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Lollapalooza Berlin site out of action until 2019

The former Tempelhof airport will house migrants "no later than the end of 2019", according to news reports, forcing the award-winning festival to look for a new home

By Jon Chapple on 02 Feb 2016

Berlin-Tempelhof Airport, Gryffindor

image © Gryffindor/Wikimedia Commons

The old Berlin Tempelhof Airport site – the location of last year’s European Festival Award-winning Lollapalooza Berlin – will be used to house refugees “no later than the end of 2019”, reports the Berliner Kurier.

This means Lollapalooza Berlin, organised by Hörstmann Unternehmensgruppe/Melt! Booking and promoted by Festival Republic and C3 Presents, will now be looking for a replacement site elsewhere in the German capital. A spokesman for the festival tells IQ it will take place “somewhere else in the centre of Berlin”.

The 2016 festival is due to take place on 10 and 11 September.

The first Lolla Berlin was headlined by Muse, The Libertines, Tame Impala, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Sam Smith, Bastille and Fatboy Slim and attracted 45,000 visitors a day.

Germany took in over a million asylum-seekers in 2015, most fleeing the civil war in Syria.