The real underground raves have gone into hiding. With Facebook, Twitter and Blogs being responsible for the new information circulation, illegal open airs have become too big to sustain. Too many people raise suspicions among officials and especially police, and most of the popular spots — Hasenheide, for instance — are now watched very closely. As soon as someone just turns up the music on their ghettoblaster too loud, they’re fined, cuffed and locked-up (or, in a more German manner, just politely asked to leave). That’s why the spirit of a Berlin summer — Open Airs — have become a scarcity. They have to stay top secret and best far away from the lively Kiezes. Lately, Open Air “club” have even opened to fill the void in the summer. But honestly, it’s not the same. Paying 10 bucks for a line up and then again the same price for a drink at the overcrowded bar is not what people are looking for in a rave.
All the things that don’t work are the initial charm of the dance gatherings. They’re far away from any Späti or ice-cool drinks, so you keep inviting people to come and bring cool drinks and food (it’s free, stop nagging and just come!). The music stops every other hour because of technical problems and everybody starts clapping and shouting, with full support for the organizers. Man, I’ve heard people yodeling just to keep the party going! We get creative here.
So yeah, an Open Air in the club (Kater Holzig, for instance) is not the same thing, although it might have its own advantages (useful toilets and a door that keeps out disturbing idiots). If you’re planning an illegal Open Air in a top-notch location, here’s one advice I can give to you: keep it a secret and only let your friends know. They’ll all come around and spread love and harmony without any issues. If you’re lucky, they’ll help you clean up the day after so no traces will be left.
We really appreciate the full efforts of our beloved WeBoogie Crew for providing us with the first proper makeshift-rave of the summer. They have not only found a perfectly undisturbed location but also a full line-up through the whole night to keep the people dancing. Thumbs up to Shlomp, DT64, Genys, Bass Gang and all the other kids who brought the little forest clearing to life and dance!
It was really interesting to visit an Open Air without the usual Techno crowd but instead raving to Hip Hop, Bass, Funk, Breakbeats, Future Garage Sounds and other stuff. Edit: That’s only half true, though. The whole party was divided into two floors (yes, two floors for an open air rave — those daredevils!), one being Boogie, the other being Techno and House. What I didn’t know: the NotExactly and the WeBoogie crew were working together that day, sharing logistics and planning. I didn’t want to mention them because I did not have permission and you know how the dice roll, you spread the word and you get mobbed by those who want to keep their stuff a secret. But show the NotExactly crew some love as well for bringing cold-as-fuck drinks and a Funktion One Soundsystem (seriously) to the place. This is some real co-working mentality!
Here are some pictures of the event brought to you by Stefan — we’re looking forward to the next one! Like WeBoogie on Facebook to keep in tune with their latest musical happenings. Check out the pictures from the NotExactly floor here.