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Electronic this week: Airbnb nightclub tours open in Berlin and the Red Bull Music Academy closes

While the Bunker techno crew reveal their sixth birthday celebrations.

A somewhat funny story came out last week via Resident Advisor regarding an outcry over Airbnb tours running in Berlin. The ‘experience’ tours involve taking tourists to a few of Berlin’s famous nightclubs for about AUD$120 (not including entry, drink or transport costs), and some club promoters are not happy, claiming their nights have become a stop on a ‘ridiculous human safari’. The tourists are briefed on how to behave and how to dress and given a rundown on what to expect at each club. Although it sounds funny to us, I don’t really see this ‘service’ as a bad thing. Say, if a young traveler comes to Berlin from a city without a clubbing culture and wants to experience it but feels nervous about approaching these notorious institutions on their own. Plus, if anything, I reckon briefing tourists on how to behave in these places would probably help to preserve the vibe they’re so afraid of losing.

The Bunker techno crew have announced their sixth birthday celebrations with German masked anonymous producer SNTS taking the headline slot. If dark techno’s your bag, it doesn’t get much darker than SNTS. And what better place to host a dystopian techno prince than an until-recently abandoned power substation in Newport? Also making the trip to Melbourne for the evening is French producer Hydrangea, whose deep hypnotic techno has seen her profile rise dramatically over the last two years. Local support is set to come from Hyper Binary, Nat Salih and Edward Richards b2b Frederick Sexton. It goes down on Friday May 24, tickets are on sale now.

Whatever you think of their soft drink, it’s hard to argue against Red Bull’s significant contributions to the planet’s electronic music scene via the Red Bull Music Academy courses that helped many artists to the next levels of their career. Unfortunately this week, Red Bull announced the program will be ceasing in October 2019, after a 20-year run. One notable alumnus of RBMC, Nina Kraviz, wrote a heartfelt thank you via Instagram for her time at the Melbourne-based course run in 2006 (alongside a couple of other youngsters known as Flying Lotus and Marshmello). It’s unclear why they’ve decided to part ways with the consulting company Yadastar who co-ran the initiative, but Red Bull have stated their involvement with the music scene around the world will continue.