An American club made headlines earlier this year when it banned laptops from the DJ booth in the hopes of creating a more back to basics vibe.
But Parisian nightclub Badaboum has taken things a huge step further, announcing that for its new Thursday event Merci, DJs will be hidden behind a curtain to conceal their identity.
Merci is billed as a “return to the original values of clubbing,” back before the DJ was the centre of attention, all eyes on them, and clubber's danced in any direction with only the music in mind.
Not only will the identity of the DJ be hidden while they play, but headliners won't be announced ahead of the party, meaning you'll simply have to show up and start dancing — star power be damned.
Badaboum art director Martin Munier explains:
“Every Thursday, DJs will be invited to play at Badaboum as silhouettes behind an illuminated backdrop. The artists’ names may occasionally be revealed during the night, but not in advance.”
Munier says the Merci's soundtrack will consist of “house, funk and world music,” and be collaborating with French club La Sundae — responsible for booking Moodymann, Craig Richards, and Seth Troxler in recent months — and web radio station Le Mellotron, so you can rest assured bookings will be first-rate.
The best part, however, is that the party is totally free. All you have to do is rock up ready to dance, and enjoy what sounds like the coolest new clubnight we've heard of in a very long time.
No silly gimmicks, just old-school fun.
Merci begins tonight, October 6th. More info here.