Desertfest Berlin, Sunday, 05-26-2024

night beats

Night Beats could be pinpointed in time and place between Detroit and Memphis between 1966 and 1971. The band switched between blues and Motown and protopunk, sometimes even within the same song. The final kick was missing to get the audience from swaying along to dancing.

mondo generator

Nick Oliveri and his mates showed us what stoner rock really is; low-pitched punk rock songs with 70s guitar effects and a leading bass. Mondo Generator also has the anger over the legally enforced demise of Kyuss, which was addressed in the song "Kyuss is dead". That's punk and that's part of stoner rock; being pissed off rather than conforming, and Mondo Generator has been the last torchbearer of this movement since the demise of Kyuss.


Somehow it wasn't clear when a song started or ended or whether there were technical problems on the stage. Many people ran into the theater and then out again. It's a shame, more could have been done. But thanks to the blue light this time, you couldn't see so much.


I don't know why the enthusiasm for Tamikrest was so limited. Were there too few Tuareg on stage? Was it cultural appropriation because two Frenchmen played Tuareg music on stage instead of Tuareg? Was it too western, was there too little folklore? Even for me, who spent 1.5 years of my life in Arab countries, this music was foreign, because Tamasheq is not Arabic and nobody understands French and Khaled plays different music. I saw many questioning faces during the concert and perhaps it was precisely the foreignness, for which we have no patterns in our pre-formed brains, that made this concert so appealing.

ruff majik

With Ruff Majik from South Africa it was easier to recognize common rock'n'roll patterns and to headbang and mosh to them. The guys really made a noise on stage and they obviously had fun performing here. The band put pretty much everything from proto punk of the 70s to punk of the 80s and grunge of the 90s through the meat grinder to serve us spectators a delicious rocky ceviche.

The band rocked, grooved and banged their way through 50 minutes and you couldn't help but join in. The concert was completely authentic, carefree and yet professional. Fantastic concert

brant björk trio

Brant Bjork is a kind of badge engineering of desert rock. His name is the badge that is on his numerous projects and his name is enticing. Only the content gets watered down from year to year. This project also delivers music by the dozen, basically background music for cruising at 90 km/h, accompanied by an incredible light show, almost like the sphere in Las Vegas, which just didn't fit in my opinion.


Sunnata presented themselves as a four-person singing bowl that got the audience on a wave with Indian mantras, only to destroy it again with brutal breaks and volume. Why? The Indian vibes were great, die audience swung with the vibes, and the noise seemed to be unnecessary. Sometimes there was no red light, so we could see the band. The band should learn something from a band from Aschaffenburg that manages to get an audience on a wave with acoustic mandalas over an entire concert and doesn't let it go for the whole concert. 

masters of reality

Blues under a lot of suns. Chris Goss played the blues, the lights were dynamite, the music not. I saw the producer of many of my favorite records and couldn't match the person with the music he produced. Of course, Alan Parsons wasn't a Pink Floyd cover band either.

full earth

After 20 minutes, two songs, I was convinced that Norwegian bands suffer massively under the weight of three bands: Motorpsycho, Turbonegro and Mayhem. Not Kvelertak, they pack all three bands into their music. Full Earth really tried to get as close as possible to Motorpsycho and it was really obvious that they weren't. There were also some technical problems on stage, which the band handled professionally. This band would have been better suited to blue light than just blue lights.


The days when you wanted to voyeuristically see Bobby Liebling die on stage are over, because the band has established itself as a serious band over the past 10 years. I don't understand why it should end now, especially since the performance was really good, just like the last four that we've seen since 2022. But why is an amateur working on the lighting system for this band again? Most of the time there is too much light, now it is unbearable due to the ignorance of the songs that the light doesn't match the songs. What a shame about Pentagram's actually great concert. Well, maybe that was only the second to last tour.