Berlin's Music Scene
It is interesting to learn how this city's past has shaped the modern scene, breaking all prejudices and walls between Berliners and newcomers as well. Let's have a glimpse over the wall!
There are a few places in the world where various cultural and musical influences brought by immigrants made such a rich and colorful scene, as is the case in Berlin.
History of modern-day Berlin has its roots in the Cold War era, when the city was partitioned by a wall that created two different cultural and social entities. Only citizens of West Berlin discovered and enjoyed Western musicians. Among them were David Bowie, Iggy Pop and Nick Cave, who enjoyed the amazing night-life in West Berlin. At the same time, their neighbors on the east side lived in fear and poverty, struggling with issues such as high unemployment, separation from families, espionage and other forms of repression.
Modern Mecca for techno music
Today, all of Berlin has become the globe's techno music capital and Mecca for all those who like to spend days and nights in clubs rocking to the rhythm of electronic music. Many of the world's famous DJs are Berliners. Weekend warriors and techno tourists from all over Europe flock to this city on the banks of Spree River each weekend to until the wee hours of Monday morning.
The first parties were organized illegally in abandoned cellars and empty industrial buildings during the 1990s. Now, there is nothing like Berlin's club scene anywhere else in the world. No other city offers so many clubs, enthusiastic event organizers and labels. Famous clubs like Berghain, Watergate, Golden Gate and Ritter Butzke have their precedent in the legendary Tresor Club – a shining pearl of 80s disco parties.
Making new waves
Berlin was also a warm nest for many young and prospective punk and new wave bands during the 70s and 80s. Throughout the history, one of the most popular parts of the city, Kreuzberg, was a shelter to the Berlin punk movement, as well as other alternative subcultures in West Germany. Oranienstraβe is home to the European brother of famous NYC club CBGB and also the legendary SO36 club, which remain proud of its punk past and represent an overlook of the Berlin music scene. Popular bands from West Berlin like the PVC in the 70s and the Vorkriegsjugend, Die Ärzte in the 80s formed the so-called ‘Deutschpunk' style. Today you will find only the remains of the glorious past.
On the classical side, the German capital is a rare metropolitan city that has as much as eight orchestras, including the world famous Berlin Philharmonic, and a fantastic choice of three major opera houses: Komische Oper, Konzerthaus and Deutsche Oper. Outstanding events can also be seen in Schloss Charlottenburg, where you can enjoy a dinner and a concert. Jazz fans crowd into the famous clubs: A-trane, B-flat and Madam Claude.
Whatever you prefer, Berlin offers a wealth of music. So pack your bags and get ready for a musical holiday!