Rumours are circulating that Berghain, aka the ‘church of techno’, could be closing for good by the end of 2022.
Faze, Dazed, and Mix Mag are among those reporting the ‘final end’ for the legendary Berlin nightclub following the closure of its in-house record label and booking agency, Ostgut Ton last week.
The nightclub has a storied history: operating as Ostgut in 1998, Berghain founders Michael Teufele and Norbert Thormann gutted the vast former power plant. They redeveloped it as a techno club in 2004. It’s been operating since, with a 59-ft-high dance floor and iconic industrial interiors.
If Berghain closes, it seems unlikely to continue as a music venue. One of Faze’s sources says: ‘In this case there are different concepts, for example passing the club on to younger hands or selling it to another operator. Apparently, this is not desirable.’
Berghain has yet to reply to their requests for comment.