Fasten your seatbelts and hold on tonight. November is shaping up to be a big month for concerts in Berlin. So big in fact, that you may even be forced to choose between two or more stellar shows happening on the same night. Don’t worry, though. We’ve got you covered. Read on for our curated list of concerts to see in Berlin this November.
Matthew And The Atlas - November 2
Autumn is coming, and what better way to start the month than with the haunting folk-rock tunes from Britian’s Matthew And The Atlas. Fans of James Vincent McMorrow, The Paper Kites, and Gregory Alan Isakov will want to check this one out. The group’s sensitive, heartfelt lyrics, paired with upbeat and hopeful tempos make this sound perfect for November’s cold, short days and falling leaves. Saturday, November 2nd at Lido. Tickets.
Third Eye Blind - November 3
I wish you would step back from that ledge my friend. It likely won’t be until you do a deep dive into Third Eye Blind’s catalogue that you realize just how many of their hits you actually know. I had the chance to catch these guys two years ago in Vancouver; on tour to support the 20 year anniversary of their self titled debut album. The live show is an energetic, nostalgic-filled, sing/mosh-along, and people have taken notice. So much so that the group is releasing a new album, Screamer, to support the momentum of their welcomed revival. This is a show you’re not going to want to miss. I promise. Sunday, November 4 at Bi Nuu. Tickets.
A Tribe Called Red - November 4
Dubstep-influenced dance music meets elements of traditional First Nations music (Think: vocal chanting and drumming), infused with hip hop and reggae. That is Canada’s A Tribe Called Red. And they make me proud to wave my Canadian flag. If you’ve never heard their “powwow-step” style of music before, do yourself a favour and dive in. This show will definitely warm up your Monday night. Monday, November 4 at Lido. Tickets.
Friendly Fires - November 6
It’s time to lace up your dancing shoes. Friendly Fires, an English indie rock trio, make infectious, feel good music, and they’re coming to town. The energy at their live shows is the thing most other groups only dream of achieving. While “Paris” and “Jump In The Pool” from their 2008 debut album still remain fan favourites, their latest release “Inflorescent” has lived up to the hip shaking hype. See you on the dance floor. Wednesday, November 6 at Musik & Frieden. Tickets.
Joseph - November 6
What do you call three music-making sisters from Portland, Oregon? Joseph. Their sound — a mix of folk, pop and rock — is strong, tender, and honest. If three part harmonies are on your bucket list this fall, this is the concert for you. Wednesday, November 6 at FRANNZ Club. Tickets.
Iron and Wine with Calexico - November 9
Another set of artists that fit in perfectly with November’s autumn vibes. Iron and Wine makes gentle, heartfelt folk tunes to warm the soul. Add Calexico to the mix, with their Americana indie folk rock, and you’ve got the makings for a perfectly chilled out night. Given that both groups have recorded together in the past, you can expect some nice live collaborations when they take to the stage. Saturday, November 9 at Tempodrom. Tickets.
Dermot Kennedy - November 10
Dermot Kennedy is having a moment right now. The 27 year old Irish sing-songwriter has been singing his heart on the road for what feels like the better part of two years. In fact, according to Songkick, he has travelled 157,943 miles and played over 200 concerts, all without releasing a full length album. That will all change this October when his debut album, Without Fear, finally drops. Dermot brings a certain soul and emotion to his music that begs to be experienced live. My advice? Get tickets while you can, you won’t regret this one. Sunday, November 10 at Columbiahalle. Tickets.
Vancouver Sleep Clinic - November 11
Don’t let the name fool you - Vancouver Sleep Clinic actually hail from Brisbane, Australia. But with their ambient, indie dream pop music, it’s easy enough to make the connection between their distinct sound and some ethereal scene from Canada’s rainforested west coast. And, if you needed more incentive to check this one out, the concert will take place at silent green Kulturquartier. The venue was built between 1909 and 1910, serving as the first crematorium in Berlin. In 2014 it was transformed into a cultural event space. Monday, November 11 at silent green Kulturquartier. Tickets.
Of Monsters and Men - November 13
Iceland’s indie darlings are back! Their new album FEVER DREAM marks the group’s first new music in four years. And while we’re counting, a full seven years since Of Monsters and Men were propelled to fame with their debut album My Head Is An Animal. Their new music continues to convey captivating stories and deliver feel-good harmonies, a form of magic that may only be harnessed from drinking the water in Reykjavík. Wednesday, November 13 at Huxley's Neue Welt. Tickets.
Lizzo - November 14
You’ll be feeling good as hell after this one. Lizzo is on her way to global superstardom, one power ballad at a time. Her live shows are equal parts gospel assembly, comedy farce, and spiritual liberation. Lizzo knows how to command the stage, get her message across, and make damn sure that you are entertained from start to finish. If you can find your way into the room for this one, cancel all other plans and be prepared to sing along. Can I get an amen? Thursday, November 14 at Columbiahalle. Tickets.
BANKS - November 14 & 15
Crank the heat. Her sound is slow and sexy, and if you missed out on tickets to Lizzo, this might be the show for you. BANKS brings the beats, and an air of mystery about her. Her music sits on the edge of R&B and pop, with vocals that show she can hold her own. You’ve got two chances to see her live. Thursday, November 14 and Friday, November 15 at Heimathafen Neukölln. Tickets.
Whitney - November 15
Just one listen to Whitney and you’re transported to the prairies, watching the clouds roll by. There’s an undeniable country and folk sound going on, but wrapped up with indie delights that will make you sway your hips and tap your feet. No strangers to playing big and small stages, Whitney have toured the festival circuit extensively, and now make their way to Berlin for a show. Friday, November 15 at Lido. Tickets.
Half Moon Run with Leif Vollebekk - November 19
If you only go to one show in November, let it be this one. Half Moon Run and Leif Vollebekk are both indie darlings hailing from the land of beavers and maple syrup, and are arguably some of the best live acts that the great land of Canada has produced this century. Both groups also have new music coming out this fall, so we’re in for a real treat at this show. I’ve had the pleasure to see Half Moon Run a handful of times, and can attest to the magical energy that manifests in their live shows. The same can be said of Leif, who pours his heart and soul into his music, and counts Prince and Leonard Cohen as some of his musical inspirations. See you there. Tuesday, November 19 at Festsaal Kreuzberg. Tickets.
Dashboard Confessional - November 20
Hands down this is the best date I can ever remember. Keeping the nostalgia alive, Dashboard Confessional are on the road to celebrate the band’s twentieth year. Anyone else feeling old? If you grew up singing along to Hands Down, Vindicated, or Stolen, now would be a good time to dig out your old skinny jeans and reminiscence on those days of young love. Wednesday, November 20 at Privatclub. Tickets.
Hans Zimmer - November 22
Okay so not actually Hans Zimmer, but close. “The World of Hans Zimmer – A Symphonic Celebration” is billed as “a tribute to Hollywood's most successful composer”. The German record producer is serving as the curator and musical director for this show, which will see an orchestra bring his many film scores to life. Think: The Lion King, Pirates of the Caribbean, Interstellar, Gladiator, Inception, Dunkirk, and The Dark Knight Trilogy. If you saw Zimmer perform at Coachella in 2017, you know this is an experience not to be missed. Friday, November 22 at Mercedes-Benz Arena. Tickets.
The National - November 26 & 27
Well, I personally can’t think of a better way to end this glorious month of concerts than with a set from The National. With piercing lyrics and unmistakable vocals from Matt Berninger, The National have been going strong since 1999. Eight albums under their belt and they (impressively) continue to evolve their sound with each new release. Even if you’re new to the band’s music, it’s not too late to get on the bandwagon. So as the days get shorter, The National will be there to make you feel all the feels. Tuesday, November 26 and Wednesday, November 27 at Columbiahalle. Tickets.