Grend door, © Sabrina Schmidt

Es­sen Steele

Hard­core, Hip Hop, Spray­er

Es­sen-Steele is the un­of­fi­cial punk and sub­cul­ture centre in the city. Only a small num­ber of tour­ists make the trip to the deep south-east of Es­sen. Vis­it­ors look­ing for the un­usu­al will find the GREND cul­ture centre here, which hosts a large num­ber of in­ter­est­ing con­certs as well as theatre pro­duc­tions. Then there?s the ex­cel­lent Rock­store re­cord shop. Also the HüWeg youth centre. Andi Weizel, from the suc­cess­ful band Frida Gold, re­mem­bers the HüWeg from days gone by: ?I come from Es­sen-Steele. There, we had the HüWeg, one of these old-style youth centres where people from all levels of so­ci­ety came, where there was cul­ture, and everything col­lided with everything else: hard­core, hip hop, the spray­ers. For me, the con­certs there and in the GREND nearby, where the un­der­ground punk elite passed through, were the reas­on why I star­ted mak­ing mu­sic. This com­ing to­geth­er of people who are so dif­fer­ent and who gave their all one even­ing after the next, wheth­er they were on stage or in the mosh pit or spray­ing.? A real in­sider tip is the Rock­'n'Roll Bar Freak Show, which is also dir­ectly on the Grend­platz square. If you dare to des­cend the cel­lar stairs (which pass through an over­sized mon­ster?s mouth), you reach a per­fect bar for rock fans. Friendly people, drinks with nasty-sound­ing names, and loud gui­tar mu­sic are on of­fer here. Even the toi­lets are a showpiece in them­selves (al­though only over-18s are ad­vised to use them).

Fur­ther in­form­a­tion
GREND: West­falen­straße 311, 45276 Es­sen


Rock­store: Grend­pl. 7, 45276 Es­sen

KJZ HüWeg: Hün­ning­hausen­weg 84, 45276 Es­sen


Freak Show: Grend­pl. 2A, 45276 Es­sen

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Grend door, © Sabrina Schmidt
Rock Store, © Sabrina Schmidt
Inside Rock Store, © Sabrina Schmidt
Freak Show, © Sabrina Schmidt
Grend Essen Steele, © Es-Punkt-Ge-Punkt

All Pop-Spots Ruhr Area

domicil Dortmund, © Joehawkins


The logo of the Rotunde, © Tourismus NRW e.V.

Riff & Ro­tunde

Arena Konzert, © Raimond Spekking

Velt­ins Arena

Djäzz Flyer, © Djäzz


The Die Horst-Schimanski-Gasse, © Jule Körber


Turbinenhalle, © Tourismus NRW e.V.


The Goldkante Bar, © Tourismus NRW e.V.