The birthday festivities include what will be, perhaps surprisingly, Tresor's first ever official visit to Detroit
world was a different place 25 years ago, Berlin even more so. The
Wall had not long come down and a reunited Germany was just finding
its feet. If you told the average Berliner that by 2016, their city
would be the nightlife capital of the world, they'd have laughed at
how things turned out, though. And on 13 March, the club that's been
more responsible for that than any other, Tresor, will be celebrating
its 25th birthday. Unsurprisingly, they're pulling out all the stops
birthday celebrations begin on 12 March, when Detroit's Patrice Scott
will join local heroes DJ Pete, Pacou, Sleearchive and Vainqueur
behind the decks of the famous club. That's just the first in a
series of club nights leading up to the Tresor 25 Years Festival on
21-23 June. Line-up details for this are still TBA but expect to see
a heavy-hitting roster of DJ talent appearing at the club, which will
be specially expanded for the occasion.
also a worldwide club tour ongoing throughout the spring and summer,
which will see Tresor visiting Dude Club, Milan (2 April), Culture
Box, Copenhagen (15 April), Warehouse, Rome (16 April), Radion,
Amsterdam (30 April), Oval Space, London (7 May), Kubik, Vitoria,
Brazil (13 May), Tangent Gallery, Detroit (28 May), Lanna, Gijon,
Spain (4 June), Exit Festival, Serbia (9 July) and Sirco, Madrid (30
July). There are also dates in Melbourne, Sydney and Paris, but exact
details haven't been announced yet. The event on 28 May should be
pretty special - it's the first time a Tresor party has ever been
thrown in Detroit.
that's not all - Tresor Records will also be putting out a special
anniversary compilation in October, while new singles/EPs are in the
pipeline from the likes of Juan Atkins, Terrence Dixon, Objekt and
origins can be traced to the UFO Club in Berlin, one of Germany's
first-ever house and techno clubs, which ran from 1988 to 1990. After
the club closed, a new location was found in newly accessible East
Berlin - in the basement vault of a disused department store – and
Tresor was born. While originally inspired by the sound of Detroit,
Tresor soon became synonymous with the harder, more industrial style
of techno that dominated in the 90s, with the Tresor Records label
that launched in October 1991 putting out tracks by the likes of
Robert Hood, Jeff Mills, Joey Beltram and Surgeon. The original
Tresor closed in April 2005 when the building was sold to developers
to build offices, but the club reopened in a disused power plant in
May 2007, and has been going strong ever since.
mantle of 'world's most important techno club' might arguably have
passed on to Berghain these days, but the simple fact is, without
Tresor blazing a trail, Berghain would probably never have happened.
Herzlichen Glückwunsch, and here's to another 25 years.
more info on all of the above, see the Tresor website.