Legendary Argentine techno club Cocoliche reopens
The Argentine dance community received news that could mean the beginning of a second coming for the country’s struggling club scene. Iconic nightclub Cocoliche, which has been closed since 2013, will reopen at the end of October. The announcement comes during hard times for Argentine nightlife. Due to five deaths at techno festival Time Warp in April 2016, what started as an immediate ban on all electronic music festivals quickly escalated to nightclubs throughout Argentina facing growing government persecution over the last several months.
Considering the surrounding controversy, owner and club resident Adolfo Cortes, known as Udolph, commented on the importance of Cocoliche’s resurgence for the country’s dance community: “Cocoliche will return to its roots. Our booking programme will be unlike anything offered today in Argentina. At a time when the city is shouting loud for change and action, Cocoliche is reopening.”
To help usher in Argentina’s nightlife revival, Udolph is offering club-goers the option to buy an all-access membership for Cocoliche’s first year.
The Buenos Aires techno mecca was once the crème de la crème of Argentina’s underground scene, hosting the likes of Lucy and Marcel Dettmann, among others. Keeping its original location and adding an upgraded sound system as well as a retouched decor, the club hopes to earn this status once again.
Cocoliche will reopen with a two-day event starting on October 28. With the impending permanent closure of legendary London nightclub Fabric top of mind, Cocoliche’s reopening represents a much-needed win for the global dance community.