Clubs this weekend

Berlin clubs: What’s on this weekend?

Berlin's clubs are the stuff of legend, so which nights should you check out this weekend?

Summer is in full swing and the same goes for Berlin’s clubs. The temperature is set to cool off a little making things more danceable towards the weekend. With that in mind, here are our club tips.

Krake 2022 at Oxi

The Oxi Garden on the edge of Lichtenberg: Photo: oxi_garten

Krake Festival is devoted to daring music, cross-genre and all-encompassing, with an ever-evolving ethos. After the first festival weekend and a great Wednesday party at about:blank with Zebra Katz, it’s now time for the final round at Oxi. And it’s a big one: 36 hours of DJs, live sets, performances and more await you. Fasme, Jcow and Cyrk will play live, while DJ Fart in the Club, Cheriii and I-F will be spinning. The party will be indoors and outdoors.

  • Oxi Wiesenweg 1-5, Friedrichshain, Sat 21.8. 3pm until Monday morning, website

Wall to Wall Club Festival at Revier Südost

The old Bärenquell brewery is now the Revier Südost with perfect industrial charm. Photo: Imago/Pop-Eye/Christian Behring

At Revier Südost, Techno-Berlin can expect four days of exquisite sound in the city’s most industrial club. For the first edition of the new Wall to Wall Club Festival, Revier Südost has gathered a number of renowned crews and, of course, DJs. Among others, the event will be hosted by the Crew der Gegen, Planet Pleasure or We Are Not Alone – whose label boss Ellen Allien will of course also be DJing. Dystopian’s Alex.Do, Marrøn, a new techno star with a unique sound, and house queen THC will also be playing.

  • RSO Schnellerstraße 137, Schöneweide, 18.-22.8.

Mal Junta at ÆDEN

ÆDEN is one of the youngest clubs in Berlin – and one of the most popular. Photo: Luka Godec

One of the hottest sex-positive and queer party series in Berlin is Mala Junta. Once quite underground – there were times when it took place in the hidden club Melancholie 2 behind a fridge door in the Späti – Mala Junta is no longer an insider tip. The party series stands for fast sound with 90s touches, sometimes trancy, sometimes technoid; for high-energy, anything but straight vibes.

  • ÆDEN Schleusenufer 3, Kreuzberg, Sat 20.8.

Tresor31

For Tresor31, there are events in Berlin clubs on seven weekends. Photo: Camille Blake

Like a fortress of techno stands the former Heizkraftwerk Mitte, home to Tresor, Ohm and Berlin Atonal. A hub of avant-garde electronic music. Now the club is celebrating its seven-week birthday under the name Tresor31. There are club nights, concerts and an exhibition that aims to depict three decades of techno in Berlin.

The weekend of August 19-21 is also one of the special weekends in Tresor’s birthday series, where everything from Kraftwerk to Ohm to Tresor is open and one ticket is good for everything. It’s especially worth it because there are some artists playing who have perfected the hypnotic effect of electronic music, who play with rhythm or leave it out altogether; who play tracks so electrifying that they create whole landscapes in your mind’s eye. These include Neel and Donato Dozzy, who will be playing individually at Tresor and upstairs at the newly designed Globus on 20 August, and again together as Voices From The Lake at Kraftwerk one day later.

  • Tresor31 Kraftwerk/Tresor/Ohm, Köpenicker Straße 70. Mitte, 8.7.-28.8.22, exhibition Tue-Thu 12pm-8pm, Fri-Sun 1pm-2.30pm, programme and tickets at 31.tresorberlin.com

Klubnacht at Berghain

Berghain remains important. Photo: IMAGO / F. Anthea Schaap

Let yourself be overwhelmed by the unique atmosphere of the techno cathedral Berghain. In front of Berlin’s most famous white tiles, global stars Âme and Koloah take to the decks this weekend. Most people can imagine the latter with his dark and dystopian sound, which conjures images of Blade Runner, while others can explore their very own fantasy worlds, probably downstairs in Berghain. As excited as we are for the Panorama Bar lineup, Detroit legend Robert Hood will be playing in Berghain proper. Decisions, decisions. 

  • Berghain Am Wriezener Bahnhof, Friedrichshain, Sa 20.8. from 11.59pm

53 hours non-stop at Kater Blau

Pioneer of the Berlin shack aesthetic and known for extra long parties: Kater Blau. Photo: Luka Godec

What are Kater Blau and its predecessors Kater Holzig and Bar25 known for? For perfect shack aesthetics, long, deep, tech house sets and… extra long parties. From August 19 to 22 one of these marathon parties will take place again. So if you are feeling up to it, you could theoretically watch how the Spree reflects the sky in all shades three times in a row! Or you could be sensible and go home from time to time. 

  • Kater Blau Holzmarktstraße 25, Friedrichshain, Fri 19.8. 11:59pm to Mon 22.8. 5am

Ismus Extended at Anomalie

It certainly won’t be boring at Ismus Extended at Anomalie. Copenhagen techno DJ Ida Engelhardt will keep us awake as part of a programme that is completely techno, trance and hard dance. Don your dancing shoes for the likes of I.E, Elias Gozal and Parfait, while Trance Wax is sure to be a high-octane hit. And you’ll need the energy: the whole shindig runs from Saturday to Monday.

  • Anomalie Prenzlauer Berg, Storkower Straße 123, Sa 20.8. 10pm to Mon 4am

Zug der Liebe

Drawing attention to the irreplaceable work of social associations is the aim of the Love Train. Photo: Imago/Future Image/Kriemann

It is not clear every year if Zug der Liebe (train of love) will take place. It’s locked in for this year though. On August 27th, tens of thousands of people will again be dancing through the city, accompanied by blaring bass. Zug der Liebe has always been more specific than Love Parade, which took place this year under the new name ‘Rave The Planet’. Since 2015, the organisers have focused on supporting and promoting  social associations, many of whom will have floats at the event. This year Berlin Homeless Aid, Reporters without Borders, Berlin Nazifrei, Hydra (the association of sex workers) and of course the Club Commission are among them. Appropriately, this year’s motto is “Make it visible”. See you at Mauerpark!

  • Zug der Liebe Starting point Mauerpark, Prenzlauer Berg/Mitte, Sat 27.8. 13:00