On the morning after their Dockville festival show we meet the Danish band Rangleklods at their hotel close to Außenalster. At the waterfront Esben and his bandmate Tikki are welcomed by a duck that will keep close to the two musicians during the whole acoustic session. Rangleklods make themselves comfortable in a knobby tree, where Esben starts into the sombrous and stirring “In Charge”. Tikki adds some extra deepness to Esben’s sonorous singing. Rangleklods’ stripped down performance is so full of atmosphere, it makes you nearly forget that this band turns very electronic and clubby on stage.
Außenalster is a 164 hectare lake within the city limits of Hamburg. There is a lot of water all across Hamburg, but Außenalster certainly is the locals’ favourite place for recreational activities such as sailing, rowing, cycling or jogging the 7-km-slope around the lake. Alster itself is a rather small river flowing into the Elbe in Hamburg. In 1190 it was dammed up in order to facilitate the running of corn mills, and in 1625 the lake was separated into two lakes (today’s Binnenalster and Außenalster) by the construction of Hamburg’s fortification walls. Außenalster is almost completely surrounded by parks and its banks are accessible to the public with only a few exceptions. Some of the residential quarters around the lake belong to the most sought-after addresses in the whole city.