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The dark days are over!

The dark days are over!

The year was 2013. It was a cold November and ragers everywhere were getting amped for the Porter Robinson show coming up in a few short weeks at The Longbranch. A young 3XLToga was working hard preparing their set, dreams of selling out as only a duo inspired by the Chainsmokers could danced through their heads. Sadly, that show never came to fruition. One month before the show the Longbranch announced they were closing down and taking with them the last large capacity venue in Raleigh. Whispers of a possible alternative venue were mentioned, a dark warehouse with poor sound next to a Costco. But nay, we shall not sacrifice quality in the name of progress. We shall strive as a scene to bring the best shows possible to our city. And so, we prayed. We prayed to the gods of bass. We sacrificed blood, sweat, and tears for our lamented dance music scene in the city of oaks. We accepted the few shows given to us at the Lincoln Theatre. We suffered through repeated Borgore shows, a penance for the loss of our high capacity venue. Ragers, I am here to spread the good news. For there is hope. There is a light at the end of this long tunnel. Yes, that’s right. Somebody bought the fucking Ritz.

Live Nation has announced that they have purchased the historic venue and are in the process of pumping in $1000000 worth of overhauls. That’s right ragers. A 2000 capacity venue having undergone a fresh one million dollar renovation is about to be introduced into our town. The potential shows that could come from the overhauled music venue are limitless (ok, probably some limits, we probably won’t get Daft Punk at the Ritz). Sure, it’s still a warehouse. But it’s a warehouse that Live Nation (they know a bit about setting up a proper music venue) has put a million dollars into. Sure, it’s next to a Costco, but hey, cheap gas right? Our fair city may finally have the venue for which we have clamored. While nothing is set in stone we do know that local promoters are already hard at work attempting to find a new home for dance music in Raleigh, and we couldn’t be more excited about it.

Christopher English

October 15th, 2014

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