December 26, 2019

"Techno wasn't designed to be dance music, it was designed to be a futurist statement"  Jeff Mills 

Techno is the serious, thinking side of dance music and techno clubs are serious about their music.  Stark, often minimalistic driving beats are the heartbeat of techno, eschewing the frivolity of house and disco as if in search of a higher purpose.  Modular is, for now anyway, the home of techno in Cape Town and they have taken on that mantle with the gravity it deserves. The venue markets itself with angular precise monochromatic design, with nods to Kraftwerk and Bauhaus. The underground venue situated down a nondescript downtown back alley is austere and claustrophobic, creating the archetypical techno dungeon. From the marketing to the space, everything here is geared towards the music, the DJs are front and centre and since opening they have played host to some of the best international techno DJs backed up by the finest local talent. 

 Taking inspiration from the ultimate techno club Berghain, photography is banned, they want clubbers to be immersed in the experience and the music and not on social media.  Unlike Berghain the door people here are less selective, though when you going to a techno club wearing black is pretty much de rigueur anyway. If you like your beats dark, deep and repetitive then Modular is the place to loose yourself in Cape Town. Just remember to wear black. 071 163 5991  

34 Riebeek St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town

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