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Raving mad: The latest news from Berlin’s club scene

We know what’s going on across Berlin’s club scene. This week: a boycott, the end of summer, and a new club in a well-known location.

Club boycotts?!

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Summer’s ending

Stay for one last open-air dance at ://about blank (Photo: Stephen Arnold)

While we’re at it, more ‚blank news. By the end of September, at the latest, we have to face reality: summer is over, and so is the season of dancing under the stars. ://about blank is celebrating this with their grand garden closing on September 28th. Techno producer Fadi Mohem will make his way from Berlin’s Spandau district to play alongside Sedef Adasi, who mixes techno and house. And Ralf Köster is making his way from Hamburg’s legendary Golden Pudel Club, too.

Address: Markgrafendamm 24c, Friedrichshain | Saturday, September 28th, 3pm – Sunday, September 29th, 10pm

Directions: S-Bahn station Ostkreuz


New club, old location

Beloved dancing spot Farbfernseher has become Bulbul (Photo: imago images / Schöning)

In the location of former tiny dance spot Farbfernseher, between Kotti and Görli on Skalitzer Straße, a new club has opened its doors: Bulbul. The name nods to the new owners, Nidal Bulbul and artist Mudar El-Sheich-Ahmed. They want to use the space as a bar during the week, and run it as a club at weekends. The iconic sign above the door is set to stay.

Address: Skalitzer Straße 114, Kreuzberg | daily 4 pm-4am

Directions: U-Bahn station Kottbusser Tor


Techno with a pop

No genre conventions: Lotic (Photo: Elias Johansson).

Londoner Lyzza produces, DJs, and sings. The result? Brave techno hybrids with odd rhythms and pop-trained melodies. A sound like this keeps club music exciting. On September 20th she plays at Trauma Bar und Kino, North of Hauptbahnhof. Lotic, who’s also celebrated for ignoring genre conventions, is set for a DJ set. Experimental artists Vessell and Pedro Maria will present a live show with visuals.

Address: Heidestrasse 50, Mitte | Friday, September 20th, doors 8.30pm, start 9.30pm

Directions: U- and S-Bahn Hauptbahnhof


Translated by Aida Baghernejad

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