Last month’s announcement that one of Hamburg’s most legendary live clubs, Logo, could be torn down and relocated, annoyed me and made me reflect on Hamburg’s culture. Established in 1974, several famous bands such as The White Stripes, Sebadoh, The Flaming Lips and Dredg have played in this cosy shed.
Initially intended as a furniture shop, the location soon became a place for students and live-music. But with the growing need for living space, the property caught the interest of investors. Therefore “the loudest sauna in the city” is to be torn down and replaced by the district authority. The new club should be done before the old gets wrecked. A suitable location could be the area in front of the district exchange Eimsbüttel, close to the skate park. But would this replace the Logo as we know it? Is it okay to let a piece of music history go in order to create new living space, which students urgently need?
Although I consider it to be important to build new flats, I still believe it should not be at the cost of beloved cultural institutions. The near future promises to be interesting because the future of Logo is hanging in the balance…but in the meantime, the sweaty Rock’n’Roll continues.
Milena Rizo Blandon