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Poll 2024: The Grand Factory
The Grand Factory

Location: Beirut, Lebanon  

Capacity: 1,350

Beirut’s Grand Factory has endured numerous challenges in recent years, but has kept the music alive — a testament to the passion and dedication of its team. The club’s Funktion-One-fitted, 1,000-cap main room, Factory, boasts a fixed kinetic lighting rig that’s been expanded in the past year, creating “a more immersive experience on the dancefloor”, says general manager Samer Makarem. Second room, Reunion, holds 250 people and boasts a Stage Accompany Soundsystem with Analogue Feedback technology; while Soul Kitchen serves up cocktails and music.

Sounds range from local bands at Friday Night Live to the “glitz and glam disco” of Love Night, the “guilty pleasures” of House of Pop, and the modern pop and Afro-house of House Call. But the beating heart is 2ND SUN, the club’s “weekly electronic ritual”. Over the past year, international acts like Adam Port, Mind Against, Magdalena, Shimza, and Henri Bergmann have played alongside the extensive roster of residents: Tala, Vanclod, Rita, Wass, Bibz, Rolbac, Nareg, Jean, Allen Behlok, Romax, Tia, and club founder Jade.