There are lots of outdoor activities planned for our last full week of July, so I am glad the weather’s so glorious.
Starting Monday and running for eight days, the TNT Film Open Air festival is on at Königsplatz. On Wednesday, the raucous Wolf of Wall Street is showing, and on Thursday, Grand Budapest Hotel will play (that’s also showing Monday at the Westpark open air cinema). For the full program, visit the festival website, here.
At Strom, the experimental musician Panda Bear (from Animal Collective) will be performing on Monday. He’s currently based in Lisbon, and is probably most known for his 2007 album Person Pitch. Tickets cost just 16 € and he is well worth catching live.
Backstage’s annual Free & Easy Festival starts on Thursday, a completely free, seventeen-day festival with lots of excellent bands. I’ll be writing a post on the festival this week, but if you’re thinking of heading to the opening, look forward to Boston band Jaya and the Cat and biker rocker Hank Davison. The open air cinema will be showing the Palme d’Or nominated A Touch of Sin, from Chinese director Jia Zhangke.
Birdy’s at Tollwood on Friday, with tickets available for 31 €. The show starts at seven.
And in Milla, the Berlin Club Mob group are paying a visit on Friday. Their idea is superb – people pay for an evening of DJs and drinks, and the profits made from the evening are all donated to ensuring environmentally friendly measures. This time, the money made will go to introducing energy-saving technologies in Milla’s club. The more you dance, the more money’s raised! (The more you dance, the more you sweat, the more you drink = ker-ching).
Saturday is ridiculously busy:
Over the course of the day, my old stoming ground, the Dreimühlenviertel will host its Dreimühlenspektakel, with three live bands, performances, delicious food (from Bavarese, Cafe Zimt, Cafe Tagträumer and the Valentin Stüberl) and mine artists.
The first Münchner Bierinseln are taking place, and I wish I wasn’t elsewhere on Saturday – I would love to check it out. The full program is available here, and it gets underway at midday. You can choose between 22 craft beer locations to visit over the course of the afternoon and early evening. I would love to check out Braufactum in Red Hot, Amalienstraße 89, where they’ll be presenting a Brooklyn Brewery Beer. The Getränke Oase (one of my favourite stores for craft beer in Munich), will play host to Hoppebräu, and Biervana (in Hohenzollernstraße) will offer BrewDog tastings. Oh, and Crew Republic will be in the Glockenbachviertel, with snacks provided by the Burrito Company.
And last but not least, the Sommernachtstraum is on Saturday, whose music program always seems to target the over fifties (Amy Macdonald’s there this year). But the fireworks are always pretty spectacular – so if you’re nearby, take a picnic blanket, a bottle of wine and some nibbles to the Olympiapark and wait for the show’s big finale.