Last weekend the first European Lollapalooza festival was organized in Berlin. German festivals like Fusion and Melt might be famous in Europe but Lollapalooza is one of the big names when it comes to festivals in the USA. Therefore Berlin should feel pretty honoured to be the chosen city for the first European edition of Lollapalooza. Berlin-Enjoy was present at the festival and below you can read our experiences in a review.
Lollapalooza in Berlin
Besides more than 20 successful editions in America, Lollapalooza festivals have also been organized in countries like Brasil, Chile and Argentina. In Berlin the festival was organized on the former airport Tempelhof, which obviously is a great location. Partly because of a very solid line-up, Lollapalooza Berlin was sold out weeks before last weekend and more than 90.000 party-people visited the festival in the end.
The early-bird tickets of the Lollapalooza festival started at 99€ for two days. Because no camping is included, the price is a bit high compared to other open-airs and festivals around Berlin. But take a look at the line-up of the Lollapalooza and you will know this festival is worth your money. Famous DJs like David K., Robin Schulz, Kygo, Fatboy Slim and Martin Garrix were playing on massive festivals like Tomorrowland and Sziget earlier this year. Bands like Muse, Libertines, Bastille, James Bay and the Mighty Oaks have fans all around the world and besides that some German heroes were present with groups like Seeed, Deichkind and the Beatsteaks.
Plenty of Entertainment
Clearly enough, a successful festival in the year 2015 should offer a lot more than just music. Lucky enough the organisation of Lollapalooza understood this message loud and clear. Visitors were able to create tattoo’s, jump into their festival and visit a real luminarium. Besides that there were some actors walking around in Gorilla-suits and several plays of acrobats and other entertainers (see photos below). For a festival which starts at 12.30 and ends at 23.00, it is great to be entertained when you take a rest after a few hours of dancing.
Review Lollapalooza festival 2015
Berlin-Enjoy was present on both days of the Lollapalooza festival in Berlin. All in all it was one of the better festivals we have seen in the last couple of years and our general review is very positive. Below we have listed some of the great aspects of the festival and also some possible improvements for Lollapalooza 2016:
+ Awesome line-up: Topacts from all over the world
+ Time-schedule was followed up with almost no delays
+ Unique location: Who does not want to party on a former airport
+ Cashless payment-system: No need to bring cash to the festival
+ Even smaller visitors had a good view on the bands and DJs (partly because of stands)
+ Plenty of additional entertainment: Acrobats, Plays, Luminarium and many more…
− Not enough toilets: Women had to wait up to 45 minutes to go to the toilet
− Not enough food-stands: Hungry people had to wait up to 30 minutes for food
− Expensive beer: For Berlin-standards beerprices of 4,50€ (+ 1 Euro pfand) is quite expensive
Obviously it was a massive highlight of Lollapalooza that the sun has been shining the whole weekend. Seeing the sun go down with great music on a former airport must have been a special moment for every one of the 90.000 visitors. With regards to the artists it can really be stated that none of the bands and DJs dissapointed the crowd. Especially James Bay, Seeed, Deichkind and Bastille offered a spectacular show. Besides that the livesets from Kygo and Felix Jaehn and the end-shows of Martin Garrix and Fatboy Slim were a joy for all visitors.
Summary + Photos
All in all we can conclude that the first European Lollapalooza festival was a great success. When the small improvements mentioned above are taken seriously, we can expect a long range of awesome Lollapalooza festivals in Berlin and other cities in Europe. The date for next year has already been anounced: Lollapalooza 2016 will take place on 10 and 11 September. Obviously you can expect an announcing article on Berlin-Enjoy around that time. Till that time make sure to visit the official Lollapalooza-website once in a while for updates.
Unfortunately we have to wait another year for the next Lollapalooza festival, but lucky enough we can still enjoy the photos below. It tells the story of a successful festival with great music, loads of sun and plenty of happy people.