The warehouses of techno

From Berlin's warehouses to London's estates: how cities shape music scenes (The Guardian)

It may not have been invented there, but there is perhaps no other city where techno has thrived as much as it has in Berlin – a city perfectly suited to large electronic dance parties due to its abandoned spaces, empty warehouses and underground bunkers. When the Berlin Wall came down, 30% of buildings in east Berlin were empty, says Der Spiegel journalist Tobias Rapp, the author of a book on the city’s clubbing scene. “Techno in Berlin happened in ruins,” he says. “E-Werk was an empty electricity factory. Tresor was the empty bank vault of a former shopping centre. Planet was an empty warehouse.”

Good read. Well, but how do music scenes shape festivals?

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