @ Desertfest - Berlin - Astra - 21.0424:53

SUMA live @ Desertfest - Berlin - Astra - 21.04.2012

The first DesertFest Berlin was announced on October 9th 2011 via a Facebook post.[5] The event ran from Thursday 19th to Saturday 21st April 2012, and was initially to take place solely at Astra KulturHaus.[5] Later into development Festsaal Kreuzberg, which like Astra is situated in the Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg borough of Berlin, replaced Astra as the venue for the first day of the festival[6] On 28th October 2011, Brain Police were the very first act announced for the festival.[8] The main stage headliners for the event were Orange Goblin[9], Motorpsycho[10] and Colour Haze[11] As well as the official main festival, an after-show was also held at Raw Tempel on April 21.[12]

Thursday 19th April
Festsaal Kreuzberg
Orange Goblin
Greenleaf
Ancestors
Stonehenge
Operators


Friday 20th April
Sol Stage Rockzilla Stage
Motorpsycho Grandloom
Amplifier Truckfighters
Triggerfinger Mars Red Sky
Lonely Kamel Glowsun
Danava Oddjobmen
Wight
Shrine 69


Saturday 21st April
Sol Stage Rockzilla Stage Raw Tempel (After Show) Theatre Bizarre
Colour Haze Red Fang Kadavar Wino & Conny Ochs
Ufomammut Brain Police Toner Low
Monkey3 Black Tusk Abrahma
Orcus Chylde Suma
The Machine The Grand Astoria
LDDSM

[13]

2013Edit

UNIDA - Intro & Wet Pussycat (Live at Desertfest Berlin 2013)07:47

UNIDA - Intro & Wet Pussycat (Live at Desertfest Berlin 2013)

On August 14th 2012, DesertFest Berlin's Facebook page confirmed via an uploaded photo that the even was returning in 2013, taking place between Thursday 25th April to Saturday 27th April.[14] For the 2013 edition, Astra KulturHaus was the sole venue, with both the Main Stage and Foyer Stage located in the Astra. [15] On October 11th, Norwegian blues-psych band Lonely Kamel were confirmed as the first act for the festival.[16] The main stage headliners for the event were initially confirmed to be Pentagram[17], Unida[18] and Witchcraft[19]. On 24th April, three days before they were scheduled to headline the festival, Witchcraft cancelled their tour, including DesertFest Berlin, due to what the band described as "serious health issues".[20] As a result of Witchcraft's cancellation, Troubled Horse joined the lineup.[20] Orchid, who were initially set to be the last band on the Foyer Stage on the Saturday night, were bumped up to headline the Main Stage due to Witchcraft's absence.[21]

Thursday 25th April
Main Stage Foyer Stage
Pentagram Lonely Kamel
Victor Griffin's In-Graved D'YSE
Samsara Blues Experiment The Shrine
Satellite Beaver


Friday 26th April
Main Stage Foyer Stage
Unida Belzebong
Dozer Cough
Lowrider Naam
Blues Pills House of Broken Promises
Danava Oddjobmen
Witch Mountain
Lecherous Gaze


Saturday 27th April
Main Stage Foyer Stage
Orchid Troubled Horse
Kadavar My Sleeping Karma
Fatso Jetson & Yawning Man Gentleman's Pistols
Free Fall Alunah
1000mods

[21]

2014Edit

Spirit Caravan - Dead Love Jug Fulla Sun (Desertfest Berlin 2014)05:39

Spirit Caravan - Dead Love Jug Fulla Sun (Desertfest Berlin 2014)

On September 26th 2013 a third edition of DesertFest Berlin was confirmed via the event's Facebook page.[22] The 2014 edition of DesertFest Berlin took place from Thursday 24th to Saturday 26th April, once again returning solely to the Astra Kulturhaus in Berlin.[22] On 13th October, Italian heavy psych band Black Rainbows were confirmed as the first act for the festival.[23] The main stage headliners for the event were confirmed to be Spirit Caravan,[24] Kvelertak[25] and Clutch.[26]


Thursday 24th April
Main Stage Foyer Stage
Spirit Caravan Pet the Preacher
Sleepy Sun ASG
Siena Root Sixty Watt Shaman
Anciients The Midnight Ghost Train
Cojones


Friday 25th April
Main Stage Foyer Stage
Kvelertak Mantar
Causa Sui Elder
Church of Misery Hull
Gozu Prisma Circus
Black Rainbows Huata
The Moth
Red Stoner Sun


Saturday 26th April
Main Stage Foyer Stage
Clutch The Machine
Radio Moscow The Graviators
Ultra Electric Mega Galactic Stoned Jesus
Sasquatch Sardonis
Radar Men From The Moon Castle
Powder For Pigeons
Doctor Doom

[27]

2015Edit

Low Desert Punk - Brant Bjork @ Desertfest Berlin, 201504:59

Low Desert Punk - Brant Bjork @ Desertfest Berlin, 2015

On 2nd May 2014 a fourth edition of DesertFest Berlin was confirmed via the event's Facebook page.[28] The 2015 edition of the festival took place between Thursday 23rd and Saturday 25th April, again returning solely to Astra Kulturhaus in Berlin.[28] On 1st September 2014, Orange Goblin were confirmed as the first act for the festival, taking the first headline slot.[29] Orange Goblin treated this, and their appearance at DesertFest London, as a 20th anniversary celebration, playing their third album, The Big Black, in its entirety.[29] The two other main stage headliners for the event were confirmed to be Brant Bjork and The Low Desert Punk Band[30] and Red Fang.[31] A warm-up show was held prior to the festival at Stattbad on April 22 in Berlin, Germany.[32]

Wednesday 22nd April
Stattbad
Belzebong
Samsara Blues Experiment
Bright Curse
Elephant Tree


Thursday 23rd April
Main Stage Foyer Stage
Orange Goblin Lo-Pan
Karma To Burn The Picture Books
Baby Woodrose Black Pyramid
Wedge
Riff Fist


Friday 24th April
Main Stage Foyer Stage
Brant Bjork and The Low Desert Punk Band Conan
Ufomammut Brutus
Acid King Dirty Fences
Heat Kamchatka
Morning Cities Sun & the Wolf
Travelin Jack


Saturday 25th April
Main Stage Foyer Stage
Red Fang Neume
My Sleeping Karma Toner Low
The Atomic Bitchwax Mountainwitch
Dopethrone Bushfire
Mother Engine Cigale
Tau

[32] [33] [34] [35]

2016Edit

Desertfest Berlin 2016

Current event poster for DesertFest Berlin 2016, including full lineup as of 17th January 2016

On May 19th 2015, it was confirmed that the next edition of Desertfest Berlin will take place between the 28th and 30th of April 2016.[7] On 10th September 2015, the first bands for the 2016 edition were announced; the full first announcement included Electric Wizard, who are set to headline the festival, with Elder, Mothership, Somali Yacht Club and Wo Fat also playing.[36] As of 17th January 2016, 22 bands have been announced for the festival, with more to be confirmed.[37] On 2nd February 2016, DesertFest Berlin's Facebook page announced the day splits, confirming that Truckfighters and Crowbar would join Electric Wizard as headliners.[38] On 22nd March, the final three bands, Black Pussy, Baby in Vain and Greenleaf, were announced.[39] On the same day, the festival was confirmed to be completely sold out.[39]

Current LineupEdit

This is the current lineup for Desertfest Berlin 2016. Stages and times are unclear but day splits have been announced. As such, bands will are listed by day and the order in which they appear on the latest official poster.

Thursday 28th April
Main Stage Foyer Stage
Truckfighters Mantar
Pelican Wo Fat
Spiritual Beggars Mothership
Baby In Vain
High Fighter


Friday 29th April
Main Stage Foyer Stage
Electric Wizard Death Alley
Elder Monolord
Coogans Bluff Mondo Drag
Monomyth The Loranes
We Hunt Buffalo Somali Yacht Club
Samavayo


Saturday 30th April
Main Stage Foyer Stage
Crowbar 10000 Russos
Rotor Greenleaf
DYSE Egypt
Asteroid Kaleidobolt
Black Pussy Stinking Lizaveta
Desert Storm

External LinksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 The DesertFest About (cache from May 13th 2015), accessed June 14th 2015
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 The Heavy Chronicles Interview with Reece Tee of DesertFest, accessed 15th June 2015
  3. The DesertFest Facebook announcement of the inaugural DesertFest, accessed 16th June 2015
  4. The DesertFest Facebook poster for first DesertFest London seen at High Voltage Festival, accessed 16th June 2015
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 DesertFest Berlin Facebook The DeserFest Berlin : 19th, 20th and 21st April 2012, first accessed 18th January 2016
  6. 6.0 6.1 DesertFest Berlin About (2012), Cached page - archived on 4th May 2012
  7. 7.0 7.1 DesertFest Berlin DesertFest Berlin 2016: EARLY BIRD TICKETS!, accessed 17th January 2016
  8. DesertFest Berlin Facebook Very first band announced for DESERTFEST Berlin 2012, first accessed 18th January 2016
  9. DesertFest Berlin Facebook The UK’s mighty Orange Goblin to Headline on Desertfest Berlin., accessed 18th January 2016
  10. DesertFest Berlin Facebook We are electrified to announce the mighty MOTORPSYCHO as headliner..., accessed 18th January 2016
  11. DesertFest Berlin Facebook we are thrilled to announced COLOUR HAZE (GER), accessed 18th January 2016
  12. Last.fm
  13. DesertFest Berlin Timetable (2012), Cached page - archived on 4th May 2012
  14. DesertFest Berlin Facebook Cover Photo (August 14th 2012, accessed 18th January 2016
  15. DesertFest Berlin About (2013), Cached page - archived 19th May 2013
  16. DesertFest Berlin Facebook Allright. it's now time to start announcing our 2013 line-up., accessed 18th January 2016
  17. DesertFest Berlin Facebook Folks Today comes the first headliner for the DesertFest , accessed 18th January 2016
  18. DesertFest Berlin Facebook Friends What a great day, accessed 18th January 2016
  19. DesertFest Berlin Facebook DESERTFEST Berlin Breaking News, accessed 18th January 2016
  20. 20.0 20.1 DesertFest Berlin Facebook WITCHCRAFT CANCELLED - TROUBLED HORSE JOIN THE LINE-UP, accessed 18th January 2016
  21. 21.0 21.1 DesertFest Berlin Timetable (2013), Cached page - Archived on 3rd June 2013
  22. 22.0 22.1 DesertFest Berlin Facebook We are finally back..., accessed 18th January 2016
  23. DesertFest Berlin Facebook Hey guys, our website is back on track..., accessed 18th January 2016
  24. DesertFest Berlin Facebook DESERTFEST BERLIN 2014 – FIRST HEADLINER UNVEILED, accessed January 18th 2016
  25. DesertFest Berlin Facebook DESERTFEST BERLIN 2014 - 3RD HEADLINER UNVEILED, accessed 18th January 2016
  26. DesertFest Berlin Facebook DESERTFEST BERLIN 2014 - CLUTCH, first accessed 18th January 2016
  27. DesertFest Berlin Timetable (2014), Cached page -Archived on 23rd May 2014
  28. 28.0 28.1 DesertFest Berlin Facebook Cover Photo (2nd May 2014), accessed 18th January 2016
  29. 29.0 29.1 DesertFest Berlin Facebook Seems that secrets cannot be kept, accessed 18th January 2016
  30. DesertFest Berlin BRANT BJORK AND THE L.D.P. TO HEADLINE FRIDAY NIGHT, Cached page - archived on 14th August 2015
  31. [ DesertFest Berlin] RED FANG TO HEADLINE DESERTFEST BERLIN, Cached page - Archived on 1st January 2015
  32. 32.0 32.1 DesertFest Berlin Facebook Good Evening guys..., accessed 18th January 2016
  33. DesertFest Berlin Facebook Photo (uploaded 9th April 2015), accessed 18th January 2016
  34. DesertFest Berlin Facebook Photo (uploaded 9th April 2015), accessed 18th January 2016
  35. DesertFest Berlin Facebook Photo (uploaded April 2015), accessed 18th January 2016
  36. DesertFest Berlin Facebook DESERTFEST BERLIN 2016! Be aware!! HERE ARE THE FIRST NAMES!, accessed 17th January 2016
  37. DesertFest Berlin Facebook Cover Photo (Uploaded 22nd December 2015), accessed 17th January 2016
  38. DesertFest Berlin Facebook. Fellows, your attention please, accessed 2nd February 2016
  39. 39.0 39.1 DesertFest Berlin Facebook Fellas!, first accessed 25th March 2016


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