Richie Hawtin Booted Out Of Berghain

Minimal techno hero Richie Hawtin was amongst a group of revellers thrown out of Berlin superclub Berghain last weekend, after a curtain dividing the DJ booth from a backstage area was reportedly torn down (Electronic Beats).

Deep Dish DJ Dubfire, who’d been played a 6 hour set at the club earlier, Twittered about the incident, calling the club’s bouncers total pricks’ and accusing them of ‘roughing up a lot of our crew’ while Hawtin used Facebook to register his displeasure.

"U know what, BERGHEIM (sic) is a great club once you are inside, but why does the door policy have to be so ridiculously hard,” the superstar DJ complained.

“Come on guys, you have a great club but don't act so egotistically cool. We would all love to play and work with you, but you need a serious attitude adjustment!!! Good luck and remember those who have been supporting your scene before you even opened,” he said.

The incident polarized reactions on message-boards between people slamming Berghain’s infamously strict door policy (mainly by those previously rejected) and regulars praising their refusal to treat celebrities and VIPs any differently from everybody else..

The incident in fact is almost certain to boost Berghain’s status even further, judging by the example of Studio 54 which became New York’s most iconic club of its era, largely through its ultra-tight door policy determined on the whims of club chief Steve Rubell.

Most famously, Chic duo Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards were refused entry on New Year’s Eve in 1977 despite being huge pop stars at the time and invited to the club by Grace Jones, prompting them to return home furious, where they got drunk and started jamming.

“We started singing, "Awww f*** off. F*** Studio 54. Pretty soon we had a set of lyrics. Then reality set in and I said to Bernard, 'How are we going to get a song called F*** Off on the radio,” Nile Rodgers told the News Of the World last year.

"So we changed it to Freak Off and then it became Freak Out”.

The track went on sell over 6million copies, while follow up Good Times (inspired by a subsequent drugs binge at Studio 54, he admitted) topped worldwide charts two years later.  (Time Out Berlin on Berghain: “A strong contender for best club in the city, if not Europe; words can't really do the place justice . . . Tip for newbies: Berghain's anything-goes approach extends only so far as what they don't see you doing. If you're searched at the door, an amnesty box gives you the opportunity to surrender anything illegal you may have before being cleared for entry. The club's reputation for a difficult and random door policy is not entirely undeserved . . .’)

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