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Poll Clubs 2021: Tresor


Location: Berlin, Germany 

Capacity: 1,000

2021 marked Tresor’s 30th birthday and taking into account the club’s continued temporary closure due to the pandemic, it was a bittersweet moment that still went off with a bang — just without the usual celebratory series of parties to coincide. Instead, Tresor has streamed Nene H, DJ Stingray, Objekt and more from the Basement, in addition to reissuing one-off releases from its record label. Set for general release in October, a special boxset of sounds by Surgeon, LSDXOXO, Jeff Mills and more aligned with the club and label will also signify the occasion, as well as a book of unpublished photos and flyers that detail Tresor’s storied history — keeping the spirit of the club alive during Covid-19.

Dimitri Hegemann initially opened Tresor in the vault of a defunct department store in Leipziger Platz, before migrating to a former power plant in Mitte in 2005. Hegemann christened the colossal, industrial space Kraftwerk, where Tresor remains today in the building’s stripped-back basement.

Comprising three rooms connected by various tunnels and stairs, Tresor’s Basement, Globus and +4Bar have played pivotal roles in shaping Berlin’s club culture. While Tresor itself remains silent, upstairs in the Kraftwerk building, Berlin Atonal’s audiovisual exhibition will take place from 25th September to 30th October.


Poll Clubs 2020: Tresor

Location: Berlin, Germany
Capacity: 1000

A nightclub and globally recognised record label, Tresor has played a prominent part in shaping Berlin’s clubbing landscape dating back to the ‘90s. Club owner Dimitri Hegemann — whose latest project Tresor.West opened its doors in Dortmund in January this year — began Tresor back in 1991, following on from his UFO club parties back in 1988.

Originally located in the bank vaults below an old department store on Leipziger Strasse, since 2007 the club has found a permanent residence at a former power plant on Köpenicker Straße in Mitte. The industrial building spans 22,000 square-metres, with concrete tunnels joining each room. The basement floor is famed for its caged DJ booth. In-house nights include Tresor’s Klubnacht on Fridays and Saturdays, New Faces, which invites up-and-coming talent, and House Of Waxx, which opens up the Globus room on Mondays.

On occasion it’s home to take-overs such as Grounded Theory, which last year celebrated its 10th anniversary with Helena Hauff and Henning Baer, and Berlin’s renowned queer party, Herrensauna, with residents that include CEM and SPFDJ. The Tresor label launched in 1991, releasing music from some of the most iconic names in techno — from members of the Detroit collective Underground Resistance, Octave One and Joey Beltram, to recent releases including Surgeon and Rod Modell. With decades of history to its name, long may the legacy of Tresor continue. 



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