037 – Summer Tour 2012 (Goldman’s Bar and day off in Berlin)

Posted: August 29, 2012 in Berlin, Berlin music, Coffee Fellows, Cool projection, Dark Electronica, Electronic Music, Madame Claude's, Music Video, Sacre Noir, trip hop, Uncategorized, Unsigned Music Tour

Thursday 9th 2012
Gig 1 in Berlin – Goldman’s Bar
Arrived in Berlin HBF at 8.30am headed straight for coffees and then off to Goldman’s Bar to drop off the guitar and noise making machines for tonight’s show. Feeling pretty tired, the economy of seats on the sleeper train is starting to seem like a bad move.

Alexis @ Berlin HBF "fresh" from the sleeper train

Alexis @ Berlin HBF “fresh” from the sleeper train

After a little reminder of how the Berlin S-Bahn/ U-Bahn system works we made it to Goldman’s and the place hasn’t changed much since we last played in December 2011.
Lunched at Fam.Dang’s – a great Vietnamese restaurant just a stone’s throw from tonight’s venue. Headed to the hotel in Lichtenberg (on the East side of Berlin) for reinvigorating showers and a quick change. Take the U-Bahn back to Goldman’s to sound-check with Andrew – he’s sorted out a projection from the video as our backdrop for tonight. It look’s great and it’s nice to see Emma looking over us as we perform.
Sacre Noir live at Goldman's Bar with projection from She Can't Take It video

Sacre Noir live at Goldman’s Bar with projection from She Can’t Take It video

We played a great couple of sets – it’s always party night in Goldman’s and the beers were in full flow as usual. Highlights of the set included our guitar / vocal version of Outgunned which had the back bar singing along to the chorus. Big thanks to Andrew for having us on as always. Just managed to get the last U-Bahn back to the hotel to wind down and snooze.

Friday 10th 2012
Day off in Berlin.

Alexis on Karl-Marx-Allee, Berlin

Alexis on Karl-Marx-Allee, Berlin

After a much needed lie-in we started the day with breakfast at Coffee Fellows, just off Frankfurter Allee. They give you huge cups of coffee and have pretty fine donuts too.
Donut @ Coffee Fellows, Berlin

Donut @ Coffee Fellows, Berlin

In the morning we headed off to Friedrichshain to find Madame Claude’s, which is the next venue where we are playing and decided to go via the East Side Gallery. This is part of the old wall, which has been left as a gallery space and runs along side the Spree. There was some pretty amazing work on show, from all over the world. After a few wrong turns, the discover of some super-cool ‘Berliner’ style shops and a Record shop that resembled my own collection, we did indeed find Madame Claude’s. It was nice to find the venue had done some promotion for the show and although the club was currently closed and we couldn’t properly check it out, it was good to have a better grip on our bearings.
August Listings at Madame Claude's, Berlin

August Listings at Madame Claude’s, Berlin

Friedrichshain turned out to be a really nice area. We discovered a little park (Gorlitzer), which had a petting zoo and a nice little bar/café, plus loads of lovely shops and restaurants in the area too. We decided to have tea at Aman’s (tasty Indian cuisine) and then head back to the hotel for a quiet night & a movie.
Cool shop window in Friedrichshain, Berlin

Cool shop window in Friedrichshain, Berlin


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