If you thought United We Stream’s DJ streams, digital drag shows on Twitch, and the Minecraft versions of Berghain and Griesmuehle were the latest efforts to bring Berlin’s nightlife into the virtual space, you should think again. With Rave Space, a cutting edge project from Berlin, a new virtual club will be opening its doors this weekend and it’s shaping up to be a pretty impressive experience.
A few weeks ago, we already had the chance to enter this virtual club to have a first impression. Of course, with the recent Griesmuehle event in the Minecraft environment, we were expecting something quite bizarre, but to our surprise it was a whole different affair.
The Rave Space is a completely independent platform that only works in your browser and does not require any additional game environment or platform, which helps a much larger audience to access it. The club, although completely virtual, takes as many elements of regular nightlife as possible, for example, timing, as they have regular parties at times similar to real life and you can’t really enter places only if a party is happening. They have a diverse schedule with different events full of amazing line-ups that include big names like DJ Hell, Andhim, Nakadia and Moguai.
When you log in at an event, you walk past a fully latex-clad bouncer and step into a space that actually looks like a typical Berlin club that has everything you need: a bar, a dance floor, toilets, a dark room. You will move through space as an avatar among all of the other guests who have logged in. You have a lot of features to explore like talking to other guests, choosing your own dance moves, hanging stickers in clubs, or having a drink at the bar that will change your perception for a short while. There is a lot to discover in this place, there is real art on the walls, and if you are lucky you might find people doing it in the restroom.
We are very excited about the quality of the experience and the atmosphere that the virtual club brings. It’s pretty comprehensive and visually perhaps the closest thing to a real club experience. Here we have some really cool collaborations in the works and some interesting upcoming events with established Berlin nightlife creators. It looks like Rave Space might actually give us a bit of Berlin nightlife back, which is something we’re especially dreaming of right now with the new lockdowns and curfews being imposed on us.
Rave Space officially opens tonight at 7 p.m. with more events tomorrow and the following weekends. Log in and try it out!
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