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.