splash! is one of the most famous hip-hop festivals in Europe, if not the world, and I am extremely happy to announce that I will be there this year! For the first time ever, I will go to Germany but also attend a festival, something I have strangely never done before. Berlin is an amazing city and I have heard great things about it, which make me very impatient to visit the place and indulge in the cultural wonders it has to offer, which of course include the festival. Not only is the event itself very interesting, but the location is quite unique and makes splash! even more appealing. Ferropolis is actually a “half island” situated about 150km from the German capital and boasts five stages, including two open air ones. Also, in addition to the live shows, there are several side activities that represent hip-hop culture, like graffiti, break dance, skating, as well as debates and readings. That makes for a very intense and comprehensive three days of hip-hop, fun and entertainment.
While last year’s edition welcomed Aloe Blacc, Black Milk, Cypress Hill, Public Enemy and Janelle Monae (to name but just a few…), the 2012 line-up is quite impressive as well, with names like Nas, De La Soul, Nneka or Big K.R.I.T., once again to mention only a few of the numerous artists that will bless the different stages. I have to admit the first three are definitely on my list of shows to see and are among my favourites.
splash! festival will be held between 6th-8th July 2012 and promises to be a very exciting experience for me, camping tents and all. It will be a wonderful way to be immersed in live music for three days while enjoying all aspects of hip-hop culture and sharing those wide spaces with fellow music lovers. I will of course bring back a lot of memories, pictures and videos, to give you an idea of what you’ve been missing. In case you are interested in attending as well, information and tickets can be found on the official splash! Festival website.
Picture of Cypress Hill at splash! courtesy of Bildhauer Photos