It’s the dark techno temples of Berghain and Tresor that many associate with Berlin, but during the summer months, the simply wonderful Badeschiff deserves just as much attention. Perfectly situated on the River Spree, bordering with the trendy Kreuzberg district and a stone’s throw away from other favourites like Club Der Visionaere, the venue makes the most out of its glorious outdoor setting.
Sunday’s event was part of a tour sponsored by Jägermeister, a fact that might have raised a few eyebrows for Berliners militantly on guard for commercialism. However, with a lineup featuring Tiefschwarz, Claptone and Dr Dru among others, all for an affordable €8, it was a proposition that was impossible to argue with.
For all intents and purposes, Berlin was cruelly robbed of spring this year, though Sunday was looking perky with a top of 25 degrees; warm enough to make proper use of Badeschiff’s amazing setup.
Positioned in a district of brick buildings and warehouses, upon entering you’ll walk past Arena Club, which was also open for the afternoon; a darkened brick-built venue that has hosted its share of hard techno events. Walk around the corner to the main open-air space though, and it’s a summery delight.
Right next to the water, with a tonne of sand heaped on the dancefloor, even though you’re hundreds of miles from the coast, it’s enough to convince you that you’re partying in a genuine Barcelona beach club.
Speakers are liberally positioned around the dancefloor, meaning you enjoying crystal clear sound wherever you’re standing. There are platforms and bars behind the dancefloor and DJ booth for those seeking a bird’s eye view, and even better, a giant wooden jetty that zig-zags out into the River Spree, ending with a pristine white pool that’s open to anyone who brought their swimmers along. It’s a true summer delight.
House music on the funkier end of the spectrum was the appropriate theme for the beach stage during the afternoon, and upon arrival, Exploited Records favourites Claptone were laying down some grooves that couldn’t have been better suited to the pristine weather. Cream was one of the anthems of 2012, but it appears their more recent vocal stunner No Eyes will be one of the hits of this summer if crowd response was anything to go by. Packing the necessary deep bassline, it was the tune’s sumptuous melody and heartfelt vocals that really packed a punch over Badeschiff’s impressive sound system. The energy lifted as soon as those powerful chords rang out; the moment was so good, you couldn’t buy it.
Unfortunately, Berlin’s trademark grey clouds made an appearance not long after, and a sprinkle of rain encouraged an adventure into the darkened confines of Arena Club that was hosting Dr Dru, who was laying down what was definitely a more driving selection of deep house than what was being heard outside. It was a set that was impressively brimming with his own excellent productions; recent singles Foolish and U Don’t Dance among others. The club’s mezzanine level offered a great view of the throbbing red-lit dancefloor, perfect for those after a slightly grittier experience.
Outside, Adana Twins were keeping it funky as the rain cleared up and the sun began to set; yet another signing to Exploited Records, meaning that the German house stable had a pretty dominant presence throughout the day. They were the right choice to warm things up for Tiefschwarz, who were taking the party through to closing at 10pm. It was high time for some tougher tech house grooves, and Tiefschwartz delivered the perfect ending for what was most definitely a kickass afternoon of musical programming.
Jamie Jones Moan & Groan and Björn Wolf Iz Diz Houz delivered the techy grooves, though packaged with basslines heavy enough send ripples through the sand. Groove Armada’s Chicago Chicago brought the ravey vibes, and it was all feeling too good to be true – which in fact it was, as the heavens opened and it began to rain torrentially only half an hour into the set. The fact the dancefloor emptied out substantially had nothing to do with the quality of the music.
Crap weather is one of the prices you’ll pay for living in a city as packed with clubbing delights as Berlin. In spite of the party’s premature ending though, Sunday at Badeschiff couldn’t be faulted; marketing event, or not. Destined to be a premium destination over the summer.
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