The promoter (Goldmund, Biesentales), musician and DJ Der Samtbody aka Holger Lehmann has a keen sense for weird folk and quirky songs. Musician and PR man (including for CTM) Guido Möbius only rarely appears as a DJ. Both share a disregard for functional DJing that sticks to the laws of the dance floor or chill out lounge. Smoothly-mixed sets are not to be awaited of them. More likely is a cornucopia brimming with the finest and most remarkable in rarely heard pop music, marginal folk, meta-metal, oblique dubstep and sea shanties. The one thing you can expect is that you will be surprised.
For all intents and purposes, the Monarch will serve as the "official bar" for this year's CTM. Hidden above the Kaiser's supermarket (the entrance to an unlikely concrete staircase can be found next to the Turkish snack bar), with a splendid view onto the elevated U-bahn station at Kottbusser Tor, the Monarch has been a bastion of local social activity for the last few years. Just a few doors down from the action at the nearby Festsaal Kreuzberg, West Germany, Paloma Bar, Nr 4 and Kotti Shop, the Monarch is the ideal place to stop in for a drink when the performances have finished, before heading to the more remote CTM locations of Maria am Ostbahnhof or Berghain.
For your edification and listening pleasure, we have organized Selector's Choice: an assortment of discriminating DJs will be spinning records – the only brief being that they follow their intuition and specific interests to provide an engaging soundtrack. In other words, carte blanche. The Monarch will open at 21:00 and close when the last patrons drink up.
› Tickets › 5 € box office only