Between vintage and modern: Kiasmos at the Trainstation Beirut

On September 5, the venue will be hosting the iconic Icelandic Electronic project, Kiasmos by Ólafur Arnalds and Janus Rasmussen, who are known for their in-between piano solos and synth-heavy electro-pop.
by Chiri Choukeir

5 September 2019 | 13:05

Source: by Annahar

  • by Chiri Choukeir
  • Source: Annahar
  • Last update: 5 September 2019 | 13:05

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BEIRUT: The first time it was used to go from Beirut to the Rayak Station, near the Syrian borders, was in 1895. Today, the Trainstation in Mar Mikhael is used for something other than transportation.

After it’s official closing in the mid-1990s, the Trainstation opened again in 2014 as a venue that preserved its heritage, while still keeping a modern feel and combining it with great food, music, and cocktails.

The owner of Trainstation Beirut, Adham Beainy, told Annahar about the importance of the history and location of his venue: “The location is like a museum, people go there to take pictures. The last train in Lebanon stopped in 1994, even during the war and tens of years before, this area was the hype of the city.”

He continued to explain how the location of the venue is right at the center of the Terminus, which once served as the maintenance room for the trains.

On September 5, the venue will be hosting the iconic Icelandic Electronic project, Kiasmos by Ólafur Arnalds and Janus Rasmussen, who are known for their in-between piano solos and synth-heavy electro-pop.

Rasmussen will perform representing the duo’s music in a DJ set followed by local artist LØC.

“I personally love Kiasmos, and people that work with me do as well. Plus they’ve never played in Beirut. His music and style are loved by many audiences, and his genre fits Trainstation,” Beainy explained.

The performance is part of the three different nights hosted by the Trainstation, “Enter Paradise,” which only open on Thursdays and play House or Electronic music played by local performers such as 2THIRD, Rayham, and Kaytek, who are known for their more melodic and deep styles.

As for Fridays and Saturdays, the Trainstation hosts pre-parties where the great food and cocktails are the stars of the show.

"Trainstation is not a club, it’s a venue. When I started Trainstation I was already a partner in B018 and still am, I wanted to do something that provided good food, mood, vibes, and the best cocktails. At the same time, I wanted to include Deep House music," Beainy added

Although the music and atmosphere get people ready for their Saturday parties, the Trainstation closes two hours after midnight and serves only as a pre-party venue.

“It is not an after-hours club. When people want to hear Deep House, Techno or Progressive, they have to wait until around 1:30 a.m. to go to a club, but we start the party at 9:00 p.m. and end it in time for the clubs to open,” Beainy told Annahar.


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