A lot of expectations for the second day despite the hang-over from the night before. The crowds rushed to the festival grounds early, as many good bands were starting already at 3pm. The main stage was a full on big show experience: the new German pop – rapper Cro, the excellent Django Django, the crazy Bonaparte, the local flavored Kraftklub, Franz Ferdinand and Kalki.
Franz Ferdinand delivered an exceptional show: from new to old hits via a Moroder disco interlude, super high in energy but tasteful and never over-board – really just a bunch of personable guys who have nothing more to prove because they are among the best rock live acts of these recent years.
Paul Kalkbrenner served us with the hits and an amazing light show and visuals, while at the same time the SBTRKT crew was making the crowds go crazy with their synthy dubstep sounds accomplanied by Aaron Jerome‘s soulful vocals.
Other acts on the smaller stages included the garage bomb Crocodiles, the feel-good First Aid Kit who put a smile on their public’s face, Sizzarr who proved once again they are the young ones to watch out for, the hipster’s choice Friendly Fires who delivered a hot show that ended in a pretty intense and sweaty finale and the Swedish veterans Soundtrack of Our Lives cared for a psychedelic experience.
At night, the public rushed and pushed to Light Asylum‘s strong and emotional gig, grooved with Schwarz Dont Crack, wondered at Dillon‘s eclectic DJ selection, raved to Modeselektor‘s hyper set and to Simian Mobile Disco‘s deep deep set. The winner of the night: the first-class entertainer Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs.
Berlin festival, we simply love you! Till next year.