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Raving mad: This week’s Berlin club news

And another one bites the dust: psytrance fans mourn the death of M-Bia, a club just off Alexanderplatz. Others have causes to celebrate — more on all of this in the week’s club news.

Zug der Liebe is rolling again

A snapshot from Zug der Liebe 2017. Women in the foreground dancing and walking in the rain. The demonstration rave returns this year and throws a first party at a club to raise funds.
(Photo: Jens Schwan)

A few weeks ago, we brought you the latest developments on popular demonstration rave Zug der Liebe. Last year’s event — celebrating tolerance and opposing right-wing populism — seemed to have been the last ever. The cost was just too high and organisers wanted to stay true to their ideals and not accept advertising. But, fortunately, the crowdfunding drive was successful: €20,000 were donated. Now the train is rolling again, on the 24th of August. But the fundraising isn’t done yet — they’re throwing a party during Fête de la Musique on June 21st at Festsaal Kreuzberg. Free entry, but donations will help finance the big rave. Get your (bio) glitter ready!

Address: Schlesischer Busch | August 24th, 2019

Directions: U-Bahn Schlesisches Tor

Another club bites the dust

DJ Westbam wearing a cap and shades in front of black background.
Westbam and other came together to send off M-Bia in style.

M-Bia, a club in the arches just off Alexanderplatz, announced mid-May their closing party would be held by the end of the month. After 10 years, their rental contract wasn’t extended, as, inevitably, there are plans to open a covered market there. The club commission and Berlin’s senator for culture, Klaus Lederer, criticised the way M-Bia’s landlord, the German railway company Deutsche Bahn, handled the case. The club was mostly known for Goa and Psytrance parties, but, for its final send-off, techno-legends such as Westbam and Thomas Lizzara came together for a toast in style.

Third round for Amplify

The entrance of the club and cultural venue ACUD macht Neu at night.
Supports the next generation of electronic music: Acud Macht Neu.

The creative development and residency programme for electronic music, Amplify Berlin, continues. Entering its third semester, it’s running from September 2019 until February 2020. The programme, developed by the cultural institution Acud Macht Neu, gives emerging artists the possibility to work on their tracks and live-performance with a mentor. Applications for the next cohort are open until June 30th. More information can be found here.

Translated by Aida Baghernejad


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