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The Five Most Unbelievable Places Richie Hawtin Has Ever Played

Tonight he will drop hypnotic techno bleeps from atop the Guggenheim Museum's majestic rotunda.

by David Garber
Dec 28 2013, 12:28am

Richie Hawtin doesn't have to dream about DJing from a ferris wheel because he's the motherfuckin' Plastikman and he does whatever he wants. And tonight he will drop hypnotic techno bleeps from atop the Guggenheim Museum's majestic rotunda, one of New York City's most iconic pieces of architecture. The minimal techno demi-God—occasionally known by his alter ego Plastikman—has had the chance to hypnotize crowds at some of the most insane locations across the globe; a testament to the fact that nightclubs and festival stages aren't the only place where the magic can happen. Richie has proven that if you give him a crowd and a controller or two you can pretty much place him anywhere in the world and he will shut shit down. Lets take a look at some of the more interesting places where this has happened (or will happen very soon).

Parc de la Ciutadella, Barcelona, Spain 
Leaveit to the foward-thinkers at Sonar to throw one of their legendary off-Sonar events in the beautiful palm-tree laden oasis that is the Parc de la Ciutadella in one of the worldwide meccas of dance music, Barcelona. Who better then to play a one-of-kind techno set to thousands of Spanish revelers than Richie himself? I can't imagine a better view from the DJ booth. 

Guggenheim Musuem, NY, NY
Tonight, November 6, Richie Hawtin will become the first DJ to perform live in New York's Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Guggenheim Museum, overlooking the East Side of Central Park. Yes, we're serious. Richie is such a boss that he was hand-picked to be the so-called "musical director" of the annual fundraising event The Guggenheim International Gala. Aren't you totally jealous that Manhattan's art world socialities will get the exclusive chance to shuffle along with the Plastikman himself at this city landmark? I am.

The London Eye, London, UK
The folks at Red Bull Music Academy are no stranger to throwing parties in strange locations. This year for the second time running they will be bringing their Revolutions in Sound series to a moving capsule on the London Eye. Yes, they will be throwing a dance party in a tricked-out section of an enormous f-ing ferris wheel. Richie Hawtin, in addition to Skream, Ben UFO and more, will be bringing their beats to the UK eye in the sky. It really doesn't get any cooler than this. 

La Boqueria, Barcelona, Spain
In the summer of 2012 Richie took part in another epic off-Sonar event—this time in the legendary Barcelona market La Boqueria. If you've ever been to this place then you know it is one of the city's many gems. It's a giant market filled with fruit, jamon iberico, pastry and just about every other sweet and sundry delight you can imagine. Richie played a set from inside one of the market booths among a full spread of peaches, apples and cucumbers. No lavish DJ set up here—give Richie his gear and he's good to go. If only he would throw down a set from the Whole Foods near my apartment. One can dream...

Leviathan, Grand Palais, Paris, France
Every year the folks at Monumenta invite an internationally renowned artist to create a unique installation for the Great Nave of the Grand Palais in Paris. This is a large atrium space—which spans some 13,500 square meters—has been decked out by some of the most famous artists in the world. In 2011, Monumenta teamed up with British sculptor Anish Kapoor to transform the space into a chamber of mind-boggling installations that played with shape, color, and illusion. The peeps also turned to Richie to perform through a creative partnership between the VICE homies at The Creators Project and WeLoveArt. Check out more coverage from this event here.

David thinks that Richie should play a Plastikman set on his fire escape. -@DLGarber