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Win money off your next holiday! Just tell us where to go… : überlinüberlin

Win money off your next holiday! Just tell us where to go…

by James Glazebrook

[EDIT: This competition is now closed. Congratulations to imaginary_lines, who suggested we travel to Dubrovnik, Croatia, and won themselves a €75 voucher to redeem against their next Wimdu booking. You can browse all of the competition entries on our Pinterest page.]

Wimdu, a website for booking private accommodation all over the world, have given us a voucher worth €75 to redeem against your next booking with them. All you have to do  is tell us where to go!

Portuguese ParadiseWith Wimdu, you can find the perfect place to stay in one of over 50,000 properties worldwide, or you can earn money by renting out your own property. This makes it a great place to find holiday apartments in Berlin, or in other destinations, if – like us – you’re trying to get out of the city!

One of our New Year’s resolutions was to “get out of Berlin more”. We kicked off the year with a trip to Stockholm and Copenhagen, but we’re looking for ideas about where to visit next. To be in with a chance to win, just tell us where to go!

Some additional requirements to make your job a little harder:

  • We love cities, but only if they offer something special. Because we live in what we think is the best city in Europe, if not the world, we are no longer impressed by expensive, boring, capital cities. Required: awesomeness!
  • We like beaches, but we get bored easily. Beautiful white sands are great, but our perfect destination would offer more to do than just lying on a beach towel. And, unlike other Brits abroad, we don’t count drinking as an activity!
  • We don’t want to revisit anywhere we’ve been to recently. Check out the new Travel section of our blog to find out where we’ve been, and suggest somewhere else, bitte!

Enter the competition by leaving a comment below, with your suggestion of where we should visit next, and your reasons why. The deadline for the competition is March 31st 2012, when we’ll pick our favourite entry and inform the winner.

Good luck!

Portuguese Paradise

36 Responses to “Win money off your next holiday! Just tell us where to go…”

  1. Chiara says:

    Saint. Petersburg.

    Once a brother, today?

  2. Natalie H says:

    The Galapagos Islands! By far the most amazing, unforgettable place I’ve been. Check out this article I just wrote for full details and photos: http://www.letsbewild.com/galapagos-islands/ (‘scuse the formatting they’ve just updated :)

  3. Iris says:

    Just came back from Lisbon.. my new love.. ♥
    I loved this trip. I love this beautiful city of saudade… Love the miradouros (golden views). Magic in the night! Love the pastries. The beaches, the sunny weather, the Ginja… and most.. I love the people of Lisbon .. ♥

  4. Meera says:

    I’d suggest Lausanne in Switzerland. It is a vibrant university city mixed with the headquarters of large corporations and start ups making it a versatile place to visit.

    You have beaches on Lake Geneva (or Lac Leman to the locals) where during the summer you can have barbeques, cycle/walk the shores for hours, sail, go jogging, or just relax in the sun looking across at the French side (which is just a short ferry ride away). In the evenings, you can hang out in the funky bars with their own breweries or get a hearty swiss meal to replenish yourselves after all the activities.

    You can wander around Geneva (30min train) for maybe an afternoon but then get out and journey into the mountains for hiking, rafting, or any other kind of outdoor sport/activity you can think of. Visiting nearby towns/villages like Vevey, Lutry, or Montreux will give you a taste of the local wine in the vineyards themselves and still on the lake with views of the mountain ranges on all sides. It really is one of the most beautiful places that I’ve been and lived in. And despite the stereotype of mountain areas, it is very versatile for activities.

    Oh and if you still get a hankering for skiing you can get a train to one of the glaciers that still serve as ski resorts even during the summer months!

    Can you tell that I miss it? :(

  5. ebe says:

    With the weather today, have to suggest somewhere with sunshine & swimming: Polignano a Mare, Italy!

    When we went a few years ago it was filled with real Italians, had waters in which we could literally see the tropical fish at our feet, cliff diving, and has magic focaccia. We still dream about that beach.

  6. rebecca says:

    I’m pretty sure you guys would love Vancouver! Beaches, great restaurants, Whistler nearby, a sense of calm everywhere.

    Joburg was a good suggestion, too, but I think you’d like Cape Town better! I love both, but Cape Town has the beach….!

  7. Theres says:

    Hello James, hello Zoë,

    go to Monaco. Monaco-Ville is the only city in the state but it can offer lots of things to do. It’s very simple: small, cosy and unusual!

    Tschüss, T.

  8. Mandy says:

    I fell in love with Porto last year. Beautiful city, lots of thing to do, it’s close to the beach (we went there to take a surf course in the south of Porto). And it’s pretty cheap, even the touristy areas are still affordable. I absolutely love the people there, super friendly and open minded (at least those we met). Only the port wine I didn’t like so much. ????

  9. imaginary_lines says:

    Dubrovnik, Croatia.

    Part new, part gorgeous old city where it is easy to get lost in tiny maze like streets up and down uneven stairs, searching for hidden shaded courtyards between. When they say ‘drinks with a view’ they mean ocean for as far as you can see. Really nice beaches (I’m from Australia and I think they are wonderful), friendly locals and WARM weather.

    Fun also includes sailing to any number of islands hopping on and off with drinks and a barbequed fish lunch for less than a night out (even in Berlin).

    If your are feeling adventurous, sea kayaking is a bit of a thing there.

  10. Sylee says:

    Scotland Scotland Scotland! Cheap to get to with Easyjet. Edinburgh and Glasgow are exploding with culture and fine things to do and eat. There are so many tiny wonderful cheesemakers, weavers, stonecarvers, and other craftsmen waiting to be visited as you wend your way around the countryside gasping at the gorgeous views. (I can be more concrete if you do make plans!)

    • James says:

      Wow, lots of good suggestions! I love Schottland (lived in Edinburgh for six months) but never made it out of the Stadts. Hoots man, what a good call!

  11. Marcel says:

    Iceland. Black beaches and 24h sunlight in summer so you need no streetlights for the paradigm of debauchery that is a Reykjavik pubcrawl.

  12. Robert Gutierrez says:

    Go to Tallinn! Right now it’s in a phase of Soviet meets hipster (in the best sense): awesome art, beer, and music on the backdrop of the remains of the USSR. The currency exchange is also in your favor!

  13. Lindsay Pond says:

    Go to Bilbao — before it’s too late! (Tourism is only going to continue growing there.) Be sure to visit for one of the Guggenheim’s Art After Dark events, enjoy some traditional Basque pintxos (or a full meal…the food is great), and don’t trip over the fact that everyone is speaking Euskara, not Castilian Spanish.

  14. CLINT TRAVIS says:

    Go to Brela Croatia as It’s one of Croatia’s best beaches with crystalline water lapping at coves that stretch for 6km. And the beaches are sandy! (the sand is more like gravel but it’s easy on your feet)
    Each cove of Brela Beach is like a private hideaway, fringed by pine trees and invisible to any road and all but a few hotels.

    Even the town of Brela is a delight with its subtropical greenery and appealing mixture of old and new houses.

    Small wonder that Brela is a top sight and that Forbes magazine rated Brela Beach as the 6th best beach in the world and the best beach in Europe

  15. Giulia says:

    Sarajevo and the Bosnian countryside! Sarajevo is that perfect mix of East and West, with mosques, churches, and synagogues all on the same street, a crumbling old town with friendly locals and so much personality, shopping to rival Istanbul’s grand bazaar (but so much cheaper), and a really intense history. Just outside the city are gorgeous mountain landscapes with emerald green lakes, even greener forests, and fairy tale ruins galore. I went here in spring of 2006 and am shocked to find that it is still under the radar and rarely visited six years later…

  16. Natalie says:

    Go to Portugal. Lisbon. Walk the streets, eat the Pasteis de Belem, follow the endless beaches to your own private oasis and relax. Listen to the heart wrenchingly emotional Fado and fall in love with each other over and over again.

    You can thank me later.

    • James says:

      Great suggestion! In fact, we’ve had it twice!

      If we forced you to make a second choice (we are), what would it be?

      • Paris says:

        The Lisbon suggestion is from the same person. There was a malfunction and I post it again !!

        Thought you should know.

        P.

      • Natalie says:

        Okay! Well I would say go to Stockholm but you have been there….so go to Seville, Spain. Listen to Flamenco and eat churros w/ chocolate. It is damn hot there but Spring is a great time to visit. I know a lot of professional Flamenco guitarists there so I can introduce you to quite an interesting scene :)

  17. Lara Berlin says:

    Why not try LYON?
    Lyon is offering you everything. This beautiful old town is under the personal protection of UNESCO;-), thanks to the traboules you can even run through the city in the rain for hours, without getting wet or being seen fleeing from the Interpol, if you did something bad ;-). But you don’t need to be afraid of criminals, ’cause the interpol is positioned at Lyon.
    In addition, you will drink the most amazing wine in Lyon, because the surrounding area is one of the worlds best wine regions.
    On the beach you can lie there as well, not by the sea – but the beautiful Rhône. And then the beautiful nature around Lyon …. your possibilities are endless …. !!! …..

  18. Jeroen says:

    Johannesburg, South Africa. Edgy. Gritty. Not as boring as Cape Town. Constantly changing. Not as scary as people who haven’t been there may say. Extremely friendly locals. Good weather. A large number of original 1920s-1960s Art Deco to Modernist skysrapers (even an early Helmut Jahn). City centre shopping is about African textiles, muti magician stuff and weird Chinese imports; in the suburbs it’s big malls. The best place for live music in Africa. Excellent museums: Apartheid, Soweto, the Origins Centre about early homonids and rock art, and the brilliant Wits Art Gallery opening soon. Some fantastic new developments in the CBD such as Arts on Main (William Kentridge’s studio, the Bioscope cinema, Sunday arts and food market), and 70 Juta (lomo shop, fashion, galleries, Saturday food market). Oh, and you can see lions etc on a daytrip to Pilanesberg park too.

  19. Berlie says:

    Morocco -Marrakech, Casablanca and Agadir- is the place to go. Warm and sunny, excellent food, friendly people and a combination of mountains, sand dunes, beaches and mysterious inner city labyrinth-like markets. The best places to stay are Riyads -houses a 100 years old now refurbished to be hotels or apartments. Only 3 hours away from Berlin -with direct flights to Casablanca! Happy travels!

  20. leigh says:

    Definitely Istanbul! The city is magical. It has an beautiful energy and a perfect balance of old and new. It has everything you could possibly want: history & culture (Haghia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, etc), great food (kanafeh…mmmm), incredible art (both old and new), stunning scenery, good shopping (from the grand bazaar to wonderful new designers like Burce Bekrek) and wonderfully warm people.

  21. Kraków …before the footballers wreck it in june.

  22. Yvonne says:

    OMAN! beautiful country with a glimpse of 1001 nights… and I can teach you how NOT to fall off a camel… which I did… twice…

  23. Paris says:

    Lisbon

    Lisboa is awesome; cheap, an artistic hub,the architecture, the small alleys packed with bystanders, the fado music, great cuisine, their pastries are better. Huge US-like beaches, the city is built on four hills so if you visit the cafe at some terraces you will be overwhelmed by the amazing view of the city.

    Try looking some pics on flickr !!

  24. Paris says:

    Well summer is all about sun, music, drinks and art, right ?

    I would say Lisbon; is quite cheap, beautiful, you will love the architecture, the Bairo Alto with its small alleys, retro bar and cheap shops. Huge US-like beaches – it is the Atlantic after all-, quite good cuisine, their pastries are better. If you end up there, you should definitely find bars at big terraces viewing the entire landscape. The city is build at four hills or something like that.

    flickr is full of amazing pics

  25. go to budapest! the best place to go for a spa weekend break – and who doesnt love hairy hungarians+thermal baths? lol

  26. Irinja says:

    Athens. It is ugly, noisy and busy. There is a beach, great food and rude locals. What more could you want?! Or then I`ll see you in Brussels in april?

  27. Tam says:

    If you want to go far away, I suggest Mongolia – but starting in May (otherwise the tours don’t run and it’s cold). The people are amazing, it’s inexpensive, the landscape is phenomenal (makes for some crazy pictures). If need be, there’s still the opportunity for lying in the sand (the Gobi desert), and drinking (lots of vodka). The capital Ulaanbataar is a strange mix of crumbling soviet magnificence and western flash.

    If you want to stay close, head to Romania. The architecture is beautiful, the train rides are creepy, and it has a sort of crumbling glory. It’s inexpensive and out of the way enough that people still wonder what you’re doing there.

  28. Not very many beaches (especially not white) but marvellous: Santorini (greek islands).
    City recommendation is defenitely Dresden.

  29. daniel says:

    def Check out Hong Kong, it has it all, there is sleak high end and rough original tradition, its exciting- and there are beaches for day trips nearby and if u get bored you can dive back into the sizzling cityscape. the shopping is beyond anything and what you might spend on flights can be saved on cheap high class accomodation. overall HK best choice ever.

  30. Maria k says:

    Go to Crete and enjoy warm weather and sun all year long..direct flights from Berlin at the end of March… ????

  31. papaerk says:

    Try closer to home Cologne or Hamburg Dresden might be good for a mini break without the airport hassle!!!

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Win 2 x 2 tickets to Between the Buried and Me! – überlin

Win 2 x 2 tickets to Between the Buried and Me!

by James Glazebrook

Between the Buried and Me Coma Ecliptic

[EDIT: this competition is now closed. Click here to see if we’re running any open competitions]

B-bands are smashing it in metal at the moment! We’ve just been raving about Bring Me The Horizon, but Between the Buried and Me may have pipped them for our album of the year so far. Like BMTH, BTBAM are pushing metalcore into new, exciting directions, albeit down the weirder progressive, concept-album path towards full-blown rock opera. Check out the video for “The Coma Machine” to find out what the frig that sounds like in 2015, and scroll down to win a pair of tickets to the band’s upcoming Berlin show!

HOW TO WIN 2 X TICKETS FOR THE BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME AT MUSIK & FRIEDEN ON 29TH SEPTEMBER:

Do you and a friend want to get your prog on at Musik & Frieden (formerly Magnet) next Tuesday? Just answer this question in the comments below:

What’s your pick for album of the year so far (in any genre)?

You have until 6pm on Friday 25th September. Good luck!

The Boring Bit (yawn, RULES):

1. You must be at least 18 years old to enter.
2. ONE ENTRY PER PERSON!
3. We will keep a record of each comment in a database and then a random number generator picks the winner.
4. Remember to include your full (real) name and email address or we won’t be able to put you on the guestlist!
5. We will notify the winners via email.

7 Responses to “Win 2 x 2 tickets to Between the Buried and Me!”

  1. Sara Neidorf says:

    Pale Communion by Opeth

  2. Joao says:

    Chelsea Wolfe – Abyss

  3. Ana says:

    The Vaccines – English Graffiti

  4. Andy says:

    Mac Demarco – Another One

  5. Untitled by The Armed

  6. Wilson Fisk says:

    Stray from the Path – Subliminal Criminals

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Want a free trip to Berlin? You gotta Pin it to win it! : überlinüberlin

Want a free trip to Berlin? You gotta Pin it to win it!

by James Glazebrook

This is the best competition prize we’ve ever offered! Because the German capital is the most awesome city in the world, what more could you ask for than free flights to Berlin, and free accommodation when you arrive? Perhaps the chance to meet us in real life? Can do! All you have to do is join überlin on Pinterest for a fun challenge.

Do you enjoy traveling? Are you sociable? Do you like the idea of meeting people who share your interests and discovering new places with them? If so, you’ll probably dig Roomsurfer, a brand new travel platform that is offering you this unforgettable trip to Berlin. Using the Berlin startup’s site you can enter your favourite city, select your interests and find your ideal host, someone with whom you have a lot in common and who can show you what you really want to see. Pretty cool, huh? Check out Roomsurfer for more information, or just watch this cutesy little video:

Back to the competition! The lucky winner will get a flight to Berlin (from one of these 100 major European cities) on April 28th 2012, and one night’s accommodation with a Roomsurfer host. You’ll also get an exclusive invitation to the Roomsurfer Launch Party, and more importantly (?), the chance to hang out with me and Zoë. From the afternoon of April 29th, you’ll have time to enjoy Berlin and, whenever you like, you’ll be flown back home. All you have to do tell us what you’re most looking forward to seeing when you arrive in Berlin.

And now, the deets
When: From 28th to 29th April.
(Or whenever you want to leave. Your return flight is flexible, although you only get one night’s free accommodation.)
Where: In Berlin.
What: An unforgettable trip and our company!
How do you win? By proving how social you are, using our latest social media crush, Pinterest. We want you to go back through our blog archives, and Pin the thing you most want to see in Berlin. It could be a restaurant, a boutique, or something totally unique like Loxx Miniature Railway. Whatever you pick, the Pin with the most Likes and Repins by the close of the competition will be the winner. Make sure to leave a link to your Pin in the comments below this post, so we can keep track of it.
Pro tip! If you want an extra nudge, tweet us the link to your pin with the words “I want to win a trip to #Berlin with @uberlinblog!” and we’ll retweet you. You’re welcome.
Deadline: You have until the end of the day on April 7th, when we’ll announce the lucky winner who will join us in Berlin.

Good luck!

Free Trip to Berlin

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überlin does Portugal: Sintra : uberlinuberlin

überlin does Portugal: Sintra

by James Glazebrook

Another highlight of our recent holiday in Portugal was a day trip to the historic town of Sintra, a short train ride outside of Lisbon. We walked through the UNESCO World Heritage-listed centre of Sintra-Vila and up a winding, forested hill towards the beautiful Parque da Pena. Once there, Zoë enjoyed the amazing views of the shimmering Atlantic ocean from the ramparts of the 9th century Castelo dos Mouros (Moorish castle), while I rediscovered my fear of heights and clung onto a nearby boulder.

After I pulled myself together, we hiked to the summit of the hill to explore the Palàcio Nacional de Pena, a fantastical palace built up around a modest 16th century monastery. An example of Portuguese Romanticism, this multi-coloured magic kingdom boasts fairytale features like onion domed-turrets, a Fountain of the Small Birds, and a grotesque half man-half fish rendering of Triton.

Sintra was swarming with tourists, but well worth the trip regardless – its historical sites are fascinating, and its views are (apparently) stunning. Oh, and unless you’re ready for an hour-long trek up a steep hill, don’t follow in our footsteps – take the ten minute bus ride from the train station instead!

Sintra Castelo dos Mouros

Sintra Castelo dos Mouros

Sintra Castelo dos Mouros

Sintra Castelo dos Mouros

Sintra Palàcio Nacional de Pena

Sintra Palàcio Nacional de Pena

Sintra Palàcio Nacional de Pena

Sintra Palàcio Nacional de Pena

Sintra Palàcio Nacional de Pena

Sintra Palàcio Nacional de Pena

Sintra Palàcio Nacional de Pena

Sintra Palàcio Nacional de Pena

Sintra Palàcio Nacional de Pena

Photos by Zoë Noble Photography

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  1. Just stunning! Gorgeous photos from Zoë, as usual. You’ve reconfirmed Portugal as high on our travel wish list. And I’m with you on the heights – they terrify me!

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überlin does Portugal: Lisbon : uberlinuberlin

überlin does Portugal: Lisbon

by James Glazebrook

Portugal flag sun

“Lisbon is the new Berlin.” That’s what we keep hearing from people who go to Portugal to escape the increasingly-hyped German capital, if only for a few days. However, we can neither confirm or deny that concept, as we went to Lisbon to top up on everything we can’t get here, like beaches, fresh seafood and ancient European history. We couldn’t tell you what the clubs are like, or the bars for that matter, and we didn’t bother to find out what the absolute best restaurants are; instead, we treated the city like one big highlight.

überlin does Lisbon

We hiked up the city’s narrow, winding streets, marvelling at the buildings’ intricate tilework and walls painted colours we’ve never seen anywhere else, before taking a boat cruise along the Tagus river. If forced to dish out practical tips, we’d recommend getting lost in the labyrinthian Alfama, Lisbon’s oldest district, hiking to the top of the highest hill you can find to enjoy the views across the city and its beautiful bay, and hiring a car to get to some areas of real natural beauty. More on that later – for now, here are our impressions of Lisbon.

Lisbon tram streetcar

Lisbon tiles

Lisbon architecture

Lisbon bright colours

Lisbon scaffolding

Lisbon flowers

Lisbon nuns river front

Lisbon 25 de Abril Bridge

Lisbon yellow

Lisbon lion tiles

Lisbon dusk twilight

Lisbon Afalma dusk twilight

Lisbon Afalma night

Lisbon tram streetcar night

 

Photos by Zoë Noble Photography

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8 Responses to “überlin does Portugal: Lisbon”

  1. ebe says:

    Just lovely. I think Ian just told y’all Portugal has been on our to-do for about forever & this isn’t helping. Amazing pics & inspiration!

  2. Raquel says:

    I’m so happy you enjoyed it guys :) can’t wait to see Zo’s pics from Sintra! xx

  3. ana says:

    my heart always swells with pride when people discover my little country by the sea! :)

  4. nealjames says:

    love the nuns, love lisbon. beats the snot out of berlin’s coffee – try cheap, black AND tasty, berlin barristas!

    • James Glazebrook says:

      Thanks – I’d totally agree! Zoë would disagree about the coffee, but then a cappuccino’s not a real coffee, is it? ;)

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überlin does Portugal: Beaches : uberlinuberlin

überlin does Portugal: Beaches

by Zoë Noble

Portugal has the most beautiful beaches we’ve ever seen. Drive or cycle further afield than the crowded, chatty seaside towns of Estoril or Cascais, and you have your pick of quiet bays of calm, crystal clear waters and windswept surfer’s paradises. Here’s a selection of our favourite sun/sea/sand snaps from our recent trip to Portugal.

Praia do Guincho

Portugal Praia do Guincho Beach

Portugal Praia do Guincho Beach

Portugal Praia do Guincho Beach

Portugal Praia do Guincho Beach

 

Portinho da Arrábida

Portugal Porthino Beach

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Aldeia do Meco

Portugal Meco Beach

Portugal Meco Beach

Portugal Meco Beach

Portugal Meco Beach

Photos by Zoë Noble Photography.

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  1. Josie T J says:

    Ah I was totally gonna tell you guys to go to Guincho, bloody beautiful!

  2. Hélder says:

    I’m glad you enjoy it… feel free to comeback again :) Portugal is a world full of hidden treasures ;)

  3. ebe says:

    Just epic. Love that the skies are a bit cloudy and complicated. Experiencing some serious travel envy….

  4. Trisha says:

    Absolutely amazing photos Zoe!! Really wanna go now.

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überlin Coworking – End of an Era – überlin

überlin Coworking – End of an Era

by James Glazebrook

We have some sad news – in about a month’s time, we are going close the doors on the überlin coworking space. Our landlord has decided to sell off the building, including the beautiful space that’s been our shared office, photo studio and workshop/party space for nearly two years. We’ve given a lot of thought to starting again in another space, but with demanding day jobs that we love, we know we can’t spare the time and attention another coworking business would need to thrive.

We’re super-grateful for everything we got out of this experience while it lasted. We’ve learned a lot, met a lot of great people, had some great times, and seen them produce a lot of great work. And we’ve benefitted from the help, skills and support of a lovely bunch of people, including family and friends, old and new. We’ve said specific thankyous before, and always missed out people, so let’s just say that you know who you are. If you were at all involved in helping to create the space, make it a success, or keeping us sane while we struggled with the extra work we’d given ourselves, then we will always be grateful. There’d be no überlin without ü! *sniff*

PS this means that Zoë is on the hunt for somewhere to shoot. If you have any leads on commercial spaces, or shared photo studios, drop her an email. Thanks!

Chicago in Winter – überlin

Chicago in Winter

by James and Zoe

You may have noticed that überlin has been a bit quiet of late. Sorry about that! The thing is, I spent most of January in Chicago being trained for a new job :). It was bastard freezing (-35C with wind chill!), so I spent most of the time cabbing from my hotel to the heated office to warm restaurants, eating as much as I could to insulate myself against the cold – at least that’s what I told myself. But when Zoë joined me for the last week of my trip, we managed to do some exploring. Our favourite views of city were from the shoreline of the colossal Lake Michigan (300 miles long, 100 miles across), around the campus of Loyola University and along Lake Shore Drive in Downtown. It’s been nice getting back to the relative warmth (!) of Berlin, but we’re excited to share with you these beautiful images of Chicago in winter. Enjoy.

Blowing in the wind

Reflection

Frozen Chicago lake

Frozen treek trunk in Chicago

Flying bird in Chicago

Tree veins against blue sky

Frozen footpath in Chicago

Chicago Tree Veins

Chicago skyscrapers and frozen lake

Chicago skyscrapers

12 Responses to “Chicago in Winter”

  1. adrianisdead says:

    epic shots

  2. Federico says:

    Spectacular shots! The second one could be the cover of your record….if you’ll ever release one.

  3. Nancy says:

    These are utterly fantastic!

    At first, I thought there were waves in the third picture and then I noticed it was snow. A bit creepy…

    • James Glazebrook says:

      Actually, they were frozen waves where the lake met the beach. We were walking all over them before we realised there was no actual land underneath!

  4. Really beautiful shots! I’ve only been to Chicago in the summer… and I think I’ll keep it that way. Yikes. Glad you made it back with all your fingers intact.

  5. clin says:

    Wunderschöne Bilder! Gerne mehr davon!

  6. Paul says:

    Great photos, the tree is awesome! I almost felt the freeze.

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Chicago in Winter – überlin

Chicago in Winter

by James and Zoe

You may have noticed that überlin has been a bit quiet of late. Sorry about that! The thing is, I spent most of January in Chicago being trained for a new job :). It was bastard freezing (-35C with wind chill!), so I spent most of the time cabbing from my hotel to the heated office to warm restaurants, eating as much as I could to insulate myself against the cold – at least that’s what I told myself. But when Zoë joined me for the last week of my trip, we managed to do some exploring. Our favourite views of city were from the shoreline of the colossal Lake Michigan (300 miles long, 100 miles across), around the campus of Loyola University and along Lake Shore Drive in Downtown. It’s been nice getting back to the relative warmth (!) of Berlin, but we’re excited to share with you these beautiful images of Chicago in winter. Enjoy.

Blowing in the wind

Reflection

Frozen Chicago lake

Frozen treek trunk in Chicago

Flying bird in Chicago

Tree veins against blue sky

Frozen footpath in Chicago

Chicago Tree Veins

Chicago skyscrapers and frozen lake

Chicago skyscrapers

12 Responses to “Chicago in Winter”

  1. adrianisdead says:

    epic shots

  2. Federico says:

    Spectacular shots! The second one could be the cover of your record….if you’ll ever release one.

  3. Nancy says:

    These are utterly fantastic!

    At first, I thought there were waves in the third picture and then I noticed it was snow. A bit creepy…

    • James Glazebrook says:

      Actually, they were frozen waves where the lake met the beach. We were walking all over them before we realised there was no actual land underneath!

  4. Really beautiful shots! I’ve only been to Chicago in the summer… and I think I’ll keep it that way. Yikes. Glad you made it back with all your fingers intact.

  5. clin says:

    Wunderschöne Bilder! Gerne mehr davon!

  6. Paul says:

    Great photos, the tree is awesome! I almost felt the freeze.

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Stockholm Shop Report: Acne : überlinüberlin

Stockholm Shop Report: Acne

by Zoë Noble

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Our recent trip to Stockholm was a feast for the eyes, but it wasn’t just the scenery that was stunning, but also the flagship store of my current brand crush, Acne. For me, the fashion house embodies the Stockholm aesthetic of effortlessly cool minimalism, so it would have been a crime not to visit them in their hometown. The staff were super nice, super hot (damn you Swedes!) and even allowed me to take some photos to remember them by. In between my drooling and staring (at the collection, of course), I bagged myself two pairs of jeans and the most perfect leather jacket. Even better, because their prices are so much cheaper  in Sweden than in Germany or the UK, I was saving money! … At least that’s what I tell myself. Looking at their Spring Summer 2012 collection I think another trip to Stockholm might be in order as well, hooray!

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Click here to read all about our trip to Copenhagen and Stockholm.

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  1. oh, lucky you!

    great shots. and aren’t those glasses just perfect…

  2. Nancy says:

    Great shots, Zoe! I love the colours and especially the bokeh (I am always trying to get it, but, hm,well, still trying :) )

    And the Acne summer collection looks very promising! Awww….

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Portuguese Paradise – überlin

Portuguese Paradise

by Zoë Noble

Last weekend we got the rare, much-needed opportunity to have a break from our laptops and travel to Portugal for a friend’s wedding. The setting was stunning, with the ceremony held at the bride’s family’s luxurious holiday villa, and the reception at a nearby beachside restaurant. It felt surreal sipping cocktails by the beach, when only a few hours earlier we had been stuck in the flat working, with torrential rain pouring down outside. But as beautiful as Portugal was, and as great as it was to see our friends, we couldn’t help but feel homesick for Berlin. We’ve finally found somewhere we can call home and as crazy as it is, it’s just hard to be away from that.


6 Responses to “Portuguese Paradise”

  1. Raquel says:

    Can’t believe I missed this post! You went to Portugal?? Wanna hear all about it on Monday!

  2. Julia says:

    nice! love your glasses ????

  3. […] For another, typically more stylish angle, on this strange feels-like-home phenomenon, check out this nice little post from überlin. […]

  4. That sounds amazing! Can’t wait to hear all about it! ????

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Portuguese Paradise – überlin

Portuguese Paradise

by Zoë Noble

Last weekend we got the rare, much-needed opportunity to have a break from our laptops and travel to Portugal for a friend’s wedding. The setting was stunning, with the ceremony held at the bride’s family’s luxurious holiday villa, and the reception at a nearby beachside restaurant. It felt surreal sipping cocktails by the beach, when only a few hours earlier we had been stuck in the flat working, with torrential rain pouring down outside. But as beautiful as Portugal was, and as great as it was to see our friends, we couldn’t help but feel homesick for Berlin. We’ve finally found somewhere we can call home and as crazy as it is, it’s just hard to be away from that.


6 Responses to “Portuguese Paradise”

  1. Raquel says:

    Can’t believe I missed this post! You went to Portugal?? Wanna hear all about it on Monday!

  2. Julia says:

    nice! love your glasses ????

  3. […] For another, typically more stylish angle, on this strange feels-like-home phenomenon, check out this nice little post from überlin. […]

  4. That sounds amazing! Can’t wait to hear all about it! ????

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Portrait: Recyclemented – überlin

Portrait: Recyclemented

by Guest Blogger

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by Emma Robertson

For Clement Jeannesson and Jacquie Kappl, furniture construction is a labour of love. Their design company, Recyclemented, is less than a year old; although in many ways it’s still a hobby, the pair is working tirelessly to build it up into a fully-fledged career, one palette at a time. Using found wood, discarded materials and (especially) old EuroPalettes, Clement and Jacquie are giving new life to Berlin’s forsaken and forgotten: the result is strikingly unique furniture, each with its own twist on the traditional.

Clement and Jacquie, originally from France and Germany respectively, started Recyclemented in Melbourne, Australia. “We moved to the Gold Coast and we were pretty poor at the time,” Jacquie explains. “We had an apartment but we had no furniture, so we started building stuff out of bits and pieces we found on the side of the road. At some point, we had like seven tables in our place!”

It’s become something of a Cinderella story since they relocated to Berlin at the beginning of this year; although Clement has a history in mechanics and steelwork, both are self-taught woodworkers, picking up the tricks of the trade through YouTube videos, online tutorials, and good old trial-and-error. We caught up with Clement and Jacquie at their studio in Lichtenberg to talk upcycling, working in Berlin, and how passion drives creativity.

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What is more important as a designer, form or function?

Clement Jeannesson: Function, for sure! Function is better because if you make a chair that looks beautiful but you can’t sit on it, what’s the point?

Jacquie Kappl: He always lectures me on that one! (Laughs) I have all these ideas, “We have to do this! We can make it like that!” but then Clement comes in, “Nope. It’s not sehr gut.” (Laughs)

CJ: Well, it has to be useful! What are you going to do with it? We’re selling furniture first. It’s an art piece in the end — it’s beautiful, sure, but it’s furniture. It has to serve its purpose. It can be a nice table but it has to work.

JK: I have a lot of ideas. I’m the dreamer of the two of us. For Clement, it’s more about actually putting the ideas to paper.

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Where do you come up with your best ideas?

CJ: For me it’s non-stop! Everywhere I go! It’s 24/7 for me. When I’m at work, I get ideas and I can just take them and run with it. I’m a bit obsessed with being creative, trying to come up with more ideas, more and more and more, and then — the best part — actually turning them into something.

JK: Clement is teaching me to come up with my ideas before I come to work, to bring them to the shop and then work on them here instead of wasting time sitting around thinking. It actually really is helpful because at the start, I wasn’t doing that. I’d just come in, sit here, turn around the wood, thinking, looking at everything…

CJ: We don’t have a lot of materials so that affects us creatively. We’re never going to do 12 of the same table, for example, because I’m never going to be able to find 12 of the same kind of wood! So, every time it’s a bit of a challenge because you have to make it work with what you’ve got. But the more we do it, the easier it gets. It’s never boring.

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Do you ever get tired of that challenge, though?

JK: I don’t know. It’s extra challenging and at the same time, it isn’t. It appeals to a customer that wants something unique. But at the end of the day, there’s a style they’re asking for so you can’t always give them exactly that because you’re tied to the types of wood you find…

CJ: It’s also difficult because you don’t want to do something too unique every time.

It’s a fine balance, I guess. If people wanted cookie-cutter furniture, they’d go to IKEA.

JK: Exactly. Plus, in terms of what we’re doing, we don’t have a lot of competition at the moment. If there’s anyone else doing recycled material furniture with our same style, we haven’t heard of it.

Is it necessary to push boundaries like that when you’re working in a field that is so traditional?

CJ: I have to say, this job has been here forever! Before steel, before everything, woodworking was always here. So, yes, if you don’t do something a little bit different, you don’t exist.

JK: Especially in Berlin where there are so many artists, it’s not just doing something different, but doing something good. You have to be amazing. More than exceptional. People have to recognise you, you have to have a signature where people can see, Oh, this is Recyclemented. It’s good because it challenges us. We like a challenge. It’s on, IKEA!

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Where do you find the wood you use? This part of Lichtenberg seems like it would be a good place to find discarded wood. Do you go on missions to find material?

CJ: Not really. It’s just become a natural part of our day-to-day life. If we see something, we stop and pick it up.

JK: We’ve got a big truck! (Laughs) We do buy some materials though, the products that give the finishing touches and hardware that will make the furniture last longer. We want to provide a high quality piece. The idea is to sell products that are quality — that’s really important.

CJ: Like you said, in this area near our studio space, there’s always a lot of scraps and pieces that would go to waste normally. There are a lot of businesses here, a lot of construction areas that produce a lot of waste.

Would your work have as much personality if you were using wood that was brand new?

JK: Well, it wouldn’t be the same fun, that’s for sure. It would definitely lose a lot of the personality if we bought the wood. It wouldn’t be Recyclemented.

CJ: We love this concept, using old to make new. Everything comes from everything, for us. It’s part of the adventure and an important part of the end product. We’ll name the piece after the street corner where we found the palette. (Laughs) You know exactly where it comes from that way. Better than going to IKEA and you have no idea where it comes from.

JK: This was a good initiative for us at the start because we didn’t have money to buy furniture. This was a great way for us to be able to have the things we need and create this new lifestyle for ourselves.

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Would you say that Berlin is the right city for this kind of design? Are people responsive to your style?

JK: This whole “upcycling” trend is going really well in Berlin, so yes, people are very responsive to what we make. People are becoming more and more conscious in a way, of living and of the environment. There’s definitely a market for it. You just need to find your spot there, and have a voice. That’s what we’re working on.

Was that eco-friendly nature of Recyclemented something that’s always been important to you?

JK: In the beginning, it was more important to me than to Clement. I’m the hippie in this relationship! (Laughs) But he’s the one who actually got into the knowledge behind it! Certain palettes for example, are treated with toxins. You know how eggs have a serial number to show which is free-range, which is factory farmed and stuff? It’s the same with palettes, they’re stamped in the same way for which ones are treated and which are not. We need to know this stuff because people put our furniture in their living spaces.

Wow, I didn’t know that.

JK: You have to be careful, and not everyone is. I don’t know if it’s a money issue here in Berlin that the eco-friendly thing hasn’t picked up as much, but in Australia, it’s huge already. I think it can only grow from here! We see more and more the effects of what’s happening if we don’t take care of the planet, you know? It sounds cheesy but we have to be behind that if we want to keep this planet together. Small things make a difference!

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Do you worry that furniture from recycled material will go out of style?

JK: No. It’s still pretty new in Berlin, it’s only starting to become a big trend. I think we’re starting at the right moment. The downside is that because the palettes are becoming trendy… You’ve seen it in front of cafés, they make this simple bench out of bottle crates and a piece of wood, right? They call that recycled or upcycled furniture. And that makes it hard for us, because when people hear about our stuff, they have that pre-existing notion of it as this pile of junk on the sidewalk.

CJ: We do use the palette as the first material but, in the end, it doesn’t look like a palette! That’s the whole point!

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Even with your unique style, would you say there’s a lot of competition? I always see homeware and furniture out at the markets and stuff…

JK: It depends on what kind of markets you go to. There are the design markets, where the people are coming specifically to buy furniture and big pieces for the home… But then there’s Mauerpark where the tourists go, so they don’t buy furniture, obviously.

CJ: They just want to have a look and have a stroll on a Sunday, which is nice — we like to do that too. A lot of people at the markets want to go for a bargain, they want stuff really cheap because they can get it for those prices at Mauer. That’s not such a good location for us.

JK: Five euro for a handmade shelf? (Laughs) Get out!

CJ: They all want vintage! It’s big in Berlin, so everyone wants the vintage at flea markets like Mauerpark… We’re not fans of it at all! Sometimes it’s just old junk that’s labelled vintage, and because it’s so trendy, people really look for it at the flea markets. But at the design markets and some of the other pop-ups, people love to pass by our stall and look at the furniture, take photos and stuff.

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I love going to the markets, but I never buy furniture there because I have no way of getting it home!

JK: Exactly, we get a lot of requests because of that. People who come by bike or on the Bahn, they have no way to transport a table back to their flat.

CJ: It’s been a good learning experience. The first markets we did, we brought all the big tables and the big shelves but eventually we started to build a few smaller pieces, accessories, and things like the triangle shelves that are easier to transport.

It seems like this has all been a good learning experience for you.

CJ: Of course. We start from scratch with the wood. No one has taught us these techniques, we learn everything from trying, from doing. There’s a lot of pieces and I’m getting prouder and prouder of what I’m doing. We can see ourselves improving, and that’s a good sign I think.

Follow Recyclemented on Facebook and Instagram, and check out their designs on their website.Use the offer code “Überlin” when you contact them to get 10% off! (offer good through to the end of 2015).

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Portrait: Pauline Hoch, Our/Berlin – überlin

Portrait: Pauline Hoch, Our/Berlin

by Guest Blogger

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by Emma Robertson

“Is it too early to start drinking?” I ask upon arrival at the Our/Berlin vodka distillery in Treptow. Luckily, Pauline Hoch, one-half of Paul Sanders, the marketing agency at the helm of Our/Berlin, doesn’t think so. Laughing, she fixes me a drink: their new tea-infused vodka, a splash of tonic, ice and a tendril of orange peel. “We were on an inspirational weekend with the team at a house in the countryside when the homeowner suggested we infuse the vodka with tea,” Pauline explains, “It was genius. Then a local tea company called Paper & Tea got in touch with us unexpectedly, and we were able to collaborate. It was an effortless partnership.” Such seems to be the way with Our/Berlin vodka: they emphasise not only a sense of local camaraderie and community, but a simple, homegrown aesthetic that is the very essence of their brand.

Our/Vodka got its start in Stockholm in 2013 when a group working with Pernod Ricard came up with the idea for a global brand with local roots. After looking in the nightclub and gastronomy industry in Berlin, the team met with the Paul Sanders Agency (run by Pauline and her partner Jon Sanders). The first of many effortless partnerships, I guess. With Berlin as its flagship city, the brand has since taken on Detroit, Amsterdam, London, and Seattle as its adoptive homes. Here, the brand has evolved from more than just a simple vodka manufacturer: the team hosts infusion workshops, dinner parties, cooking classes, art exhibitions, and happy hours. After a quick tour of the distillery’s facilities, I sat down with Pauline to talk simplicity, science, space, and of course, vodka.

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With wine, there is a very distinct process for evaluating and tasting. Is there a proper way to drink vodka?

Of course the Russians would say you have to drink a lot. (Laughs) Especially when you eat! I think our cultural standards are a little different here in Germany. We try to tell our customers that they should try the vodka pure and at room temperature so they can really appreciate the quality. Of course, it’s also okay to just mix it with a soft drink, Mineralwasser, or tonic. You don’t have to be an experienced bartender to make a nice drink!

And how do you drink it?

In summer, I like a strawberry margarita with vodka. But in the winter, we collaborate with Berliner Winter to make a kind of hot vodka drink with apple cider. It’s similar to a grog, and very delicious. I also really like it after dinner as a digestif, kind of like a grappa… But like I said, drinking it pure is the best way to appreciate it.

The taste is very subtle, which I think is rare for vodka.

Exactly — it’s very mild. I think vodka has a bad reputation because people think of the taste in a certain way…. Our/Vodka is not overpowering, there’s no real “flavour,” so to speak. Some people say it’s a bit lavender-ish, some say there’s a hint of lemon, but there’s nothing that we add in. We use German-local ingredients and purified Berlin Leitungswasser, so the recipe is really as simple as the concept itself. It’s funny because I have a lot of girlfriends that aren’t into drinking vodka, but they drink this vodka because it’s so smooth.

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Can you explain the science behind the distilling process? What exactly happens behind closed doors here?

I’ll give you the simplified version: here in the factory, we distill the aromatic fraction that gives the flavour to Our/Vodka. This is then blended together with wheat-based ethanol, which we import from Münster, and purified Leitungswasser. When we were initially sourcing our ethanol, we found that the quality here in Berlin and Brandenburg was too poor, so we ended up importing from Münster, which is working very well for us.

But otherwise, the Our/Vodka aesthetic is very local.

Definitely. We love the sense of community here in Berlin, but we’re also expanding the “global” part of the brand as well. We were the testers, the guinea pigs, the trial. And now, they opened up Our/Detroit and Our/Seattle, and Our/Amsterdam will be opening in October. The global aspect is coming more and more together, which is super nice because we were always feeling a little alone over here — we were the first European city for Our/Vodka, so we’re very much looking forward to having our sibling opening up in Europe.

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Is there a strong connection between all of the headquarters, or do you operate exclusively?

We definitely have a strong exchange with the teams all over the world. We have an internal communication tool, we talk about everything, we swap ideas, we review new materials together… We’ve actually become close friends with the team in Detroit. We really got to know them well, we’ve spent holidays over there and they showed us around the city!

I love Detroit so much. There’s such a huge sense of community over there… It reminds me a lot of Berlin, actually.

I think so too! There’s a lot of common ground between Detroit and Berlin. The decision to open up there was a huge one. People were like, “What?! Why Detroit?!” It seemed crazy that we would set up there because the economy is so bad but it’s working out so well. If you are actually the one to start something and develop it, you inspire the community and you can create something amazing.

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Why do you think Berlin was chosen to be the flagship city for Our/Vodka?

Berlin was the perfect choice for the first city because it’s still so young. It’s vibrant. We also have such a big nightclub and bar scene here…. The city is so attractive for a lot of people! This is where trends are set! I think there’s a preconception that everything that comes out of Berlin is cool. (Laughs)

Our/Vodka has set up shop in Berlin, Detroit, Seattle, London, Amsterdam… What’s the common denominator in all these cities?

I’ve asked the same question! It’s most important that the city is young in terms of its established markets… For example, they didn’t want to go to Portland: they went to Seattle instead. That’s not so obvious a choice but we did that because in Portland, there’s already a strong local community with a local brewery and distillery. It’s easier to cultivate this sense of community when you start it from the ground up. People are very open to new products in these cities — it’s very inspiring.

And what made you decide to open the distillery here in Treptow?

It was admittedly very hard to find the right space. It’s especially hard within the confines of the city because there’s a lot of building code requirements… But we found this place and we love it. It’s still in the city but it’s kind of isolated as well. We have a very vibrant surrounding here, there’s Club der Visionäre and the Badeschiff and White Trash and Arena Club all just around the corner. We’re very lucky.

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You mentioned these building code requirements. What kind of restrictions are there?

Have you ever seen a distillery explode? (Laughs) It basically just leaves a big hole in the ground. If the distillery explodes here, the entire area would be wiped out. It would look like Mars. (Laughs) So, we have to be very careful. In New York, they were fighting so hard to get the proper permits, they wanted to open the distillery actually within Manhattan — which they succeeded at, by the way; Our/New York will be the first distillery in Manhattan since prohibition times! So, yes, we’re very happy here, and lucky to be here.

I read that you guys brought on an engineer to customise the space as well.

Exactly. And there were a lot of rules. Of course — we’re in Germany! As it was the first distillery for the Our/Vodka project, it has to be made very properly. The laws are very strict! (Laughs) We had to keep in mind that we needed an area to host events, but also a working office space, and a storage space for the dry goods that we use for packaging and bottling and labels and that kind of thing. The best part is this nice roll gate that you can pull up in the summertime, there’s a nice breeze and so much natural light.

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That’s so nice because, for me, space really affects my creativity.

Absolutely. When we have the doors wide open in the summer, there’s no boundary between customers, visitors, and us. It also helps creativity flow, helps us find new ideas… Because it’s so open, you can move around, you can go outside when you get sick of sitting in front of the computer… This area is so full of creative people, too. We spend almost more time chatting with our amazing neighbours than we do inside working! (Laughs)

It definitely doesn’t feel like your typical office here.

It was important for us to have a space where people and also our team feel comfortable. It’s a vodka distillery, but it shouldn’t have the feeling of an office. We want to be very open. We want a space where people feel they can just drop by and have a drink. We want people to be comfortable here. That’s what we’re trying to achieve. Just like we have the name on the bottle, we really want to make this Our Berlin.

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Postcards from Paris – überlin

Postcards from Paris

by Zoë Noble

A few weeks ago I had the amazing opportunity to get out of frozen Berlin and visit err, a frozen Paris! Who’d have guessed that in March, Paris would be hit by a blizzard, but looks like the whole of Europe is in a weather funk at the moment. After a couple of cancelled flights and a shut down airport (man up Paris), I made it to the City of Light. Getting there was kind of a big deal as I was shooting a piece for Harper’s Bazaar Arabia (career highlight!) so, once I actually landed, I celebrated by eating some macaroons which cost more than a month’s rent in Berlin.

The trip was made even more awesome by my sister flying over from the UK, so once the work was fini, the fun could begin! We couldn’t stop saying, “we’re in Pariiiiiissss!” and doing a little girly dance like nobhead Carrie Bradshaw when she sees the Eiffel Tower for the first time. Our highlights were wandering around Canal St-Martin, drinking the best tea I’ve ever tasted at Galleries Lafayette, seeing the Tour Eiffel’s stroke-inducing light show at night, and visiting Palais de Tokyo to see the amazing “Soleil Froid” exhibition (separate post to follow!). Here are some holiday snaps:

Like this? Then you’ll love my photos from my previous visit to Paris, and from Paris Fashion Week. Follow Zoë Noble Photography on Facebook for updates.

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  1. […] of the best things I saw on my recent trip to Paris was definitely the Cold Sun season at the Palais de Tokyo gallery. Featuring a huge array of […]

  2. liz says:

    Love your photos which capture the magic of Paris.

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Learn High-end Retouching with Pratik Naik at überlin! – überlin

Learn High-end Retouching with Pratik Naik at überlin!

by Zoë Noble

Pratik Naik High End Retouching Workshop

I’ve been a massive fan of Pratik Naik for years. One of the best high-end retouchers working today, he’s been instrumental in my development and an inspiration for the kind of sleek-yet-natural aesthetic I aspire to. That’s why we’re really excited to announce that Pratik will be leading a one-day retouching workshop in our überlin photo studio.

During this workshop, which will focus on high-end beauty and fashion retouching, Pratik will share his workflow, techniques and the basis for his aesthetic decisions. The event will develop across one intense day of work and will showcase Pratik’s tricks for optimising the use of Adobe Photoshop CS5 (or higher). If you can’t make it to the workshop, but you want to meet other retouchers and photographers, Pratik and I will be hosting a meetup on the following day (details TBC).

Click through for all the details about the Pratik Naik High End Retouching Workshop, hosted by überlin. As readers of ours, you get a super special deal – use the offer code uberlin2015 on checkout to get 15% off the regular ticket price.

Looking forward to meeting you, and learning some advanced retouching skills! (nerd alert)

How to work at a startup: 3. Cover letter and social media – überlin

How to work at a startup: 3. Cover letter and social media

by Guest Blogger

By Federico Prandi.

Ever wondered why cover letters are called cover letters?

That’s because they’re a cover-up, a fraud, a final attempt to reinforce all the lies you’ve shamelessly written on your resume and spice them up with some hardcore lip service. A good cover letter is something you can’t have your wife and children read without them thinking you’re willing to trade your family for a part-time customer service job at an internet startup.

Now, in order to write a convincing cover letter you have to be able to write a regular one. I know that nobody writes proper letters anymore, but in our childhood we’ve all done it in (at least) two specific circumstances.

#1 Love Letters

I remember middle school as the place where my first literary attempts took place. All the guys were pouring their hormonal intensity into odes to girls who either wouldn’t let them touch their breasts or didn’t have breasts at all. One of my letters was so successful that a 12-year-old girl in my class pulled me aside and kissed me, making death poems suddenly look like a better idea.

#2 Letters to Santa

Growing up in a catholic family, I could either write my Christmas wishes to Santa or to baby Jesus. I always picked the former, assuming that the old man wouldn’t be up to date with my sins. In hindsight I feel like I was never really filled in on the magic of Christmas and as a result all my letters to Santa sounded like financial scam against a vulnerable senior, as if I had to convince him to spend all his pension on my presents. Also, I probably looked down on Jesus, thinking that a baby born in a shed wouldn’t be able to discern between the real Little Mermaid merchandise and those cheap rip-offs.

Anyway, the perfect cover letter takes something from both examples; it combines the pained longing of the teenage love letter and the manipulative hidden agenda of the Santa letter; it makes big promises but also claims big rewards; it tells a company that you’ll be their dream, you’ll be their wish, you’ll be their fantasy. You’ll be their hope, you’ll be their love, be everything that they need. You’ll love them more with every breath (truly, madly, deeply do), you will be strong, you will be faithful ’cause you’re counting on a new beginning, a reason for living, a deeper meaning, yeah.

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Dear NAME_OF_RECRUITER,

My name is Federico Prandi Barry LaVaughn [PRO TIP: use a name that oozes out awesomeness: fake IDs aren’t as expensive as you think!] and I’m applying for the position of Online Marketing Manager after applying to three others and being rejected finding the job posting on some random Reddit thread the company website.

I’ve spent the past year watching every season of Survivor on my couch traveling around the world, but now I need money feel like it’s time for a new professional challenge. I’ve been keeping an eye on NAME_OF_COMPANY for the past seven minutes, while simultaneously shopping on Amazon years and I was always impressed by your constant achievements in terms of growth and marketing efforts.

Before traveling, I worked for two months years at a marketing agency whose main focus are on-site and off-site SEO. When the company started offering a wider range of services, the fact that I have a Twitter account with more than 6 followers my holistic approach to online marketing came especially handy and I was given new responsibilities. My professional path gave me practical experience in stalking people online conducting detailed on-site audits, developing actionable inbound marketing strategies and researching keywords in a clever way. My team left the boat before it sank swayed between “very small” and a “one-man-show”, which made me cry in the shower at night called for crazy organizational skills, high versatility and alcoholism a talent for setting priorities.

In my private time I tend to read and write Harry Potter erotic fanfic in a lot of online places (forums, blogs, e-zines, online newspapers, social media…you name it!); this gave me a very sharp sensitivity when it comes to anything futile in life contemporary online trends and the language of the web.

Having read the profile you’re looking for, I am going to ignore all the requirements I don’t have and apply anyway think I might be a valuable asset to your team and at the same time have a chance to grow as a marketer.

I look forward to hearing back from you and dive deeper into the selection process.

Best,

Barry

Ta-da! You’re all set!

You have the perfect CV, the perfect cover letter and you’re now ready to pack everything together and send your application via email.

Bonus Track: Clean up your social media

via GIPHY

Actually.

There is one more little thing that needs to be done in order to make your application really really perfect.

Hire a private investigator (or me if I’m bored) and ask him to turn the internet upside down in search of some dirt about you. As much as you consider yourself an amazing human being, that time you made fun of coat-hanger abortions on Twitter may not be well perceived by everybody.

Delete the tweet and, since you’re at it, replace it with a photoshopped picture of you hugging a koala bear (which, in my opinion, is exactly what restored Luke Perry’s public image after 90210).

Bingo – you’re all set!

Federico is an Italian in Berlin. He blogs, tweets, infiltrates the German language, and is currently employed at a cool internet company based in Berlin with a million open positions.

If you liked this, read the rest of the series here. And check out our observations on the Berlin startup scene, and get more practical advice about landing a startup job (with more GIFs!).

Let's make Comedy Café Berlin a reality!

Help make Berlin’s first alternative comedy stage a thing!

by James Glazebrook

Comedy Café Berlin - before

This is exciting! One of the brothers behind the hilarious piffle! podcast is currently turning this old Kneipe into Berlin’s first alternative comedy stage, the unimaginatively-titled Comedy Café Berlin (way to improv, guys). It’s going to be located in the heart of hipster central, on Neukölln’s Weserstraße, and will feature a café and bar alongside a theatre to showcase the stars of Berlin’s up-and-coming international comedy scene. As well as live standup, sketch and improv, this new institution for comedy will host workshops and courses for anyone who wants to polish up their funning skills.

With construction already under way, the team are raising money to pay for important stuff like soundproofing. To help secure the future of this promising project, check out the Comedy Café Berlin Kickstarter, where rewards include the chance to get your name on the Wall of Fame, one of the theatre’s 60 seats, a menu item, or even its toilets (“Name of Thrones”!). When you’re giggling it up in Berlin’s most awesome new nightspot, you can thank your past self for being so generous and, let’s face it, smart. DO IT.

Geeking Out On Analogue Photography

überlin Does Croatia: Geeking Out on Analogue Photography

by Zoë Noble

Croatian flag

Just picked up the prints from our summer holiday in Vis, an island a few hours from Split, Croatia. The reason it’s taken so long to get the photos is that I STUPIDLY left the film back in our apartment!? Yup, I’m a massive idiot. Thankfully my guardian angel/Airbnb host Ratko found the film and posted it to me – but it took two months to get here. I’d almost given up hope and then it arrived in the mail last week ????

Usually I’d take my digital camera while travelling and I’d have all the photos on my laptop, backed up after each day – this was my first holiday ONLY shooting analogue. Why? Because, for a change, I decided to leave the bulky cameras and multiple lenses and just travel really light. When I’m not working, I want to have a complete break from carrying heavy equipment, changing lenses, charging batteries and the post-hols photo editing.

The beauty of film cameras is that they simplify your decisions, leaving you to simply enjoy the moment of taking the photo. You really have to slow down when you shoot analogue, and you truly consider every photo. You remember that you have a limited number of shots and concentrate on really nailing that exposure. So many times I’ve composed an image with my analogue camera, only to decide it just wasn’t worth wasting a shot.

This way of thinking really helps photographers. Taking hundreds of photos with a digital camera may be easier, but it doesn’t help you understand what makes a good photo. Anyone can blast out 1,000 shots and get one killer image. You know you’re a great photographer when EVERY shot is a killer image.

Anyway, enough photo geekery… we had such an amazing time in Croatia and would recommend the island of Vis (thank you Ed and Sarah for the amazing tip!) and our beautiful villa in a heartbeat. We want to be there right now!

All photos shot with Olympus OM-2, 35mm lens and Kodak Portra 400 film.

Croatia sea

Church and blue sky of Croatia

Green seas

James looking out to the sea

Peeling paint

Pink flowers

Vis beach view

Port with fishing boats in Vis

Narrow buildings in Vis

Fishing boats

Sea view in Croatia

Walkway in Vis old town

Vis old town

Fresh fish in Vis

Sun setting in Vis

Free standup! Win a pair of tickets for Josie Long live – überlin

Free standup! Win a pair of tickets for Josie Long live

by James Glazebrook

Josie Long by Idil Sukan @ drawhq.com

Josie Long by Idil Sukan @ drawhq.com

[EDIT: this competition is now closed. Click here to see if we’re running any open competitions]

Hands up who likes standup comedy? Right, everyone without their hand up can get the fuck out, because there’s nothing better than listening to a funny human’s stories and thoughts and jokes and that. And there are fewer funnier than Josie Long, who’s been smashing it on British telly, the Edinburgh Fringe and countless stages for years now. So if you still have your hands up, put one down and use it scroll down to the bit where we’re giving away two pairs of tickets to Josie’s Berlin show next week. I don’t know what you should do with that other hand – maybe make a fist or a peace sign or something.✌️

If you don’t know Josie, check out her awesome “Romance and Adventure” show below, or this appearance on one of our favourite podcasts, Scroobius Pip’s Distraction Pieces. You can get full details about the two Berlin shows over on Facebook, buy tickets to Friday’s performance via Live in Berlin, and win tickets for Thursday below. Enjoy!

HOW TO WIN 2 X TICKETS FOR JOSIE LONG AT GRIESSMUEHLE ON 8TH OCTOBER:

Do you and a friend want to get your giggle on next Thursday? Just answer this question in the comments below:

Who’s your favourite standup? Include a link to something we can laugh at!

You have until 6pm on Friday 2nd October. Good luck!

The Boring Bit (yawn, RULES):

1. You must be at least 18 years old to enter.
2. ONE ENTRY PER PERSON!
3. We will keep a record of each comment in a database and then a random number generator picks the winner.
4. Remember to include your full (real) name and email address or we won’t be able to put you on the guestlist!
5. We will notify the winners via email.

6 Responses to “Free standup! Win a pair of tickets for Josie Long live”

  1. Sarah Brendela says:

    I try’d to Post it into the Comments in the FreeTicketsWinPage, BUT it was Not Working ???? so i Post it Here and will try it later again! —>

    <3 <3

    ???? https://volkerstruebing.wordpress.com/klos-und-spinne/ (y)

    Mit Besten Grüßen von—>

    !!! Sarah Brendela !!!

  2. Niamh Murphy says:

    Dara o briain for sure. toothologist haha
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=uRqB5-egs1s

  3. Matt Hanley says:

    Vic & Bob (with Matt Lucas). To this day, I have absolutely no idea why this cracks me up. It makes absolutely no sense at all, but it probably my favourite comedy moment.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRN-5XQy3FU

  4. Garret O’Connell says:

    Best standup: David O’Doherty
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0332qnv

leave a comment

Free standup! Win a pair of tickets for Josie Long live – überlin

Free standup! Win a pair of tickets for Josie Long live

by James Glazebrook

Josie Long by Idil Sukan @ drawhq.com

Josie Long by Idil Sukan @ drawhq.com

[EDIT: this competition is now closed. Click here to see if we’re running any open competitions]

Hands up who likes standup comedy? Right, everyone without their hand up can get the fuck out, because there’s nothing better than listening to a funny human’s stories and thoughts and jokes and that. And there are fewer funnier than Josie Long, who’s been smashing it on British telly, the Edinburgh Fringe and countless stages for years now. So if you still have your hands up, put one down and use it scroll down to the bit where we’re giving away two pairs of tickets to Josie’s Berlin show next week. I don’t know what you should do with that other hand – maybe make a fist or a peace sign or something.✌️

If you don’t know Josie, check out her awesome “Romance and Adventure” show below, or this appearance on one of our favourite podcasts, Scroobius Pip’s Distraction Pieces. You can get full details about the two Berlin shows over on Facebook, buy tickets to Friday’s performance via Live in Berlin, and win tickets for Thursday below. Enjoy!

HOW TO WIN 2 X TICKETS FOR JOSIE LONG AT GRIESSMUEHLE ON 8TH OCTOBER:

Do you and a friend want to get your giggle on next Thursday? Just answer this question in the comments below:

Who’s your favourite standup? Include a link to something we can laugh at!

You have until 6pm on Friday 2nd October. Good luck!

The Boring Bit (yawn, RULES):

1. You must be at least 18 years old to enter.
2. ONE ENTRY PER PERSON!
3. We will keep a record of each comment in a database and then a random number generator picks the winner.
4. Remember to include your full (real) name and email address or we won’t be able to put you on the guestlist!
5. We will notify the winners via email.

6 Responses to “Free standup! Win a pair of tickets for Josie Long live”

  1. Sarah Brendela says:

    I try’d to Post it into the Comments in the FreeTicketsWinPage, BUT it was Not Working ???? so i Post it Here and will try it later again! —>

    <3 <3

    ???? https://volkerstruebing.wordpress.com/klos-und-spinne/ (y)

    Mit Besten Grüßen von—>

    !!! Sarah Brendela !!!

  2. Niamh Murphy says:

    Dara o briain for sure. toothologist haha
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=uRqB5-egs1s

  3. Matt Hanley says:

    Vic & Bob (with Matt Lucas). To this day, I have absolutely no idea why this cracks me up. It makes absolutely no sense at all, but it probably my favourite comedy moment.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRN-5XQy3FU

  4. Garret O’Connell says:

    Best standup: David O’Doherty
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0332qnv

leave a comment

Don't Stay True: The Betrayal of Bring Me The Horizon – überlin

Don’t Stay True: The Betrayal of Bring Me The Horizon

by James Glazebrook

I wouldn’t hold my breath if I was you
Cause I’ll forget but I’ll never forgive you
Don’t you know, don’t you know?
True friends stab you in the front

Listeners to Bring Me the Horizon’s controversial new album That’s The Spirit could be forgiven for empathising with the emotions expressed by “True Friends”. Knowingly or otherwise, these lyrics – intended by singer Oli Sykes as a typically hardcore response to fake friends’ betrayals – actually anticipated the reaction of many fans, and many more former fans, to the album’s stadium-friendly sound.

It’s funny how things work out
Such a bitter irony
Like a kick right to the teeth
It fell apart right from the start
But I couldn’t even see the forest for the trees
(I’m afraid you asked for this)

The irony is that Bring Me the Horizon were always headed in this direction. With That’s The Spirit, the band have made the large last leap towards becoming the post-metalcore Linkin Park, but they’ve been on this path for a long time.

Right from the start, they were rejected by the metal establishment as being too pretty and well put-together to be anything more than scene posers. Sykes, also the founder of alt brand Drop Dead Clothing, became the poster child for a kind of hardcore that Topshop designers could lift from. But BMTH proved they had substance as well as style, with a brutal deathcore sound and live shows that converted bottle throwers into lifelong fans.

Now those same fans are declaring the death of the Bring Me the Horizon they grew to love. The melody, the hooks, the EDM production, the glimpses of genuine optimism are, for many, too much to bear. And for a scene that rejects “selling out” absolutely, the commercial success that will no doubt follow is perceived as the ultimate betrayal.

You got a lot of nerve but not a lot of spine
You made your bed when you worried about mine
This ends now

Somehow, no one saw this coming. But less short-sighted fans shouldn’t be too shocked, as That’s The Spirit only marks the latest end point of the band’s evolution. Their breakthrough album, 2008’s Suicide Season, saw them polishing their sound, embracing a more accessible metalcore aesthetic, and augmenting it with electronic flourishes. The re-released Cut Up edition even included a disc of remixes from producers like Toxic Avenger, Utah Saints and a then-unknown Skrillex.

For 2013’s Sempiternal, Bring Me the Horizon replaced their rhythm guitarist with a keyboardist, and pushed the electronics front and centre. From opener “Can You Feel My Heart” through to the haunting “Deathbeds”, performed for growing crowds at venues like Wembley Stadium, it’s hard not to hear That’s The Spirit coming. If this ends now, it started a long time ago.

It’s kind of sad cause what we had
Well it could have been something
I guess it wasn’t meant to be
So how dare you try and steal my flame
Just cause yours faded
Well hate is gasoline
A fire fuelling all my dreams
(I’m afraid you asked for this)

The originators of metal were no purists; they used whatever instruments were at hand to create their unholy sound. Listen to Hawkwind, likely responsible for the very name of “heavy metal”, and you’ll hear Lemmy’s growl and distorted guitars swimming in a cosmic bath of trippy analogue electronics.

But then disco came, and the rockers’ reaction to it, which pushed everyone into one of two camps, forcing them into a digital zero-one either-or choice between guitars and drum machines. Even fans of freaks like Faith No More, art punks with a gay keyboard player somehow mistaken for a metal band, kicked back when the group’s experiments reached full fruition. That’s why fans of The Real Thing hated Angel Dust; and that’s why people who tolerated Sempiternal can’t forgive That’s the Spirit.

The good news for those people is that Sempiternal still exists; for the die-hards, Count Your Blessings is still available to listen to. As for the new album, a band making what can be seen as a wrong turn can’t be blamed for daring to find out what was waiting down that fork in the road.

Bring Me the Horizon barely listen to metal any more, and they’ve admitted to respecting bands like Linkin Park, who fill stadiums with big, bold, and sometimes heavy, sounds. True artists make the art they want to see or hear, and brave bands will risk existing fans over the chance to realise their vision, and present it to people who truly appreciate it.

Oli Sykes has come out of struggles like a Ketamine addiction with an appreciation of life in all its shades of grey, all its complicated beauty and bitter irony. And he wants to make music that reflects that. He’s not even 30 and he’s through fucking about. He hasn’t said as much, but you can sense that he’s not going to lose any sleep over so-called fans who are willing to walk away over the expansion of his ambition. For a band that always wanted to be more than metalcore, that’s the real betrayal.

I wouldn’t hold my breath if I was you
You broke my heart and there’s nothing you can do
And now you know, now you know
True friends stab you in the front

Bring Me The Horizon Drowned video shoot

Bring Me The Horizon play Huxleys Neue Welt on 10th November 2015 (tickets).

Don't Stay True: The Betrayal of Bring Me The Horizon – überlin

Don’t Stay True: The Betrayal of Bring Me The Horizon

by James Glazebrook

I wouldn’t hold my breath if I was you
Cause I’ll forget but I’ll never forgive you
Don’t you know, don’t you know?
True friends stab you in the front

Listeners to Bring Me the Horizon’s controversial new album That’s The Spirit could be forgiven for empathising with the emotions expressed by “True Friends”. Knowingly or otherwise, these lyrics – intended by singer Oli Sykes as a typically hardcore response to fake friends’ betrayals – actually anticipated the reaction of many fans, and many more former fans, to the album’s stadium-friendly sound.

It’s funny how things work out
Such a bitter irony
Like a kick right to the teeth
It fell apart right from the start
But I couldn’t even see the forest for the trees
(I’m afraid you asked for this)

The irony is that Bring Me the Horizon were always headed in this direction. With That’s The Spirit, the band have made the large last leap towards becoming the post-metalcore Linkin Park, but they’ve been on this path for a long time.

Right from the start, they were rejected by the metal establishment as being too pretty and well put-together to be anything more than scene posers. Sykes, also the founder of alt brand Drop Dead Clothing, became the poster child for a kind of hardcore that Topshop designers could lift from. But BMTH proved they had substance as well as style, with a brutal deathcore sound and live shows that converted bottle throwers into lifelong fans.

Now those same fans are declaring the death of the Bring Me the Horizon they grew to love. The melody, the hooks, the EDM production, the glimpses of genuine optimism are, for many, too much to bear. And for a scene that rejects “selling out” absolutely, the commercial success that will no doubt follow is perceived as the ultimate betrayal.

You got a lot of nerve but not a lot of spine
You made your bed when you worried about mine
This ends now

Somehow, no one saw this coming. But less short-sighted fans shouldn’t be too shocked, as That’s The Spirit only marks the latest end point of the band’s evolution. Their breakthrough album, 2008’s Suicide Season, saw them polishing their sound, embracing a more accessible metalcore aesthetic, and augmenting it with electronic flourishes. The re-released Cut Up edition even included a disc of remixes from producers like Toxic Avenger, Utah Saints and a then-unknown Skrillex.

For 2013’s Sempiternal, Bring Me the Horizon replaced their rhythm guitarist with a keyboardist, and pushed the electronics front and centre. From opener “Can You Feel My Heart” through to the haunting “Deathbeds”, performed for growing crowds at venues like Wembley Stadium, it’s hard not to hear That’s The Spirit coming. If this ends now, it started a long time ago.

It’s kind of sad cause what we had
Well it could have been something
I guess it wasn’t meant to be
So how dare you try and steal my flame
Just cause yours faded
Well hate is gasoline
A fire fuelling all my dreams
(I’m afraid you asked for this)

The originators of metal were no purists; they used whatever instruments were at hand to create their unholy sound. Listen to Hawkwind, likely responsible for the very name of “heavy metal”, and you’ll hear Lemmy’s growl and distorted guitars swimming in a cosmic bath of trippy analogue electronics.

But then disco came, and the rockers’ reaction to it, which pushed everyone into one of two camps, forcing them into a digital zero-one either-or choice between guitars and drum machines. Even fans of freaks like Faith No More, art punks with a gay keyboard player somehow mistaken for a metal band, kicked back when the group’s experiments reached full fruition. That’s why fans of The Real Thing hated Angel Dust; and that’s why people who tolerated Sempiternal can’t forgive That’s the Spirit.

The good news for those people is that Sempiternal still exists; for the die-hards, Count Your Blessings is still available to listen to. As for the new album, a band making what can be seen as a wrong turn can’t be blamed for daring to find out what was waiting down that fork in the road.

Bring Me the Horizon barely listen to metal any more, and they’ve admitted to respecting bands like Linkin Park, who fill stadiums with big, bold, and sometimes heavy, sounds. True artists make the art they want to see or hear, and brave bands will risk existing fans over the chance to realise their vision, and present it to people who truly appreciate it.

Oli Sykes has come out of struggles like a Ketamine addiction with an appreciation of life in all its shades of grey, all its complicated beauty and bitter irony. And he wants to make music that reflects that. He’s not even 30 and he’s through fucking about. He hasn’t said as much, but you can sense that he’s not going to lose any sleep over so-called fans who are willing to walk away over the expansion of his ambition. For a band that always wanted to be more than metalcore, that’s the real betrayal.

I wouldn’t hold my breath if I was you
You broke my heart and there’s nothing you can do
And now you know, now you know
True friends stab you in the front

Bring Me The Horizon Drowned video shoot

Bring Me The Horizon play Huxleys Neue Welt on 10th November 2015 (tickets).