Insomniac | Could This Power Station Become the World’s Greatest Club?
I had a chat with Angus Patterson from Insomniac. Angus has been a friend of mine from quite a while back now, dating back to a time when I wasn’t too old to feel out of place in nightclubs. Sign of the times.
While my passion for the nightlife has long since gone, that of Angus is still alive and well, and he continues to write and review music, venues and events on a regular basis.
A few years ago, Angus moved to Berlin reutilizing old buildings and infrastructure, re-adapting redundant industry into modern society is commonplace.
One perfect example of this is Berlins Berghain nightclub. Once an old, inefficient power station which was converted into one of the world’s best known and most exclusive nightclubs. It’s easy to see where the comparison is going with this, right?
While this scenario is unlikely to become a reality for White Bay Power Station when you look at the space and the scale from within the disused, hundred-year-old building, it’s easy to imagine what could become.
Oh, if only I had several hundred million dollars and a government willing to sell off what is probably the most exclusive piece of unused land in all of Australia.
To Angus’ article, click here.
Dance culture has a proud history of transforming abandoned spaces into havens of electronic music. There’s the Motor City factories of Detroit, the early UK warehouse raves, and the deserted power stations utilised in the formative days of Berlin techno.
That tradition continues in the latter city in particular, with Berghain considered one of the world’s best clubs, while you’ll find Fabric London in a converted basement cold-storage unit in the meat packing district.
Throughout its 20-year history, Insomniac has produced more than 250 festivals, concerts and club nights for nearly 4 million attendees in California, Colorado, Florida, Mexico, Michigan, Nevada, New York, Texas, Puerto Rico, and the United Kingdom.