The capital of the Federal Republic of Germany is missing a few things: enough late-night pharmacies, wastelands, God and Beyoncé. At least Dua Lipa is coming to the summer concert.

Beyoncé on a white horse

The cover of Beyoncé's new album “Cowboy Carter” Photo: AP

Everyone's been talking about Beyoncé since Good Friday. The fact that the megastar was able to release his new album on the anniversary of Jesus' death is not due to the fact that the millionaire singer was once the figurehead of a new Jesus movement. In the United States, Good Friday is simply not a national holiday. However, Beyoncé may have speculated that “Cowboy Carter” would be received as good Easter news, especially since the first song on the album is also called “American Requiem” (sic!).

Of course, Beyoncé knows it, she is a believer: “God is real and lives in me,” she confessed years ago. And behind every successful woman there must also be a God: as “art director” of her song “Spirit” from the movie “The Lion King,” she named her God.

Neither Jesus nor God ever set foot in the capital of the Federal Republic of Germany, so it stands to reason that Beyoncé would also avoid Berlin. Her last concert here was in 2013.

What sense does this make here, in an area where finding a perfectly normal church with a perfectly normal Sunday service is as difficult as finding a late-night pharmacy? When you finally find it, there is usually a handwritten note on the door, washed out by the rain: “Closed. Nearest evening fair/pharmacy: Halensee/Marzahn-Hellersdorf (no S-Bahn connection). Information without guarantee.” Although in case of a shortage of medicines it is advisable to ask the cocaine dealer in the park (“They have everything”), religious life in this city is fallow, in accordance with the space that characterized post-Nazi Berlin: fallow land.

What disappeared with the fallow land

Ignoring Berlin's general state of disrepair, the city center wasteland, the undeveloped area that was created from bombed and demolished houses, has almost disappeared. Also gone with the fallow were the ramshackle construction site fences, the crooked wooden sheds and the remains of crumbling walls that had been erected around empty areas and then forgotten.

Dua Lipa poster

Travel back in time with Dua Lipa Photo: private

These provisional agreements, which had existed for decades, were the definitive advertising space for megastars such as political demonstrations. One of my previous day jobs involved scraping a few centimeters off the meter-thick layer of cardboard so my colleague could re-glue it properly. If Berlin had existed as a divided city for a while longer, these signs would have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site at some point, I bet. Nowadays you have to walk the streets very carefully to even find event posters. Advertising pillars and bus stops are the last refuges of posters. That's why Beyoncé is practically invisible in Berlin. But another megastar hung signs here during Easter: Dua Lipa.

The advertisement for her summer concert at Berlin's Waldbühne looks like a low-budget ad for a Billo gym: grandiose and quite Berlin: a woman is seen in silver stilettos, transparent violet stockings and a tight turquoise T-shirt, bending over, series. while her long, thick hair covers her face like a lion's mane. The artist's name is written above it in hanuta colors.

How cool, in contrast to Beyoncé's increasingly tense dating hell, when she gets off her high horse on the cover of her new album out of sheer artistic desire. Dua Lipa's new album will be released in May and will be called “Radical Optimism.” A title that sounds like it was an idea from the Berlin advertising troops. Because it takes radical optimism to believe that there is a future in Berlin after the last wasteland has closed. God will not be the art director here.