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Lollapalooza takes flight in Berlin this weekend: 10 names we can't wait to see at Tempelhof Airport!

Lollapalooza comes to Berlin this weekend, taking over the Tempelhof Airport on Saturday and Sunday for the first time ever in its extensive history. The event marks the festival franchise's inaugural European event and as we look ahead to the weekend of live music from the likes of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Tame Impala, Muse, Fatboy Slim and more, it's no surprise that the latest addition to the European festival circuit has well and truly sold out. A mixture of heavy hitting international touring artists, as well as a strong line up of DJs and producers has set the tone for an impressive debut in the territory for Lollapalooza and we're going to be on site for all the action!

While Editor-In-Chief Larry took on the Chicago event in August, Live Music Editor Sose is heading to the defunct airport base to get amongst everything #LollaBerlin this weekend. We bring you 10 names we can't wait to see, some who are well familiar with Australian audiences and some we're hoping to see down under before too long.

Run The Jewels (US)
Playing: SUNDAY @ Alternative Stage, 3pm.

Both Run The Jewels and fellow Lolla Berlin artist Skrillex have been announced to feature on Big Boi and Phantogram's upcoming Big Grams collaborative EP, which has only fuelled our excitement around catching Killer Mike and El-p do their thing on the Alternative Stage this coming Sunday. We all know the type of live show the US duo have become known for putting on and with their latest record especially, the RTJ brand has been able to spread further beyond the US hip-hop/rap industry through 2015. Whether or not the Berlin crowd is going to get any hits of their Meow The Jewels remixes still remains to be seen but let's be real, it'd be pretty great to have "Meowrly" ring out in an open air festival environment and have people turn up for it.

Brand New (US)
Playing: SUNDAY @ Main Stage 2, 2pm.

Brand New have made their long awaited return to live stages through the States and Europe this year and although they're listed a little further down the festival bill than some of the other bands, we know there are going to be people turning up to see the US alt-rockers to satisfy that angsty teenage fan inside, if nothing else. We know we will. When new single "Mene" was released a few months ago, it proved to be a nice little taster into what Brand New has been working on in terms of new material and they've been drawing out official releases ever since. Fingers crossed it's not long before we get a whole collection of new tunes to pore through.

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Kygo (NORWAY)
Playing: SUNDAY @ Perry's Stage, 5pm.

Norwegian DJ and producer Kygo has been storming the charts in recent months, with his collaborations with fellow hit makers Conrad Sewell ("Firestone") and Ella Henderson ("Here For You") becoming mainstays on commercial radio stations around the country. It's going to be interesting to see if this young gun stands up to the hype surrounding him - touted as the next big thing in EDM, the 24 year old has had the obvious Avicii comparisons drawn over this year but there's clearly something about what he's doing that's struck its own chord. Kygo's music is perfect for festivals though, in terms of meeting the brief, he's going to have a huge crowd lit for his tunes this weekend.


Photo: Danny Clinch

Muse (UK)
Playing: SUNDAY @ Main Stage 1, 9:30pm.

Announced as the headliner of Sunday night's program, Muse's spot at Lolla Berlin was followed by much hype, anticipation and discussion surrounding the type of production the Brits would bring through now that album #7 Drones is well and truly out and doing its thing. Favourites on the European festival circuit, Muse are masters at putting on stage productions not likely to be forgotten and even though they've been vocal about the return to their rock roots with Drones, this isn't to say that their exploration of the crazy has waned any. Plus, it seems like they've been delving into their back catalogue a fair bit in recent shows, so who knows what they'll pull out of the bag for this one.

Glass Animals (UK)
Playing: SATURDAY @ Alternative Stage, 2pm.

Solid AU favourites, the Glass Animals guys will be taking to the Alternative Stage on Saturday afternoon. They've been included on almost every major festival on the circuit this year and it's not really surprising as to why. As a live unit, the Oxford group have developed a funky-as-hell live show and as performers, they've really flourished through 2015. Last seen in Australia over New Year's for the Falls Festival, we were impressed with how far they'd come off the back of ZABA and the success of "Gooey" and more - we're interested to see what's been happening with Glass Animals in the interim, this weekend.

Joywave (US)
Playing: SATURDAY @ Main Stage 1, 1:15pm.

New York collective Joywave entered our radar earlier in the year and it hasn't taken them long at all to have the same positive impact on crowds through the US and Europe at all. Debut album How Do You Feel Now? dropped off the back of a successful EP release in 2014 and only furthered this image of a bright young band doing some cool things in the indie rock realms coming out of the US east coast.

The Libertines (UK)
Playing: SATURDAY @ Alternative Stage, 9:30pm.

The return of The Libertines, a successful one may we add, in 2015 has been the hurdle fans had been wanting the band to clear for years now. The band has been staging some engaging and energetic live shows through Europe in recent months and their appearance in Berlin this weekend has us amped, it's been far too long. Their new album Anthems for Doomed Youth is conveniently released today (September 11th), so this weekend is going to be a good one to celebrate on.

Clean Bandit (UK)
Playing: SUNDAY @ Alternative Stage, 2pm.

Another buzz band of 2015, Clean Bandit have been making waves for their great fusion of pop, indie and dreamy soundscapes that are just as easy to throw down to as they are to get totally immersed in. The multi-talented group are up there with Years & Years and other fresh names out of the UK to proudly and completely owning their influences while at the same time, stepping out and making something unique with their own flair attached - it's the first time seeing the band for us, and we can't wait.

FFS (UK)
Playing: SATURDAY @ Main Stage 1, 6pm.

Franz Ferdinand and Sparks teaming up for a musical project was one that may have raised some eyebrows when the news first dropped but as it stands, it's an endeavour that has been paying off for both acts. With a live show that has been praised by more and more fans throughout this year, the FFS sets aim to impress with new material, appease those fans on either camp and of course, introduce some newcomers to this sound.

Crystal Fighters (UK)
Playing: SUNDAY @ Alternative Stage, 5pm.

It's been a little while since we've caught up with Crystal Fighters and indeed, a lot has happened with the band since they were last out our way. The loss of Andrea Marongiu last year was devastating and although "Love Alight" was the only real new piece of material the band released in 2014, Crystal Fighters have continued to tour and take in the love of their fans around the globe. Having been hitting the summer festival circuit pretty solidly, we're stoked to be able to cross paths with this talented group again this weekend and see what they've got in store.

Also keep an eye on...

Dog Blood (Skrillex x Boys Noize), Hayden James, CHVRCHES,Digitalism and Hot Chip...

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Lollapalooza Berlin is the franchise's first endeavour into the European market and runs on September 12th & 13th at the Tempelhof Airport, in the heart of Berlin. The festival is completely SOLD OUT, but you can follow the action via www.lollapaloozede.com and through our coverage on the AU review. Follow our updates on social media by hitting up the AUxLOLLA hashtag through the weekend!