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IFA Summer Garden

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The atmosphere at the open-air concerts at the IFA Summer Garden this year was fantastic. More than 25,000 visitors were enjoying the mixture of entertainment and emotions.
Part of the great atmosphere was caused by the location itself – the Summer Garden of Messe Berlin is considered to be Berlin’s most beautiful open-air area. It is only during the IFA that the so-called ,green lung’ of the Messe Berlin exhibition grounds is used as a concert area.
This year, the evening program was opened by Milow. The Belgian artist just released his new album “We Must Be Crazy” in March 2014. On tour he was supported by the Norwegian Marit Larsen with whom he recorded the song “Out of My Hands” in 2010. At the IFA Summer Garden the concert was opened by Madeline Juno.

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Max Herre was on stage Friday night. The German hip hop artist was supported by the Kahedi Radio Orchestra which consists of Joy Denalane, Afrob, Megaloh and Grace, among others. They recorded an MTV-Unplugged concert together last year. Opening act was Fetsum.
On Saturday, the Deutschpoeten were on stage once again– starting their show at 14h00. This year with Marteria, Sido, Thees Uhlmann, Gloria, Miss Platnum, Lary, OK KID and Sierra Kidd.

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Black Box Music provided the sound and lighting technology for the shows at IFA Summer Garden. At the Main PA the following equipment was being used: Line Source Array L-Acoustics K1, Line Source Array L-Acoustics K2, L-Acoustics SB 28, L-Acoustics ARCS II and L-Acoustics LA-RAK. For delay and out PA, the following equipment was being used: Line Source Array L-Acoustics K2 System, L-Acoustics LA-RAK, Line Source Array L-Acoustics KARA System and L-Acoustics LA-RAK. At the FOH , 2 x digital mixer Digidesign Venue Profile were being used and at Monitoring/ Stage digital mixer Digidesign SC 48, Digico SD9, L-Acoustics FM 115 Monitore, L-Acoustics ARCS II, L-Acoustics SB 28, Sennheiser 2000 IEM, Shure UR – series and Pioneer DJ equipment. BBM also took care of the complete miking arrangement. It was a challenge for the lighting crew to change the lighting at night according to the different requirements of the various artists. The following lighting equipment was being used: 24 x Varilite VL 3000, 9 x Varilite VL 3500 Wash, 24 x Clay Paky Alphaspot QWO 800, 24 x Clay Paky A Leda B-EYE K20, 10 x Martin Atomic 3000, several 4er and 6er-Bar´s, 2 x Grand MA 2 Light and 3 x follow spots Robert Juliat Aramis.

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Photos: © stefantietz.de