The Tresor 25 Years Festival will be Tresor’s largest offering to date and take place July 21-24, 2016, not only in the infamous Tresor club but also the lower floor of the industrial Kraftwerk establishment. The line up for the distinguished festival travels through the history of electronic music, through the past twenty-five years of both the clubs history and the history of Berlin techno. Represented will be an all-star program of Detroit originators – Robert Hood, Daniel Bell premiering a new DBX live show, John Tejada, Gerald Donald presenting Arpanet, Blake Baxter and the German premier of Moritz von Oswald and Juan Atkins as Borderland following their renowned Transport album. Fancy going? Just email firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us why you need to go!
Spanning across three full days, Tresor presents an exceptional music program to go down in the ongoing and remarkable history of Berlin techno to be recognized for decades to come. The famous Detroit/Berlin axis is represented by its most famous exponents: JUAN ATKINS and MORITZ VON OSWALD come together on stage for the German premiere of their new Borderland show, shortly after the explosive release of their new Transport album. Adding to the list is a selection of the most influential figures of the club and label’s history. Starting with live performances by SURGEON, Chain Reaction fixture VAINQUEUR, as well as long-time collaborators REGIS and JAMES RUSKIN who come together for a rare O/V/R show. For the occasion, Berlin correspondants DJ PETE and SLEEPARCHIVE also present a special TR-101 performance. Guitarist JOCHEN ARBEIT (Einstürzende Neubauten), ACHIM FÄRBER and ZEITBLOM also bring AUTOMAT to the Tresor 25 Years stage. DJ sets come from MORITZ VON OSWALD, JUAN ATKINS, REGIS, STERAC, PACOU, FUMIYA TANAKA, DJ STINGRAY and many many more. ELLEN ALLIEN and TANITH also relaunch Club The Rest for one night only. Tresor’s rich musical heritage extends itself through the new generations that constantly join the techno mothership, pushing the boundaries of its sound and expanding its definitions. DASHA RUSH, DONATO DOZZY, DJ DEEP, JONAS KOPP, CLAUDIA ANDERSON and MARCELUS represent the future dimension of the institution. An exceptional musical program set in the unique industrial grounds of Kraftwerk Berlin, means the Tresor 25 Years Festival will be a historic event in the continuing story of the ‘Home of Techno’.
Legacy for the future: what we can learn from the history of Tresor
by Dimitri Hegemann, founder of Tresor
“Without Tresor, Berlin would not be what it is today. Even though it sounds a bit pretentious, its true. Tresor was the prototype for an extraordinary club – only possible as a combination of the right time, the right place, the right content and determined people. Tresor pioneered the “zwischennutzung” – for low rents – of the rooms in the vault of the old Bankhaus Wertheim. Now the successful principle of “zwischennutzung” (temporary usage) has been used and copied by the many other clubs and creatives spaces that shape the new style of Berlin. Creative people from all around the world have flocked to Berlin and been inspired by it. They first came, on the one hand, for the new music – Detroit techno – but also for these mysterious urban spaces and the non-existent curfew (the latter the result of the hugely consequential law of 1949). Berlin became the melting pot for artists, painters, musicians, actors, designers and people of all kinds, and then later for visitors from around the world. The so-called Night Time Economy exploded to an unprecedented degree, reshaped the cultural landscape of the city and implanted a internal dynamism that fascinates and attracts investors from around the world. Today the Berlin model can serve as an example for cities big and small around the globe (as can be seen in our activities at the Packard Plant in Detroit, or with our Happy Locals initiative in which we encourage the mayors of Germany to follow Berlin in giving a voice to creative thinkers in their own communities and give them the gift of “zwischennutzung” for their experiments). The message from 25 years of Tresor is just as its always been, and as topical as ever: Give young people space to realize their ideas. Say “Yes” to their experiments. Let it happen. ”