The weather is still biting but there are some faint glimmers of sunshine emerging in Berlin. As we look forward to more daylight and more days where temperatures hover above the zero mark, we can also look forward to heaps of amazing live music. From Deerhoof performing their first Japanese language album, to Irish icon Wallis Bird lighting up the stage with her infectious energy. Check out our guide to the best and most exciting concerts to look forward to this February.
This Berlin-based pop trio brings together three Americans who have found musical solace in the German capital, where, as they say, it is actually possible to live on a musician’s wage. Fresh from supporting ALT J on their recent North American tour, the group’s blend of lo-fi and New Americana will be delighting the crowd at Urban Spree at the beginning of February.
- Urban Spree, Revaler Str. 99, Friedrichshain, doors 20:00, details
Swedish icon COBRAH was first musically inspired by the metal scene in her hometown Gothenberg. This was then followed by a heartfelt deep-dive into BDSM, kink and queer clubs. This mish-mash of influences can be seen shining forth in her glorious hyperpop, or as she says, “gay workout music”, coupled with dark electronica, all beautifully clad in latex leather.
- Säälchen, Holzmarkt 25, Friedrichshain, doors 20:00, details
This German electronic artist, keyboardist and singer’s latest album “In Anderem Licht” is largely made up of chamber music. It does however feature two singles that are distinctive in their introspective lyrics, exploring ideas such as where music comes from, the climate crisis and social change.
- Silent Green, Gerichtstr. 35, Wedding,doors 19:00, details
These indie rock stalwarts are famed for the controlled chaos of their music. Their unpredictable song structures and prankster merriment still stand strong in their latest album Miracle Level, which is both their first Japanese language album and the band’s first album made entirely in a proper recording studio. Don’t miss out on the chance to see Deerhoof at their most sparse and vulnerable, live at SO36 this February.
- SO36, Oranienstr. 190, Kreuzberg, doors 19:00, details
Catch Berlin-based Voodoo Beach showcasing their latest album “Wonderful Life”, a blend of dark psychedelic rock, indie rock, jangle pop and neo-psychedelia, shot through with some punk glimmers.
- Kantine am Berghain, Am Wriezener bhf, Friedrichshain, doors 20:00, details
Keyboardist and producer Yoni Mayraz grew up in Tel Aviv and is now based in London. His music revels in elements of 90s hip-hop, old-school breakbeat and Middle Eastern influences. Do not miss this fast-rising jazz musician as he lights up the stage at Gretchen.
- Gretchen, Obentrautstr. 19-21, Kreuzberg,doors 19:30, details
The legendary British electronic band are coming to Berlin for 3 nights! Step back into the 80s and enjoy Dave Gahan and Martin Gore performing unforgettable hits alongside exciting new tracks.
- Mercedes-Benz Arena, also on Feb 15th and 20th, doors 18:00, details
This Berlin-based Irish music sensation is the focus of the “tracks & talks” event, presented by tip Berlin as part of Zeitgeist Irland. Her mixture of Irish folk, rock and pop has earned her international acclaim and it has been said that her irrepressible energy on stage could “jump start the economy of an entire country”. For this event, Bird will showcase new songs in an exclusive and intimate concert, supported by fellow Irish musicians and friends.
- Fluxbau, Pfuehlstr. 5, Kreuzberg, doors 18:00, details
Glasser is the elevated electronic project from Cameron Mesirow. An entrancing blend of dreamy experimental pop and layered electronics, it explores themes of personal identity, emotional vulnerability and the human experience.
- Monarch, Skalitzer Str. 134, Kreuzberg, doors 19:00, details
This French music producer came up in the iconic club scene of the South of France, where he became a regular by playing German minimal techno at a time when the genre was booming. Catch the iconic artist this month as he delights audiences at Astra Kulturhaus.
- Astra Kulturhaus Berlin, Revaler Str. 99, Friedrichshain, doors 22:00, details
Zach Condon is the multi-instrumentalist behind the band Beirut. Originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, Condon is currently based in Berlin. The name Beirut reflects the meeting point between genres that the music embodies, just as the Lebanese capital is deemed a meeting point of cultures. Beirut’s music mixes indie pop with traditional music from various regions including Balkan Folk music, Eastern European Polka and French chanson. At this show Condon will be joined by an ensemble of fellow musicians, giving multifaceted new life to the album Hadsel, which Condon wrote and recorded alone.
- Tempodrom, Mockernstr. 10, doors 20:00, details
This London musician straddles modern folk and rock, with influences ranging from Wolf Alice to Aldous Harding. Her song I Wonder has reached huge popularity, its tale of lockdown long-distance heartbreak striking a chord with many listeners. Come and enjoy the soft beauty of Grace’s melodies that explore themes of sisterhood and growth.
- SO36, Oranienstr. 190, Kreuzberg, doors 20:00, details
This Irish singer-songwriter and musician creates music that is mournful, yet accessible, and always crafted with an excellent sense of humour. Her most recent album Crazymad, for me came out in October 2023 to rave reviews. It is a concept album in which a 47-year-old CMAT travels back to the past to prevent herself from being in a relationship that ‘ruined her life’. Enjoy this delightfully abstract breakup album and CMATs infectious stage presence, at Lido this February.
- Lido, Cuvrystr. 7, Kreuzberg, doors, 20:00, details
Max Cooper is a London-based electronic and techno music producer who has carved a unique position for himself as an artist mixing emotional dance floor experimentation with fine art sound design and stunning visuals. Get yourself down to Kesselhaus in der Kulturbrauerei and prepare to be blown away.
- Kesselhaus in der Kulturbrauerei, Knaackstr. 97, Prenzlauer Berg, doors 20:00, details
This Argentine rock band is one of the most ‘relevant’ Rock groups in the history of Spanish language music. Founded in 1994 by the Ruiz Diaz brothers, the group has won multiple awards across their ten-album oeuvre. Tickets are selling fast for a chance to catch the iconic group on their trip to Berlin, don’t miss out!
- Gretchen, Obentrautstr. 19-21, Kreuzberg, doors 21:00, details
The Heliocentrics are a London-based collective that combines jazz and psych influences to create a unique sound. Based around drummer and producer Malcolm Catto, the group collaborated with the pioneer of Ethio-jazz Mulatu Astatke back in 2009. A must-see for all fans of jazz, funk and psychedelic sounds.
- Gretchen, Obentrautstr. 19-21, Kreuzberg,doors 19:30, details