The government of Berlin has promised to release €1million for clubs’ noise reduction
Germany’s capital will always hold prime position in the sphere of electronic music. Techno, house, minimal – any usual or experimental form you can come up with – Berlin has it banging out in its clubs. However, like other major party cities in the world, the city has been facing a rapid decline of its once flourishing club scene.
According to German paper Der Tagesspiegel around 170 clubs have closed since 2011 alone and the trend tracks one major cause – urban development.
As the population booms, the need for nice and calm places to live in rises which pushes the fun but noisy venues away.
And honestly, no one can blame a person waking up for a morning shift – after trying to sleep through a 48 hour rave happening next door – for being rather annoyed.
As the situation becomes more and more intense, the authorities of the Mecca of Rave decided to act. But instead of reducing events like they do in other cities such as New York and London, they want to do as much as possible to prevent the globally famous music scene from extinction.
With a renowned German problem-solving attitude, Berlin’s Parliament has recently pledged to release €1million to provide resources against unnecessary noise and assist clubs which cannot afford equipment themselves.
“In a densely populated city, where residential development is close to music venues, investment must be made in noise protection to ensure coexistence,” said Berlin’s Club Commission spokesman Lutz Leichsenring.
The money will be used for sound-absorbing installations in music venues as well as for noise barriers in outdoor areas. Resident buildings will receive soundproof windows. The decision should also encourage club owners to raise awareness of the noise reduction needs.
Christian Goiny, CDU party member and a club expert, said €5million had been demanded for noise protection. But he admits that the €1million is a good start.
With such measures, both sides will be happy, and Berlin’s image as one of the best cities to live in can continue.