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Proximity Search through the Ruhr Area


The musical universe between Dortmund, Essen, Duisburg and Hagen

You’re out and about in the Ruhr Area and no matter where you’re going you’re feeling somewhat funky? That’s the best time to turn on the proximity search to pay a visit to all the music spots around you. There are more than 100 potential pilgrimage sites in total, ranging from the Jugendzentrum to clubs and record stores.

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domicil Dortmund, © Joehawkins
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domicil

The logo of the Rotunde, © Tourismus NRW e.V.
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Arena Konzert, © Raimond Spekking
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Djäzz Flyer, © Djäzz
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djäzz

The Die Horst-Schimanski-Gasse, © Jule Körber
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Horst-Schimanski-Gasse

Turbinenhalle, © Tourismus NRW e.V.
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Konzert Duisburg Landschaftspark, © © RTG Hoffmann
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Zum Anker

Zeche, © Jule Körber
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Karl-Lehr-Tunnel, © Johann H. Addicks
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Karl-Lehr-Tunnel/Loveparade Gedenkstätte

The Goldkante Bar, © Tourismus NRW e.V.
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Matrix Crowd, © Matrix
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The restaurant Enstation, © Jule Körber
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Neumarkt Ruhrort

View towards the Bermuda3Eck, © Tourismus NRW e.V.
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Zentrum Altenberg, © Tourismus NRW e.V.
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Rock Store, © Sabrina Schmidt
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Essen Steele

Matrix Crowd, © Matrix
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Westfalenhalle, © Tourismus NRW e.V.
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Westfalenhalle

Die Schallplatte in Duisburg, © Jule Körber
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Die Schallplatte

Rekorder Sign, © Tourismus NRW e.V.
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Rekorder

The entrance to the gambling hall, © Tourismus NRW e.V.
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Tao Spielhalle

The front of the Musikforum, © Tourismus NRW e.V.
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The Dortmunder U, © Tourismus NRW e.V.
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Dortmunder U

Zeche sign

Zeche Carl

Rott5Theater, © Tourismus NRW e.V.
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Matrix Crowd, © Matrix
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EX-Künstler WG B56

The Unperfekthaus, © Ole Löding
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Unperfekthaus

Club Bahnhof Ehrenfeld, © Ole Löding
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Poster Music Circus, © Tourismus NRW e.V.
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Soundgarden, © Tourismus NRW e.V.
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EX-Soundgarden

Former JZE location today, © Jule Körber
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EX-Jugendzentrum JZE

Schauspielhaus

The pedestrian zone at Kortumstraße, © Tourismus NRW e.V.
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FZW crowd, © FZW
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EX-Tentorium/ EX-Delta Musik Park

Matrix Crowd, © Matrix
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Osthaus-Museum

Pappschachtel, © Tourismus NRW e.V.
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Druckluft, © Tourismus NRW e.V.
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Eschhaus (Dreigiebelhaus), © Tourismus NRW e.V.
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Niederstraße/ EX-Zentrum Eschhaus

Matrix Crowd, © Matrix
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The record store Onkel Stereo in Duisburg, © Ole Löding
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Onkel Stereo

Disco Madison, © Tourismus NRW e.V.
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EX-Disco „Madison“

The record store Idiot Records, © Tourismus NRW e.V.
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Idiots Records

FZW crowd, © FZW
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EX-Neue Heimat

Club Bahnhof Ehrenfeld, © Ole Löding
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Isenbergplatz

FZW crowd, © FZW
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Steinbruch

Zwischenfall, © Tourismus NRW e.V.
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The Grammatikoff in Duisburg, © Jule Körber
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Grammatikoff

Lokal Harmonie, © Lokal Harmonie
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Lokal Harmonie

The restaurant  "Zum Hübi", © Jule Körber
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Zum Hübi

The entrance to the Lichtburg, © Jule Körber
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Lichtburg

Matrix Streetview, © Matrix
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Musiktheater im Revier, Gelsenkirchen, © Jule Körber
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Amphietheater, © Tourismus NRW e.V.
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FZW crowd, © FZW
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EX-Bei Rainer

Matrix Crowd, © Matrix
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Don't Panic, © Sabrina Schmidt
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Viehofer Platz

Sissikingkong Front, © Tourismus NRW e.V.
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sissikingkong

FZW crowd, © FZW
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Hotel Shanghai

Hans Sachs Haus (Stadthalle), © Tourismus NRW e.V.
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Union Brewery, © Dominik Wesche
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The View

Matrix Crowd, © Matrix
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EX-Pink Palace

Old Daddy, © Tourismus NRW e.V.
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Rio Reiser Weg, © Tourismus NRW e.V.
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Matrix Crowd, © Matrix
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Wehringhausen

FZW Dortmund, © funky1opti
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Daddy Blatzheim

Konzert Duisburg Landschaftspark, © © RTG Hoffmann
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Landschaftspark Duisburg

Archiv für populäre Musik im Ruhrgebiet e.V., © Ole Löding
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Archiv für populäre Musik im Ruhrgebiet e.V.

The record store Black Plastic, © Tourismus NRW e.V.
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Black Plastic

The side entrance to the Matthäuskirche Buer-Middelich, © Jule Körber
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Jahrhunderthalle, © Tourismus NRW e.V.
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DISCover Front, © Tourismus NRW e.V.
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DISCover

Matrix Crowd, © Matrix
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FZW crowd, © FZW
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Matrix Crowd, © Matrix
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Junkyard

FZW Dortmund, © funky1opti
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EX-FZW

Blue Moon, © Tourismus NRW e.V.
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Rockpalast, © Tourismus NRW e.V.
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No Reality, © Marlene Bar
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Marlene Bar

Club Bahnhof Ehrenfeld, © Ole Löding
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EX-Tante Olga

Beatfestival, © Tourismus NRW e.V.
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Matrix Crowd, © Matrix
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EX-Bermudadreieck

Südrock, © Michael Wrede
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Südrock

The location of the Grugahalle, © Jule Körber
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Grugahalle

Christuskirche, © Christuskirche
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Old Daddy Tie, © Tourismus NRW e.V.
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EX-Old Daddy

Forecourt of the Musikforum, © Tourismus NRW e.V.
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Musikforum


A small cornerstone was also added by Grönemeyer who is still affiliated with the city.

FZW crowd, © FZW
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EX- Folkclub Witten


Hildegard Döbner made it possible: Folkclub Witten as an important meeting place for the folk scene

Poster Music Circus, © Tourismus NRW e.V.
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(Ex) Music Circus Ruhr


Party friends from the Lower Rhine, from Belgium and the Netherlands under a tent tarpaulin

The location of the Grugahalle, © Jule Körber
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Grugahalle


What was long deemed as ugly, is meanwhile appreciated: The characteristic wing-shaped hall with access to the park and fair commemorates black and white television and mono sounds.

Matrix Crowd, © Matrix
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(Former) Grün In


The first DAF album was recorded here in 1979 on a multi-track recording device.

Club Bahnhof Ehrenfeld, © Ole Löding
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EX-Tante Olga


Tatort - of course, but what is Udo Lindenberg doing in Ruhrort?

The record store Idiot Records, © Tourismus NRW e.V.
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Idiots Records


Sir Hannes Schmidt in vinyl paradise: the leadsinger from "the Idiots" has been running his filled-to-the-brim record store for over 30 years now.

FZW crowd, © FZW
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EX-Bei Rainer


Center of Hagen's subculture in the 80s and the favorite place of the scene

FZW crowd, © FZW
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Capitol Hagen


This is where the Hageners love to party.

Lokal Harmonie, © Lokal Harmonie
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Lokal Harmonie


There are wonderful places throughout the Ruhr Area - you just have to find them.

The restaurant Enstation, © Jule Körber
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Neumarkt Ruhrort


Ruhrort feels like a mixture of harbor romance and village allure. And it even sounds a bit like that.

Matrix Crowd, © Matrix
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Prater Bochum


Five areas between House, Charthits, Schlager and Hip-Hop, plus open air terrace, bar, restaurant and lounges.

Zeche Bochum, © Jule Körber
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Zeche Bochum/ Prinzregenttheater/ Folkwang Institut für Populäre Musik


Magic moments in the off-scene: Hand Nieswandt conducts in the Prinzregententheater the "Folkwang Institute for Popular Music"

Club Bahnhof Ehrenfeld, © Ole Löding
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Isenbergplatz


A cameo ensemble of cultural boheme and burgeoisie.

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


Some nights in the Riff are just like in New York and there is room for experiments in the Alter Katholikentagsbahnhof (catholic train station)

The view of the TAO Spielhalle from the street, © Tourismus NRW e.V.
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TAO - Spielhalle


Now a gambling hall, then a high-tech field for disco experiments with miami vice allure.

Druckluft, © Tourismus NRW e.V.
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Oberhausen: Druckluft


A meeting for the younger generation to develop freely

FZW crowd, © FZW
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Kultopia


The "Kultopia" is an important venue and often even the preliminary stage for the big breakthrough.

Vestlandhalle today, © Tourismus NRW e.V.
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Recklinghausen: Vestlandhalle


Kurt Ester's legendary Beat Festivals took place here.

Zentrum Altenberg, © Tourismus NRW e.V.
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Zentrum Altenberg


Lots of program and still space for your own thing

The Goldkante Bar, © Tourismus NRW e.V.
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Goldkante


The members of the clubhouse tap beer themselves and they sometimes even play their records.

Matrix Crowd, © Matrix
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(Former) Tarm Center


or in the swimming pool, which is standard here

FZW crowd, © FZW
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Goethebunker


Hier findet man Spuren von letzten Weltkriegsgefechten und der Vergangenheit als Reitbedarfshandel, aber vor allem exzellente Elektro-Partys.

The pedestrian zone at Kortumstraße, © Tourismus NRW e.V.
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Kortumstraße


Grönemeyer sings: "You're not a beauty..." - this might be just as true for this street as it is for the extolled city Bochum. In the evenings, the street transforms into a gateway to the Bermudadreieck.

The Don't Panic at Viehofer Platz, © Jule Körber
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Viehofer Platz


Only the strong survive. The area surrounding the Turock promises predominantly the black dressed music enthusiasts a glorious piece of genuine Ruhrpott bliss.

FZW crowd, © FZW
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Stadthalle Hagen


It was opened in 1981 and fits in elegantly and in color since then, with the hilly landscape of a former stone quarry in the Volmetal.

Amphietheater, © Tourismus NRW e.V.
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Bühne des Amphitheaters im Nordsternpark


Where Bob Dylan plays for canal swimmers.

Matrix Crowd, © Matrix
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EX-Bermudadreieck


From the most popular bars in Hagen people went off in the loud night. "Die Spinne" (The Spider) has survived until today.

FZW Dortmund, © funky1opti
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Daddy Blatzheim


Not quite "dancing in the moonlight" but similarly hypnotizing under LEDs the night progresses here

domicil Dortmund, © Joehawkins
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domicil


It has been voted umpteen times to the country's best venue; even the renowned Down Beat-Magazin voted it under the 100 best jazz venues world wide.

Jahrhunderthalle, © Tourismus NRW e.V.
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Jahrhunderthalle


The name is not the program here: from opera to pop and rock to classical music, everything is here.

Musiktheater im Revier, Gelsenkirchen, © Jule Körber
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Musiktheater im Revier


The most beautiful music theatre in the region serves all sections and also makes architectural pilgrims happy.

Grugahalle Essen, © Rainer Schimm
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The Pop-Trail Essen

Great days and a small trendy district

Blue Moon, © Tourismus NRW e.V.
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(Ex) Blue Moon


The city of Oberhausen and its time as the capital of party tents.

Yeah Records Front, © Sabrina Schmidt
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Yeah Records


One of the best record stores of the city

Westfalenhalle, © Tourismus NRW e.V.
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Westfalenhalle


Legendary - and for so many reasons. What Pink Floyd and the Bundesliga have to do with the mega halls in Dortmund.

Anyway Front, © Sabrina Schmidt
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Anyway


Straight forward, rocking, uncomplicated, good: a classic in Frohnhausen.

Dortmund Nachtpanorama, © Soeren Spoo, Dortmund-Agentur, Stadt Dortmund
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The Pop-Trail Dortmund

Westphalian scene hub

Christuskirche, © Christuskirche
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Christuskirche


Fascinating live-concerts in the heart of Bochum

Archiv für populäre Musik im Ruhrgebiet e.V., © Ole Löding
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Archiv für populäre Musik im Ruhrgebiet e.V.


Ten years of sound recordings, films, photos books, magazines, programmes, posters - more than 80,000 collector's items are gathered here.

Konzert Duisburg Landschaftspark, © © RTG Hoffmann
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The Pop-Trail Duisburg

Innavigable clichés

Matrix Crowd, © Matrix
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Junkyard


Rough scrap yard charm and excellent booking

The Museum Ostwall in the Dortmunder U, © Frank Vinken
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Dortmunder U


It used to bubble in the Südhaus and now on all levels, where international art and domestic art associations are hosted in the heart of Dortmund.

Old Daddy Tie, © Tourismus NRW e.V.
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(Ex-) Old Daddy Oberhausen


The underground living room for party-makers of every kind

Rekorder Front, © Tourismus NRW e.V.
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Rekorder


At Rekorder there is not only music to listen to, but also music to make and discuss

Grend door, © Sabrina Schmidt
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Essen Steele


The expression "Stay Steele" means "don't have your head in the clouds". And that describes the direct appeal of this district quite well.

Zwischenfall, © Tourismus NRW e.V.
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Kulturzentrum Bahnhof Langendreer/ Zwischenfall


From the Zwischenfall (=incident) to Bahnhof (=train station) Langendreer. The cultural center with a sense for socio-political issues.

Zeche sign

Zeche Carl


Hard rock and punk had a long influence on the program of Zeche Carl as the first stage of Kreator, whose album "Pleasure to kill" went around the world.

Südrock, © Michael Wrede
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Südrock


Good beer, loud music, no knick-knacks.

The Bermuda3Eck at daytime, © Tourismus NRW e.V.
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The Pop-Trail Bochum

You're just too humble.

View towards the Bermuda3Eck, © Tourismus NRW e.V.
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Bermuda3Eck Hauptplatz


This Bermuda triangle adds a whole new meaning to the boring "something for everyone": This is where every night owl finds its musical niche.

Former JZE location today, © Jule Körber
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EX-Jugendzentrum JZE


For almost 50 years, the JZE was an important center of subculture in Essen.

The Unperfekthaus, © Ole Löding
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Unperfekthaus


The Unperfekthaus is a quaint mixture of co-working space, adventure playground, adult education center and restaurant.

Matrix Crowd, © Matrix
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Osthaus-Museum


In autumn 2018 the museum will present a large show about the Sound of Hagen.

The Die Horst-Schimanski-Gasse, © Jule Körber
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Horst-Schimanski-Gasse


What do you do if the city claims you couldn't dedicate street names to fictive characters? Do it yourself -with a lot of stamina!

Rockpalast Hohenlimburg, © Tourismus NRW e.V.
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(Former) Rockpalast in Hohenlimburg


In only two years their absolute rock greats of the Neue Deutsche Welle like DAF, Extrabreit and Abwärts as well as the metal band Accept, the punk rockers The Exploited and the drum legend Ginger Baker performed.

Club Bahnhof Ehrenfeld, © Ole Löding
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Königsallee


No fashion shows but the discovery of retail stores in one way or another.

Matrix Crowd, © Matrix
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AZ Muelheim


Rooms and structures for everyone who wants to do something

Lindenbrauerei Unna, © Tourismus NRW e.V.
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Unna: Lindenbrauerei; Rio-Reiser-Weg


Socio-cultural center in a former brewery with a soft spot for Rio Reiser

Matrix Crowd, © Matrix
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Alte Hütte


A certain reputation has preceded the Alte Hütte for generations. Here you can get directness, music and beer at normal prices.

The side entrance to the Matthäuskirche Buer-Middelich, © Jule Körber
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Matthäuskirche Buer-Middelich


What started as activity against juvenile delinquency became the beat hub

The record store Black Plastic, © Tourismus NRW e.V.
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Black Plastic


The Union district is home to the city's most exciting record stores. Black Plastic is almost right across from Idiots Records. If you're lucky you might even run into a little live concert.

Matrix Crowd, © Matrix
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EX-Pink Palace


In the Pink Palace there was Techno and Schlager, but also Black Sabbath and Motörhead.

Matrix Crowd, © Matrix
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Wehringhausen


"Come, come, come, come, come to Hagen, become a pop star, create your happiness!" An enticing promise, that is particularly important in the district Wehringhausen.

Marlene, © Marlene Bar
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Marlene Bar


It starts late, but the nights at the Marlene-Bar are still long enough to track down some design hits and the peculiar men's room.

FZW crowd, © FZW
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EX-Neue Heimat


In 1981 the hairdresser Christa "Mausi" Dürholt" opened probably the most important discotheque during Hagen's crazy years. This is where bands played their demos to see how the scene reacted.

Union Brewery, © Dominik Wesche
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The View


At home in the Dortmunder U, the rooftop disco turns into a home for everyone who wants to dance and look out at the same time at night.

Matrix Crowd, © Matrix
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Matrix Bochum


Beer, party and industrial culture connect these sacred halls in a historical way.

Matrix Crowd, © Matrix
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EX-Künstler WG B56


A flat-sharing community, in which it boiled with music addicts. This is where the central early audio recordings of the Hagen scene popped up.

FZW crowd, © FZW
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FZW


Leisure center west (=Freizeitzentrum West) admittedly doesn't sound even close to the punk that is going here. But Dortmund's bustling concert location is indestructible.

The entrance to the Lichtburg, © Jule Körber
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Lichtburg


A red-velvet cinema palace for that very special concert.

FZW crowd, © FZW
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Hotel Shanghai


Kay Shanghai is a big deal in the Ruhr Area’s nightlife. His premises, the Hotel Shanghai, precedes in avant-garde electro-sound with Indie elements.

Soundgarden, © Tourismus NRW e.V.
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EX-Soundgarden


Excessive nights that end staggering and yet remain unforgotten. Party on multiple levels, both physically and beyond.

Konzert Duisburg Landschaftspark, © © RTG Hoffmann
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Zum Anker


The Tatort tune chimes in every student bar on Sundays. It's time to rediscover Schimanski going retro on VHS.

Old Daddy Tie, © Tourismus NRW e.V.
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EX-Old Daddy


Wild dancing to punk and new wave was guaranteed at Old Daddy's

The record store Onkel Stereo in Duisburg, © Ole Löding
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Onkel Stereo


Vinyl, merchandise and literature - the laid-back Onkel Stereo always has something for his customers up his sleeves.

Die Schallplatte in Duisburg, © Jule Körber
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Die Schallplatte


Duisburg's record store for music fans with a special taste

Schauspielhaus

Schauspielhaus


So many illustrious figures: from Herbert Grönemeyer to Tana Schanzara, from Peter Zadek to Wolfgang Welt.

FZW crowd, © FZW
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EX-Tentorium/ EX-Delta Musik Park


From the once biggest dancefloor in Germany to a wasteland by the Autobahn

Club Bahnhof Ehrenfeld, © Ole Löding
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Wohnzimmer GE


A colourful place for socio-cultural exchange

Sissikingkong Front, © Tourismus NRW e.V.
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Sissikingkong


In a chic ambience there are readings, concerts, films and more for eyes and ears.

The Hans Sachs Haus is Gelsenkirchens city hall, © Jule Körber
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Hans Sachs Haus (Stadthalle)


Meistersinger, rare organs and Mozart journeys through space and time

DISCover, © Tourismus NRW e.V.
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DISCover


This is where addicts get their black stuff from sounds and beats.

Arena Konzert, © Raimond Spekking
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Veltins Arena


Here, fan chants are regularly exchanged for large hymns.

The restaurant  "Zum Hübi", © Jule Körber
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Zum Hübi


A pilsener at the bar and shenanigans from the big world - what else could you ask for?

Karl-Lehr-Tunnel, © Johann H. Addicks
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Karl-Lehr-Tunnel/Loveparade Gedenkstätte


A touching memorial commemorating the 21 victims of the Loveparade 2010.

The Grammatikoff in Duisburg, © Jule Körber
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Grammatikoff


You'll find outstanding concerts - especially from bands within the Indie an Hip-Hop spectrum.

FZW Dortmund, © funky1opti
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EX-FZW


A legend that has left its mark on countless music fans from the region and is now gaining patina at a new location.

Turbinenhalle, © Tourismus NRW e.V.
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Turbinenhalle


What Brings, Kool Savas and Heino have in common

Pappschachtel, © Tourismus NRW e.V.
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(Former) Pappschachtel


Five years of rock, disturbance and racket. Some called it fun.

FZW crowd, © FZW
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Steinbruch


Difficult to access but all the more notable bar and concert venue.

Rott5Theater, © Tourismus NRW e.V.
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Rott5Theater


Railway bridge, red lights and Rottstraße. What sounds edgy,is edgy: this is Bochum's tune.