The Garten – May 16th
I can’t wait to get back home, to that parking lot on the Beirut Waterfront that is transformed into that magical dome and lush playground with perfect music blasting on one side, and beautiful live art being created on the other. It’s only a few weeks away, and nothing says summer like a Saturday night booked at The Garten! And the lineup this year… Akh.
SKYBAR – Early June
I know you’re all thinking “I hope the Sunday events at Sky are happening this year too” and the answer is yes, and even better. Apart from sweethearts we’re used to like HVOB, there’s a lineup jam-packed with tasteful electronic music acts from across the world. So, get your swimsuits ready for the sunset parties overlooking the Lebanese coast and the Mediterranean Sea!
Decks on the Beach – May 29
Nothing says Friday during the summer like Decks. The perfect melange of shades of nudisco with deeper sides of house keep feet stomping with the sea breeze till the sun starts poking its head from behind Lebanon’s snow-capped mountains. The lineup this year is starting with a massive bang, but we’ll get to that in due time. Till then, book yourselves for the 29th!
Electric Sundown – May 1
The epic sunset parties at Iris Beach Club are back on May 1st! Massive names spinning on a stage above a pool right next to the sea, in an intimate venue with fellow music lovers. With names like Audiofly, Thugfucker and Lee Burridge among many others, you can expect this year to be just as amazing, if not more so. So, head down south after you finish work, and dance into the night, cooling off in the pool, sea or jacuzzis when you need to!
C U NXT SAT – April 30/June 13
C U NXT SAT will be relocating to Sporting starting April 30, but the massive relaunch is happening on June 13th, and there’s a GIGANTIC act for that night, that, in all honesty, for now, is the act I’m looking forward to the most this summer! Of course, in true C U NXT fashion, the summer will also feature beach parties in different locations along the Lebanese coast, not just Sporting.
Factory Fridays – June
Factory Fridays has gone massive. The Grand Factory is always fully booked and completely packed for these 24+ nights that cater to a flavor of electronic music hitherto untapped in Beirut. So, that’s why the boys at FF are moving to an even bigger location, somewhere by the sea, starting June. That’s all I have for now, but, hey, it was raining yesterday, so we still have time till June!
Rubik – June
Expect Rubik to be moving to an outdoors location around that time! The beauty of the illuminating LED cubes is that they can make an appearance almost anywhere across Lebanon. So, look out for where they’re gonna pop up this summer and in what format, by the folks who brought you the likes of Avatism this year!