Berlin Atonal 2023 – Festival – Pre-Report

Berlin Atonal 2023: Do not miss these 10 performances

Berlin Atonal returns to Kraftwerk Berlin in September 2023 for its first full edition in over four years. As usual the festival will take place in the mighty powerplant and the three connected clubs Tresor, Globus and OHM.

The festival will take place over the course of ten days (from 7th of September till 17th of September), including two weekends, each with a massive line-up of concerts, live-performances and djs sets – in between these weekends “Universal Metabolism” will present an exhibition (if you had the luck to visit “Metabolic Rift” last year, you have an idea what to expect), workshops and some after parties. In other words: rest now!

Kaput tried the untryable and selected ten performances of Berlin Atonal 2023 you should not miss – but to be honest, you should better not miss anything during these ten days.
(The texts are quoted from the super well researched and written festival page, why double what is already existing, right?)


Caterina Barbieri + Space Afrika with MFO
This special collaborative performance combines the transformative musical power of Caterina Barbieri, the layered sonic investigations of Space Afrika and the unique visual wizardry of Marcel Weber (MFO) for the very first time.
07.09., 11.10pm, Main Stage

Shackleton / Zimpel + Siddhartha Belmannu with Pedro Maia present In The Cell Of Dreams
The duo consisting of electronic music maverick Sam Shackleton and visionary avant-folk virtuoso Waclaw Zimpel, has now engaged one of Indian Carnatic music’s greatest emerging young vocal talents – Siddhartha Belmannu – to perform a piece which is equal parts both a meditative exercise and an urge to transcendence whilst thematising both the acceptance of our mortality and the joyous celebration of living.
08.09, 9.15pm, Main Stage

Loraine James presents Gentle Confrontation
Loraine James presents the world premiere of her new live show based on material from her upcoming Gentle Confrontation release on Hyperdub.
09.09., 9.15pm, Main Stage

Universal Metabolism
Exhibition featuring works from Actress, Ain Bailey, Ana Vaz, Billy Bultheel, Bridget Polk, CTM + Skjold Rambow, Cyprien Gaillard, Deborah Stratman, Frederik Worm + Cæcilie Trier, Fritz Kahn, h.j.huwman, James Richards + Steve Reinke, Laxlan Petras + Yasmin Saleh, Livia Melzi, Malika Ziouech, Marco Fusinato, Mire Lee, Rabon Aibo, Rebecca Salvadori, Richard Sides, Romeo Castellucci, Sonia Boyce, Tot Onyx + Yuko Kaseki, Transistors of Mercy + Pixelflowers, VALIE EXPORT, Véréna Paravel + Lucien Castaing-Taylor.
11.09-14.09, 4pm-8pm, Kraftwerk

Workshop with Alexander Hacke
Orchestral Tools presents a hands-on workshop with Alexander Hacke of Einstürzende Neubauten and hackedepicciotto. Alexander will take a deep dive into drone composition, talking about inspiration, the power of sound, and combining layers to create new soundscapes. Attendees are encouraged to bring a laptop and headphones and craft their own sounds with us.
12.09., 6pm

Ireen Amnes
Ireen Amnes is a multifaceted artist and DJ, founder of the collective and label Under My Feet., known for its provocative exhibitions and showcases of power electronics and live experimental music.
13.09., 4am (so actually 14.o9.), Tresor

Fadi Mohem
A true techno kid that made it from the outskirts of Berlin in Spandau to be a resident at Berghain.
14.09., 2am (so actually 15.09), Tresor

Opposed to the aggressive imperial politics of his homeland, Pavel works in various musical genres and with different media to acknowledge the historical and cultural context, delving into socio psychological issues that haunt the society, and addressing memory — both collective and individual — and its potential to change our visions of the future.
15.09., 4am (so actually 16.09), Globus

Elena Colombi
The sets of Elena Colombi are not only open-minded and mind-altering, but also seek to toy with the emotions of listeners and dancers via switches in intensity, tone, lightness and darkness.
16.09, 6am (so actually 17.09), Globus

Tikiman + Richard Akingbehin
Paul St. Hilaire (aka Tikiman) recently released his first solo album in 17 years on Richard Akingbehin’s Kynant Records. They both appear together for Atonal’s last (and long) OHM session.
17.09, 10pm, Ohm

More informations about the lineup: Berlin Atonal.

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