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FFS & Deichkind impress, while Macklemore & Ryan Lewis draw 50,000+ to close out Night One of Lolla Berlin!

The first day and night of the inaugural European extension of Lollapalooza came to a close at the Tempelhof Airport on Saturday, with hip-hop, rock and roll and dance music setting up a killer final few hours for punters to power on through to. With perfect weather conditions, an excellent venue and a solid line up of internationally renowned acts performing promptly throughout the Lollapalooza Berlin's first day, festival goers were spoiled for choice when it came not only to the variety of food options on offer, but musical fare too.

Festival favourites Everything Everything, CHVRCHES and Glass Animals churned out sets that drew huge numbers, while James Bay and his vocal talents stood out strongly over on the Main Stage during the afternoon. Recent visitors to Australia, MS MR, also dominated on the Alternative Stage, thanking Berlin repeatedly for their support over the years.

The collaboration between Franz Ferdinand and Sparks, the aptly titled FFS, also performed a well received set as the program transitioned into the evening, with cuts from their debut album as well as tracks from both their individual catalogues provoking mass sing alongs from the audience. As Franz Ferdinand frontman Alex Kapranos tells us in our exclusive interview (stay tuned for the feature), the FFS collaboration was never going to become a thing unless the songs were fit and good enough to be released to the public. They proved that they were today, and more.

German 'tech-rap' group Deichkind proved to be a Saturday highlight, drawing thousands of punters out to the Alternative Stage, ready to rave. While Perry's Stage hosted much of the electro/house acts for the day, Deichkind's brand of entertainment was something all its own.

Headlining Saturday's Lolla Berlin bill, US duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis performed to over 50,000 people on Main Stage 1; a set that crammed in the hits and saw people jamming in as closely as they could to the action. The Libertines, who had recently cancelled two shows in the UK due to health issues, took the Alternative Stage, in fine form - the first show off the back of the release of Anthems for Doomed Youth. Fatboy Slim charged ahead on Perry's Stage, not to be outdone, with a festival set to be remembered.