Paris nightclub Concrete has been operating on a barge for the last seven years. As one of the most unique venues in the city and great lineups each weekend, it has become a staple for house and techno heads. However that may sadly change as the boat owners may want to kick them out.
In a statement released today, the club explained their pretty dire situation. According to them, the owners, BPIF (Bateau de Paris-Ile-de-France), which is the company that owns ‘Le Ponton la Rapée” where Concrete is, are threatening to expel for “reasons that remain unclear.”
They continue, explaining that they had a deal in place to buy the boat, which was refused, and have dealt with rent increases. “After a hard work to make shine this place in France and abroad, the company owner of the barge suddenly decided to put us in a total impasse. First by economically suffocating ourselves with an irrational rent increase in recent months, but also by suddenly refusing us the possibility of buying the place, when we had agreed on the conditions and found financial partners.”
They want to stay in the current space and fight for the 42 full time (70 on weekends) employees who work at the club to support the 4,000 people who come each week.
“So we are trying today, with our means, to fight to stay in this space that we have been living intensely with you since 2012, despite the strong pressures and attempts at expulsions that go beyond the limits of legality.”
They have launched a change.org campaign to try and get support to keep the club open. They were given a 15-day eviction notice on February 11, but it is still there in limbo.
They note that a lot of wonderful messages have been received, including by the Deputy mayor Of Paris Frédéric Hocquard, who is also responsible for culture and nightlife in the city.
"Concrete is one of the main clubs that animates and really lights up Parisian nightlife. Whether through its schedule of concerts and DJs, or its creative dynamism, this nightspot participates enormously in the innovation of events, along with the vivacity and diversity of Parisian nightlife: it welcomes a young, diverse public, as well as some of the biggest names of French and world electronic music in Paris," he writes.
“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,” says Hocquard pretty emphatically.
Sign the petition here.