Parties have always been a haven for sonic surfers, dancing shoes and folks looking for a good time. Zoom in to Beirut today, it is a giant red spot on the global map for authentic party vibes with legendary nights and weekends almost every week of the year. This didn’t happen by chance. It’s the people’s passion that elevated the electronic music scene and made it a silver-lining that shines through the rubble of Beirut’s chaos. Spaces like The Grand Factory that, consistently through the years, made sure to provide quality experiences for party goers by hosting the best global talent in a sonically and aesthetically engineered venue and encouraging local talents to bring out the best they got to leverage the global standard they introduced.
Speaking of passion, Reunion, a passion-driven room in the back of The Grand Factory, with custom built walls and an analog sound system that makes you ‘hear colors and see sounds’ is going on another ‘passion for sound’ adventure, introducing a new approach to what a party should be.
Friday Night Live, is an event night that brings live acts into the spotlight supported by perfectly structured DJ sets that keep us bobbing through the night. In fact, it’s a perfect build-up of a night, starting with gentle warm-up DJ sets that build up to the livesets, followed by a closing set that keeps the party on till the break of dawn. Not only that, the Littetree Films crew, that brought you Revolver Sessions, are making sure the sets are beautifully filmed and will be published online for your home-raving pleasures.
We’re proud to be part of this experience, a lot of surprises will be revealed when the time comes.
The livesets have a different energy from the DJ sets we’re used to, since the artists organically drive the vibe of the room element by element, instrument by instrument, beat by beat. Combined with a state-of-the-art sound system, the live shows are delivering a heart-throbbing experience for a sound-thirsty audience.
FNL01: On the first episode of FNL, Slow Hands played a melodic set driven by dense guitar riffs, indie vocals and exquisite soundscapes over a deep evolving groove. The night was closed by Tim Sweeney, the NYC-based DJ known for his timeless radio show Beats in Space.
FNL02: On the Second episode of FNL, things got peculiar with a perfect opening set by Raphael Merheb, followed by a break-all-the-rules liveset from the local duo Three Machines. Our favorite part of the set, was when Sima aka Project Seer got up into the booth as a surprise guest and threw a spell on the crowd with her effect-twisted improvisational vocals overlaying the deep beats guiding the set. The show didn’t end there, lift off happened with veteran DJ 3lias on the decks literally spinning (with Vinyls and shi’) hard-hitting techno in an extended birthday set that lasted until the first rays of sunlight came out.
FNL03: Starting the night with a very cozy and jazzy opening set by Trebien, our beloved Etyen followed with a set that kind of took everyone by storm. In a clear display of this artist’s versatility and control of sound, Etyen played a rapidly evolving soft to hard to soft again, dark to light to dark again set, in a techno/house packaging that’s a bit different than what we’re usually used to. Bottom line is, Etyen rules. The night would not have been complete without the graceful Tala Mortada playing one of the most sonically diverse and musically condensed DJ sets, showcasing why tastefulness is still the epitome of art.
The good news is, this was only the start. This Friday’s line up is huge: Jacob Groening is in the house, known for his melodic journey sets, adding a new spice to the FNL mix.
Above all, Friday Night Live’s best achievement is that it brought the talent back into the booth in a scene that’s saturated with shortcuts and photoshoots.
See you on the dancefloor.
(image credits: Littletree Films)