Just came back after spending 11 intense days in Berlin. A true war zone on NYE to say the least.
Tresor - The locals seem to call it a "Brandenburger Dorfdisco" (redneck village disco) which is
partly true. You get the big annoying groups of backpacking tourists and shouting englishmen but
they do book great acts pretty much every week. They just reopened after having some improvements
to the sound, which is very welcome. I've been there about 10 times before, but this time you didn't
have to shout to have a conversation. For some reason they decided to remove the merchandise section
as well as the old man making terrible ketchup sandwiches and odd "meat salad". Spanish acts
Christian Wunsch, Lewis Fautzi and Adriana Lopez delivered some pretty heavy techno.
Ritter Butzke - Terrible. Went to Butzke before heading to Tresor. It was pretty much like standing
in line to a swedish afterski party. Extremely strange door policy which i couldn't figure out. One group
of Sternburg drunk tourists would get in, but not the next group. Same level of drunk, same age, same
clothes. Made no sense. Stayed for about 10 minutes after paying about 20 euros to go in. Plodding
tech-house, overly crowded and no place to sit. Might be good in the summer, but terrible in the winter.
Stattbad Wedding - Been here a few times for Henning Baer's Grounded Theory parties. This time for some
pretty boring drumcode techno from Dustin Zahn. Seems to be free from the standard easyjet tourists.
Luckily, there was no Boiler Room recordings on this evening, so you won't see me standing awkwardly
fiddling with my phone in the background. Wish i had stayed on the Boiler floor instead, since the
locals put down some very banging acid towards the end.
Berghain/Panorama Bar/Lab.Oratory - I've never been to lab.oratory before because of obvious reasons.
But as they decided to open the doors connecting Berghain with the lab, I had to sneak in. It was pretty
much what I had expected. Piles of insanely well-shaped men performing "acrobatics" in all corners.
As Woony described, the stench was terrible but the music was good. It's pretty much a more extreme version
of that gay bar in the Police Academy movies.
Went for the last klubnacht of the year (27/12) and heard Oscar Mulero play a nice set. Joseph Capriati
followed, so I went home to sleep instead.
Also went for the NYE party. I expected a huge line on NYE, but we got in after just a couple of minutes
in the queue. Managed to listen to the sets from Blind Observatory, Ben Klock, Function and Norman Nodge.
Arenaclub - A quote from Woony or someone he knew.. "When Ibiza Came to Berlin". Huge names, lots
of people and pre-sale tickets. Went to the night where Chris Liebing headlined. Not to hear him, but
for Terrence Fixmer and Alex.Do playing in the smaller room. Overall great place, but the dancefloor is
a bit small.
About Blank - Absolutely great in the summer. Good in the winter. Went twice. The first time they
had a red tent on the outdoor area playing circus jazz, library music and cartoon theme songs. I don't know
if this place really existed, or if it was something my mind made up after too many bottles of Club Mate.
Edit Select chose to close his set with Stardust - Music Sounds Better With You. Someone in the crowd
booed for the duration of the whole track, which was kind of odd.