Desertfest Berlin 2023


There was a lot of concern from the stoner community as to whether the Columbiahalle was a suitable location for Desertfest at all because the arena in East Berlin was much larger. Well, the arena cost so much money in the run-up to Desertfest that the organizers had to look for another location. The choice fell on the Columbia Hall, which, in contrast to the Arena, is purely a concert hall with correspondingly good sound and light. That was an extremely good choice. Especially since the Columbia Theater was a club-like location as a second stage. A festival is like a competition for the audience and so as a spectator you had the choice between different bands that you wanted to see. So we listened to great music from different bands for 6-7 hours. 

The Columbiahallet was just a perfect location with a green space close to the Columbia Theater, a paved yard with the outdoor stage, food, beer and merch, benches and tables and a graveled yard on the other side of the Columbiahalle, also with benches, seats, beer, merch and food. What else? The sound and the lights in both venues were fantastic, and alternating between the two venues was also a kind of meeting lane. 

In fact it was like 60% of the audience were in the Columbiahalle, 15% in the Columbia Theater and the rest took a rest. Some of the rest the whole day. There was no way to panic to miss a band. It was just an excellent organization.

And Berlin as the modern Babylon was the perfect city to run this festival. Desertfest is not only a music festival, it´s an international meeting point for a worldwide underground scene. 

Another concern were the "late" starting of the festival. C´mon, it´s Berlin, that means, you can visit one hundred museums in the morning and join the concerts in the afternoon. So did we and a lot of other spectators which we met in three different museums. Actually, we can´t wait until 2024.

Thank you all who made this festival possible.

Festival Area

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