Can you imagine Berlin without its hundreds of stupidly fun, sweaty, eardrum-shattering Nachtclubs? We can’t. And so it comes as some relief that, despite Germany being on lockdown like so many other places, the party goes on – online, that is.
Around 250 clubs in the German capital have teamed up to bring nightly DJ sets to your living room through United We Stream, a project that aims to help the circa 9,000 nightlife employees and thousands of artists who are now without work in Berlin.
The live-streams, which take place at a different venue each night, are free to watch, although the Clubcommission collective behind the project is asking for donations. All money collected through the United We Stream crowdfunder goes to a rescue fund that aims to support venues in financial trouble, with a 20 percent cut going to the performers. The aim is to raise €1,000,000 during the lockdown – and in just over a week, they’re already at an impressive €300,000.
The first stream took place at Watergate in the Kreuzberg district last week, with upcoming sets from Andreas Rauscher, burnhad and Mehr is Mehr at Rummels Bucht on April 1 and Atlantik, Norman Weber and Yetti Meissner at Sisyphos on April 2.
The shows run each night from 7pm to midnight German time (6pm to 11pm BST, 1pm to 6pm ET). That’s an early night for Berlin, but who’s to say you can’t keep the party going afterwards?
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