Posts Tagged ‘Berghain’

“Quality over quantity has always been the principal for the London Techno Label Blueprint.” 

Only at the Berghain will you see such a line up, with a running order starting Saturday through to Monday. If you are in Berlin this weekend, the Berghain is the place to spend it; that’s if Mr Sven Marquardt will think you worthy of entrance!  


Running Order Berghain

  • 23:59 – 5:00 DVS1
  • 5:00 – 6:00 O / V / R LIVE
  • 6:00 – 9:00 James Ruskin
  • 09:00 AM – 12:00 Sigha
  • 12:00 – End Marcel Dettmann

Running Order Panorama Bar

  • 23:59 – 4:00 Clé           
  • 4:00 – 5:00 Blondes Live
  • 5:00 – 09:00 h vs. Bok Bok Jam City                                                                       
  • 09:00 AM – 12:00 Thomas Schumacher

Running order Sunday

  • 12:00 – 15:00 Mano Le Tough
  • 15:00 – 18:30 Ed Davenport
  • 18:30 – 22:00 Oliver German man
  • 22:00 – 01:00 Magda
  • 1:00 – End Nick Hoppner

“The longer you watch Sven Marquardt’s photographs, the better you will understand that every pose is more than just pose. Man is not hiding behind the assigning poses and requisites. Men are brought to light. Models are opening up to the photographer is the experience that makes Sven Marquardt’s photographs such a sensation.” (, 21.Juni 2010)
“Beauty can be seen in all things, seeing and composing the beauty is what separates the snapshot from the photograph.” – Matt Hardy

Sven Marquardt the gatekeeper ‘curator’, commands what is reputed to be the hardest door in Berlin, and is notorious for choosing an often surprising —rejected entrees would say ‘capricious’ — selection of people, old as well as young, eccentric as often as beautiful, helping to give the club its staying power. Given Marquardt’s notoriety as one of the most terrifying bouncers in the world [personal experience has proven this to be entirely true],  it came as a  shock to learn that the man who brings nightmares to thousands of people who submit to his inspection at the elitist Berghain club entrance each weekend, was once among the most prolific and promising young photographers of East Berlin.

Having put his camera down soon after the fall of the Berlin Wall, it has only been in recent years that he has returned to his work as a photographer. Marquardt’s 2007 photography exhibition at the Berghain took the public eye away from his career as the Berghain bouncer and back on to the man as an artist. Whilst Marquardt has no plans on leaving the Berghain, he continues creating and exhibiting his photography [information on his latest collaborative exhibition [“off the beaten tracks“] and has to date published two photography books including Zukünftig vergangen: Fotografien 1984-2009 and Heiland.  He is also in the process of organizing an external exhibition this year on a wall space overlooking Alexanderplatz – a place in the days of communism, which the young punk rocker was seen as a showcase for socialism and thus banned by the state. [Information regarding the exhibition will be updated on the blog].

Marquardt’s photography has an exclusive focus on portraits and a visual language that he described as “very classic, analog, usually black and white and only with daylight.” His photography is uncannily beautiful, and whilst somewhat macabre, his work is some of the most captivating and stirring I have seen. Given his gatekeeper infamy, many have and will be captivated by his work, and it is with hope that he receives all the acknowledgement he deserves – not for his appearance or Berghain door policy, but for his photographic artistry.       

Visit Marquardt’s Photography Website (not suitable for younger viewers):

Unfortunately I do not understand German, but here is the man in action…

In honour of the greatest techno club in the world… Cut from Berghain 03 and featuring Planetary Assault Systems – Surface Noise, Len Faki’s sheer destruction of techno and its very existence.

Isolated, imposing and post apocalyptic, the Spiller’s Millenium Mills located along the Royal Victoria Docks in South East London, is a sight to behold; a haunting icon of post-industrial Britain. Recent research has highlighted that  the current future prospects of Millenium Mills involves its regeneration into a 5,000 home waterfront development… I simply cannot explain my utter disappoint at this. Besides the fact building has become a much-loved portrait of the post-industrial landscape and a back drop in countless films and television shows…to demolish this uncannily stunning fifty-nine acre site, would be to rid the Royal Docks of a location of a potentially epic sight for…a super club! Every morning for the past 3 months I have passed this foreboding building on the DLR, and lost myself in fantastical dreams of converting Millenium Mills into Berghains bigger grittier sister from South Easy. It radiates the same eerie colussuness as Berlin’s Berghain (clink link for Raider Berghain review) but on an even grander scale. Set aside in a ghostly landscape of what once London’s largest flour Milling industry at Royal Docks, this building is the last of the factories standing since the docks closed definitively in 1984. The interior is as amazing as the exterior and for those that have visited the Berghain club, as can be seen on the below video there is a strong likeness in the industrial mechanized interior of both.

The building is seriously decaying and security patrols round the clock to prevent urban space explorers entering the dangerous site. But with the right designers and building planners, some redesigning, knock through some floors for an extreme high ceiling club space, insert some beastly subwoofers throughout, attract the right crowds with the best DJ’s and music artists on the scene and Millenium Mills could not only be a massive competitor to the Berghain club, but it could be the new mothership of clubbing and potentially the most amazing clubbing space in the UK and Europe.  Big ideas; big dreams…but to turn this building into flats would be a complete waste of epicness.

It is my belief that London is certainly lacking in noteworthy clubbing/music spaces and among the hundreds of derelict buildings dotted around urban areas of London, this building could be the answer. My promise fellow ravers, when I win the Euromillions next week, I will use my winnings to create a clubbing haven in the heart of South East London. Just you wait…

If the Lottery happens to cheat again; then let us hope a rich raver will share my vision.

Visit this website for some remarkable pictures of the interior of Millenium Mills:

Watch the following video created by “kenturbex” on YouTube, the filming is beautiful.

I am posting this link to demonstrate the attitude towards Berghain privacy, and share the comments made to one brave guest who decided to upload footage of the Berghain on YouTube (from our attempts to take a club snap in the Berghain-we are well aware how difficult this is, as we were immedietly told to remove by another clubber). I certainly do not intend to cause any offence or disrespect to the Berghain culture by sharing the video (especially as this video doesn’t even begin to reveal the epicness of this place) but am simply highlighting through video comments the offence caused if any choose to ‘desecrate the temple’ by video recording inside the mighty Berghain.

It is truly fascinating to read how strongly Berghain goers are committed to the ‘what happens in the Berghain stays in the Berghain’ culture. You will find with other videos taken from the Berghain or Panorama bar, that the dislike ratings are rocketing and commenters truly believe you are disrespecting them and the Berghain. Incredible! Whilst it all seems a bit extreme, having actually succeeded in gaining entry into the club when so many are refused entry, and experiencing the Berghain atmosphere, I to hope the mystery surrounding the Berghain remains and that other people do put the cameras away. I love a photo as much as the any other holiday snapper to recapture the moment over and over again, but the Berghain is simply unforgettable-no camera needed. Click link for Raider Berghain review.

[Click on the following link to read the video comments]

I would summarise The Watergate Club as a swanky riverside cocktail bar/club for a  friendly, upmarket house crowd. Sounds like a pretty standard night out for a lot of Londoners, and if this is your scene then Watergate is the place for you – but given the Raiders have a taste for the more hedonistic damp and dingy nightspots, this club didn’t quite fit the mould.

With only a short stay in Berlin we wanted to ensure we descended upon the best clubs the city had to offer and from our lengthy club review research Watergate Club appeared to be one of them. After a truly unforgettable visit to Tresor the night before and gearing up for our penultimate hard techno rave at the mighty Berghain club later that morning, we expected Watergate to ooze the same epicness that Berlin night life had already graced us with. Unfortunately, one look at the prim crowd, the cubic-minimalist decor, neon LED lighting system and plush white leather poufs, and the disappointment set in. Sticking out like sore thumbs in our dust coated high-tops and jeans; the Watergate was a million miles away from our clubbing experiences the previous night. The Watergate club is certainly in a beautiful location overlooking the River Spree, the interior design is luxurious and sophisticated, cocktails are flowing, and polite flirting ensues in all corners. One reviewer even notes that you may be lulled into a false sense of sophistication – but when the first big tune sets in this evaporates. Actually, whilst we hoped it would, it doesn’t, and it still radiates that pretentious vibe you find in London hotspots which we were trying so hard to avoid. On a positive note the Watergate club does play host to many big DJ talents including Chicken Lips and Eric Morillo, so the music should not disappoint at all. However, again the ‘dance floor’ is compact and simply lacks the necessary space needed to manoeuvre moves to such big names.

Overall, I would say this is a relatively good club (bar) to start or wind down in and to enjoy good house and techno music; but this is only if you are prepared to pay for the slightly pricey entrance fees and drinks and if you are not planning on heading to a club like the Berghain after, as this place will not prepare you at all…we vote Tresor Club all the way.


Watergate (Photo credit: Feffef)

Watergate Club, Falckensteinstr 49, 10997, Berlin X-berg.

(This video makes The Watergate look pretty dam cool…so it is highly possible we went on a dull night??)

The legendary Berghain club in Berlin is a decadent hedonistic playground for hard purist techno revellers; a site of excess, experimentation, unraveling, and freedom. 

For me, this club remains the most unique club I ever have and will visit again, and I still have nightmares about the post-clubbing tinnutis I suffered afterwards [so worth it].

Evolving from the gay scene in the nineties – once a men only fetish club – the crowd remains predominantly male and attracts a leather, lederhosen-cladden clan of Bronsonesque, skin head marchers [think: Kevin & Perry Go Large & the German marchers].  Located in a former power plant in Friedrichshain, behind the Berlin Ostbahnhof railway station, the building is truly formidable; set within a steel and concrete interior, with an 18 meter high main dance floor, accommodating around 1500 people.

Aside from the main room, there is the Lab.Oratory basement room- a sex club considered one of the most “hardcore” gay fetish clubs in Berlin. Hosting an eclectic array of themed fetish nights, the Lab is open Thursday to Saturday, but you are only allowed to enter between 22:00 and 24:00 – dress code anything goes (literally). It is in the same building as the Berghain set within a huge maze/dark room, however the entrance is well hidden round the side. Most magazines and websites do not tell you this, as it is technically a secret! We didn’t find it…but we didnt actually look for it – the music was well enough for us newbies! Guests at the lab.oratory can usually jump the queue into Berghain and the bouncers will probably consider letting you in free of charge. Please be warned this is not a tourist destination, a place for the introverts or the prudish; it is considered the most hardcore fetish club in Berlin for a very good reason.

There is also the Panorama Bar located at the top of the building, playing host to some of the best House and Electro DJs. Decorated by enormous Wolfgang Tillmans photographs and tall windows with a view of East Berlin, the Panorama Bar is the space to unwind from the harder techno of the main room. Given the calibre of acts that play at the Panorama Bar every weekend, this space is usually heaving. The Panorama Bar certainly surpasses any House and Electro club I have visited, but even so we soon gave in to our cravings and headed back down the winding stairs into the vast epicness of the Berghain.

To preserve the reputation of the club, and to protect the practices inevitable in such an environment, photography is strictly forbidden; don’t even attempt it. We took a picture sitting by the bar, and we were hounded by another guest who told us in no uncertain terms to ‘delete!’ See Raider review on Berghain Privacy

There are no clocks, mirrors or reflective surfaces, and the events at the Berghain are extremely long lasting from Thursday through to Monday. The ban on mirrors and clocks is likely a clever ploy to keep revellers raving for as long as their bodies can take, blissfully unaware of time or appearance.

It was certainly the most surreal clubbing experience, somewhat like being in a techno time warp in which you lose all sense of self and anything other than the music.  When our bodies could physically dance no more, we crawled out of the Berghain around 9:30 on the Sunday morning, shocked at the time, the overbearing daylight, and the queue of guests ready to begin their experience.

A Note on Door Policy

Berghain InteriorThe Berghain is renowned for is selective and randomized door policy. We read a range of blogs and reviews before going to this club and they were flooded with people explaining how they were turned away ‘for no apparent reason’. Needless to say, we very apprehensive when approaching the foreboding building.

Unfortunately, there is no guarantee you will get in; half the queue in front of us were turned away in seconds. Expect unashamed fear upon Berghain bouncer scrutiny. When it was out turn to face judgement – hands in pockets, chins out and looking nonchalant – we were eyeballed for about 10 seconds amidst some debate and laughter from the other bouncers (almost certain we were going to be turned away). To our surprise and elation they let us in. Maybe they were simply debating whether we looked ‘techno & tolerant’ enough…#paranoiaattack

Our advice for getting in…

The most obvious selection policy for the bouncers is an attempt to inject ‘realness’ into every night.  In Sven Marquart’s own words: “It’s important to me we preserve some of that heritage, that it still feels like a welcoming place for the original sort of club-goers. If we were just a club full of models, pretty people all dressed in black, it would be nice to look at for a half an hour, but God, that would be boring. It would feel less tolerant, too.”

I wholeheartedly agree in this view. The Berghain wants to be a safe place for techno liberalism…judgemental, techno tourists need not join the line.

There are no ‘set rules’, the door policy is subjective and each bouncer is unique in their selections, but these tips may help:

  • Don’t go dressed up (too try hard). No flashy logos, fancy outfits, lots of makeup, funky hair do’s. As far as we could gather, it’s about the music and nothing else.  Leather jacket and jeans is a good option!
  • The queue to get in can be very long, 4am onwards is a good starting time (Sunday morning  5am-8am is particularly good if you do not want to queue).
  • Keep talking to a bare minimum, the bouncers patrol the line and will remember you. As soon as you enter the front of the queue keep quiet –  from what we could tell the people who were turned away were the ones that were talking loudly.
  • Don’t arrive drunk!
  • Don’t go in a big group. Mixed groups are better and break it up into pairs or go in alone.
  • If you look young you’re not getting in-they don’t usually check I.D. but the Berghain like their crowd at least looking 25 and over.
  • Don’t talk the bouncers at the front, especially not in your native tongue – they will think you’re just a snaphappy tourist. Unless you’re turned away immediately, they will probably ask you in German how many? Go up in twos and simply reply “zwei”.
  • Look them in the eye, and remain cool and collected like you are a regular to the club.
  • If you do get in, stay calm until your entrance fee is paid (the ticket sellers appeared to embrace the scrutiny also).
  • Once in and ready to let loose, be ready to experience a night/day/afternoon/weekend like no other.
  • Final Warning: Once you have experienced the Berghain, be prepared for utter disappointment when visiting any other club thereafter.

The Berghain is about the music, pure and simple…letting go of inhibitions. If you are about neon lights, high heels and selfie sticks – this is not the club for you – head on over to the White Isle [Ibiza]!

Sound likes a lot to remember and slightly ridiculous? It is – but well worth the attempt. Just go in a small group, act cool and shut up in the queue.  If you don’t get in, have no fear either get changed and try again, turn up after 6am, or go to Tresor Club (see link for Raider Tresor review), which is equally amazing.

Truly an epic and unforgettable clubbing experience for the lovers of purist techno, playing host to the very best Techno DJs including:  André Galluzzi, Alri Brikha, Ben Klock, Cassy, Marcel Dettmann and Nick Hoppner.

Bass rating: INCREDIBLE!!! [Bass rating wouldn’t do it justice]

*The notorious Sven Marquardt-Berghain Bouncer [See Raider Marquardt Photography Review]

How to get there? Get a cab! BERGHAIN / PANORAMA BAR Am Wriezener Bahnhof 10243

Follow this link for a feel of the music/interior:“>Berghain – Panorama Club