Dresden’s club scene is different from those in other cities. Although there are plenty of normal clubs, off spaces, festival halls and open-air locations, most of the relevant spots don’t offer programs curated by regular bookers. Instead, 99 percent of electronic music parties are self-organized: crews have to rent the space, rent or carry their own PA, do the whole construction from the DJ booth to the decoration, hire bar staff (or do it by themselves) and so on. The DIY aspect to Dresden nightlife plays a very big and important role in the local subcultural scene. Crews are the gravitational centers, and artists, DJs and producers orbit them. With this guide I’m not trying to make a complete map of Dresden’s many musical solar systems, but I am trying to shed light on some of the stars, planets and moons that I think are fun to check out.

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