The lives of the Lebanese people changed forever on August 4th, when a storage facility holding large amounts of ammonium nitrate was accidentally ignited. The resulting explosion claimed the lives of at least 190 people, injured over 6,000 others, left over 300,000 people homeless and caused an estimated $10-15 billion in property damage.
An incident such as this would devastate even the most equipped cities in the world, but combined with the existing economic hardship in the country and the fight against Covid-19, Beirut and Lebanon need urgent help.
The music industry has already seen a number of efforts to raise funds in aid of the city, though every contribution helps.
Electronic Labor Day have teamed up with Beatport ReConnect to host a 12 hour live stream on September 13th that aims to raise at least $500,000 for a number of Beirut relief efforts, including Bebw’shhebbek, ULYP, Beirut Emergency Fund and Impact Lebanon.
The stream will host sets from some of the worlds top selectors, including Carl Cox, Amelie Lens, Pete Tong and Sasha, alongside a number of supporting acts, like Wheats, Lilly Palmer, Denney, Francesca Lombardo, Fatima Hajji and Christian Smith.
Playback will be available from 2pm through 2am on the ELD website, Beatport’s Twitch account and on multiple Facebook pages, including our own.