Taking on new partnership in 2007, Naples' live venue started to change its spots. Nowadays, it's beat by name and very much by nature, while the only “duel” taking place here is likely to be a dance off.
Presenting the elite in electronic music within its Neapolitan walls, the likes of Frankie Knuckles, Delano Smith and Marco Carola among others engage in rave battle every season (October to May) at what was once ironically a sanctuary for NATO soldiers.
These days, it's a foothold for 1500 soldiers of a very different breed. Offering an angular facade complete with a bright Rubik's Cube bar, sloping floors left behind from its time as a cinema and a space often allotted to theatre, art installations and exhibitions, it's easy to see why Dual:Beat has catapulted into this poll as the highest new entry.