SCENE, CLUBS & EVENTS
Without any claims to being complete, we have gathered together some of the most important informations to the club scene and nightlife that Leipzig has to offer. From underground to trendy discos – there’s something here for everybody…
Ilses Erika: Currently the most popular Leipziger cellar club with crazy shows such as “Show Cacola” ( TV shows are replayed live here), the sit-com “Zimmer frei”, dealing with life in a shared flat or criminal “whodunnits” to take part in.
Music: British pop/independent and generally what todays students like to hear. This is also where small concerts from bands such as Travis and Chumbawamba have taken place in front of small handpicked audiences.
Werk 2: You’ll find this large cultural centre (as well as a record shop and the Cafe Connstanze) in the old but renovated factory grounds directly on the Connewitzer crossroads. There´s always something happening here to suit all tastes.
NATO: Well situated on the Karl-Liebknecht-Straße. The NATO today is a favourate meeting place for students in the southern suburbs of Leipzig. Live music – independent, jazz, experimental, cinema. Prices for live concerts around 7,50 Euro.
Moritzbastei: Or MB for short, is the largest student club in East Germany. In the old vaults under the university grounds in the city centre you’ll find a cafe, bars, live music and discos on various floors.
Spizz: This jazz and music club is situated directly on Leipzigs marketplace. Live concerts but also jazz and funk discos.
Winfried-v.-Kessler-Lichtwirtschaft: A small underground club in the Connewitzer Stockartstraße – a street synonomous at the beginning of the 90’s for street fighting and Leipzigs squating scene. Connewitz is a lot quieter these days but the LIWI is still there. Mainly punk and hardcore. Holding around a hundred people it can get quite cramped. Entrance prices under 5 Euro. Bottled beer for 1,50 Euro.
Zoro: Found in the back buildings of Bornaische Str. 54, the Zoro has always been a cultural and political centre of Leipzigs scene. No shortage of rasta dreadlocks here, and with a quantity of dogs which could probably only be beaten by the cat and dog home. Music : harder stuff from punk to crust and grindcore. Prices similar to the LIWI. Every year in September there is a festival lasting several days here.
Gießerstraße: Alternative cultural project in the westerly Plagwitz district. Live music, readings, performances, political events….and in Summer a campfire in the courtyard of this former factory site.
Haus Auensee: This is where internationally known mainstream bands play. Situated slightly out of town in the middle of the Auenwald (Auen Wood), beside an idyllic lake.
Conne Island : Undoubtedly the spiritual home of Leipzigs stagedivers ! When in this internationally known club in Leipzigs Connewitz district, hardcore, punk, hip hop, ska or other concerts are staged, it’s not only confetti that flies about. Audiences of up to 800 people can be expected at the concerts of this autonomous centre.