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Hail Satan! Techno's Dark Mecca Was Momentarily Illuminated After Berghain Got Struck By Lightning

The bolt prompted a barrage of technical failures, causing the club's emergency lighting to repeatedly flash on the oft-shadowy dancefloor.

by David Garber
Aug 30 2016, 8:35pm

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If Satan, the undisputed Prince of Darkness, was to go clubbing, it's likely he would end up at Berghain. Why is this you ask? Because not only is the infamous Berlin institution worshipped for it's spooky, pounding, and relentless programming of techno music, but also for it's large cavernous halls and minimal lighting—I.E it's dark as hell. While there are in fact lights inside the venue (just watch some of these guerilla-style iPhone videos taken from inside its walls) they often appear sporadically and no mirrors or reflective surfaces are to be found. This past weekend, albeit for only three hours, this all changed: Berghain was struck by a lightning bolt!

According to Resident Advisor, the bolt prompted a barrage of technical failures, causing the club's emergency lighting to repeatedly flash on the dancefloor, as well as loss of the air conditioning units. Being some of the most infamously "locked in" population of clubbers on the planet, this didn't cause the crowd to head for the exits or even stop moving their bodies. Instead, according to Pär Grindvik, a regular Berghain DJ who was playing that night, people just decided to take off their clothes because it was so hot and chaotic inside (more than usual that is). Check out some tweets from the DJs who were there to witness this phenomenon from the booth.