Parisian club Concrete has built a reputation as one of the cities top spots for house, techno and electro parties and for many, has been essential in the development of the French capitals club scene as a whole.
Located on Le Ponton la Rapée, a boat that has been docked on the River Seine since 2012 and is owned by BPIF (Bateau de Paris-Ile-de-France), the club now faces potential closure. The owners refused to renew their lease agreement at the beginning of 2019, and in February issued a 15-day eviction notice.
Concrete, who currently employs 70 staff, had previously tried to purchase Le Ponton la Rapée outright, but the offer was rejected by BPIF without reason.
The deputy mayor of Paris Frédéric Hocquard commented on the issue, referring to Concrete as “one of the main clubs that animates and really lights up Parisian nightlife. In just a few years, this place has become one of the hearts of techno music and the revival of Paris nightlife, this heart must not stop beating.”
A Change.org petition has been launched in the campaign for the clubs survival, included in the message the club stated “We need your support to prove that Concrete matters, that electronic music counts, that Parisian nightlife counts, and that we know how to prove it together to those who might believe otherwise.”
Resident Advisor listings include parties running regularly until June 14th, though the future of the venue is currently uncertain. Bas Mooy, Shlømo, ZIP, Derrick Carter and Joseph Capriati are among the DJs set to play between now and then.