Posts Tagged ‘Berlin’

“Some people become vandals because they want to make the world a better looking place.” I have always been fascinated with street art, and this passion was fueled after a recent trip to Berlin; one of the few citites which has such a large and eclectic collection of street art on its walls and streets…I have linked in the following piece because it seems perfectly apt for the content of this blog. Many of you will be familar with some of DS Art’s work which can be found on the streets of East London; but he is now primarily working in the studio. Check out the DS Art website for further work…DS is an interesting artist because he is offering an alternative to the usual stencil work we are so familiar with by combining layering, stencil sketches and bold colours.


“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??)

Welcome to Techno City! In April 2011, we arrived at Rosenthaler Platz Berlin- within 1 hour of our arrival, fed, dressed and ready to experience what the Berlin night life had to offer, we jumped on the U-Bahn and headed down to Berlin Mitte, Köpenicker Strasse to the colossus Tresor club – a legendary institution of Berlin’s nightlife.  Set in an old industrial power station, the building is truly formidable; certainly not the type of club setting you would find anywhere in the UK.

Entering the building through pvc industrial curtains, greeted with a cold musky air and surrounded by dingy graffiti stained concrete walls; Tresor consists of three floors: the Batterieraum (successor to Globus) playing house, the +4 Bar playing experimental music, and the heart of Tresor the basement or ‘the vault’, which can be reached through a 30-meter long bass pulsating tunnel leading down to sounds of loud and filthy techno.  Think of the opening club scene in Blade, and multiply the epicness by 10.

To this day [excluding Berlin’s Berghain club] we have still not experienced anything like what did that night in Tresor. Hours went by in a trippy disorientating blur; the agressive booming bass bleeps and wobbles of truly classic Berlin techno were enough to make your ears bleed and your insides shake, and the relentless attack of strobes left you blinded. The underground resistence atmosphere, the social techno culture, and the raw ambience and intensity was enough to give you goosebumps. We left early hours feeling well and truly welcomed to Berlin and raped by the sights and sounds of Tresor.  

What made Tresor so unlike many other top rated clubs in the UK and worldwide, was its carefree vibe and purist techno-committed crowd going it hard and fast. You visit a super club in Ibiza or London and yes it’s a pretty cool night, but it’s also crafted, poncy, pricey and fake; the clubbers are dressed up to the max, and cameras are out ready to snap that fakefun facebook pic. In Tresor, the Berlinians donned nothing more than jeans and trainers they wore that day and danced the night away as lone ravers sharing their techno experience together.           

Tresor was a truly phenomenal and unforgettable experience for 24-carat techno.

Many German artists are intrinsically tied to the beginnings of Tresor: Sven Väth, Tanith, Maruscha, Paul van Dyk, Ellen Allien and Pacou to name a few; but hitherto the typical Sound of Tresor has been linked to Detroit artists such as Mike Banks, Jeff Mills (the founders of Underground Resistance), Juan Atkins, Kenny Larkin and Blake Baxter.

Tresor is open on four days every week from 12pm: Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday and every week up to 3000 ravers from all over the world gather at Tresor to celebrate together. (€7 Wednesday, €10-12 Friday, €10-15 Saturday).

Get yourselves to Tresor Berlin and experience a night like no other.

Visit the website for more information:

Bass Rating: Off the Richter!!

Check out this clip of Octave One smashing it at Tresor…