Electronic music is as diverse as the frequencies the human ear can detect, and that’s quite a lot. In Lebanon, our nightlife is something to be proud of, and that’s one of the few things everyone can agree about. The venues and management might not always be ideal, but the clubber spirit in every single Lebanese person which manifests itself in everything from psychedelic forest raves, to one-man-shows in Arabic, is damn epic.
The traditional heavyweights cater for a lighter taste in music, with chart-toppers and crowd-pleasers usually on the menu. The rising electronic music audio culture though, is taking over fast, and people’s tastes in music have evolved and their ears are more discerning to what’s good and worth it, and what’s shit and half-assed.
This has allowed niche movements to form and flourish. Even though House, Tech-House and Techno dominate this new culture of clubbing that strays away from the glitz and glam and focuses on the substance and genuineness of the whole affair, drum and bass, dubstep, breakcore, experimental, psychedelic, psychill, dub and many, many more electronic subgenres have also claimed their spot among Lebanon’s immensely diverse nocturnal ecosystem,
Of course, events are usually on an annual or seasonal basis, and the venue always shifted. That’s until Distrikt opened, with Anthony Haddad fresh off the plane from Scandanavia, Distrikt was exactly what the Lebanese scene needed. It’s an out-of-the-way, industrial venue far from residential buildings and yet close enough to Beirut.
It plays host to events all the time, and the venue located in a factory’s upper level consists of custom-made, ever-changing elements that give it the grungy feel with a trippy twist. Half a car, vandalized mannequins, suspended doors, car wheels, cable rolls and psychedelic art illuminated with black lights set the perfect mood for an out-of-the-way party.
There are windows on both sides that show you the surrounding mountains, and the DJ booth has two hexagonal grids and a large screen where visuals are projected. The bar is on the side with a small chill area next to it to rest your tired feet from stomping.
All in all, Distrikt is going to be massive this winter. With the number of good winter venues dwindling, a place to host Lebanon’s fledgling underground music movements that have already overtaken the commercial, mainstream ones. This one looks great, feels authentic and is easily alterable to fit the type of event being hosted. Whether it’s trippy psy art for the faster BPMs, or dark, intense decorations for the slower ones, the parties there always last well into the morning hours.
Keep up to date with their Facebook page here, since schedules are announced there and it’s almost never the same thing twice in a row.