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Scandinavian Christmas Market


Nordic by Nature, Berlin Sessions & FluxFM are inviting you to:

Glögg, Pepparkakor, Donald Duck & Santa Claus –
Get a real taste of modern Scandinavian Christmas!

The Scandinavian Christmas Market is a two day outside event on 8th & 9th of December celebrated at Urban Spree in Berlin. Plenty of different local food stalls are serving favourite Christmas bites from the North such as Köttbullar, Risgrynsgröt, Lussebullar, Smørrebrød, Pepparkakor, Rød Pølse and much more topped with a good amount of Glögg. Scandinavian Designers will sell little presents, unique handcrafts, fashion and jewelry in all different price ranges.

Meatball eating contest
Finnish Sauna & Jacuzzi
Bands & DJs
Knitting Workshop
Live Podcast
Donald Duck Streaming

For the little ones there will be kids activities such as a Gingerbread house workshop, crafting Christmas tree decorations and little presents by Santa Claus.

Scandinavian Christmas Market
Friday, December 8th, 5 pm – open end
& Saturday, December 9th, 2 pm – 9 pm
Urban Spree, Berlin

Friday, 8.12.
17.00 – open end

17.00 – 18.00
Official Opening
*with free Glögg and decorating the Christmas Tree (Bring your own decoration item) – Come early! First come, first serve

18.00 – late
Donald Duck Streaming
Meatball Eating Contest (*Sign up for free HERE)

20.00 – late
*5 Euro entrance

KOY (Live)
Asbjørn vs. Sandra Kolstad (DJ Set)
Sascha Schlegel (DJ Set, FluxFM)
and more

Saturday, 9.12.
Family Day
14.00 – 22.00
Berliner Kneipenchor (live), Storyteller, Tombola, more tba.

Particle Kid feat. Willie Nelson‘s son Micah Nelson + HEKLA

Particle Kid, feat. Micah Nelson (son of Willie Nelson, member of Neil Young‘s band) + HEKLA – Berlin doom pop (swelling synth sounds, dramatic rythms and wavy guitar washes) LIVE!

Particle Kid (experimental folk rock | US)

Particle Kid is the experimental musical identity of Los Angeles-based musician and visual artist J. Micah Nelson. As Particle Kid, Micah Nelson has created a multi-dimensional musical universe all his own, crafted with immense ambition, inventive production techniques, and strikingly emotive song craft. Nelson achieves the near impossible by sounding both familiar and oddly modern, with the spirits of future folk, low rider funk, riff rock, power pop, lysergic Americana, flower punk, and progressive jazz fusion all somehow woven together with deep-rooted melodies, unique improvisational elements, and remarkably intricate arrangements.

EVERYTHING: https://youtu.be/7sqVX3PWz9w
OCEAN: https://youtu.be/3OGz2Wrj4t0


HEKLA (doom pop | Berlin)

Fronted by two Swedish cousins, HEKLA is a quartet stemming from Berlin’s musical melting pot. Inspired by everything from Scandinavian folk music to 80s synthwave adventures, they bring you along for a ride into the abandoned beach towns and forgotten volcanoes of their minds.
In both music and lyrics, grandiose dreams face their constant companion, destruction. Never shying away from the drama, HEKLA sing about the obsession and madness in us all.
HEKLA released their self-titled debut album in 2017. Their new EP, Boulevards, is out in June 2018.
inspired by film noir’s betrayal + love. when the blinds stay low, and the outside world is shut out. riding cars at night and asking: ”you wouldn’t let me go, would you?”



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Age Eternal, Dune Messiah

Instruments of Discipline, Third Coming Records & Premium Abundance present :

Age Eternal (DE) – Release party –

Age Eternal is the solo project of german musician and visual artist Lissa Benno. Since 2015, she has been diving into the subconscious to find her own musical language. With reverb-drenched guitars, hypnotic synths and ethereal vocals she creates a dreamy yet heavy haze. Her influences come from a wide variety of musical styles such as Ambient or Krautrock while she is also drawn to pop-music and mysticism.

“Wash Away” is a meditation about change as an universal force that is both fulfilling and terrifying. “Before and throughout the writing of the record I saw myself confronted with significant alterations in my daily life, which I sometimes had a hard time dealing with” says Lissa. The record bows down to that mighty ruthless force that is entrenched into everyone and everything that surrounds us and the potential that lies within it.

This LP is co-released by Third Coming Records (fr), Instruments Of Discipline (de), Premium Abundance (dk).

Dune Messiah (DK)

The man in black fled across the dessert, and the gunslinger followed. With those words, Stephen King begins his Magnum Opus, The Dark Tower. But the phrase might as well be a graphical, description of the neofolk band Dune Messiah.

Hailing from Copenhagen, the three-piece, which is architectured by Magnus Westergaard, shoots through its listener with visceral honesty. Dark, romantic and personal, the band bares itself completely, engulfing the listener in candid stories of love, loss and mysticism told with both finesse and violence.

Dune Messiah released their debut album, The Iron Oak, in March 2017. On the following tour in Europe and Denmark, the band supported American neofolk pioneer King Dude and Drab Majesty.

On stage, Dune Messiah is a blazing, intense experience. Inspired by all forms of art that deals in immuteability (from Leonard Cohen to Edgar Allan Poe and Federico Fellini), the band inescapably channels its demanding themes. It is both terrifying and beautiful to behold.

But no matter the wickedness displayed live, the monstrosities enforced by the instruments or the heartbreaking truths told through the lyrics, Dune Messiah’s raison d’être is to capture and project honesty. A concept that, like the man dressed in black, fleetingly runs ahead in this barren, truthless world.


The four creative souls in RA get their energy out of despair, loss, frustration and restlessness. They started out as a psychedelic rock quintet but after just one EP they sadly lost one of their members. The loss and their life in Malmö are shown in the, recently released mini documentary – RA – Malmö Mentality. The band didn’t dissolve, instead they canalized their friendship into what should become their debut album – Scandinavia. The album is a whirlwind of punk, feedback, haunting vocals, melodic guitar riffs and pounding bass. The album took the band out on the road and it gained a lot of attention around the world, placing them in some kind of Nordic Noir Post-punk file, together with iceage, Holograms, Lust For Youth etc. Other comparisons were made to Deafheaven, Bauhaus, and A Place to Bury Strangers, now that is gone.

Here we have the first release since the album, and the band has moved forward. This is a more electronic sound landscape, it is gloomy, it is staring, slower, melodic, almost romantic but equally intense. We find more members than the drummer and vocalist Simon, behind the microphone, more voices, less noise, contemplation. This is a band that never rests. All held together by producer Joakim Lindberg that has produced everything with the band up to date.

”We left our rough punk sound and tried to explore another feeling, a more romantic feeling. We gave ourself time to think and reflect and worked more with the song structures.”

DJ sets by Louis X Legris (Third Coming Records) & Luna Violenta (Instruments Of Discipline).

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Berlin Midsommar Festival 2017

Nordic by Nature & PETA ZWEI present

Hejsan friends,

for this year’s Berlin Midsommar Festival we have teamed up with the youth campaign of animal rights organisation PETA ZWEI Deutschland e.V. to present Germany’s FIRST VEGAN MUSIC FESTIVAL.

We are massively looking forward to celebrating the longest day of the year in the most beautiful Scandinavian way with thousands of people. Of course maypole, bands & DJ’s, flower wreaths, typical Midsommar games and food & drinks won’t be missing either this year.

This time, we not only mind and balance gender ratio, but also focus on a sustainable and fair attendance of our dearest furry friends and want to show that one can experience a beautiful and delicious festival completely without dead meat. For it, a good amount of local food trucks will whip various vegan delicacies.

If you have always asked yourself how a vegan herring might taste like, this Berlin Midsommar could be a particularly exciting taste experience for you.

Grab your FREE TICKET (limited) here:

Over the following months we will reveal more info about the line up, games, food & drinks and special give aways.

☀ 23. JUNI 2017 ☀
☀ 16:00 – open end ☀

Berlin Midsommar Festival is presented by FluxFMSpex – Magazin für PopkulturGöteborg/Gothenburg: The Official Guide and NORR Skandinavien-Magazin

Poster design by ACP83


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Oranssi Pazuzu – Aluk Todolo – Cobalt


Oranssi Pazuzu
“The trick is to avoid all the bands that are bragging about genre breaking or how mind blowing they are and just listen to Oranssi Pazuzu”. This quote from Fenriz’s radio show couldn’t have been a better spot on statement for the phenomenon that is Finland’s Oranssi Pazuzu.
Since their inception, Oranssi Pazuzu has never been satisfied to stick with a formula. Each album has seen the band expand upon its previous incarnation and then, like a supernova, blow it up and transform again into something recognizable but completely new. With their first two albums, they slowly built a fuzz for their unique take on black metal’s pscyhedelia and despite using this genre as a platform it was their third album, Valonielu (2013), that solidified the band’s position as one of the most forward-thinking and interesting metal bands and gave purists a ran for their money. With press and fans praising the brilliance of that album, their live shows established them even more to the point where their live experience could be compared to the ones of Pink Floyd, Swans and Neurosis. And that’s coming from everybody that witnessed them on their tours and festivals performances all around Europe.
Their return on 2016 with their fourth album, Värähtelijä, gives the band much more room to diverge and explore the vast regions of hypnotic progressive psychedelia and the nebulous outer limits of Scandinavian black metal. Songs explode with radiant ultraviolet color and plunge into the deep black darkness of innermost consciousness. If ‘Valonielu’ was the creation of a universe, ‘Värähtelijä’ is the magnification and expansion of its infinite boundaries. With the album ending up on many best albums of the year lists, and not only in the metal circles, 2017 will be the busiest year for the band on stage starting with the “Mental Possessed Tour” where the band brings with them 2 of their peers, Aluk Todolo and Cobalt (on their first European tour) on selected days and making this tour not to be missed!
The “Mental Possessed Tour” will also coincide with the reissues of Oranssi Pazuzu’s backcatalogue including their first 2 albums, which have been sold out since their release, an EP consisting of the band’s material from their 2010 split with Candy Cane and also a limited 10” vinyl with two unreleased songs, which will be sold only on their live dates!
Not meant for genre purists, Oranssi Pazuzu are on a trip all their own; modern electric pioneers on an expedition to unlock the keys to the hidden spaces all around and inside us.


ALUK TODOLO is an instrumental power trio performing Occult Rock since 2004. Their music is a methodical exploration of the powers of musical trance. Part occult black metal fiend and part snide kraut menace, the band conjures rabid obsessive rhythms and abyssal disharmonic guitars, subliminal spiritualist vibrations and bizarre, magick summonings. ALUK TODOLO reduces psychedelic improvisation to a bare, telluric instrumentation, in which dry, spare percussion grievously mines the scrapes, shrieks and shimmer of mutated guitar and bass. The band’s sound is monolithic and stabbing, hypnotic but unpredictable, minimalist yet teeming: a dangerous, noxious coil of all things black.

The name ALUK TODOLO was brought back from a mountainous region of South Sulawesi in Indonesia, it’s an ancient religion with animist beliefs meaning «the Way of the Ancestors». The band toured in USA in 2009 and 2012, Southern Europe in May 2010 (France, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal), Northern Europe in April 2011 with MENACE RUINE (France, UK, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Czech republik, Switzerland) and Eastern Europe in May 2013 with the one man band LUSSURIA from New York (Belgium, Netherlands, Czech Republik, Poland, Austria, Hungaria, Croatia, Solvenia, Italia, France), around the Alps in June 2016 with SUM OF R from Switzerland (France, Switzerland, Germany, Poland, Czech Republik, Hungary, Austria). ALUK TODOLO opened for FAUST (German krautrock pioneers) in New York in October 2009. They have been invited by SUNN O))) to play the Roadburn Festival 2011 in the Tilburg – Netherlands and opened for them in June 2012. They played festivals such as Incubate (Netherlands), Stella Natura (usa), Dark Bombastic Evening (Romania), Mega Therion (Finland), Colmar Jazz Off (France), Luff (Switzerland), le Guess Who ? (Netherlands), Sonic Protest (France), Funkelfug (Austria), Amplifest (Portugal), Chaos Descends (Germany), and will play in 2017 the Stardust IV (New York USA) and the Roadburn (Netherlands).

An archive collection of rare recordings from their first decade will be released in 2017 as well as the 4 albums on tape on Seratusribu records from Indonesia.

Bandcamp (online discography): http://aluktodolo.bandcamp.com/



War Metal is the most fitting title Cobalt could choose to kick off their career. There is a deep sense of struggle and urgency, a devastating cause that left absolute carnage through its path that the band’s music radiated since the time of their inception. Cobalt, as nature, is red in tooth and claw, and there is no desire of hiding it.

This struggle, this unbroken will to battle and conflict was peaked with the genre-defining Eater of Birds, a testament to the spirit of the US black metal scene. Pouring with aggression and oozing with a primal energy, Cobalt showcased a unique blend of bitter black metal, a traditional approach that was rehashed and in turn rejuvenated. The additions of Americana, folk and noise do not necessarily provide an experimental approach to black metal, but rather a different interpretation of its historic, pure form. The imagery of Hemingway on the cover of Gin makes perfect sense, depicting the literary background of Gin and its influence on Cobalt’s ethos: the perfection of one’s craft, the certainty and conviction to one’s belief and the stoic perspective.

Hemingway’s famously writes: “The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places.” This could not be more true for Cobalt, who saw the departure of vocalist Phil McSorley in 2014. Mainman Erik Wunder did not allow this to become the end of the road for his black metal endeavors, and recruiting Charlie Fell (ex-Lord Mantis) has worked wonders for the band and the quality of their releases. In 2016 they proved that they belong at the very top of the food chain releasing what is their finest work in Slow Forever, a double album filled with all the elements that their glorious past has produced, but also with an eye staring at the future and the path that lays ahead. This is Cobalt at its best. Uncompromising, relentless, hungry, constantly hunting and out for blood.



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Die neuen Schweden 2016

3-Day Music Industry Crawl & Showcase with 3 new bands from Sweden. DIE NEUEN SCHWEDEN Showcase will take place at Urban Spree on Aug 30 and will be free for everyone.

(see English description below)

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DIE NEUEN SCHWEDEN kommen wieder! Nach einem erfolgreichen Start im letzten Jahr, laden wir dieses Jahr zusammen mit dem schwedischen Bildungsinstitut Sensus Musik erneut drei schwedische Nachwuchsbands für drei Tage nach Berlin ein, machen mit ihnen eine Music Crawl durch die Hauptstadt und präsentieren einen Showcase-Abend in der Urban Spree.

Dabei wagen wir gemeinsam mit den drei Bands einen Blick hinter die Kulissen der Berliner Musikindustrie, treffen ortsansässige Tourveranstalter, Labels, Radiosender, Agenturen, Journalisten – eben die MacherInnen dieser musikverliebten Stadt.

Neben all dem Kennenlernen, werden die Bands mit Hinblick auf ein Bildungsprojekt, natürlich auch gefordert & gefördert. In einem von uns durchgeführten Workshop werden die jungen Musiker in Bezug auf Pressearbeit und Profiling trainiert und ihnen gutgemeinte Tipps & Tricks verraten. Als persönliche Krönung dieser aufregenden Tage werden die Bands am zweiten Tag einen Showcase unter dem Namen DIE NEUEN SCHWEDEN in der Urban Spree spielen.

Die Künstler, die an diesem Projekt teilnehmen, wurden von uns sorgfältig aus einer Vielzahl von Bewerbern für das Projekt ausgewählt.

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KHOE lieben Kontraste. Mit einer Kombination aus Soul – und Elektroeinflüssen, gepaart mit der kraftvollen Stimme von Isabel Neib gelingt es KHOE eine neue Form des R&B zu kreieren. Ihre erste Single „WLYT“ veröffentlichte das schwedische Duo Anfang 2015. Seitdem arbeiten KHOE eng mit der internationalen Marke Absolut Art zusammen, die es sich zur Aufgabe gemacht hat, die Lücke zwischen Künstlern und Kunstliebhabern zu schließen. KHOEs Musik ist nun Teil von Kunstausstellungen in Stockholm, Berlin und Los Angeles. Bald veröffentlicht das Duo auch ihre Debüt-EP. Wir freuen uns auf einen Mix aus harmonischen Melodien und unerwarteten Bass Drums.

Website: http://khoeofficial.com/
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/khoeofficial

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Mit melodischen Texten, bezaubernden Harmonien und kräftigen Beats erfindet Julia Clara ihren eigenen, einzigartigen Stil. Auf der Bühne präsentiert die junge schwedische Künstlerin ihre Songs selbstbewusst mit einer Gitarre in der Hand und berührt damit die Herzen ihres Publikums. Nachdem Julia Clara eine Zeit lang vor allem mit Cover-Songs in ihrer Heimat, den Åland Inseln auftrat, fühlte sie sich nach einem Jahr Musikstudium in Brighton endlich auch bereit ihre eigenen Geschichten, Hoffnungen und Ängste in Form von selbstgeschriebenen Liedern mit der Welt zu teilen. Sie begann Demos in ihrem Schlafzimmer zu produzieren und diese online zu stellen. Anschließend folgten diverse Gigs in Schweden und England, darunter auch ein Auftritt auf dem Rookie Festivalen in Hultsfred. Im Moment verbringt Julia Clara ihre Zeit hauptsächlich im Studio, um dieses Jahr noch ihr offizielles Debüt zu veröffentlichen.

Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/juliaclaramusic

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Red Mecca

Red Mecca – das sind Jan Strandqvist (ehemals Mitglied der Postpunk-Band „Brända Barn“) und Frida Madeleine, die sich 2013 kennenlernten und schon kurz darauf begannen gemeinsam Musik zu machen. Das Duo versteht es, sich gegenseitig zu inspirieren und produzierten mit ihrer gemeinsamen Liebe zur Musik bisher zwei Alben und eine EP. Bereits mit ihrem ersten Album “Covered With Rain” gelang es Red Mecca sowohl Fans als auch Kritiker zu überzeugen. Schließlich listeten Gaffa und das Release Magazine ihr Album als eines der besten Releases des Jahres 2014. Auch das zweite Album “Electricity” wurde hochgelobt von Kritikern aus Europa und den USA. In den letzten zwei Jahren tourten die beiden auf Festivals und in Clubs in ganz Skandinavien – Red Mecca sind berühmt für ihre einzigartigen Live Auftritte!

Website: https://www.redmecca.se/
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/redmecca

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Together with Swedish educational institute SENSUS MUSIK we have developed an exciting project. End of August we will invite three Swedish newcomer bands to Berlin to show the fascinating music sights of Berlin, introduce them to relevant players of the music industry and let them perform a real gig at Urban Spree under the title: DIE NEUEN SCHWEDEN.

The young and aspiring musicians will get the chance to take a look behind the thick curtain of the music industry. To be precise, we will introduce the young Swedes to local booking agencies, labels, radio stations, music agencies & magazines to say Hi! and have a little chat with them.

With regard to an educational purpose, the bands will be postulated and encouraged within a workshop. They will be revealed to some tips and tricks for press work and band profiling. As the absolute personal highlight of the trip, all three bands will play a showcase at Urban Spree, titled DIE NEUEN SCHWEDEN (“The new Swedes”).

All artists taking part in this project are introduced in the following part. They were chosen by us out of a multiplicity of applicants for the project.

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KHOE is the Swedish-native duo blessing us with their perspective of alt-R&B. Containing a singer with a staggering vocal range and a producer with electrifying instrumentation, this is nothing to close your ears on. Since releasing their single early 2015, “WLYT”, KHOE have spent most of their time in a collaboration with launch of international brand, Absolut Art, where you can find their music in art exhibitions around Berlin, Stockholm and Los Angeles. And soon finishing their debut EP, you can hear influences of soul and electronic music. They will prove listeners how they effortless capture the combination of atmospheric melodies with unexpected bass drums. KHOE loves contrasts.

Website: http://khoeofficial.com/
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/khoeofficial

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Julia Clara is an artist who has created her unique sound with melodic lines, enchanting harmonies and strong beats. She usually performs her songs with a guitar in her hands, in a style of daring confidence and with a stage presence that captures hearts. Julia Clara gathered a lot of inspiration and new influences from her year of studying music in Brighton. After a past of singing covers in the corners of local restaurants on the Åland Islands, where she grew up, she then finally felt ready to share her own thoughts, stories, hopes and fears with the world in the shape of self-written songs. She started recording and producing demos in her bedroom and posted them online, which led to numerous gigs around Sweden, England and the Åland Islands, including a gig on the reputable Rookiefestivalen in Hultsfred last year. Julia Clara is currently in the studio, recording her tracks in Stockholm, for an official debut release later this year.

Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/juliaclaramusic

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Red Mecca

The band consisting of Jan Strandqvist (former member of postpunk pioneers “Brända Barn”) and Frida Madeleine, met in 2013 and started working together shortly thereafter. Inspired by one another’s way of expressing themselves through music they have since then produced two full-lenght albums and one EP.

Red Mecca have done a massive impression among critics and fans as a result of their first full length album “Covered With Rain”. Both ‘’Gaffa’’ and ‘’Release Magazine’’ listed the album as one of the most important releases 2014. 2nd album Electricity was amongst the top 5 most critically acclaimed albums in February 2016 in Sweden and also gained top score from critics in Europe and USA.

In the last two years Red Mecca has toured festivals and clubs around Scandinavia, and the band has become well known for their emotionally gripping live shows

Website: https://www.redmecca.se/
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/redmecca

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