Another week, another concert! This time by my absolute faves, Bastille, and in one of my absolute fave cities, Berlin.
Bastille announced a concert in Berlin sometime last autumn and it was on my best friend’s birthday so what better way is there to combine two of my favourite things than to go visit them and see the band?? I was really excited for this whole trip even though I was quite anxious about skipping two days of school because there’s honestly so much going on right now (or was, it’s basically all over now).
I was also worried about flying there and my flight being delayed which would cause problems with the concerts but in the end, everything went perfectly and I landed on Thursday at like 5pm, had dinner with my friend and went to the Tempodrom (what a stunning building??) to see Bastille.
Their Reorchestrated tour sounded like a perfect idea from the beginning. I love all of Bastille’s music and I saw a few clips from this gig they did last year which also included strings and singers and all that and that was SO GOOD. And this concert was too. I loved every single of the new versions and especially Fake It, Glory and Two Evils were something special. I love that they played old and new songs and stuff they don’t usually play at concerts, like Get Home or Weight of Living, Pt. 1.
I went there alone (a first for me) and it was actually really fine because I still had a great time and at some point started talking to two women next to me who were really nice! And during Glory we had this fan action that some people on twitter planned and we put up coloured lights (with post its or screens in the appropriate colours) and it worked perfectly, it was so epic. I’m sure it was a lot of work to plan and make sure everyone has the info but it was so worth it. Such a beautiful moment.
Thank you for LIGHTING UP GLORY tonight. It’s been amazing!
— BASTILLE Germany (@bastilleDE) April 19, 2018
I don’t really know what else to say, I loved every single moment of the concert and I’m so, so glad To Kill A King and Charlie Barnes were the pre-acts! They are great and deserve such a huge audience and I’m quite sad I can’t see them live on their tours (it just doesn’t work out) because their music is great.
The version of Choices together might have made me cry. And I’m so glad Ralph and Dan brought Annie Oakley Hanging back, Cut Her Down is a great song and I’m gonna be so mad if we don’t hear anything for the next 5 years.
Also, can I quickly mention the amazing aesthetic of this tour? The tickets, the stage background and all the merch looked so nice, I love it a lot.
About the rest of the trip… Berlin is honestly such a nice city because I can finally do the things I would have to take way longer train journeys for at home.
Me and my friend went to three or four bookstores in one day and they were independent bookstores (maybe not all, I don’t know) and were focused on different topics (one was more about art and music, another one was quite political) and I had a great time checking all the books out but a very hard time choosing what to buy because I had to be mindful of my small suitcase… the struggle is real…
On Saturday, I went to the Berlinische Gallerie which is a modern art museum that depicts art (mostly from artists based in Berlin) of the last 150 years. The core exhibition is basically a journey from 1880 to 1980 and it is quite focused on artists that struggled with the political climate of those times. The smaller changing exhibitions were really interesting too and ranged from sculptures and collages to photography. I really enjoyed this trip!
Unfortunately, this little trip had to end on Sunday (after a long but very fun house party with really cool people) and I went back home. I was quite sad about leaving my friend but I hope I’ll be back soon.
See you soon ❤