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Launch Party // Saturday 15th September // 10pm – 6am

Frank PR Statement 

Proud2 are delighted to announce the arrival of Pause, bringing the very best in underground House and Techno. Situated at the O2 Arena, we launch with a bang on Saturday 15th September and we’ll be using our huge Martin Audio sound system and renowned Body Sonic dance floor to full effect.

Line Up

Darius Syrossian (ViVa Music, Get Physical, 8Bit)

Burnski (Hot Creations, 2020Vision, Poker Flat)

Glimpse (Hypercolour, Crosstown Rebels)

Waze & Odyssey (PetFood, Southern Fried)

Casino Times (Wolf Music)

The Beat Medics

Jim Rider

Headlining the inaugural Pause is ViVa Music star Darius Syrossian. Having grown up influenced by House legends Kenny Dope and DJ Sneak, Darius has gone on to tour every continent while releasing music  on some of the world’s leading House/Techno labels such as Get Physical, ViVa Music and 8bit. He consistently charts on Beatport and in DJ Mag’s top 100 tracks with efforts like “I Am The Creator Of Jack” and this summer’s “Freaky D” is sure to be a huge Ibiza hit.

His position within the ViVa Music team sees him present a monthly online radio show, including interviews and guest mixes from world renowned artists, going out to listeners in 30 countries across the world. Plus, this summer he releases his own ViVa Music Mix CD!

With one of the biggest selling releases in the history of 2020 Vision, Burnski was hailed as a prodigy upon first surfacing in the mid 00’s. Since then, he has cemented a solid reputation as an artist erring on the deeper side of the dancefloor, releasing consistently excellent music on labels such as Poker Flat, Dessous and Hot Creations.

We also welcome Glimpse. From the early days of his hugely successful ‘Black Series’ through to the groove-laden tech house of ‘Drifting’ on Planet E and, later, fully pursuing the deep and organic take on house via his Crosstown Rebels singles and album – this musical range has gained him the respect of his peers and culminated in two successive nominations in DJ Magazine’s prestigious ‘Best British Producer’ category.

Mysterious duo Waze & Odyssey (PetFood, Southern Fried) bring the best elements of nineties NY house and garage whilst still sounding totally fresh, W&O have seemingly appeared out of nowhere, clocking up their essential debut EP ‘Ah Baby’ on PetFood.

Casino Times are Joe Spencer and Nick Church from Oxford. They’ve been tearing clubs up recently as well as remixing the likes of Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, MJ Cole and Jozif along the way. Ones to watch for summer 2012 and beyond!

Proud2, The O2, Peninsula Square, London, SE10 0DX

0208 463 3070 // // Limited Earlybird Tickets £8




For all the Sandwell District fans out there, they will be gracing London with their presence at the Bloc.2012 festival in July! See link for more information.

“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.

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…

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