Nina Kraviz has joined the bill for Arma x Funkhaus’s 24 hour party in Berlin on 2nd June.
As part of revered Moscow techno collective Arma 17’s tenth birthday celebrations, the inimitable techno DJ/producer/label boss will join the likes of electro-acoustic legends Ambiq, industrial drone duo Zoviet France and Salford noise rockers Gnod.
Moscow techno collective Arma 17 are celebrating their 10-year anniversary with a 24-hour rave in Berlin this summer.
On 2nd June, the Russian outfit will take over four rooms at iconic East Berlin venue Funkhaus for an all-day and all-night party featuring some of electronic music’s biggest names.
Location: Moscow, Russia
For years, Arma was one of Moscow’s main clubs for underground electronic music, hosting celebrated names like Zip, Silent Servant and Helena Hauff. However, it always moved about: a fire destroyed its first location and Arma was also subjected to ongoing harassment by the Russian authorities, which resulted in it closing down on at least four other occasions. The final straw for Arma’s organisers came when their 2016 Outline festival, alongside other events in Moscow and St. Petersburg, were also shut down. Since then, Arma says that it has ‘entered a de facto state of an international phenomenon’ hosting parties all over the world. Arma’s next big event is in Berlin in June, and in the meantime, the organisers’ label also continues to release left-of-centre music, most recently an LP by house producer Vakula and two superb industrial edits from Mick Wills.
Arma 17 was perhaps the most discerning nightclub in the whole of Russia — consistently booking quality underground artists from all over the world. However, in recent months it appears that the venue has closed — falling foul of the authorities. Arma is trying to find a new space, but at the time of writing has yet to open anywhere (hence a hefty drop in this poll, presumably), despite attempting to throw a couple of one-off parties in alternative spaces during the intervening months. DJ Mag wishes them all the best in resurrecting a venue in the Russian capital. Meanwhile, the label and podcasts keep fans sated for the time being.
Despite an ever healthier local music scene, Arma is still pretty much the only club we hear about outside Russia (even though it burned down in 2009, and was then forced to close for property developers in 2014, before settling again in its current location last year).
Based in Moscow, it is a truly underground space that its trends both locally and internationally. Not bound by genre, but with a focus on the more discerning end of the spectrum, the large, rugged brick building with high ceilings and church-like windows down each side makes for a religious experience.
Cult acts and electronic experimenters like the Hessle Audio crew and DJs such as Rhadoo, Maayan Nidam, DJ Qu and Morphosis have all played there since reopening and Abdulla Rashim, Samuel Kerridge, Zip, Binh and more are already lined up for the coming months.
Staying strong in the face of diversity and not bowing to global EDM trends, Arma 17 also boasts a killer label with artists like Vakula, dOP and Bruno Pronto so is a true force for good that will offer you a warm welcome no matter how chilly it is outdoors.
Moscow is one of the world’s great cities. A Soviet powerhouse to rival many of the planet’s cultural hubs - the Russian capital is a city bursting with potential. Eight-lane superhighways traverse the city, banked on either side by huge imposing Soviet architecture, and among the residents there are more billionaires than anywhere else in the world.