Café swing

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The Café Swing from 1982 to 2002, a music club in Berlin .


The club, located at Nollendorfplatz 3/4 in the Schöneberg district , was opened in September 1982 by Doro Peters, Hans Worbes, Harald "Ali" Ahlshut, Reiner Bumke and others as a space for the Berlin avant-garde scene. Bands such as Leningrad Sandwich ( Dimitri Hegemann ), Notorische Reflexe and Caspar Brötzmann played along with the video art distributed in its own label United Video System . Jim Avignon exhibited pictures. Other West Berlin scene institutions soon opened in the immediate vicinity. So the concert hall of the Loft with the program by u. a. Monika Döring and 1983 the record store Mr Dead & Mrs Free .

In the mid-1980s, the club transformed into an important meeting point for the rock scene in the atmosphere of the multi- sound label. Foyer des Arts , Neue Liebe (forerunner of Element of Crime ), later the Rainbirds and Jingo de Lunch gave their first concerts here; Video and art clips as well as concert recordings from Studio K7 ( Stephan Guntli , Michael F. Huse ) had their world premiere here.

With the fall of 1989, the club experienced another high point. Subway to Sally had their first appearances here in the west and the 17 hippies played in front of an audience for the first time.

The whole thing was that concerts started at one in the morning and were free. The musicians changed in the kitchen and the stage had a waist-high railing towards the audience.

The decline began in the mid-1990s when the audience migrated to the new scene in Berlin-Mitte and Prenzlauer Berg . Despite extensive renovations, it was not possible to follow up on past successes. In 2002 the club had to close.


Similar to the Ratinger Hof in Düsseldorf , the Café Swing had a supraregional impact on bands from Germany and was often compared to the CBGBs in New York .

Coordinates: 52 ° 29 ′ 58 ″  N , 13 ° 21 ′ 12 ″  E