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Die Batschkapp - Frankfurt's Kult-Club turns 40!

Die Batschkapp - Frankfurt's Kult-Club turns 40!

Category: Nightlife
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This year a real Frankfurt institution celebrates a round birthday: The Batschkapp turns 40!Hardly any other place in Frankfurt has shaped the cultural image of the city as much as the club opened in 1976. There is probably no one who grew up in the 70s, 80s or 90s who does not associate a very special memory with the "Kapp". Whether the first concert of the favourite band, the first party, the first kiss - in the cultural centre in Maybachstraße in Eschersheim history was not only written politically, but also very personally. Also with many artists the Batschkapp enjoys absolute cult status. And who hasn't been on stage before? Die Ärzte, Die Toten Hosen, Nirvana, Robbie Williams, R.E.M. Lenny Kravitz, Nena, Rio Reiser and and and…

The club, which originated in the atmosphere of Frankfurt's left Sponti scene, had to fight for survival again and again right at the beginning and then, after it had established itself as a permanent fixture in the city's cultural scene, it underwent numerous changes over the decades. But in the core the Batschkapp has always remained the same, which is why it was so loved by its regular customers despite its lack of capacity or technology. Therefore, the outcry was also great when it was said that the Kapp would close its old location in 2013 and move to Seckbach.


The new location in Gwinnerstraße may have taken some getting used to for Kapp fans of the first hour. And there may still be people who just can't get warm with the new hall. But for the team around Ralf Scheffler the new home was a blessing in many ways. Not only that concerts whose number of visitors exceeds the capacity of the old Batschkapp no longer have to be moved to the Stadthalle Offenbach or other locations. Also the comfort for the musicians performing here is much higher. In the past, all artists had to share a shower here, which sometimes meant that hotel rooms had to be rented nearby just so that an artist could take a shower in peace. The problem no longer exists in the new Batschkapp with its generous backstage area. The size of the hall also makes it possible to plan events that would not have been possible in the old Kapp, but which are important to secure the financial future of this institution. Better technology and a very spacious outdoor area, which can be used for music flea markets, summer parties and other parties, also speak for the new location. And for the employees, the office situation has also eased considerably, which is why working here is now even more fun.

And the spirit of the old house is also present everywhere in the new hall. So you come across photos of the old Kapp again and again and in the backstage area you can discover many a souvenir - from lamps to signs - from the old days. It may be that a certain charm, which had its origin in the anarchic roots of the club, has nevertheless been lost with the end of the old Batschkapp. The importance of the club as a stage for great musicians, as a party location and as a cultural centre for the city of Frankfurt has not changed. And so we wish Ralf Scheffler, Matze Brunner and the rest of the Batschkapp team all the best for their birthday and for the next 40 successful years!!!

Further information can be found at:

The Festhalle - Frankfurt's Gudd Stubb
Broadway am Main: The Old Bridge Theatre in Sachsenhausen

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