It’s August 2013 and the trio of Dan Ghenacia, Dyed Soundorom and Shonky are coming to the close of an eight-hour showcase of their trademark deep, groove-laden house music at their second all-night long DC-10 party as Apollonia. The Ibiza club is at capacity, and it’s the middle of what’s already been a huge summer for the three Frenchmen, which has seen them release their first EP as a collective on their self-titled label, as well as mix the ‘fabric 70’ compilation.
Location: Paris, France
If you want to create a landmark club, what better way to do it than sticking the dancefloors on a boat and securing a 24-hour license? Probably none, as Parisian institution Concrete clearly proves.
The floating address, moored on the banks of the River Seine, has welcomed some of the most respected names in techno, house, drum & bass and experimental dance music since first setting sail, with recent months providing plenty of cases in point: Ancient Methods, Ron Morelli, the Lobster Theremin crew, DVS1 and Freddy K, Lone b2b Special Request, Henrik Schwarz live, Raresh and French legend I:Cube have all already jumped aboard in 2019.
Arguably the biggest sells, though, are the residents, many growing in tandem with the club’s reputation. This is the place François X, Shlømo, Leo Pol and Cabanne feel most at home, with 2018 welcoming DJ Mag one-to-watch Deena Abdelwahed to the fold, confirming those in charge know how to ensure this place remains as musically on-point as ever. Those looking to experience the waterborne mayhem in full swing should check the festival-like Samedimanche, when beats roll for 28-hours, giving ample opportunity to explore the decks and couch-strewn chill-out area.
Location: Paris, France
With the bonus of picturesque views across the River Seine, Concrete is a three-floor boat with a 24-hour license seven days a week. The main room is kitted out with Funktion Ones, and the Woodfloor is an outside dancefloor ideal for those all night long DJ sets.
It’s most prolific rendezvous is their monthly Samedimanche party that runs for a supercharged 28 hours with 12 to 15 artists invited to play over the duration. In the last year the club introduced the chillout floor complete with sofas and space to take some time out; a perfect pit-stop for those who are in it for the long haul.
The club supports the finest local French talent and quality residents including Leo Pol, Cabanne, and François X. Leo’s last EP was released on wax via the venue’s very own Concrete Music, a label that mirrors it’s music policy. The space also hosts other label residencies including Minibar, Demented, Aeternum Music, and Latency. Over the last year the likes of Marcel Dettmann, DJ Harvey, Zip, Robert Hood, Andrew Weatherall, Helena Hauff and plenty more underground house and techno heroes have been invited to grace the ship. If you haven’t already, we recommend you jump on board.
Before it was one of Paris’ leading clubs, Concrete was just a barge — used for hosting your run-of-the-mill corporate and the occasional wedding. Now it’s the first dance music club in France officially licensed to run twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.
The 1200-capacity club consists of a main room and a terrace, both equipped with Funktion One soundsystems. The main room is more minimalist and has a straightforward club feel, while the wood-panelled terraced is heated in winter — allowing people to dance outside in any weather on the biggest smoking area in Paris. Management continue to strive to improve the club — next up, they plan to create a new chill-out floor.
In the last year alone, it’s hosted an admirably underground line-up of world-class house and techno DJs, including Ben Klock, DJ Harvey, Matthew Herbert, Move D and hot new label on the block, Giegling. They’re also channelling legendary Berlin institutions with monthly Samedimance parties running from Saturday evening through to Monday morning, for clubbers that are true of heart. With nights dedicated to resident labels such as Perlon, Rush Hour and [a:rpia:r], Concrete is a stellar, floating addition to Paris’ increasingly competitive dance music scene.
Since opening in 2011, two years after the city's nightlife was described as “dead”, Concrete, and its legendary all-day parties, have put Paris back on the map. What sets Concrete apart from your average dingy clubbing experience is it’s actually a barge moored on the banks of the Seine.
Concrete, then, is a novel solution to Paris’ unforgiving property market. Set across two floors, Concrete is easily one of the most unique clubbing experiences you can have as you take in picturesque views of the Seine alongside a brutal soundsystem and expert in-house programming (the likes of KiNK, Alan Fitzpatrick, Mike Dehnert, Tom Trago) for what's always an unrelenting maritime mash-up.