Written by: Tristan Rayner
Lollapalooza is back in Berlin at an all-new and amazing location at the Rennbahn Hoppegarten on September 9th and 10th.
Berlin’s original racecourse is a gorgeous spot and one of the best kept secrets in Berlin. It is the perfect place for an elegant weekend picnic.
Lollapalooza will not be a weekend picnic. With a lineup including Foo Fighters, Mumford & Sons, The XX, Hardwell, Beatsteaks, Two Door Cinema Club, London Grammar and sooo much more across two days, this is one of the world’s biggest travelling festivals with six countries on tour this year.
The festival covers a huge area with two main stages, an alternative stage, plus Perry’s stage, big chill-out areas, and three entrances. It’s just a short walk from the closest S-Bahn train station at Hoppegarten (Mark) on the S5.
Expect a Berlin flair with art, installations, theatre, acrobatics, and an adventure for the youngsters with Kidzapalooza.
Expect 70,000+ each day. Expect a busy but always-capable BVG S-Bahn (Berlin’s public train system out to the Hoppegarten!). There’ll be food and drinks from funky vendors too, with final details set to be released closer to the date. One hot tip is you aren’t allowed to bring in basically anything, but you can bring in up to 1.5L in tetra paks. Juice box time!
Berlin’s weather means what to wear is an open question. Berlin’s do-what-the-f–k-you-want attitude makes it even more open. If, like in 2016, it’s a sunny day, you’ll see the crowd wearing anything from classic hat, top, and short-shorts, to much, much less. If it’s a cooler or rainy day, probably the same but with a poncho.
For girls, straps are everything. Deep armpit singlets. Bomber jackets and bra-tops. Chokers add-to or replace flower crowns. Glitter. Paint. Playsuit. Unicorn horns. Vintage t-shirt and boots always works. Berlin wants you to be yourself so just feel good and get out there.
For guys, the mirrored sunglasses, statement cap or hat, comfy shoes, and pants is always a good look. Effortless always works.
2016 also saw a checklist of outfits that could cover anything from ComicCon to Berghain: Circus performers, Burlesque, Latex, Pirates, Apokalypse, people made out of mostly paint, people straight from KitKat, and the inevitable Stormtrooper squad who rapidly lose helmets and parts all weekend.
Everything you need in English and/or German is here: https://www.lollapaloozade.com/en/