The music temple on the right side of the Rhine
The party programme on the Gebäude 9 (“Building 9”) website promises “Popular din and mellow noise”. For many Cologne revellers, this club far in the east of the city is one of the most exciting places to go. Here, the crème de la crème of national and international indie rock plays full-to-bursting, sweaty club gigs. The concerts are followed by unorthodox parties, with the best DJs in the city offering hand-made dance music. Vinyl records are also a favourite, with the needle hopping up and down in the middle of the track as a result of the ecstatic jumping crowd.
With its industrial charm, a remote location, friendly people, basic, “punky” toilets, a mediocre sound system and walls dripping with sweat, the Gebäude 9 offers all the right ingredients for a fantastic night. It was for this reason that such a large number of people supported the club when it was threatened with closure to make way for gentrification. The club in Deutz was saved from demolition, and remains a testament to the fact that it’s worth fighting to save the best locations.
Deutz-Mülheimer Straße 127, 51063 Cologne