On Saturday 19 May, Nathaniel and I performed 25 songs on the U8 line, all the way from one end (Wittenau) to the other (Hermanstrasse). We had an excellent turnout, with as many as 70 people joining us at one time and a core group of about 25 who actually went the whole way with us, which took about 3 hours!
Here is the program we made for the tour, listing the songs we played at each stop:
This is us, performing on the platform:
Here’s a shot where you can see some of the lovely people who joined us on our little adventure:
Most of it went off without a hitch, until we got about two-thirds of the way through the line. Security officers from the BVG (Berlin’s transportation authority) caught up with us at Moritzplatz, and despite some passionate arguing on our behalf by our attendees they refused to let us play at the station. However while the officers were distracted by the debate, we very quietly managed to play the song “Revenge,” starting on the platform at the station and then continuing onto the next train. Check out the video below!
After that, they followed us and threatened to fine and/or arrest us if we played again, so we rode the few stops to the end of the line and finished the tour upstairs at the Hermanstrasse station. After being underground all afternoon, it was nice to play the last few songs in the sun. We even won over some new fans who happened to be passing by!
We will be posting exclusive videos and photos from the U8 Tour over the coming weeks, so if you want to see more of our shenanigans make sure you pledge to get access. http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/thebloodarm
We are at 70% of our target now, so keep it coming!!!
Love love love,
PS UK friends! Don’t forget to come see us this week in London, Darlington and the Crooked Ways Festival!
At 2PM on May 19th, The Blood Arm is planning a free concert along the
U8 U-Bahn line in Berlin. Admission is the price of an U-Bahn ticket!
The U8 underground/metro line runs from the North to the South of the
city. It has 24 stops and takes about an hour to travel from start
(Wittenau) to finish (Hermannstraße), taking in some of Berlin’s
busiest stations including Alexanderplatz and Kottbusser Tor.
With a keyboard and an acoustic guitar, Dyan (keyboardist) and
Nathaniel (singer) will stop at every station to play a different song
along the way. All contributions go to the recording of their new
album “Sister City.”
Join us! We will be performing the first song at Wittenau station at 2
p.m. on Saturday…meet us there, or come see us along the way!
We will be posting videos of the performances on the website for our
Pledge Music campaign as an exclusive for pledgers only. We have
raised 60% of the funds needed to make our new album, so we still need
your help! We are offering lots of special incentives, so check it out
and make a pledge here: http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/thebloodarm
UK fans, come see us on tour! Tickets still available for all dates:
24 May Club Surya, London, UK Tickets
25 May Inside Out/Seen, Darlington, UK Tickets
26 May Crooked Ways Festival, UK Tickets
28 July Farmfest – UK Tickets