Attendees of Berghain routinely find themselves subject to a significant amount of colorful scenery - enough, apparently, to desensitize them to flat-out natural disasters. This past weekend lightning struck the building housing the Berlin nightclub, shutting down its air conditioning and turning on its emergency lights, and according to eyewitnesses, nobody stopped dancing.
"People took off their clothes because the place became a sauna, never saw so many topless girls and boys in a club," read a Facebook post from Berlin-based DJ T., who was performing at the Panorama Bar at the time of the lightning strike. "I will never forget that view from the iron stairs down on that ocean of naked flesh waving and pulsating."
Pär Grindvik, a DJ who was playing alongside Dax J on the ground level of the club at the time of the incident, told Pitchfork:
I was pretty emotional after my set to say the least! Maybe 10 minutes before my set, while I was getting ready to play, there was a short glitch in the light and sound system. The glitch was so short that nothing really rebooted, the music and lights kept on for a while but then suddenly the club's panic lights came on. The reaction from the crowd including Dax and myself in the DJ both was that we thought it was a new light feature, but the lights stayed on while I took over the booth and were on for almost my whole set of four hours. Apparently the air conditioning also went off, so the club was extremely hot and humid, meaning the already lightly dressed crowd disrobed more and more as I played. From what I heard they had to get the fire department down to be able to turn the lights off again, which happened when I had just a few more tunes to play. I’ve experienced so many amazing nights playing in that club before, but this one was most defiantly [sic] one for the books.
Only at Berghain could a disruption which would typically cause a substantial breakdown result in what was apparently the most legendary club night of all time. The nightclub's owners have not issued statements indicating that any injuries or significant damage have resulted from the incident as of this writing.