Techno Scene in Budapest
If the road ever takes you to Central Europe, there's a country you absolutely shouldn't miss. Spanning over 93,030 square kilometers of the Carpathian Basin, beautiful Hungary is landlocked between Slovakia, Ukraine, Romania, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, and Austria.
Hungary's capital, Budapest, is often listed among the most beautiful cities in the world. Divided into two sections by the majestic Danube River, this city's unique architectural gems, such as Buda's medieval Castle Hill, the grand neoclassical buildings along Pest's Andrássy Avenue, the 19th-century Chain Bridge, and the gorgeous Gothic revival Parliament Building make the cityscape utterly breathtaking.
The rich Hungarian history and culture make the country an attractive spot for travelers. The Turkish and Roman influences have left some precious charms behind, such as the mineral spas, including the thermal Lake Hévíz, which gave Budapest its "Spa Capital of the World" nickname. Budapest is also known for Ruin Bars, its vibrant nightlife, and its Electronic and Techno music scene.
"The Hungarian capital's techno scene has been shaped by its community as well as by governmental decisions over the last 30 years. Budapest's techno scene initially developed in the 1990s, but it didn't establish long-standing club culture and venues. Following international trends, the scene began declining in the first decade of the twenty-first century, but this tendency was later reversed due to the activities of new promoter teams whose aim was to regenerate the underground scene", writes author Anita Jóri in the book "Electronic Cities."
So, you might be wondering, where should you go for a great Techno rave when in Budapest? These are our suggestions:
Located in the very heart of Budapest, on the 1st floor of the party complex "Instant-Fogas," LÄRM is considered to be one of the best underground Techno and house clubs in the city. It was launched in 2014, and since then, it has welcomed dozens of the greatest cutting-edge artists and acclaimed DJs from the electronic side of the music spectrum.
Aside from the fantastic lineups and parties, LÄRM has been attracting massive attention with its interior design as well. In fact, the darkness and the "nothingness" it offers is what creates a uniquely immersive atmosphere that helps you focus on the thuds and the beats only. The hall is practically a pitch-black cube that fits around 250 guests and is equipped with Martin Audio.
In the center of Budapest, not far from Courtyard, you'll find the underground techno club Aether. The outstanding lineup allows Aether's visitors to hear the best of the domestic Techno scene and some great international Techno DJ names as well.
The founders are famous figures in the Hungarian electronic music scene, and the club is equipped with a Funktion One sound system, which grants a fantastic party experience. Additionally, Aether features a unique visual system that dresses the 300 person capacity venue in colorful lasers and bouncing light.
Located on the top floor of the old department store, Corvin Áruház, the club Corvin is situated right in the middle of Blaha Lujza Square.
Founded in 2015, this club is known for its amazing Hungarian and European Techno and Electronica parties all year round. World-class DJs and musicians such as from all around the world. Amelie Lens, Bicep, Boris Brejcha, Charlotte De Witte, Enrico Sanguliano, Dax J, Format B, Gaiser, Guy Gerber, Klaudia Gawlas, Mind Against, Monika Kruse, Recondite, Rodhad, Robert Hood, Oliver Huntemann, etc., have played here.
It is considered one of the sharpest-faced techno clubs in the Eastern European area. It gets incredibly cramped during summertime, as its huge rooftop terrace, the overall underground atmosphere of its minimalistic interior, and its VOID sound system make it particularly attractive and popular among locals and tourists.
Previously known as 4bro, the club, which was previously located in the Buda part of the city, closed its doors and later reopened at Gozsdu, changing its name into 4bro Downtown.
4bro has always been famous for its strong cocktails and excellent music repertoire, but the new venue is even more attractive with its spacious and cozy guest area and a lot more serious cocktail menu.
Thinking about traveling to Budapest this year? If you like Techno, make sure you visit at least one of these clubs for an unforgettable partying experience.