Berlin music festival finds new home to make way for refugees

The venue for September's Lollapalooza music festival in Berlin has been relocated because the normal site, the former Tempelhof airport, is now home to temporary refugee accommodation.

Major indie rock acts such as Radiohead, Kings of Leon and New Order will now play at Treptower Park, south-east of the city centre, the organizers told dpa.

Around 2,500 asylum seekers currently live on the grounds of the German capital's former airport turned public park, where Lollapalooza Berlin took place last year.

It was the first time that an offshoot of the US-originated festival - which has also been exported to Chile, Argentina, Brazil and Columbia - took place on European soil.

Lollapalooza Berlin presents a programme of live music, arts events and installations on September 10-11, 2016.

During the Cold War, Tempelhof airport became a lifeline for West Berliners isolated during the Berlin Blockade by the Soviet Union. Since the fall of the Berlin Wall, the space has been used as a festival and fashion show venue.

Last update: Mon, 15/02/2016 - 12:14
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