Five wretched years of Blackest Ever Black: Berghain, Berlin, 30.10.15   


RAIME (live) | PRURIENT (live) | TROPIC OF CANCER (live) | REGIS (DJ) | FELIX K (DJ) | DIÄT (live) | DEATH DISCO DJs 
October 30, 9pm. Tickets €20.50 (concert from 9pm + party) / 15€ (party from midnight)

Following the announcement of the first of Blackest Ever Black’s fifth anniversary celebration events, at London’s ICA, we’re now ready to share details of the second: a major offering at Berghain in Berlin, on Friday 30 October.

Like the ICA showcase, the Berghain event is split into two parts. The earlier “concert” part of the night, presented with Death Disco, features a live performance from Tropic of Cancer. Camella Lobo’s LA-based project, now expanded to a three-piece for live performances, first appeared on BEB with The Sorrow Of Two Blooms back in 2011, and has remained a fixture of the label, releasing debut album Restless Idylls with us in 2013; a new Tropic of Cancer EP is due out on Blackest in October. Support for TOC comes from Berlin punks-on-wave Diät (whose debut album, out in September on Iron Lung/Adagio 380, is one of 2015’s finest), and Death Disco DJs.

The second (ahem) “party” part of the night commences at midnight, and features live performances from Raime and Prurient. Raime and their music – a minimalist but emotive, highly original synthesis of such disparate influences as jungle, post-punk, dub, doom metal and post-hardcore – have been synonymous with BEB since its inception. This Autumn they release the eagerly awaited follow-up to their 2013 album Quarter Turns Over A Living Line, and this live show in Berlin will be the first of unveiling of new album material, and of the group’s new live configuration. Prurient is of course the alter ego of Dominick Fernow, founder and figurehead of Hospital Productions. His 2013 Prurient LP Through The Window, a visionary meeting of techno and power electronics, was released on Blackest Ever Black in 2013, and Fernow has contributed to the label before and since under numerous aliases, among them Vatican Shadow, Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement and Exploring Jezebel. This live performance will be Prurient’s first in Berlin since the release earlier this year of what is arguably his masterpiece, the double-album Frozen Niagara Falls.

DJ sets come from Regis and Felix K. Regis, aka Karl O’Connor, was one of Blackest Ever Black’s earliest supporters, and quickly became one of its key artists, not only releasing his own work (2011’s In A Syrian Tongue EP) but lending his remix and studio skills to releases by Tropic of Cancer, Ike Yard, Dalhous, Vatican Shadow and Raime. This September sees the release of Manbait, a compilation of the Downwards boss and Sandwell District co-founder’s production work for BEB. The roots of Berlin native Felix K are in drum-and-bass, and he has repeatedly advanced and invigorated the genre with his own sparse, dub-centered productions, making important lateral connections to austere Hard Wax-school techno and more abstract electronic realms. As well as being one of the faces behind the Hidden Hawaii label, Felix released an EP of his own productions, Tragedy of the Commons, on BEB earlier this year.

You may also be interested to know that PAN are hosting Panoramabar that same night, with M.E.S.H., Bill Kouligas, Lee Gamble, Objekt and more. As usual, once inside the club you can move freely between Berghain and Panoramabar. To reiterate, tickets for the earlier concert part of the evening (featuring Tropic of Cancer) cost €20.50, and of course these tickets grant you entry to the party beginning at midnight. Those wishing to attend the party only (Raime, Prurient et al) can buy tickets on the door at €15, but for obvious reasons, and to avoid disappointment, we’d strongly recommend advance concert ticket purchase. Buy them here.

Some more information here.