Arena Cultural abattoir

A former slaughterhouse, Arena is one of the city’s biggest live venues, with a mad mix of established and underground acts playing under the same alternative umbrella. Four separate areas host artists as diverse as Seal, Dinosaur Jr., Roison Murphy and Helmet. Even good old J.B. (James Brown) made one of his last live performances here.

Not forgetting its d.i.y. (do-it-yourself) origins as a former squat, it still supports grass roots indie events that attract niche audiences. Goths, punks and graffiti crews have been known to travel from as far as Italy and Sweden to attend, perform and/or participate in these one-off made-to-order events. Apart from live shows the Arena presents film screenings, spoken word events and theatrical presentations.

Futuregarden Welcome to the...

The Viennese art crowd converges at Futuregarden—exhibiting artists, curators and students from the art academies drink and rub elbows here. Owned by and adjacent to the Galerie Amer Abbas, the Futuregarden’s guests spill over during events to the gallery next door and vice versa.

Facing the Flakturm near Gumpendorferstrasse, the space is bare and minimally furnished with simple tables and stools. On display are photos, painting and media art. Art meets music when local DJs like David Jerina (Die Techno-Hit Parade), Evirgen, Lady Mustache and SM48 (Wrckd) come to spin, entertaining with minimal and old school techno, disco, hip hop and rock.

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