Sisyphos - Not a Greek myth, but a true Berlin story
No matter what part of the world you come from, if you are a Techno fan, you have probably noticed that the Berlin nightlife is dominated by world-famous Techno temples. The list includes the giants such as Berghain and Tresor, but this constantly growing and developing scene has given birth to an abundance of clubs, big or small, all authentic and charming in their own way.
Those who have been part of the Berlin Techno community for a longer time have most likely heard of the club called Sisyphos. Located in the Rummelsburger Bucht in Lichtenberg, in a former dog biscuit factory, this open-air club is considered one of the most famous Techno venues in the German capital today.
The story of Sisyphos begins back in 2008 when Julius Hausl and Lina Thiele founded the club. According to Resident Advisor magazine, as of March 2017, it has been listed as one of the ten most essential clubs in Berlin for electronic dance music. BuzzFeed called Sisyphos "out of this world," so it is not surprising that the club has also gained a "European cult status." Due to its great popularity, the club today has its own label Sisyphon—a platform for resident musicians and DJs.
Bringing myths to life and raving for eternity
Drawing direct inspiration from the story about the Greek God Sisyphus, the club's name symbolises the seemingly never ending act of partying, from Friday to Monday, without any interruptions.
Just like Sisyphus, the king of Ephyra who Zeus punished to roll an immense boulder up a hill only for it to roll down every time it neared the top, repeating this action for eternity for cheating death, the club Sisyphos is known for the parties that "never end."
But, we could all agree that spending three days partying (for a one-off entrance fee) to some of the best Techno music beats in this vast two-floor venue doesn't exactly feel like a punishment—no wonder this place attracts large crowds every weekend.
Although lineups are almost never announced, it is widely known that Sisyphos' lineups feature well-known international DJs (such as Richie Hawtin, who played in 2015) and big names from the local techno scene.
However, people who plan to visit Sisyphos should keep an eye on the club's official website just to get an overall idea of what to expect. While it is mainly a Techno club, Sisyphos treats their guests to some great electro, techno, house, and disco as well.
Spacious, cosy, and welcoming
The overall darkened atmosphere gives the venue a cozy feeling, accentuating the quality of the sound coming from the Funktion One Premium system.
Now, it is understandable that dealing with crowds might sound intimidating. However, Sisyphos' massive floor area with the capacity of 1500 people allows visitors to have a comfortable experience and great fun regardless of the masses constantly flooding in.
Its warehouse-style main room is where techno or tech-house DJs usually play, but the venue also features a more house-oriented second room and an open-air area that almost looks like a student living room under an open sky.
The club's actual highlight is the large outdoor garden filled with abandoned cars and other debris. The artificially raised beach adorned with colourful décor is the perfect dance floor for those who want to feel the sand, the fresh air, and the sun during those three days of partying.
But, the experience wouldn't be complete without Sisyphos' fantastic menu. The club offers impressive drinks and delicious snacks that visitors can enjoy while relaxing on the comfortable sofas, the beach, or the overviewing platform.
Extra tips for a great experience
The club has a dress code, but it's pretty simple: Dress casually and comfortably but make sure your clothes are cleaned and ironed. The rules apply to both men and women. A black outfit would be most suitable, and it may include simple t-shirts, jeans, and sneakers, as well as leggings, mini skirts, and tank tops for the ladies.
Respect the club's "No photo" policy and avoid taking a camera with you. The stuff won't allow you to take photos or videos with your phone. So be careful.
Last but not least, have fun! It's one of Berlin's most famous clubs, where you can hear some of the best Techno beats and see some of the biggest Techno names performing, so make the most of it.