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Batschkapp logo
Batschkapp logo
Batschkapp after the move to Seckbach (2014)
Batschkapp after the move to Seckbach (2014)
Coordinates 50°08′07″N 8°44′21″E / 50.1353°N 8.7392°E / 50.1353; 8.7392
Capacity 1,500
Opened 11 December 1976 (1976-12-11)

Batschkapp (Hessian dialect for a flat cap) is a rock and pop concert venue in Gwinnerstraße in Seckbach.[1][2]


Entrance of Batchkapp in the original building The Batschkapp logo as graffito on the outside wall of the original building

Batschkapp was founded in 1976 to establish an autonomous and left-wing counter culture,[3] and opened on 11 December 1976.[4] It began as a cultural centre associated with the neighbourhood centre Arbeiterselbsthilfe which was located in the inn "Zum Elfmeter", which was located in Maybachstraße next to Frankfurt Eschersheim station, and which had been called "Wirtschaft zum Bahnhof" in 1910, and had been used as a dormitory for approximately 100 forced labourers between 1940 and 1945, and was then used as an operetta theatre and as a cinema from 1949 to 1965.[5] Joschka Fischer was a regular visitor in the early days.[6][7]

At the beginning of the 1980s, Batschkapp was in financial difficulties caused by extensions of fire safety and other standards and had tax debts of DM 30,000. A benefit concert in 1982 with Ideal and BAP among the bands generated enough profit to keep the venue in business.[8]

To celebrate its 30-year anniversary, a double CD "Batschkapp 76-06 - 30 Jahre Hörgenuss" was issued.[8][9]

Batschkapp moved on 10 December 2013, and the original venue was demolished in February 2016, after archaeological excavations had been made because the site was within the grounds of RühlŽsche Hof, to enable the building of flats and a supermarket.[10][11][12] The new venue in Gwinnerstraße in Seckbach is a former plastics factory and has a capacity of 1500 whereas the old venue at the bridge Maybachbrücke in Eschersheim had a capacity of 350, which was sometimes exceeded.[13][14][15] To celebrate its 40-year anniversary, a booklet "40 Jahre Batschkapp - Eine Legende" was published.[4]


  • The video clip Hier kommt die Schwester of the singer Sabrina Setlur, who was still using her stage name Schwester S. at the time, was filmed in front of and in Batschkapp in 1995.
  • In 2007, Anja Ehrhardt filmed a 45-minute documentary Ein Musikclub wird erwachsen with appearances of Joschka Fischer, Wolfgang Niedecken and Farin Urlaub about Batschkapp for the television of Hessischer Rundfunk. The film includes scenes from the Frankfurt Techno-Party Tunnel Rave which Batschapp held at the end of August 1994.
  • The management has also been running a smaller club called Nachtleben in Konstablerwache since February 1993.


Batschkapp won the Live Entertainment Award for the best club of the year at the Musikmesse Frankfurt in March 2012.[16]


  1. ^ "Batschkapp". Last FM. Ltd. Retrieved 2016-09-13. The "Batschkapp" (regional term for a Flat cap in hessian dialect) is a concert venue in Frankfurt am Main and one of the most iconic and legendary live music clubs in Germany. It gained recognition as a primary location for alternative music.
  2. ^ "Batschkapp". 10best. USA TODAY, a division of Gannett Satellite Information Network, LLC. Retrieved 2016-09-13. This legendary live music venue opened in 1976, and has been rocking Frankfurt ever since. Past performers are a varied group, including Einstürzende Neubauten, Ginger Baker, Uriah Heep, Robert Cray, The Pogues, U.K.Subs, Supergrass Korn, Hüsker Dü, the Housemartins, PJ Harvey, Billy Bragg and Die Toten Hosen.
  3. ^ "Batschkapp und Elfer: Zwei Musik-Kneipen in einem Haus, in harmonischer Kooperation". Outback. Retrieved 2016-09-13. Ursprüngliches Ziel des Kollektivs war es, eine autonome und linke Gegenkultur zu etablieren.
  4. ^ a b Mohr, Reinhard; Scheffler, Ralf (2016). 40 Jahre Batschapp - Eine Legende. Journal Frankfurt (in German). Batschapp Frankfurt Kulturzentrum e.V., Ralf Scheffler, Claus Möbius. p. 56.
  5. ^ Scheuermann, Fabian (2015-01-03). "Die Geschichte des Batschkapp-Hauses". Frankfurter Rundschau (in German). Frankfurt: Frankfurter Rundschau GmbH. Retrieved 2016-09-14.
  6. ^ Walter, Klaus (2007-04-14). "Wo auch der Joschka ein und aus ging". Die Tageszeitung (in German). taz Verlags u. Vertriebs GmbH. Retrieved 2016-09-14.
  7. ^ "Kulturzentrum Batschkapp Frankfurt". Archived from the original on 2009-05-18. Retrieved 2012-06-02.
  8. ^ a b Mohr, Christina (February 2007). "Batschkapp - 30 Jahre Hörgenuss". Retrieved 2016-09-16.
  9. ^ Köhler, Mike (2007-02-02). "Batschkapp 76-06 - 30 Jahre Hörgenuss". Musikexpress - Reviews. Axel Springer Mediahouse Berlin GmbH. Retrieved 2016-09-16. Gipfeltreffen des Alternative Rock: Die Frankfurter Club-Institution feiert ihr 30-jähriges Jubiläum.
  10. ^ Hampel, Andrea. "Die "Batschkapp" an der Maybachstraße". Fundgeschichten. Archäologisches Museum Frankfurt. Retrieved 2016-09-16.
  11. ^ Dietermann, Judith (2015-03-04). "Auf Spurensuche an der alten Batschkapp". Frankfurter Neue Presse (in German). Frankfurter Societäts-Medien GmbH. Retrieved 2016-09-16.
  12. ^ "Alte Batschkapp - Nur noch Schutt und Asche!". Bild (in German). Bild GmbH & Co. KG. 2015-02-16. Retrieved 2016-09-14.
  13. ^ Schulze, Rainer (2011-08-23). "Nach 35 Jahren in Eschersheim Frankfurter Batschkapp will umziehen". Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (in German). Rhein-Main: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung GmbH. Retrieved 2016-09-14.
  14. ^ Schulze, Rainer (2014-01-20). "Umzug der "Batschkapp": Noch keine Blondinen in der Dusche". Frankfurter Allgemeine (in German). Rhein-Main: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung GmbH. Retrieved 2016-09-13.
  15. ^ Rosendorff, Kathrin (2013-10-21). "Mehr Platz für die Batschkapp im neuen Zuhause". WeltN24 (in German). WeltN24 GmbH. Retrieved 2016-09-14.
  16. ^ "Frankfurter Batschkapp ist Club des Jahres". Frankfurter Rundschau (in German). Frankfurter Rundschau GmbH. 2012-03-21. Retrieved 2016-09-13.

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