BERLIN — Last Wednesday night a who’s who of European adult talent — both in front and behind the camera, behind the scenes and providing innovative products for everyone’s pleasures — gathered in a Cold War-era power plant converted into one of the most sought-after venues in Berlin to celebrate the XBIZ Europa Awards, presented by ManyVids.
The European counterpart to the already legendary, Los Angeles-based XBIZ Awards in January is unmistakably unique: the interior of the centrally located Umspannwerk Alexanderplatz (the spy-movie-ready power plant in question), in the very heart of Mitte, the downtown neighborhood where everything happens, was transformed by the XBIZ ambiance wizards into a blue-tinted, swank-cool space, its minimalist white walls modified by artfully placed lights.
Instead of the Los Angeles “awards season” glitz and glamour, the 2019 XBIZ Europa offered vibes that were much more in tune with Berlin chic. Everyone noticed the music that welcomed the nominees and their luxuriously clad guests to the red carpet and the pre-show complimentary drinks: AC/DC, surely the choice of the top brass at XBIZ, connoisseurs of a muscular power chord or three.
The Euro crowd of adult performers was vocally appreciative of the change of mood from the usual “chill hotel music” preferred elsewhere. “Rock and roll!,” more than one hopeful screamed on the red carpet, lifting fists to the anthemic strains of “Back in Black” and the like.