In celebration of its 20th anniversary, in 2018 the Red Bull Music Academy will touch down in its city of origin, Berlin. From September 8th to October 12th, 61 music-makers from 37 countries will convene in the city for a diverse set of lectures, workshops, studio sessions and performances. Setting up shop at Funkhaus, the former GDR radio broadcasting center in East Berlin and one of the largest recording studios in the world, participants will also have the opportunity to work on music together in a custom-built, state-of-the-art recording environment.
Throughout the Academy’s time in Berlin, a Red Bull Music Festival will also be taking place throughout the city, showcasing a powerful roster of local and international artists. Electronic iconoclasts Oneohtrix Point Never and Jlin will present bespoke shows on 4DSOUND’s giant spatial system; African dance music stars from across the continent will come together for a mega-showcase; rap giant Pusha T and R&B android Janelle Monáe will give public lectures; avant-pop artist Sevdaliza presents a new experimental show; celebrated Red Bull Music events Culture Clash, United States of Bass and Drone Activity In Progress will have special European editions; and Detroit techno master Jeff Mills and Afrobeat legend Tony Allen will join forces for a collaborative performance.
The festival will pay tribute to German music culture with a variety of events showcasing native and local artists throughout the month. A superstar lineup of techno mainstays including Nina Kraviz, Gudrun Gut, Westbam and Mathew Jonson will align to celebrate 30 years of techno in Berlin; local collectives Room 4 Resistance and No Shade will co-host a multi-room club night; Robert Henke and Serbian composer Marko Nikodijevic present the German premiere of their audiovisual show with Ensemble intercontemporain; Berlin house music stalwart Dixon performs with a number of Academy participants; and award-winning composer/producer Robot Koch presents a show designed specially for planetariums.
A number of club nights will showcase the celebrated venues that make up the city’s nighttime fabric, including a journey through Kottbusser Tor staples Monarch, Fahimi and Paloma featuring an international lineup of Academy participants. Diggin’ In The Carts, our ongoing series exploring the world of Japanese video games, will touch down at the cavernous Musikbrauerei, while Marie Davidson headlines an evening at Prince Charles and a futuristic takeover of SEZ, the historic former sports and recreation center of East Berlin, will highlight new post-internet genres. Outside of live performances, there will be a number of workshops and installations taking place at Academy headquarters Funkhaus.
Find the full lineup and more details on all events at redbullmusic.com/berlin.