Ableton's LOOP summit has announced the first speakers for its return to Berlin in April 2020. After spending one year in LA, and having an off-year in 2019, the popular creative conference curated by the even more popular makers of Live is upping sticks from Funkhaus and moving to Silent Green Kulturquartier and the adjoining contemporary art spaces Savvy, Ebensperger Rhomberg and Luxoom Lab on April 24th to 26th.
A not-for-profit organisation called the Detroit-Berlin-Connection has set up a petition to lobby for clubs to be able to stay open later than 2am in Detroit.
The current law in the city prohibits people from legally dancing in the city between 2am and 7.30am meaning that clubs are forced to open later and many people are forced to rely on unlicensed parties.
There’s hardly a festival that embodies Berlin’s free spirit better than Berlin Atonal. Launched in 1982 by Dimitri Heggemann at the legendary SO36 venue, Atonal quickly became synonymous with the radical avant-garde ethos of its programming, which featured the likes of Einstürzende Neubauten, Test Dept, Laibach, Psychic TV, 808 State, Die Haut and more.
Ableton's LOOP Summit returns to Berlin in 2020, having spent a year in LA in 2018. Registration is now open for the conference, taking place at a new venue Silent Green Kulturquartier and the adjoining contemporary art spaces Savvy, Ebensperger Rhomberg and Luxoom Lab on April 24th to 26th. Ableton are offering 80 subsidised passes which creators and music makers can apply for here, alongside Student, Summit and Youth passes.
A new photo book documents the 1990s Berlin techno scene.
Berghain has been making some changes to its entry policy over the course of this month with the club opting to switch from its previous trusty stamping system to giving patrons wristbands upon entry to its lengthy Klubnacht parties.
Another change, which seems to have particularly got the backs up of some attendees, is the club's decision to introduce a €5 charge in order to re-enter the club. It was previously free to leave and come back and costs €18 to get in initially.
The history of Berlin club culture is explored in a new exhibition, fittingly entitled No Photos On The Dance Floor! Berlin 1989 - Today.
Taking place at C/O Berlin, in the German capital's Charlottenburg district, Felix and Heiko Hoffmann have curated a collection of images charting three decades of nightlife and rave in the city.
Swedish House Mafia have announced a new Berlin pop-up store.
Hosted by 032c Workshop, the store will feature a range of bespoke, exclusive items that will only be sold ahead of their headline Lollapalooza Berlin show on Saturday, 7th September. It will open between 10am-7pm on Friday, 6th September and 7th September.
The address for the pop-up is Alexandrinenstrase 118-121 at 10969 Berlin.
Ahead of the 2020 launch of a "new, unified and fully integrated platform", Berlin-based music tech company Native Instruments have reportedly laid off around 20% of their staff. The redundancies will impact the teams across the sales, marketing, administration and engineering departments.
A flea market for rare synthesizers and modular equipment is being held in Berlin next month.
Taking place on the 1st September at Fabriktheater Moabit in the city's Mitte district, the event is being hosted by Berlin collective Sonic Ground and will run from 3PM until 9PM.
The flea market will be free entry, with sellers able to take advantage of making sales on a no-fee basis.
Alongside the sale of rare synths and equipment, the event will also feature live improvisitions and DJ sets from members of Sonic Ground, including h1, Oblique and Huelkerve.