Tresor, the legendary techno nightclub brand based in Berlin, are building a new venue in Detroit.
Tresor boss Dimitri Hegemann first mentioned the idea of a stateside arm of the club in 2016, and now the new venue, titled The Packard Plant Project, appears to be fully underway.
Tresor owner Dimitri Hegemann revealed his desire to open a new club in Detroit in 2014, when he began talks with officials about redeveloping the abandoned car factory Fischer Body Plant No. 21.
Those plans never came to fruition, but now Hegemann could be set to team up with Arte Express, a firm owned by Fernando Palazuelo that bought the disused Packard Plant on Detroit’s east side in 2013.
Tresor has unveiled the first wave of artists for its three-day 25 Years Festival, which is set to run from Thursday 21st to Sunday 24th July.
DJs including Robert Hood, Ellen Allien, DJ Deep, Fumiya Tanaka, Objekt, Roman Poncet, Zadig, Jonas Kopp and many more will all be on deck across the weekend.
Live shows will also come from Juan Atkins and Moritz von Oswald’s Borderland, Regis and James Ruskin’s O/V/R, DJ Pete and Sleeparchive’s TR-101, Automat, Mike Dehnert and Vainqueur.
EXIT festival is continuing to add to its already stacked line-up with the news that Grammy-winning producer and DJ, David Guetta, will be headlining the festival on Friday 8th July at the iconic Petrovaradin Fortress.
As well as Guetta, EXIT has today announced that German institution Tresor will be celebrating 25 years at the festival. The international clubbing brand will be bringing Tresor founder Mortiz van Oswald alongside the likes of Zadig, Dasha Rush and Psyk.
Tresor has announced a series of parties to celebrate 25 years of operation.
The Berlin techno institution is hosting six events in its hometown to mark the occasion including a three-day festival.
A further 25 events are planned for 2016 including dates in Amsterdam, Sydney, Detroit and London’s Oval Space. Line-ups are yet to be announced.
Secretsundaze have just revealed several key dates and names for their 2015 parties in London, kicking off the season with Berghain’s Ryan Elliot and Bristol’s promising Shanti Castle on the 30th January at Hackney Wick’s BLOC.
Amongst other acts announced for the fresh campaign include My Love Is Underground head honcho Jeremy Underground Paris, Detroit techno connoisseur Delano Smith and New Jersey native, DJ Qu.
Location: Berlin, Germany
It’s hard to imagine Berlin clubbing without Tresor. Dimitri Hegemann’s brainchild has played a pivotal role in the city’s flamboyant underground scene since it first opened its doors in 1991. Until 2005, the club was headquartered in the vault of the Wertheim department store, before moving permanently to a 22,000-square-metre power plant in the Mitte neighbourhood in 2007.
In its current form, the club has become synonymous with the caged DJ booth in the Tresor vault. But the Mitte venue has two more floors to offer — Globus and +4Bar — dedicated to more experimental and house-oriented sounds.
The club’s bookings read like a who’s who of contemporary techno, with Regis, DJ Bone, Robert Hood, Surgeon, Peter Van Hoesen, Octave One, Dasha Rush, DJ Stingray, Helena Hauff and Objekt having played Tresor in the last year.
Now in its 28th year, Tresor’s programming features events four nights a week, including its flagship Klubnacht party on Saturdays and famed queer night Herrensauna. And with its Wednesday night series Tresor New Faces, putting the spotlight on up-and-comers from the international dance music circuit, Tresor’s paving the way for the next generation of dance music talent.
Location: Berlin, Germany
Tresor is one of Berlin’s oldest clubbing institutions, first opening its doors in 1991 — the owners having a foothold in the scene since 1988 back when they ran UFO club. In 2007 Tresor found its permanent home at the reconstructed power station in Mitte, famed for its underground vaults and iron caged DJ booth. Tresor’s label was launched in the ‘90s, gaining worldwide respect in the techno history books with releases from Detroit legends such as Jeff Mills, Juan Atkins, Blake Baxter and Robert Hood.
The club is open five nights and days a week, allowing an expansive music program. Amongst the regular shindigs include the Grounded Theory label party co-founded by Henning Baer, the in-house ‘Tresor Invites’ series that hosts international headliners like Surgeon and Dave Clarke, and one of Berlin’s most prolific free-spirited gay parties Herrensauna. Tresor’s ‘New Faces’ is an opportunity to support local talent, with live acts and DJs performing every Wednesday. The label is now deep into its 301st release, with high-tempo techno from experimental duo Second Woman. With a powerhouse of artists at its disposal, we are certain that Tresor will continue its legacy for many years to come.
A mixture of panic and joy washes over newcomers to this institution as they descend underground, through a concrete-clad tunnel and into Tresor-proper.
Upstairs boasts a welcoming atmosphere and fresh house tunes, but below there is only darkness, a rabbit warren of areas somehow interlinked, thundering techno, a DJ booth behind prison-like bars, and one of the best parties in Europe.
It doesn’t matter who’s playing, or what year it is, since 1991 there has always been Tresor, a name that has helped establish big guns like Papa Sven and Ellen Allien, and long may that continue.