Tired of wading in your Wellingtons through knee-deep mud, shelling out a small fortune for tickets and sacrificing an entire weekend to travel to some small village in the middle of nowhere just to see your favorite act play for less than an hour? Not to mention standing what feels like a mile away from stage? From Britain to Russia, that's the experience many share during Europe's summer music festival season. But we've found a better way.
This Sunday, Sept. 9, SPIEGEL ONLINE and our partner tape.tv will be hosting a music festival on the rooftops of Berlin offering world-class pop and breathtaking panoramic views of one of Europe's most vibrant cities. We're hosting the "On the Rooftops Festival 2012" (Auf-den-Dächern 2012), an outdoor concert with top live acts and newcomers from Germany and abroad. The artists will be playing on three rooftops -- two at Fernsehwerft, a film and television production center in Berlin's Osthafen area, and one atop the Arena concert venue on the other side of the Spree River.
Public Viewing Party
If you happen to find yourself in the German capital right now, even better! The rooftop concerts themselves are by invite only, but SPIEGEL ONLINE and tape.tv are also hosting a large public party where the performances will be beamed onto giant screens for public viewing. Our party will be held at Stralauer Allee 8a in Berlin's Friedrichshain district. Do drop by if you're in town, but come early -- there is only space for 800 people.
And, now, here's more information about the performers who will be gracing our stages on Sunday.
In 2012, the Swedish music industry feted Amanda Mair a the "Big Breakthrough" of the year.
Born in Sweden to a Finnish mother and an Austrian father, Amanda Mair's softly sung pop-rock could be classified in the same category as Dusty Springfield, Fleetwood Mac or the Kings of Convenience. Her debut album "Amanda Mair" won her widespread praise, and the Swedish music industry feted her as the "Big Breakthrough of 2012."
Even before the release of their debut album, the BBC named Two Door Cinema Club the most exciting newcomer band of 2010. The upbeat guitar pop group from Northern Ireland is set to release its second album, "Beacon," in September. The group has been performing at festivals this summer and performed sell-out tours of Europe and the United States.
Video: "Sleep Alone"
One of Germany's all-time best-selling rappers, Max Herre's influence spreads to all segments of pop in the country.
In 1997, Max Herre scored one of the greatest hip hop hits in Germany history with "A-N-N-A," a single that sold more than 250,000 copies. Herre hails from Stuttgart, the home of Mercedes, and his fame became so great that one pop magazine hailed him as "Jesus of Benztown." Today he lives in Berlin with his wife Joy Denalane, also a famous German singer. His third album, "Hallo Welt!" (Hello World), was released in August.
Video: "Hallo Welt!"
The British press has compared rapper Obaro Ejimiwe, alias Ghostpoet, to Tricky and The Streets, and his debut album got nominated for a prestigious Mercury Prize. He grew up in the industrial city of Coventry and is the son of immigrants from Nigeria and the Dominican Republic. Ghostpoet is one of the most exciting new artists to emerge in the United Kingdom in recent years, bringing together biting social prose and club beats.
This year MIA. is celebrating 15 years together, and the best-selling German pop act isn't done yet. Their journey from electro-punk to pop culminated in their participation in the qualifications in Germany for the Eurovision Song Contest in 2004. After a long break, they released their fifth studio album, "Tacheles," earlier this year.
Not all musicians who have outgrown the underground scene have scored mainstream hits. Leslie Clio has. Her single "I Told You So," a guiltless letter to an ex-boyfriend currently being played up and down the German airwaves, suggests that next to Amy McDonald and Adele there's room for a German among the new queens of R&B/soul.
Video: "Told You So"
With his soft face, soft lyrics and soft singing voice, German crooner Philipp Poisel enjoys a significant female following in Germany. Ever since the release of his album "Bis nach Toulouse" (Until Toulouse), Poisel has been considered a master of the art of sentimentality. The music he makes wouldn't be out of place on casting shows like "American Idol".
Video: "Für keine Kohle diese Welt" (For No Money in the World)
"R'n'B with fast electronic elements": Die Orsons are enjoying hip hop popularity in Germany.
Die Orsons may not be Germany's leading pop band, but they are an up-and-coming hip hop group enjoying growing popularity. They have toured as the opening band for top German acts including pop legend Herbert Grönemeyer. Die Orsons prefer not to use the term hip hop to describe their music. They instead describe their style as "R'n'B with fast electronic elements."
Video: "Jetzt!" (Now)
You can watch more videos from Cro here on tape.tv!
With his hybrid of rap and pop, Cro delivered the summer sound of 2012 in Germany. He was discovered after a YouTube video he made went viral. His album quickly climbed to the top of the charts and the video for the single "Easy" has already been viewed 25 million times. But Cro, whose real name is actually Carlo Waibel, has another shtick: When he performs or appears publicly, he wears a panda mask in order to protect his privacy.
To give their career a boost, Citizens! have had a helping hand from Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand.
If the skinny faces and ironically retro outfits of London five-piece band Citizens! don't convince you that the '80s are back, then perhaps their music will. They say "pop" is not a four-letter word for them, and judging from their debut album "Here We Are," produced by Franz Ferdinand lead singer Alex Kapranos, neither is "indie." Enjoy their classic yet current sound. And don't forget the exclamation point when saying their name.
In the German capital, Bonaparte has earned a reputation for its "circus punk from Berlin".
Founded in Barcelona in 2006 by Swiss frontman Tobias Jundt, Bonaparte is a band best heard and seen live. Costumes and make-up would be an easy way to disguise a lack of substance in their music, but their indie punk style leaves nothing to be desired. Look forward to hearing songs from their latest album, "Sorry, We're Open."
Critics have likened newcomer Y'akoto to Nina Simone. The German-Ghanian blues singer, who hails from Hamburg, will be performing songs from her debut album, "Baby Blues." A lot of the accompanying music on "Baby Blues" is stripped down to the core -- piano and guitar -- in order to emphasize Y'akoto's husky voice. But the most important ingredients are soul.
Video: "Good Better Best"