On August 4, 2020, an explosion erupted in Beirut erasing parts of the Lebanese city, causing tens of millions in damages, and forever changing the lives of the citizens. The horrific blast added to what was already a devastating year for the Lebanese and global community.

Beirut after explosion

On Sunday, September 13, Beatport ReConnect is joining forces with the Lebanese digital electronic music festival, Electronic Labor Day, to raise funds for Beirut. Over 100 DJs worldwide are coming together via live-stream on Beatport’s Twitch channel to support the Lebanese people. The 12-hour virtual electronic music festival will be hosted by Carl Cox and BBC Radio 1’s DJ Danny Howard. Artists scheduled to appear include Amelie Lens, BLOND:ISH, Skream, Pete Tong, Derrick May, David Morales, and so many more.

Electronic Labor Day began as a response to COVID 19’s negative impact on the Lebanese nightlife industry. The 1st edition of ELD was held on the first weekend in May and featured over 150 artists from 30 countries, with all funds raised transparently donated to those in need. This Sunday’s virtual festival will donate all raised funds to Beb w’ Shebbek, Beirut Emergency Fund, and Disaster Relief for Beirut Explosion by Impact Lebanon.

The fundraiser will begin at 1:58PM (Beirut time, GMT +3), hold a moment of silence – marking the time of the blast 40 days prior, and at 2PM DJs will commence and continue until 2 o’clock in the morning.

This event follows the August 22nd, 24-hour DJ livestream, Together for Beirut, presented by Beatport ReConnect and British-Lebanese DJ Nicole Moudaber. Since March, Beatport ReConnect has raised over $35,000 for various charities and amassed a viewership of over 35 million. The goal for this weekend’s fundraiser is $500k, with over $50k already raised before the event has even started.

Tune into For Beirut via Beatport’s Twitch channel here and don’t forget to donate!

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