In Focus: The Allianz Arena

Munich’s Allianz Arena, home to FC Bayern and on occasion the German national football team, is one of the world’s best examples of how a new build football stadium should be designed.

Like another of Germany’s more interesting attractions, Tempelhofer Feld in Berlin, the existence of the Allianz Arena is owed to a regional referendum, where almost two thirds of voters backed plans for the new stadium. After ground was broken in 2002, Bayern moved in to the 346 million euro arena during 2005 and announced that by the end of 2014 they had recouped the building cost, years ahead of their 2030 target. Minus the sponsor’s name (a financial services firm headquartered in Munich), it was used for six matches in the 2006 World Cup including the opening game and a semi-final, hosting Germany twice in two wins.

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Kind of Promise Review – excellently produced Fries-For-All on slightly tweaked versions of Pictures’ best songs

Kind of Promise, a four-track acoustic EP of songs taken from German indie band Pictures’ debut album Promise, was released today on all major online platforms.

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Tempelhofer Feld: Berlin’s reclaimed heart?

An important piece of history and a nice green space, but don’t put this at the top of your ‘to-visit’ list.

There’s something a bit odd about Berlin’s Tempelhofer Feld. Sure, there are all the regular amenities of a public park, but this is no ordinary green space. Because on the edge of the enormous 300+ hectare park stands an imposing Nazi constructed airport terminal. Where once the two runways on the site carried jumbo jets, they are now used by skaters and cyclists.

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Pictures at Huxleys Neue Welt

31st May 2017, 8:20pm CET: Pictures frontman Maze Exler calmly puts down his guitar, reaches on top of a nearby amp and picks up a cigarette. He lights it but the flame doesn’t last for more than five seconds of his wandering around. He flicks his lighter again and this time the flame takes. He wanders over to the microphone in the centre of the Huxleys Neue Welt stage and slowly begins singing. We already knew from Ole Fries’ guitar intro exactly what it was going to be.

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