Berghain is well known as the best club in the world – the only trouble is that it’s pretty much impossible to get in.
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Many people don’t even bother to try – I mean what’s the point of queuing up somewhere for two hours, just to get turned down at the door? So Beyond Festival over in the Netherlands thought that it would be a nice idea to create their own Berghain experience for everyone who isn’t inclined to give it a shot.
Berghenk was designed with an identical mock up of the front of the club, alongside a fairly sizeable queuing area and a decent sized interior blasting dark techno music. They then proceeded to let in exactly zero people during the entirety of the festival, even offering their own guide on how to enjoy the ‘Berghenk Experience’:
1. Stand in line
2. Get rejected
3. Go back to stand in line
4. Get refused
5. Go back to stand in line
6. Get refused
7. Go back to stand in line
8. Get refused
9. Go back to stand in line
Fair play. Apparently the whole idea behind the installation was to draw attention and mock the dance music community’s obsessive fascination with Berghain’s notorious exclusivity policy in a meta-critical statement and I suppose it achieved this. Deep.
If you fancy having a go at getting into Berghain, try this Berghain simulator. You won’t get in.