A five-star hotel may seem like an unlikely venue for underground gigs, but we’re not complaining. The Lalit Hotel, Andheri has just refurbished one of its spacious halls and turned it into a venue for live performances. Called the Pleasure Dome, the venue will debut on the scene with a performance by American electro-house DJ Steve Aoki on October 7. Polish DJ Tom Swoon will open for him.
“This space was used for hosting international summits. And since we wanted to introduce a nightclub here in Mumbai, after Kitty Su opened in The Lalit, Delhi, we thought, why not use the available space and make it a hub for live acts,” says Keshav Suri, executive director, The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group.
With space not being a constraint — the Pleasure Dome can accommodate more than 2,000 people — the hotel is looking forward to bringing down big names that will draw huge crowds. It also plans to customise the decor of the arena depending on the flavour of each performance it hosts. With many EDM biggies such as Paul Van Dyk and David Guetta having toured India in the past few months, Keshav feels that the time is just right to promote the scene.
“I feel there’s huge market for the genre in the country, with many new music festivals also on the calendar. Since we already have a venue in Delhi, with the opening of this venue, we hope that we will be able to provide artistes an opportunity to have multi-city tours,” he says. And even if EDM isn’t your thing, Pleasure Dome wont disappoint, says Keshav. “We are open to hosting gigs by indie bands as well.”