The London Olympics are coming! That’s not the only reason we should all head to England’s capital city though, as the Guardian reports on a new nightclub making waves.
The Stubnitz was an East German herring-storage boat, destined for the scrap heap following reunification when Swiss sound artist Urs “Blo” Blaser bought it two decades ago. The government was in the process of selling off 250 such vessels, but “Stubnitz was the oldest–and the ugliest,” Blaser recalls fondly.
Since then, he’s turned the fishing vessel into a world-class nautical nightclub. Blaser and his crew sail the Stubnitz from port to port around Europe, playing host to art installations and such musical acts as Lydia Lunch, Rammstein, Grandmaster Flash, Acid Mothers Temple, and Battles. From July 6-7, the ship will be docked in London’s Pleasure Gardens for the Bloc festival, where Joy Orbison, Hudson Mohawke, and others will take over the vessel.
Inside, Blaser has kept the Soviet-era decorations largely intact. There’s a definite industrial feel, but he’s added cushions to metal beams to make bar benches. The hulking hull is now the dancefloor, and the ship’s past life has led to some neat acoustic effects. The refrigeration pipes “break and diffuse the sound amazingly…it’s a sound you can’t reproduce digitally.”
Blaser talks in more detail about the ship and leads a tour in the video below.