Berghain: The Secretive, Sex-Fueled World of Techno’s Coolest Club

Berghain: The Secretive, Sex-Fueled World of Techno’s Coolest Club

Berlin’s Berghain is famed because of its groundbreaking noises and X-rated places, nevertheless the club can also be a test situation for exactly exactly how tourism and gentrification are threatening party capital that is europe’s

Thomas Rogers

Berghain nightclub in Berlin, Germany.

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The massive main dance floor at Berlin’s Berghain is full at 11:30 a.m. On a Sunday in January. Dino Sabatini, an Italian DJ with brief dark locks, is playing difficult, hypnotic techno up to an audience of shirtless homosexual men, disheveled dudes in sneakers and small ladies with small backpacks. A majority of these revelers have been around in the club for over a day, a feat of endurance most likely owing to some mixture of MDMA, ketamine and speed.

The club happens to be available since Friday night and can stay available until a while Monday early morning. In the dark, cavernous dance flooring — which will be found in the imposing turbine hallway of the defunct eastern German heating and energy place — the stress of endless partying is just starting to be obvious. (more…)