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Where do I go if I want electronic music?

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One of the main problems that slow down the development of electronic music in Cuba is the lack of regular presentation sites for artists of the genre. In addition, there are artists who fall outside the norm and are qualified within a large group as "alternative music" or "underground art", despite its diversity. However, when you are a lover of DJ parties and live your nights to the rhythm of the machines, every week there is more than one proposal to enjoy electronic music. Party projects have been on the rise, although you have to be attentive because their venues vary almost from one encounter to another. Here we summarize a list of places where without loss (at least for now) you will come face to face with the dijing.

Note: the entrance prices may vary depending on the billboard.

Pink Room of La Tropical
Address: 41 and 42, Playa, Havana
Entry price: 2.00 cuc

La Tropical has earned its prestige by staying on the Havana card for several years, practically without interruptions. With the organization of the project SARAO NIGHT CLUB and the National Laboratory of Electroacoustic Music (LNME), every week DJs from all genres of electronics in Cuba go through their stage, although their strength is the most danceable. La Tropical brings together people of all ages, but it is the ideal place for the initiation to the electronic audience of the adolescent audience.

Until very recently, there were also presentations at the Jardines de La Tropical. That option is not available at the moment, but occasionally the "castle" of the Gardens hosts Hape project parties, with Landeep as a resident and national and international DJs.

Young Art Café
Address: Martí, corner Máximo Gómez. Headquarters of the provincial AHS, Holguín
Free admission

On the second and fourth Friday of each month, the House of the Young Creator of the city of Holguin hosts Gourmet Music, a space for electronics conducted by the Electrozone project. Veterans in the diffusion of electronics in the province, these guys organize Electromerías and the Festival Stereo G. Now, from the Café Arte Joven, headquarters of the Hermanos Saíz Association, they share their productions with the enthusiastic (and expert) Holguin public.

Cuba Pavilion
Address: 23, between M and N, Vedado, Havana
The burrow
Address: Jesus Peregrino 524, Havana
Free admission

These two spaces, headquarters of the Hermanos Saíz Association in the country, and Havana, respectively, host habitual spaces for alternative music, including electronic music. There are frequent Cuban producers DJs associated with the AHS, most of a more experimental and underground, with mixtures based on Cuban rhythms.

Cuban Art Factory
Address: 26 and 11, Vedado, Havana
Entry price: 2.00 cuc

Although the FAC is not an exclusive space for electronic music, it frequently hosts concerts by DJs. For its stage of the Ship 4 have passed producers of the international scene of the size of Chus & Ceballos, Major Lazer and Louie Vega, and nationals like Hioll, the line up of Abstraction, DJoy from Cuba, PAUZA and the resident Iván Lejardi, just to mention some examples of a much longer list.

The tunnel
Address: Calles Blanco and Patrocinio, Ten de Octubre, Havana.
Entry price: 2.00 cuc

Este es uno de los clubes más conocidos del municipio 10 de Octubre, aunque no precisamente por la música electrónica. Sin embargo, desde hace algún tiempo varios DJs han encontrado allí un espacio habitual para el género todos los sábados. En sus noches podemos encontrar música muy variada, pero los ritmos más bailables del EDM son sin dudas lo reclamados por el público. El proyecto Youngkuba, quien durante un tiempo fue residente allí  junto a otros jóvenes productores, ha redimensionado el espacio y esparcido en la zona el gusto por las máquinas. 

The Johnny
Address: Calle 0, between 3rd and 5th, Playa, Havana.
Entry price:  3.00 cuc
The Tropicalito
Address: F and Line, Vedado, Havana
Entry price: 2.00 cuc
The Turf
Address: F and Calzada, Vedado, Havana
Entry price: 2.00 cuc

In different stages of the recent history of electronic parties in Havana, these sites have been the "temples" for dancing. The most varied DJs of the national scene, international guests and the most varied projects have passed through its stage. Emphasizes the work for the promotion of the genre that Analogica was doing, in the hands of Joyvan Guevara (DJ and from Cuba). At present, these spaces do not host any regular clubs, but from time to time they organize parties. You just have to keep up. Their scenarios, that most classic of clubs, makes them long for the DJs and the public who loves the most under sounds.

Headquarters of the AHS in Camagüey
Address: Carretera Central, This is not. 50 high, Camagüey
Free admission

Por varios años la sede de la AHS en Camagüey destina un espacio habitual para la promoción de la música electrónica. Todas las semanas, los DJs se dan cita en la Casa del Joven Creador. Conducidos por DJ Joker y DJ Áfrika, esta peña ha impulsado otros eventos de mayor convocatoria para el género como el Festival Beat 32, las sesiones de dijing durante los carnavales de la provincia, entre otros.

The magic Flute
Address: Calzada, between L and M, 10th floor, Vedado, Havana
Entry price: 3.00 cuc
La Chorrera
Address:  Malecón e / 18 and 20, Vedado, Havana
Entry price: from 3.00 to 5.00 cuc

Aunque no programan pensando en DJs, estos dos sitios han acogido durante buen tiempo a productores del género, convirtiendo sus noches en verdaderas fiestas electrónicas. La Chorrera cedió su espacio para la presentación única de la reconocida DJ alemana Ellen Alien, y fue sede de los Mini Fest del proyecto Analógica. La Flauta Mágica ha acogido por dos veranos la peña habitual de los domingos de PAUZA, entre otros conciertos.

The Mejunje
Address: Marta Abreu Street, Santa Clara, Villa Clara
Entry price: 2.00 cup

El Mejunje is a site historically championed in the promotion of art underground. Outside the epicenter of Havana, in the middle of Santa Clara, this place offers its stage to all kinds of artistic manifestations, especially to the most alternative artists. It is a mystical place for art lovers, and you just have to be aware of the electronic presentations there.

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