When The Axis of Evil comedy tour performed in early , Lebanon—for the first time in its history—did not have a president, and was in the midst of a politically unstable and tense period that culminated with the Doha Accord later that year. Beirut and its immediate suburbs seem to have it all, whether it is live performances by local oriental musicians or international DJs flown in for the weekend; venues can vary from glamorous rooftop clubs where DJs play a set of commercial hits, to clubs in renovated warehouses playing electronic music into the small hours. Starting in , however, the Lebanese clubbing scene fell prey to the same pressures as others in the hospitality sector, feeling the effects of a deteriorating economic situation. The number of tourists and expats visiting the country were decreasing year-on-year, leaving cash-strapped locals unable to make up the difference.
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