In case you weren’t there, or already passed out, or locked in a cellar by a madman with feverish eyes and an invisible friend called Dave, last Saturday was seeeeeriously hot. Seeeeriously hot. Everyone exults, of course, when the summer finally crawls out of the corner where it was hiding and jumps on us, everyone except bands who have organised concerts set to take place indoors. In fact, probably all those people who have organised cultural events that are set to take place indoors. Especially since there’s not that many air conditioned event venues in Berlin. Odd that. Will make sure to write a note to the new mayor. Or the culture ministry or something.Bunny Suit, of course, had organised a good night out for everybody, nice people that they are, for Saturday, in an indoor venue. But! But! With a terrace. A terrace on water. Still, it’s an uphill battle to get people to come to any gig when it’s the hottest day of the last seven years, and once they’re there, and they’ve found out that there’s a terrace over the water where you can sit, watch the lights dance on the rippling surface and sip Caipporineas (I can never remember how to spell that), it’s also a tough one to get them to come back indoors.
The supporting bands found it hard to get people to come back inside
So hats off all round. Bunny Suit set up a great party at Fluxbau, four bands on the main stage, street performers on the aforementioned outside terrace, and art pieces hanging around the various rooms (with some definitely good stuff on display), and of course Bunny Suit topping the bill. I’m making it sound like it was empty, and it wasn’t, but it wasn’t as full as it should have been for such a line-up of up-and-coming talent, and I noticed that the supporting bands found it hard to get many people to come back inside from the terrace when they played.I got there late, I admit it, delayed for very good reasons and very few of them to do with alcahol, promise, and I only managed to catch Ghettysburg before Bunny Suit played. Unfortunately I wasn’t too impressed with Ghettysburg. They need to do more, stand out more, be different more.
They have that intensity that every band should have or get off the stage
Bunny Suit finally came on and showed why they’ve been picked up by Universal not too long ago. They have that intensity that every band should have or get off the stage. The first few minutes on stage you could see singer Cameron Laing warping himself from worried organiser of the whole night into artist letting it all hang out, but you could see him let go and find his groove. The’re best at Radioheadesque slow builders, which can be difficult to wing as a live performance, but they did it well and the audience followed them through each twist and turn. Great concert, they should play more often.
Review by Noel Maurice
Noel Maurice is one of the founders of indieberlin. Originally from the UK via a childhood in Johannesburg, he has been resident in Berlin since 1991. Describing himself as a ‘recovering musician’, he is the author of The Berlin Diaries, a trilogy detailing the East Berlin art and squat scene of the early 90s, available on Amazon and through this site. Noel is currently completing his second novel. As well as running indieBerlin, Noel is also active as web designer, chatbot creator and business communication coach.