Berlin Festival & TomorrowWorld Both Cancel for 2016
Berlin Festival announced this week they are taking a ‘creative break’ and cancelling their next annual event, which had been expected to take place in Spring again at their most recent location of club/ venue complex Arena.
Organisers claimed that after ten years at various different venues they had “to a certain extent, ‘arrived’,” though in an unusually cryptic press release waxed lyrically about Berlin’s still massively club dominated/ underground electronic music/ nightlife scene.
“Berlin never stands still. It is a city that is always changing, restless and constantly on the lookout for new creative impulses. Clubs open and close, only to spring up again in a new place with a new look,” the statement began.
“Partygoers flock to illegal raves turned mainstream chic; entire streets are taken over by clubbers and pub crawlers, then abandoned for new venues just a few years later. This same process is what fuels the creative passion of the city’s local club scene, a scene unlike any other.”
In its ten years, the Berlin Festival has also drawn wide circles over the city map of Berlin and beyond . . . crisscrossing the city like a nomad – and of course, always on a bit of a search for our own identity.”
“But now it is up to us to expand on the concept as an integral part of the capital.”
Berlin Festival’s announcement appeared just days before US EDM mega-rave TomorrowWorld also announced they were cancelling in a similarly cryptic statement which heavily hinted at the financial issues provoked by the collapse of their parent company SFX.
“It’s with a heavy heart that we inform you, TomorrowWorld will not take place in 2016. Unfortunately in the current environment, it is not possible to give you the best and unique experience you deserve,” they said.
“We will miss seeing each other in September and experiencing the magic of TomorrowWorld as one. You, the People of Tomorrow, the foundation of TomorrowWorld, are our inspiration.”
Let’s lock and cherish all the magnificent memories in our hearts, this is not farewell,” they vowed.
In more festival news, Paul Van Dyk was this week recovering in hospital after falling from a high stage at Armin Van Buuren’s Dutch event A State of Trance as he attempted to stand on his decks and salute the crowd.
The EDM superstar DJ was airlifted to hospital immediately after the accident, which was captured on camera phone.
Writing on Facebook, his management team thanked the thousands of fans who sent in ‘messages of love and support’.
“Paul is in the hospital in stable condition and under observation. What he needs now is rest,” they said.
“We will provide another update after the next evaluation by the medical experts towards the end of this week.” https://www.facebook.com/PVD