Even though the Queen City’s nightlife and social scene continues to grow, there aren’t many places around town you can go and listen to EDM, aka electronic dance music.
Bigger cities, like New York and Los Angeles, have tons of underground EDM locations that feature many of the different EDM genres, like dubstep, house, trance, techno, and drums and bass.
However, there is luck for those of us looking for similar experiences in Charlotte. Here are a few spots you need to check out in town if you’re looking for your EDM fix:
911 E. Morehead St.
Have you ever been to Dilworth Neighborhood Grille on a Friday night and wondered what the loud beats & flashing lights were coming from the basement?
Promoted by Aurora, Dilworth’s downstairs area turns into Bassment Charlotte, which has FYI party nights on certain Fridays each month.
The make-shift club takes over Dilworth Grille’s hallway and downstairs event space, which looks like an abandoned Chinese restaurant during the day. The dimness, lasers, and blaring sound system makes you feel like you’re in a pop-up NYC nightclub.
Tickets range between $10 to $20 for most Bassment Charlotte shows. If the music and low lights are too much for you, then you can always go back upstairs and watch some sports at the bar. You’ll find some of the biggest house and electronic DJs stopping by here, including AC Slater, DJ DAN, Gene Farris, Christian Martin, and Daniels Jack.
Click here for the latest information on upcoming shows and tickets.
2906 Central Ave.
— Jeff Jackson (@thetoxicmid) September 10, 2017
You might have driven past this small black building countless times without knowing this club played some of the best EDM music in Charlotte.
Along Central Avenue, SERJ is off the beaten path of more common Plaza Midwood nightlife spots, so I’d highly suggest taking an Uber or Lyft to get there. Inside the club, SERJ feels like a small town ’90s strip club that can make you wonder why you even showed up in the first place. If you pick a night with a great DJ though, you’ll your worries at the door.
There is typically another DJ on the patio with a slightly different music style, if you want to hang outside with your friends.
900 NC Music Factory Blvd B6
Formerly Label nightclub in the AvidXchange Music Factory, WORLD nightclub has had some big renovations with new ownership.
The entire bartender staff has been replaced, so now you can quickly get a drink in the heavily packed club. The sound system even sounds better than before.
Tiesto, Armin Van Buuren, Borgeous, and Hardwell are only a few DJ acts that have been through WORLD, with new and bigger acts being announced each week.
The former “Ivory Lounge” in the back part of the building is no more, but they have built garage doors leading out to the patio, that’ll make for a great spot to hang with friends when the weather gets warmer. They’re even supposed to build a pool in this back area, but I’m having some doubts on how they’re going to keep it clean during a rave night.
EDMTrain.com seems to do a good job of listing all of the EDM artists coming here on tour, as well as ticket links to purchase.
UK dubstep DJ Thelem is performing at The Milestone Club on Tuckaseegee Road in December, and even though I haven’t been to this rock underground locale, it might make my list for next year’s EDM underground spots!
What other Queen City EDM underground spots do you love? Let us know in the comment section below!
Photos: WORLD Nightclub, Basement Charlotte, Jeff Jackson, SERJ Nightclub