Cordiano_Christian - UFO/Tresor Club (POI #3)

The UFO was the first acid house club in Berlin. It was the pioneer place for the techno scene during the reunification of Berlin

Some young teens from Berlin enjoying the new techno scene at the UFO

A flyer promoting the new UFO dance club


The UFO is widely considered to be the first Acid house in Berlin, as it was the pioneer place for the techno scene during the reunification of Berlin. A few techno enthusiasts founded the UFO club in 1988, where it was originally located in Kreuzberg, West Berlin, in the basement of a old residential building, that the electronic music label called Interfisch, had rented as their headquarters. The basement room was not very big to begin with, as it only fit about a hundred people in at one time and the ceiling was just over six feet high. To access the basement room, you had to climb down a ladder and through the improvised kitchen on the side of the building. in 1989, the original UFO location held the after party celebration of the first love parade, which was a popular electronic dance music festival and techno-parade, that still occurs annually each year in Berlin. Eventually the local authorities discovered the the clubs illegal operation of acid house parties, so they moved the club to a former store building at the Grobgorschenstrabe in Schoneberg, just before the Berlin Wall fall in 1989. However before the wall fell, it was still illegal for them to run these tech clubs, so they had to set up these UFO parties i different locations and places each Saturday, as the owners would often leave clues for the people as to where the next show was going to be. The UFO club eventually closed in 1990, where the owners opened up the Tresor club the following year, which is widely considered to be one of the worlds most famous techno clubs. The Tresor club was opened in East Berlin, just as the wall fell, symbolizing the new era that Berlin was longing for as they were now unified again and could celebrate it by going to these techno clubs, such as the Tresor.

The UFO/Tresor Club had a rocky start as the acid house party scene was still viewed as illegal, however this party allowed the young people to escape the harshness of their reality that they were currently living in, so the reward was definitely worth the risk for them. As the Berlin Wall fell, legal clubs such as the Tesor opened up, where these young people got to experience what it meant to be truly free for the first time in their lives.

After the fall of the Berlin Wall, the people who were once divided, were now reunited once again after years of being separated. once they were reunited again, there was a culture of unity that was presented to the people and that as through electronic music, something that had never been seen before. These clubs, such as the UFO/Tresor, represented a sense of freedom and hedonism as this was something these young people never got to experience in their lives as they were born during the years that the Cold War was at its height. These people that built up this electronic club scene in the late 1980s and early 1990s, made these people feel like they were at home and they were safe to be who they were, as many of them spent much of their lives living in fear.

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Bychawski, Ryan. "The Story of how Techno Unified Post-Wall Berlin" (Accessed on March 28th, 2019)

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