Black Mirror Recordings often gets asked what the techno scene in Groningen offers to the regular techno fan. People are mainly curious to know where you can buy techno, but also where the best techno clubs in Groningen can be found. In this blog you will learn all in and outs when it comes to techno music in Groningen. After reading this article you will possess all the knowledge you’ll ever need about the techno music scene in the most beautiful city of The Netherlands.
Compared to other cities in the Netherlands, Groningen has a large techno scene with a strong own character. People call Groningen Berlin of The Netherlands, and for a reason. Clubs are opened here until early in the morning, because in Groningen clubs don’t have closing times! Inhabitants as well as visitors of Groningen are therefore very happy about Groningen nightlife.
Techno Groningen: music clubs
In the city you will find two big techno clubs: Paradigm and OOST. But besides these clubs, people organize a lot of other, regularly returning parties all around town. This offers a large variety of places to go to and have a fun night (or day) out enjoying techno music.
This club exists now for about 10 year, and has been declared best underground club of the Benelux in 2015. Once every month an event is organized in this old factory, which was formerly used as a plant for Sugar production. The factory exudes and old-school industrial underground atmosphere, which makes it very suitable for big techno parties. Inside there are different stages setup in multiple areas, so a couple of shows can be going on at once. Some techno DJs who have featured in Paradigm include Nina Kraviz, Marcel Dettmann, Stephan Bodzin and Joris Voorn.
Important to mention here also is Paradigm Festival. This is a yearly recurring festival that many techno enthusiasts are looking forward to. It is a three-day festival that is held in August, on the sugar factory grounds. Various stages are distributed across the factory area, outside as well as inside. Because it is such a popular festival, the Saturdays usually are sold out. If you want to go to this crazy amazing festival, buy your tickets as soon as possible.
Club Paradigm can be found at Suikerlaan 2, 9743 DA Groningen
OOST is, in contrast to the Paradigm, a lot smaller. Parties are organized here every Friday and Saturday evening. The club has been around for about five years now, and over the years has welcomed both national and international deep house and techno DJs. Some of the names that have performed on this stage are Palms Trax, Seth Troxler and Detroit Swindle. In addition to a nightclub, OOST is also a place for public debates, where socially relevant topics are discussed regularly.
OOST can be found at Oosterstraat 13A, 9711 NN Groningen.
Techo Groningen: Other places you should have visited to find your favorite techno music
In Groningen you also have other clubs where techno parties are regularly held. Usually these parties are organized by certain collectives in the city.
Simplon has been a center where youth and youth culture come together for more than 40 years. In this center, techno parties are organized on a regular basis as well. A well-known collective that organizes this in the Simplon is “Ongehoord“. Check their Facebook page for more information.
Simplon can be found at Boterdiep 69, 9712 LK Groningen
Club Maca & Roni
Club Maca & Roni is a brand-new initiative by two friends (Tristam and Aad). They welcome DJs monthly, to come and perform at the venue. The two music lovers want to make a fresh and predominantly electronic sound. Guest DJs and bands from all over the world are invited to perform. Follow their Facebook page for the most recent Club Maca & Roni event.
KopjeK has been organizing house and techno parties and festivals in and around Groningen for more than 10 years. In recent years a lot has happened, and in a short period of time KopjeK grew into a well-known name in the city. Over the years, they have hosted many parties at various locations around the city including a swimming pool, an ice hockey stadium and garages.
Techno Groningen: Where can you buy techno music?
Jongens van Hemmes
De Jongens van Hemmes started their music store in 2003. It is still managed by two music fanatics, John and Eric. Their main goal is to provide quality music and a high level of service.
De Jongens van Hemmes continue the old Hemmes tradition, which means that there is a wide range of music styles that you will not find in other places. They have a lot of titles that are not obvious, partly because they also import those from special locations. And otherwise they are known for their fast delivery time, if something needs to be ordered. They also traditionally supply vinyl / records in all kinds of genres.
Click here to find more information about this (online) music store.
Jongens van Hemmes can be found at Steenstilstraat 10, 9711 GM Groningen.
Plato is a collection of music specialties stores. The first store was opened in Leiden in the 70s. At the moment there are Plato’s located in Utrecht, Zwolle, Apeldoorn, Deventer, Leiden and one in Groningen! On www.platomania.nl you can order music online and Plato will send it to you. The site contains hundreds of thousands of titles, a large part of which is vinyl. You can also buy techno music in the store itself.
Plato can be found at Oude Ebbingestraat 41, 9712 HB Groningen
You can also go to Black Mirror Recordings for your favorite techno music. We release a new techno record about once every three weeks. These can be streamed on your favorite platform, or for sale on Beatport and Traxsource, amongst other platforms. Go to our release page for the complete overview!