This summer saw the downfall of large EDM stadium events and the exponential rise of the EDM underground scene. Forum and the New Waterfront were packed with bands and other “traditional” music acts, with the staunch absence of any electronic talent, contrary to the past decade or so.
Some might see that as a decline of the electronic scene, I see it as its coming of age. We no longer need coaching from international heavyweights, our very own talents are enough to get the party going and are spinning sets that outshine those of their international counterparts. Names like Ronin and Nesta, Phil, Ziad Ghosn and many others have proven themselves over the years and maintained their underground cred despite their commercial success.
The rise of party crews has also been a clear indication of the EDM scene’s maturity. It’s no longer big money and large radio stations that have the upper hand, it’s a group of music lovers catering to the needs of fellow music lovers in unlikely and interesting venues and locations. Beirut in the Mix, We Run Beirut, PC, Underrated are just a few of the crews this blog loves and supports constantly. After all, a nice, intimate evening of good music, with no lines, no tickets, no VIP areas, no annoying radio ads and no pestering tweens beats a major event production any day of the week.
On August 25, Beirut in the Mix and Retro Clash are bringing together some of my favorite House DJs and added a few more electronic flavors to the laid-back, chill venue of Amchit Camping. Away from the busy city, the tranquil venue by the sea will be host to FLOAT. Names include:
RONIN & NESTA
ROMAX & TIA
It starts early in the afternoon at 3:00PM and goes on till late at night. Tickets are at 25USD for open bar and some beach goodies, 35USD if you’re the “les gens chics sont toujours en retard” and show up after 9:00PM. So, I hope I’ll see many of you again next Saturday, and meet those of you I know only digitally in real-life in your bikinis and speedos =P
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