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Next week in Munich – Fasching, Hjaltalín & Midlake

Event-wise, next week in Munich is just as good as this past week has been – there is so much going on right now. If you’re celebrating Fasching, there are several Rosenmontag parties going on – my pick is Milla’s Endlich Fasching, tickets cost 7 €.

On Tuesday, the real Fasching parties get underway. The Rote Sonne, Milchbar, Crux and Cafe am Hochhaus are all hosting Fasching parties – in fact, if you head into the city late Tuesday night, you’ll be pushed to find a club not celebrating Fasching.

However, there are still some concerts on Tuesday – Australian band Cloud Control are at Strom. Tickets cost 14 € and the show starts at 9:30pm. This video for Dojo Rising is pretty amazing:

On Wednesday, London’s Miraculous Mule are at Milla. The trio released their album Deep Fried last October and it’s the perfect blend of blues and roots rock. Tickets cost 15 € on the door.

From Thursday to Saturday, the ArtikultTheater is showing a “free interpretation” of Coehlo’s Veronika Decides To Die in the Pasinger Fabrik. I have mixed feelings about Coehlo’s novels, but when I first read Veronika Decides To Die I was really touched by it. It’ll be interesting to see how the theatre group interprets the work.

There are a lot of small Icelandic bands touring Europe at the moment, and I am so pleased about this. Samaris were brilliant at Milla a couple of weeks ago, and Strom is hosting another fantastic Icelandic band – Hjaltalín – this Friday. They enjoy mainstream success in Iceland and since the release of their debut album in 2007, they’ve covered so many genres. Their fans claim that the band is best experienced live, with an energy that simply doesn’t come across on their albums. Tickets cost 19 €.

On Saturday and Sunday, the Weinmesse München is being held at the Zenith. I’ll be popping along on Sunday – tickets are just 12.40 €, 195 exhibitors will be there and wine seminars are included.

The Postpalast is hosting the annual Heldenmarkt next Saturday and Sunday. If you enjoy organic food, wear green clothing and are interested in finding out more about regional, ethical suppliers, the Heldenmarkt is the place to do so. Entrance costs 9 € and there will be several talks held – on topics such as vegan cooking, urban beekeeping, and sustainable grocery shopping. The full program is avaiable to view here.

If you’d prefer a weekend of culture, Ellen Gallagher’s been exhibiting at the Haus der Kunst since last Friday. And be sure to note in your diaries that the fantastic Matthew Barney is coming to Munich in mid-March – his exhibition opens on the 16th.

Barcelona soul band The Excitements are playing Strom on Saturday, touring with their LP Sometimes Too Much Ain’t Enough. Their music is super fun and if you fancy putting on your dancing shoes, there’s no better place to go this Saturday.

If you’re not partied out, you can head down to the Feierwerk afterwards – Sunny Red is hosting the regular Sendling Boogie Breakz, with Sendling DJs Myriel, Steril and M.C.Knecht on the decks. Entrance is completely free and the party kicks off at 11pm.

And you can always head up north – Pathos is hosting Mad in Pathos, with Munich DJ Mirko Hecktor, Rostock’s Daniel Nitsch and a live visual set from Italy’s The Lumiere Brothers.

Rounding off the week, Midlake are playing the Freiheiz next Sunday. I first heard about them from a Texan friend years ago, and had a phase of listening to Bamnan and Slivercork on repeat. I haven’t heard their newer stuff, but reviews for their last album, Antiphon, have been positive. Tickets cost just 16 €.

Also on Sunday, Wille and the Bandits, one of the UK’s best live bands, are playing the Ampere. They’ve just released their third studio album and they are the most fantastic way to end your weekend.

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