Dear Canım Istanbul readers,
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May has arrived as a precursor of summer that will be filled with festivals and open-air concerts! As the weather gets warmer and the sun begins to show its face almost all day every day, concerts are beginning to move outdoors and open-air festivals are approaching fast.
On Tuesday, May 3rd, Nil Karaibrahimgil will meet fans at Zorlu PSM after a long hiatus.
On Wednesday, May 4th, Turkey’s up-and-coming female vocals will be singing from a boat while touring the Bosphorus. Burcu Tatlıses, Nilipek, Sena Şener and Selin Sümbültepe’s performances will begin at 9pm. Concert goers will be picked up from the Arnavutköy ferry stop at 7pm, Kabataş at 8pm, and Beylerbeyi at 8.30pm.
On Thursday, May 5th, we’ll need to make a tough decision between two amazing women who have velvety voices and amazing lyrics. Kalben will be at Babylon Bomonti, which is becoming even livelier with the warm weather, and Yasmin Levy will be at Zorlu PSM.
Friday, May 6th will be reserved for some serious dancing. Alex Metric and Aeroplane, who bring together their distinct styles with their back to back DJ performances that they call Metroplane, will be at Babylon Bomonti.
That same night, a truly original party concept will be realized all over the city for the third time. During SELEKT Festival III, festival goers will be able to attend over 30 DJ performances with one ticket in 6 different clubs and 8 separate stages. DVS1, Agoria, &Me, NTFO, Ruede Hagelstein, Tyladomid, Vivek & Dego Ranking as well as local electronic music stars like Murat Uncuoğlu, TANGUN, Cure-shot, Ah Gülnihal, Hello Alien, Clunkmunk, and Carbone will be performing.
The Fg Digital series will come to an end with legendary progressive house and trance DJ Markus Schulz’s performance at garajistanbul on Saturday, May 14th. Fisherman & Hawkins duo will be accompanying the master.
Fresh from Berlin’s electronic music scene, the up-and-coming Wankelmut will perform at indigo on May 14th.
Once the first half of May is over, music will spill out onto the streets.
The season’s first festival Parkfest will take place on May 15th at Küçükçiftlik Park. Azealia Bank (one of the most sensational names of late) , Israeli musician Riff Cohen, Jain (the new Zaz of French music), Hey Douglas, who edits old Turkish pop songs into unique sounds, and retro pop singer Gökçe Kılınçer are among the names who’ll be at the festival. Aside from music, there’ll be art, design, hand-picked boutiques, food and drink, and lots of fun at Küçükçiftlik Park.
Adamlar will be at Hayal Kahvesi on Wednesday, May 18th with great guitar sounds and unique lyrics.
Those who believe that Wednesdays are the new Saturdays will be at Klein on May 18th with London-born Berlin-based producer George Fitzgerald.
On Friday, May 20th, we’ll have to decide between two amazing names again. Electronic music master John Digweed will be at Klein, Stephan Bodzin will be at indigo. We’ll be saying farewell to indigo for the season with this last performance.
With the end of May fast approaching, Istanbul will be home to a whole new festival. On Sunday, May 22nd Küçükçiftlik Park will host Casio G-Shock #24hoursistanbul City Festival with Fatima & The Eglo Live Band, Henry Wu presents Yussef Kamaal Quintet, Catching Flies, My Expansive Awareness, Lara Di Lara, Nilipek, Can Kazaz, Can Güngör, Palmiyeler and Islandman. There will be nonstop music for 12 hours with Analog Kültür playing in between sets.
On Friday, May 27th melancholic group Tindersticks will be at Zorlu PSM. On that same night, Istanbul’s top jazz musicians will pay tribute to famous jazz guitarist Wes Montgomery at Salon as part of Garanti Caz Ağacı events.
On Saturday, May 28th Beirut will be at Küçükçiftlik Park with a crowded orchestra.
On May 28th and 29th, the year’s most anticipated event, the 11th Chill-Out Festival, will take place at Istanbul’s best festival spot, Life Park. Those two days will be filled with good music, nature, dance, yoga, colors, and fun. The festival lineup includes the best names from a variety of music styles including Bedouin, Chairlift, Chico Trujillo, Ah Kosmos, The Field, Temples, Cigarettes After Sex, dOP, Fakear, Life on Planets, Nico Stojan, Oceanvs Orientalis, Islandman, and Nilipek.
After a month of amazing music, summer can finally arrive, right?
You can listen to our May concert playlist here.
To get tickets:
- May 3: Nil Karaibrahimgil, Zorlu PSM
- May 4: Burcu Tatlıses, Nilipek, Sena Şener ve Selin Sümbültepe
- May 5: Kalben, Babylon Bomonti
- May 5: Yasmin Levy, Zorlu PSM
- May 6: Metroplane (Alex Metric & Aeroplane DJ Set), Babylon Bomonti
- May 7: Vera + Gece, garajistanbul
- May 7: SELEKT Festival III
- May 13: Monolink, Topless
- May 13: Ellen Allien & Charlotte de Witte, Kloster
- May 14: Markus Schulz, garajistanbul
- May 14: Wankelmut, indigo
- May 15: Parkfest, Küçükçiftlik Park
- May 18: Adamlar, Hayal Kahvesi
- May 20: Stephan Bodzin, indigo
- May 22: Casio G-Shock #24hoursistanbul City Festival, Küçükçiftlik Park
- May 27: Tindersticks, Zorlu PSM
- May 27: Garanti Caz Ağacı 2016 Gitar Ustaları, Salon iKSV
- May 28: Beirut, Küçükçiftlik Park
- May 28-29: Chill-Out Festival, Life Park