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The Ever Changing Face of Arena club – Eichenstraße 4, 12435 Berlin
The Ever Changing Face of Arena
Eichenstraße 4, 12435 Berlin
Everytime I think I understand the layout of Arena Club, I return only to be confused again about exactly what part of the building I am in. This is not a bad thing. In fact, it makes it very interesting.
So far though, I have been there on three separate occasions and each time I’ve been in a completely different section. The first time I was in the Glashaus section for Irish musician Robotnik. The standing area in front of the stage was reasonable large and there was some raised seating at the back. Outside there was a separate bar area and more seating. Only about one week later three friends and I joined a huge crowd of punks, mostly Berliners, on a snowy Winter’s night for the Irish-American hardcore-punk band the Dropkick Murphy’s gig in the main arena of Club Arena. This was a massive all standing arena with a large stage and bar. And finally, I was recently back there again for DJ sets by Dixon and Panorama Bar regular Prosumer, among others, and this time we were in yet another different and completely separate section. This was the smallest section so far and it had an unusual mezzanine level with huge metal industrial drums for which I have no idea what the function was. They are cleary a remnant of the buildings previous function.
On the first occasion, Robotnik, who is in fact an old friend of my sister, was playing. As it’s difficult to describe his musical genre it might be easier to provide you with Robotniks own description of himself and his style: “Robotnik is Chris Morrin, a highly challenged boy from Dublin. Robotnik’s music is a mental adventure of pop, electronic beats and melodic musings on relationships, fantasies and twenty something-dom.” Apart from recognition in Ireland, Robotnik has been doing exceptionally well in Germany and has recently played in three locatons in Russia. Supported brilliantly by multi-talented, multi-instrumentalist Mancunian Sneaky and flamboyant Belgian singer Barbara Panther, both currently residing in Berlin, Robotnik put on a very interactive show, regularly talking to the crowd and at one point running throught the crowds singing one of his classics, Superduper Scientific Experiment.
The Dropkick Murphy’s put a really lively and fun show and at one point invited all the girls up on stage until the stage was full. And then they did the same thing for the men. I was well-impressed when the singer, Al Barr, started talking to the crowd about Marlene Dietrich in perfect German. Then I found out that his Mum is German and he is actually fluent.
And upon my third visit to Arena, Prosumer kicked off the night with his usual mix of house, techno and 80s music and Sven Weisemann was one of my favourite sets of the night, but Dixon, who was the one everyone was waiting for was definitely the highlight of the night.
Arena holds a very broad spectrum musical events, as can be seen just from the examples above. There should be a reason for most people to visit this club/venue at some point, regardless of what type of music they like, and I think it will be worth the trip.
Barbara Panther: http://www.myspace.com/barbarapanther
The Dropkick Murphy’s: http://www.dropkickmurphys.com/
Sven Weisemann: http://www.myspace.com/svenweisemann
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