Berlin rocks to the boxer beat.

Music, motorcycles and the New Heritage at the Pure&Crafted festival.

The post-industrial backdrop of the old post station became the centre of Berlin for a weekend. 8,000 custom and vintage lovers came together for the Pure&Crafted Festival - sold out. The Berlin scene celebrated "pure and handmade" in its purest form to the catchy sound of Mando Diao and Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds. To be continued...

The striking heartbeat of the boxer engines mixes with the booming bass and the unmistakeable voice of British pop legend Noel Gallagher.

In the mild summer night air, rockers, rock ’n’ rollers and sixties fans celebrate together. The rough bricks of the Berlin Postbahnhof shine in the golden light of the headlights, which illuminate the hotspot of these two days in the Berlin night sky.
No limits. It's a case of using all your senses to try out everything offered by urban life in the cultural melting pot. And being part of the zeitgeist that simply unites music, motorcycling and fashion history with the individual lifestyle of the present in a unique mixture.
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Every two-wheeler is unique.

Every two-wheeler is unique.

That which the customiser for the Pure&Crafted Festival presented may be referred to as art without reservations. The giants of the scene, such as Krautmotors, Nail Motors, Urban Motor or Berham Customs outdid themselves to be in time to go to the festival with their latest gems. If these guys buy a new bike, then it's only just at the beginning on its way to being a dream bike. First, everything is removed that isn't essential so as to not reinvent the wheel. Bikes are created that are genuinely unique. Roughly hewn objects. Or highly polished masterpieces that care only placed into expert hands.

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Scuffed hands and oily clothes.

Scuffed hands and oily clothes.

For the naive observer an unsolvable puzzle with 400 parts, for the experienced specialist a work of art in the making: at the beginning of the festival, all the innards of the R 60/6 were spread out on a workbench in the gearhead workshop. This is where the pros from BMW Motorrad assembled the legendary moped piece by piece. Ambitious gearheads looked on as the experts completed the puzzle and pestered them with questions. And yet this wasn't the last opportunity for this. The basic structure of the gearhead workshop was the prototype for the future workshops of BMW Motorrad dealerships.

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Style icons in the limelight.

Style icons in the limelight.

A selection of impressive bikes surrounding the BMW Motorrad truck drew everyone's gaze. Represented by the latest project Concept Lac Rose, a modern interpretation of a rally bike from the eighties, and the original, on which the Belgian Gaston Rahier won the Paris-Dakar in 1985. Collector's items with illustrious names kept them company. For instance "The Cardinal", a bike with a historic centre, which perfectly embodies the spirit of the BMW Motorrad brand. Or the "Beach Bitch" scrambler, whose design was first drawn in sand – and appeals to the other kind of beach holiday with tough studded tyres and a clear focus on performance. While one motorcycle was being presented in perfect condition, another showed the miles it had travelled and every tour it had experienced. The fact that craftsmanship is able to perform properly in pure culture is proven by the bikes in a few weeks at the Glemseck 101 spring races.

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Flying in formation with the R 25.

Flying in formation with the R 25.

Gasps, sceptical faces, pure thrills: The Motodrom, the oldest travelling steep face in the world, was the crowd magnet at the Pure&Crafted Festival. The showmen in Donald Ganslmeier's company are like the tough guys of old who have perfected vertical precision driving. The steep face driver provided the absolute highlight of the show with his skilful toying with the laws of nature as they rode side by side and in formation on 3 historic BMW R 25 over the vertical wall. Whoever came out from the Motodrom stood before the double-decker bus of the London Ace Cafe. This is the pub where the urban café racer movement with the notorious rebellious lifestyle began in the 50s and evolved into the worldwide trend thanks to Hollywood films with heroes like Marlon Brando.

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Pure sound

From Mando Diao to Noel Gallagher.

From Mando Diao to Noel Gallagher.

The core of the Pure&Crafted was clearly the music. The headliners Mando Diao and Brit pop legend Noel Gallagher and his High Flying Birds rocked away on the main stage. With further high-class acts by Tricky, who brought along his "Skilled Mechanics" project, Band of Skulls, or Frank Carter & the Rattlesnakes, the festival once again made a name for itself as a rock highlight of the Berlin summer. The rhythms of the rockers mingled with the crisp sound of the old Boxer engines into a special crossover. Music and motorcycle melted into one. It doesn't get any better than this.

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Handmade music at the Motodrom.

Handmade music at the Motodrom.

On the re-purposed Parade of the Motodrom, the festival goers experienced honest, rough music without the help of a digital recording studio. The highly emotional, soulful gigs by local artists formed a successful contrast to the tubes of the motors inside the Motodrom. Stars of tomorrow, such as Lion O. King, Laura Guidi, Jana Berwig, Meinherz, Skinny Eric & the Belly Bottom Blues Band and Sleepwalker's Station delighted the audience with real, handmade, predominantly German music.

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40 and not even remotely quiet.

40 and not even remotely quiet.

This punk has been rocking stages all over the world for four decades – and has not even begun to run out of juice. These rockaholics were not only able to pogo, but also to trumpet their own vocal artistry at the punk rock karaoke. They left several titanium exhaust chambers looking decidedly pale after their performance. A live band supported the ambitious singers and improvised so flexibly that even discords were received with approval. And because the audience enjoyed the performance just as much as the performers themselves, there was encore after encore and the fun went on until well after midnight.

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Real handcraft

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Show pieces and biker gadgets.

Show pieces and biker gadgets.

A full dose of New Heritage: The inside of the post station was easily transformed into a general store at the Pure&Crafted Festival. Blaumann Jeans shared a new style with the audience in 60 seconds with the help of a screen printed T-shirt. Fancy leather boots, fashionable belts, fine jewellery - here the most beloved objects and biker gadgets were on offer. Rustic elements to mix and match into one's very own style. These guys don't need any role models thanks to their great love of things past. They're simply living out their individualism, which at some point might even make them the trend-setters.

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Bavarian Engineered Beer.

Bavarian Engineered Beer.

Whoever likes beer with more flavour will inevitably encounter craft beer nowadays. In the vats of many brewers, and for quite some time, it's not just the traditional types of beer that are fermenting. Because of the brewing purity law does not require brewers to produce a single type of beer - experimentation is now a basic principle at many breweries. It tastes fruity, surprising, somehow like freedom. BMW Motorrad has captured the taste of freedom for bikers and with the Bavarian Engineered Beer provides for a special culinary treat. And without rotations (only 0.5 percent alcohol) - a rarity in the craft beer segment. Visitors to the Pure&Crafted Festival tested the first bottles and were joyfully amazed. Whoever's planning to enjoy it soon, for example at the Glemseck 101 should be advised: Best enjoyed when cooled by the bike's airflow!

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Fuel for the Body.

Fuel for the Body.

It almost felt like a street food market. There were culinary delights to take away from every corner of the venue. Pulled pork here. Organic burgers on dark bread rolls there. French toast towers with fresh fruit, sunny-side-up eggs with homemade humus, grilled tomatoes, salad and crispy bread and homemade granola with yoghurt and berries there. The food trucks and thoughtfully arranged food stalls had it all to offer from healthy food to fast food. After receiving sustenance, the rocking went on well into the night.

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Good Hair Day.

Good Hair Day.

What're you havin': a classic short haircut, wet shave with a blade or a trim to the beard? The barber trade is currently experiencing something of a renaissance. Because in the first half of the 20th century regular visits to the barber were expected by society. The barber shop - a place for men to converse, relax or trim their beards. Visitors indulged in a moment of peace and relaxation at the Oak und Mühle barber shop at the Pure&Crafted Festival. While the barber was at work on his head, a gentleman leafed through the freshly printed TURNS magazine from BMW Motorrad. Next door, the ladies at the Kreuzberg Double Studio were given an authentic vintage look, complete with updo and sixties style make up.

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To be continued? To be continued.

With a line up of high-profile artists and unique heritage-culture, the Pure&Crafted Festival has come to establish itself as a fixed date in the spectacular event calendar in one of the world's trendiest cities. Berlin is a living museum of German history and manages to combine history with new culture.
Where would the Pure&Crafted Festival, that brings the past together with the present with great attention to detail, fit better? And so the decision was easy: The event will return next summer. Same city, same time. More or less. Information to follow ...
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