We are sad.
One of our favourite clubs in Berlin is closing.
We heard rumours of its closure being muttered beside the Spree as we sat there in summer. With our feet dangling in the water and talking to newfound friends we watched the sun rise. But pre-occupied with bathing in the dawning sunlight and having a lovely time we were quick to dismiss it as idle chitchat and hoped against hope that it was not true.
Upon our return to London we gave it a quick Google and could find nothing to suggest its demise…except for one old Resident Advisor page from 2012 stating that the club co-founder Christoph Klenzendorf had turned his attention to a new project.
Time dragged by and we waited with baited breath for the closing party that RA suggested would be taking place in September 2013.
Further research meant we soon discovered that back in the day Klenzendorf was one of the founders of Kater’s predecessor, Bar 25, and that in the last few years the land upon which Bar 25 was originally founded had been put up for auction.
Klenzendorf & co have managed to win back the original site and plan to build a new space.
This will be entitled HOLZMARKT – aka “Timber Market” – www.holzmarkt.com
September came and went and we heard nothing. No news was good news and we thought perhaps Kater and Holzmarkt might co-exist, beautifully straddling the river banks.
Then, this October, the news we dreaded: the Facebook page announced the closure. Everyone now has until 31st December 2013 to soak up Kater in all its glory.
KaterHolzig.de has even helpfully added a countdown to its homepage (ouch).
The clock is ticking people – go now or regret it.
We have had some of our bestest B-town nights and days (and nights again) at this former cotton mill.
It is hard to explain the fairy tale-esque nature of the place.
Hidden grottos a’plenty, pounding bass, wendy houses, marriage proposals, bicycles, declarations of love, skateboard ramps, friendly brown bears, wooden decking, fairy lights, graffiti, food, drink, stumbling upon sex acts, smoke machines, losing our smartphones (who needs material possessions when you have Kater!?), long lost friends from around the world, fire pits, brave people splashing around in the river and…a giant cat presiding over it all in his top hat.
We are going to console ourselves with the fact this is not “Goodbye” – we will see Klenzendorf & co’s beautiful vision again. It is merely “Auf Wiedersehen” for now.
Bring on Holzmarkt!
Our rating: ***** (+ one iPhone)
Photos: Bluespot.de, Kater Holzig.de, Laura Chapman