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Monday 10, July

200,000 came out in the heat for Rave the Planet

After a week of chaos and uncertainty, Rave the Planet took place as planned on Saturday.

Photo: IMAGO / Olaf Schuelke

Monday 10, July

200,000 came out in the heat for Rave the Planet

After plenty of last-minute chaos Berlin’s biggest techno demo, Rave the Planet, went ahead as planned on Saturday.

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Temperatures were as high as 30* Celsius when the rave kicked off on Straße des 17. Juni in Berlin-Tiergarten. Last Monday, Rave the Planet organisers announced that their medical service provider, Malteser SanitĂ€tsdienst, had dropped out last minute.

Malteser denied that they had ever been officially commissioned or even signed a contract, with a spokesperson stating that they had no choice but to drop out because of “incomplete planning files [from Rave the Planet GmbH], including a security concept that was not yet finalised”. On the other hand, the team over at Rave the Planet insisted there had been a verbal contract, and that they were so far along with the planning of the parade that there could have been no doubt as to the status of their agreement.

With just days to go, Rave the Planet launched a GoFundMe campaign to cover the estimated €250,000 it would cost to hire a private medical service provider, which is usually many times more expensive than an aid organiser like Malteser SanitĂ€tsdienst. Although by Friday, the campaign had raised just €20,000, organisers announced that a medical team had been secured and the rave would go ahead.

After all the drama, the rave seems to have gone quite smoothly. The emergency team treated 150 people in on-site medical tents, with 51 of them being taken to hospital. On Sunday morning, the fire department tweeted that the rave had no noticeable incidents.