Berlin Midsommar Festival 2014

One of the very best Scandinavian (mostly Swedish) holidays is Midsommar – a tradition of celebrating, happening in late June every year. One of the best things to do during this year’s Midsommar, on Friday 20. June, was definitely going to Nordic by Nature’s event at Urban Spree in Berlin.

There were wreaths of flowers, herring, the pole to dance around and – most of all – a dose of lovely Scandinavian music played live: including Ice Cream Cathedral and Blaue Blume from Denmark.

Good because Danish made a spontanous decision of going to Berlin to celebrate the Midsommar with Nordic by Nature and it was the right thing to do! A lot of people showed up at the very “Berlin-ish” venue Urban Spree to hang out and feel the Scandinavian vibe. They’ve got the chance to listen to some nice music as well.

Unfortunately we missed Adna’s performance, but managed to catch Swedish Summer Heart’s show, which was sweet and intimate. Then Ice Cream Cathedral entered the stage (which was basicaly a piece of the ground in the Urban Spree yard) with their set of kind of weird, kind of dreampop music.

Our personal highlight of the evening was definitely the Blaue Blume concert. This band is simply amazing. They caught the attention of the audience and played a very atmospheric set. Great vocals, great music, great vibe coming from the band. Blaue Blume managed to fit into the atmosphere of the place, which was more cosy than their music is.

Also, a sensation from Norway – Sandra Kolstad – played a very cool and energetic show. Her performace ended the Midsommar celebration for us, but all the other people were able to party and dance along until late at night.

It was a true pleasure to be able to catch some Scandinavian vibe and see with our own eyes how celebrating an old traditional holiday can be combined with enjoying modern music and having fun in the alternative Berlin.

Thanks Nordic by Nature and hopefully see you next year!

Photos by Arletta Przynoga

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