- The riverside venue has been granted permission to run round-the-clock by local authorities.
Paris's Concrete has secured a 24-hour license.
The club will make use of its extended opening hours with a new 28-hour party called Samedimanche, which will run from Saturday 10 PM through Monday 2 AM. Previously, the club's Friday and Saturday night parties were required to finish at 7 AM.
Brice Coudert, the venue's booker, told RA that "a huge amount of work" had gone into securing the licence, led by Aurelien Dubois, the CEO of Surprize, which oversees Concrete. "It first took us several years to be trusted as a reliable promoter, doing everything by the rules," he says. "Then, for the past year, we've used other big European cities like Berlin or Amsterdam as examples to explain that Paris's 7 AM limit was a real disadvantage."
"This licence proves that our culture is getting accepted and understood in Paris," adds Coudert. "The law in France normally makes you close the doors at 7 AM, so we had to shut the music down at every event at 6:45 AM, to have everybody outside 15 minutes later. It was really frustrating sometimes to cut it down when the vibe was at its peak. Now we'll be able to let the last artist play longer if he or she wants, or ask another artist to take the turntables back at 7 AM—or even book a surprise guest especially for the afterhours. Everything is possible now."
The club has also revealed its programme for March and April. Guests include DJ Harvey, Pender Street Steppers, DJ Nobu, Dorisburg, Prosumer, Ben UFO, Jane Fitz and Leon Vynehall. Coudert says the Samedimanche would be "special and unmissable," and will happen once or twice a month.
In 2016, RA's In Residence series stopped by Concrete, one of the most important venues in Paris, for a month-long series of parties. You can read about its history, soundsystem and staff in our profile of the club.