Berlin's legendary techno mecca Arena Club will close its doors at the end of next month with its long term future up in the air.
The vast space near the banks of the River Spree, renowned for parties like Live From Earth and Dystopian, will be converted into a "fancy" location fit for commercial events. It coincides with a large scale theatre project, called Caveman, which will operate across the warehouse district of the Spree.
DJ Mag doubts "fancy" commercial events will sustain the same hedonistic heart and soul which Arena Club inspired in its thousands of fans.
The sad news follows just weeks on from the surprise that fellow Berlin institution Farbfernseher will also be closing at the end of May.
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