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Paris

A few years ago The New York Times and Le Monde were declaring the death of clubbing in Paris. It was a dark moment for a city that has at times stood alongside London, New York, and Berlin as one of the capitals of electronic music. With names like Laurent Garnier, Daft Punk, and Justice leading the way, Paris has seemingly always been a flashpoint for a unique spin on house and techno.

At the exact moment those articles were being written, however, things were beginning to change. Promoters like Sundae and Concrete experimented with throwing their parties on Sunday, taking advantage of a spot in the city where they don't have to worry about noise restrictions. Die Nacht, meanwhile, has devoted itself to finding unlikely spaces for their events. What's more, partygoers are now finally traveling to the suburbs, beyond the Paris Périphérique -- the road that encircles the city -- in search of a good time. It's a shift in attitude that has made Paris fun again.

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