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new techno club BASEMENT opening at Knockdown Center (initial lineup)

Basement Knockdown Center

Not only does Queens’ Knockdown Center host shows, there will now be a new techno club in the venue’s basement called — wait for it — BASEMENT. To quote Resident Advisor:

The new venue sits beneath the main hall of Knockdown Center in Queens. Accessible via a separate entrance, it’s situated in a network of brick tunnels that were originally used to heat the full building, which was built as a glass factory in 1903. BASEMENT’s owners describe the setup as an “industrial catacomb… making it ideal for techno.”

According to an email announcement, the club “will feature a state-of-the-art, Funktion-One sound system, and a custom lighting rig throughout the venue.” This follows the closure of Output (which had a Funktion-One soundsystem) earlier this year, and former Output director of operations Ria Katz (who now works at Knockdown Center) told VenuesNow earlier this year, “With Output closing there’s a need [for a space focused on underground techno].”

BASEMENT will open on May 10 with Rebekah, Heidi Sabertooth, Auspex, and Ne/Re/A. Other upcoming shows include Vatican Shadow, Silent Servant, Bryan Kasenic, Becka Diamond, Headless Horseman, the Wrecked party, and more. Full initial schedule below. Tickets for all shows are on sale now.

BASEMENT — 2019 Initial Schedule
May 10 Rebekah / Heidi Sabertooth / Auspex / Ne/Re/A
May 11 DVS1 / Bryan Kasenic
May 17 Headless Horseman Live / Vatican Shadow / Volvox / Becka Diamond
May 18 Wrecked with Special Guest
May 24 Staub with Luke Slater / Irakli / Caleb ESC / Adrestia
May 25 999999999 / Fabrizio Lapiana
May 31 Tommy Four Seven / Silent Servant / Katie Rex

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