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thats one step two step dance step
thats two step dance step speed bikes
lets swim lets swim lets swim this off
lets swim lets swim lets swim this off

 I kept singing those lyrics in my mind over and over again even long after the legendary Glastonbury performance

babada babada
babada baba
babada babada
babada baba
babada babada
babada baba

June 28th, 2013, Glastonbury, UK. I’m on the shoulders of an English guy, whom I met thanks to our #occupygezi flag, but whose name I unfortunately can’t remember at the moment. Anyways, I’m up in the clouds. My eyes and ears are wide open to be able to receive the most out of what’s going on up on the stage. The finale of the 45-minute set, Two Steps, Twice sat on top of my ‘best live performances ever’ list with the help of the festival atmospehere and my admiration towards the band. And believe me, I’ve seen a lot of live acts (well, in comparison to an avarage Turkish girl I’d say). I never knew this was such a good song before I ever watched it live.

OK, I admit, Foals is one of my favourite bands and I truely believe they are geniuses in musical sense. But to be honest I didn’t have much expectations regarding their live performance. Even though I adore their studio albums I didn’t exactly enjoy listening to their live records. Watching live performances on Youtube I even decided that they are not a ‘live performance’ band and accepted them that way; and believe me I’d unquestionably get tattooed each line of their each song on my body. Yet again, of course I was going to watch their Glastonbury performance in front row, since it’s where the magic happens, because all the musicians take their Glasto performance very very seriously and the crowd is simply amazing.
 
They were the most anticipated live act of the legendary Friday line-up of Glasto 2013 for me. And their gig so oversatisfied me, when you consider how low my expectations were. There are a lot of bands which I don’t listen to for a long while after I watch them live. Just the opposite occured to me with Foals. I went there loving them and when the performance was over I was madly in love with them. The rest of the band is flawless and yes Yannis’s voice cracks sometimes, but during their dedicated and ‘alive’ performance this couldn’t disturb you any less. You can tell how much they enjoy performing their brilliant stuff.
 
This summer the Efes Pilsener One Love Festival is canceled for good because the sponsorship of alcoholic beverages are now prohibited in Turkey due to alcohol regulations:( Foals were supposed to play the One Love and the band I manage, The Away Days was the support act. I had the chance to get some authographed albums and meet the band etc but now the chance is gone. It was going to be a great festival with Blur, New Order, James Blake, The Vaccines, Foals and many more but you know how things are in Turkey. That’s why I’m here in Berlin anyway, my freedom was being taken away from me each day… Sorry, this is irrelevant. This was supposed to be a gig review.
 
foals
When I’m visiting a city, it has now become one of my habits to check out songkick.com to see who’s playing there, before I even check out what to see and where to eat. As you know Berlin is loaded with young people and cool venues and a lot of great gigs. It’s impossible for me to go to each one of them but I couldn’t miss watching Foals in my favourite city on the 4th day of my 2 month residence here. I booked my gig tickets before I booked my return flight:) That’s so me!
I’ve been following the band on Facebook & Instagram and got more and more excited as they kept posting stage dive photos from the Australia Tour. This time I have great expectations! I came to Berlin on Sunday night, started working on Monday, so as you can see I jumped into action right away and on Thursday watched my first live gig here in Berlin.
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Huxley’s Neue Welt is in Neukölln, close to where I live. Neukölln is actually a Turkish ghetto and you could easily live here without speaking a word of German. Rumour says, like Kreuzberg, Neukölln is going to be a hip neighbourhood too, in a few years. There are a lot of venues, so it’s possible.
The Venue is lovely. Very spacious, high ceilings. There’s a balcony at the back if you want to watch the concert from back & above. The tickets costs 30, the cloakroom 1,5, gin & tonic 6 and original t-shirts 30 Euros. The venue is packed yet you can make your way up to the front row really easily. Everything’s just convenient and fine. Watching a live performance in Germany has always been a good experience for me.
no ceremony
Before Foals No Ceremony is on Stage. They will be supporting Foals for 4 more gigs accross Europe. They are right on time. I’d summarize them as: electronic background, a pretty girl, loads of drumpad, 4 handsome guys and their music reminded me of Austra and James Blake. The Great Escape was packed with such bands so I can easily make the assumption that this style is going to be quite popular in near future. They are quite ok. You should check them out before they got too popular for hipster taste:)

After No Ceremony we sat for a while and waited for Foals to make the appereance. First there were lights, then they stepped one by one on stage – Yannis being the last-  with music that makes the crowd more exciting and then they opened with Prelude. Their set consisted of 6 pieces from Holy Fire, 3 from Total Life Forever and 3 from Antidotes. So they played a longer set (2 more songs) then at Glastonbury.
At Glastonbury, other then Two Steps Twice from the same album they played Olympic Airways from the Antidotes. In Berlin, they performed Electric Bloom – which is my favourite- and Red Sucks Pugie instead, which made me so happy! Especially the parts where Yannis play the snare drums at Electric Bloom killed me! He played the drumsticks with his hands in the air and then stagedived among us, classic!

In addition to Spanish Sahara and Total Life Forever they also played Blue Blood from Total Life Forever in Berlin. For me the only missing song in this performance was Black Gold. I never had the chance to listen to it live. I’d definitely let them perform the song live in my living room If I won the lottery. I hope I get to watch it live somewhere.
If I have to compare Glastonbury and Berlin performances of course the one I watched recently is not as good as the other but don’t forget the facts that Foals was in their home, the Brits LOVE indie-rock and also don’t underestimate the amazing festival atmosphere either; so it’s quite normal actually. At Glastonbury tousands sat down and listened to Spanish Sahara on the floor. It was an amazing moment, I still have goosebumps just thinking of it. In Berlin noone sat down of course but the song itself is so epic that I can’t complain. The performance was breathtaking anyway!

I was among the most passionate crowd and exactly there where Yannis stagedived. Shoes flew in the air during Inhaler. And then THE song began…
babada babada
babada baba
babada babada
babada baba
babada babada
babada baba
I was smiling with 32 teeth, so happy and yet a little sad, knowing that it’s the last song. I don’t know how long it took them to play this song. They kept it going as if they were postponing the pleasure.
babada babada
babada baba
babada babada
babada baba
babada babada
babada baba
We were singing along and clapping. Waiting for the moment for everyone to jump and relax:
thats one step two step dance step
thats two step dance step speed bikes
lets swim lets swim lets swim this off
lets swim lets swim lets swim this off
I jumped, losing my self, touching inevitably sweaty strangers in the air, everyone was enjoying themselves. And my first live gig in Berlin ended with this energetic finale. Not comparable to Glasto but still an amazing performance by the Foals and I had so much fun. They thank ed the audience, Yannis threw his sweaty towel to the crowd and they got off the stage. I had to wear my new merchandise so that I didn’t get sick when I go out in the cold streets of Berlin.
yannis

the great escape 2013

the great escape 2013

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AUSTRA @ HEIMATHAFEN, BERLIN

AUSTRA @ HEIMATHAFEN, BERLIN

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