How to get into Berghain — it's a puzzle that most of the dance music community has given up on/gotten bored with a long time ago (aside from the odd computer game or mickey-taking festival stage), but apparently it still fascinates the mainstream media enough that the BBC has now chimed in on the debate.
The legendary Berlin venue recently won a long court battle to be recognised as a cultural space, meaning instead of the usual 19% tax, it only has to pay 7% as with other attractions such as musuems, theatres and concert halls.
Thus the BBC World Service has produced a four-minute radio clip about the club; narrated by a local reporter, it discusses Berghain's stringent door policy, fetishist history and however, whatever you do, you shouldn't clap when the DJ finishes.
"They’ll probably kick you out for that, because it makes you seem like a tourist," warns the host. "Real Berliners are never too enthusiastic about something, even if it’s high culture.”
Well, now you know!
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