Is Marseille nightlife changing?

“It’s sold out two weeks in advance. » After having made the beautiful evenings of the last summers in Marseille facing the sea, the Cabanon de Paulette is going into winter mode for the first time. Its “sauties du château”, an after work with music on Thursday evenings at Château Beaupin, towards Pointe Rouge, has already won over its public according to the reservations (the gauge is limited to 80 people). “It’s a challenge to go from the old-fashioned guinguette, which I love, to the opposite, a smaller place, a Costes hotel-like atmosphere”, confides Cédric Brunel, for whom ” Marseilles move more and more”: “We all feel it, there are a lot of people from Lyon, from Paris. »

In the same district, it’s another summer must-have that has decided to go year-round. At the head of the Cabane des Amis, Benjamin Aguad opened the Barta Club with the Halloween evening, housed in the former Club 83. The place is intended to be on a human scale, with a dance floor on the ground floor. floor in the colors of Marrakech and upstairs a space to chill or sing in karaoke mode. A few meters away, the team invests a room of the Marseille architect André Stern to open there, in three months, the Barta, a place of hybrid life. In particular, you can come here in the evening to enjoy, among other things, the large terrace with sea view.

“Marseille is queerifying really quickly”

Benjamin Aguad went to hunt for decorative elements in Ibiza, Berlin, Greece too. “There is a more open public, which has traveled, celebrated elsewhere, it is clearly not like before”, he relates, while regretting the absence ofa chosen one of the night, as in other cities. “I have rarely seen a city with so many inhabitants and so few proposals,” he temporizes. In Marseille, we quickly made the rounds of the places to go out. In this sector of the 8th, we are a bit alone, it is still under-exploited. »

At Cours Julien, things are moving. In the space of a week, two new addresses have opened. In the rue André-Poggioli, which La Bisette had already begun to revive, the inclusive dance bar BOUM continues the evenings from Wednesday to Saturday. Rue des Trois-Rois, the cocktail bar and dance club Vice Versa has replaced the former Melting Pot. Simple ripolining? “The signs change but not only, it denotes a real dynamic, believes Anticlimax, DJ and musical co-programmer of Radio Grenouille. For the BOUM, for example, this marks a phenomenon, the city is queerifying really quickly. »

“Places like the Cabaret Aléatoire, with large gauges, are almost sold-out every weekend, it’s not nothing, continues this good connoisseur of Marseille nights. The city has benefited from a strong attraction, with a typology of people who have arrived here who are more creative, people closely or indirectly associated with nightlife, and this is starting to show. “A lot of people have also understood with the pandemic that they can party at home, and they no longer want to be taken for wallets”, also advances Anticlimax, to explain this new offer.

“We have a reflection as soon as we put a paid entrance”

For her part, it was during this period that Alice The Terror was definitely conquered by Marseille, deciding to transfer the headquarters ofOh Radioweb radio specialized in electronic music founded in Bordeaux. “While all life stopped elsewhere, here, because of the independent and often associative side of the place, there was always something going on. I felt really good in Marseille for that. “There are plenty of collectives, like Métaphore Collectif, Boundless, which are driving forces for the night and the electro scene. »

“In Bordeaux, there are few proposals but plenty of places, whereas in Marseille, it’s the opposite”, also observes Alice La Terreur, pointing out one of the contradictions of the city, which does not is not his first: “Here, as soon as you put in a paid entrance, around ten euros, you start thinking. This creates a dynamic of casualization of organizers and artists. On the other hand, there is something that I find really good in Marseille is that everyone can go out, whatever their means. It’s very inclusive, it’s something you don’t see elsewhere. During an evening at Coco Velten, she had tried to square the circle: three prices according to each person’s means.

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