Techno-Tourism and Postindustrial Neo-Romanticism in Berlin's Electronic Dance Music Scenes

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Abstract

This article profiles the ?techno-tourists? of Berlin: music fans who return repeatedly to the city in order to participate in the local electronic dance music (EDM) scenes. Based on interviews, this article sketches a profile of these music-minded voyagers, surveying their motivations, their attitudes, their patterns of travel, and their strategies for making this mode of travel possible in terms of work and money. It also situates this recent wave of tourism within a broader history of tourism in Berlin as well as considering its representation in local popular discourse. Local debates about the impact of tourism are reflected in interviewees? ambivalence towards tourist identities, as they strive to describe the terms of their socio-cultural belonging within a subcultural scene that is spatially distant from house and home.

Bibliographic note

8,970 words Published 'Online First', but print publication in September 2016.

Details

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)276-295
Number of pages20
JournalTourist Studies
Volume16
Issue number3
Early online date7 Dec 2015
Publication statusPublished - 22 Sep 2016

Keywords

  • music scenes, postindustrialism, ethnography, ethnomusicology, electronic dance music, Berlin, Germany, tourism