Amidst the pulsating animus that breeds between Underground music’s apparatchiks and ‘mainstream EDM’ lovers, Cologne based Bootshaus Club finds itself in an interesting position in today’s Electronic Music industry. Located in western Germany’s cultural hub, the club has reserved for itself – after extensive coverage by global outlets – the bragging rights of being a club which has become one of the shining points of reconciliation for the 90’s Rave/Tech parties and the modern day artist-centric Dance music shows.
Moreover, it has done it like no other – from the famous Loonyland parties in the early 1990’s to the Hardwell show that took place at the end of 2017, Bootshaus is the soothing example of Dance music’s capacity to dominate all spaces despite change.
But it wouldn’t be hard to contend that Bootshaus has come to dominate not despite change but mostly, because of it – it has become a hub for Electronic music’s rich history in Germany and its growing following across the world. Once a ‘warehouse’ for ships & scraps, the warehouse today showcases performances by artists from each side of the Atlantic. Just last year, the club featured shows from the likes of Ookay, Blasterjaxx, Sikdope, Malaa, DJ Snake, Jauz, Mike Williams, Tony Junior and Bassjackers among many others. Over the past years, the club has also had performances from heavyweights such as Afrojack, Tchami, Carnage, Tiesto in 2016; Laidback Luke, Diplo, Chocolate Puma, Yellow Claw, Tujamo, Felix Cartel in 2015; Headhunterz, RL Grime, Steve Angello, Steve Aoki, Zedd, Dada Life in 2013; Eric Prydz, Hardwell and Dillon Francis in 2012 along with solemn sets from Sven Väth in 2011 and Deadmau5 in as early as 2010.
Big names aside, what fact is not lost on us is the notion that Bootshaus has been part of their journey to stardom as much as they have been for the club’s own adventure.
With Dannic’s performance at the beginning of the year, it is clear why Bootshaus is giving clubs in Germany a run for their money. Aside from its ‘heroic’ three-floor structure and raw-metallic aura, multi-room performances and outdoor shows with a steady capacity of 1500, the club has an offer that is exquisite and a considerable bit beyond what others do – it involves a keen attention towards the diversified Dance music audience in Germany. The quirky genre-based nights such as Gods & Monsters, Blacklist, Musical Madness, Deepblue and the Neonsplash paint-party, paired with an unrelenting commitment to partner and collaborate with event-makers such as with Snowzone in 2018, Bootshaus assuredly has the eyes and ears of Dance music fans not only in Germany but also around it.
Already adjudged as one of the top clubs in the world by DJMag in 2017, this brilliant ‘brainchild’ of Ulrich Rauschenberger & Sascha Weber, which has risen through the ranks not only on the charts but in the country as well – partly due to the loved Loonyland parties, knows very well that it is heading for even better days ahead when its top notch Funktion One audio system and laser-lights come on tomorrow night.
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