Kurt Vile raffle tickets for his Berlin concert on indieberlin


On his way from Amsterdam to Gdynia, Kurt Vile and his band the Violators are stopping in Berlin to play the Columbia Theater. The long-haired rocker from Philadelphia, not to be confused with German socialist composer Kurt Weill, will play on June 30.

Whereas Bertolt Brecht’s colleague was a pianist, Vile started out by fiddling with a banjo his father gave him as a 14 year old. This must have helped Vile develop into an exceptional guitarist, finger picking through songs just like Steve Gunn who at one point was his touring guitar player.

b’lieve I’m goin’ down sees Kurt Vile enjoying himself at the bar

Before going solo, he played guitar in best friend Adam Granduciel’s band War on Drugs. It was Kurt Vile’s fourth album Smoke Ring for My Halo – released in 2011 – which got his foot in the door to the indie scene. He followed it up with 2013’s Wakin on a Pretty Daze. This effort allowed him to squeeze through the crowd. Released through Matador Records in 2015, b’lieve I’m goin’ down sees Vile enjoying himself at the bar. Though not a compilation, it has references to his two previous albums.

If you’re interested in winning two tickets for his upcoming concert at the Columbia Theater in Berlin, leave us a comment below or write to us at win(at)indieberlin.de.


  • Reply June 30, 2016

    Sarah A

    Amazing article! Are you still giving away a ticket?

  • Reply June 30, 2016

    Sarah A

    Kurt vile helped me get through some really difficult times in my life. It would be an honor to see him and The Violators!

  • Reply June 30, 2016

    Erwin van Dijk

    I am a great fan of the long haired hero, if only I can get as much as 0.5% of his relaxed state of being, it would cool me down better then a bath of ice water, freshly tapped from the mountains. You probably understand that I will find that and way more vibe that goes beyond happiness tonight at his concert, right?

    Thank you!

    • Reply June 30, 2016

      Patrick Bird

      Unfortunately we notify the organisers before noon. The tickets are already taken, but we should have other raffles coming up soon, don’t despair and keep trying.

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