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This Nightclub in Juarez became an EDM Hot Spot in the Middle of a Drug Cartel War

There’s a little nightclub in Ciudad Juarez that’s become one of the hottest electronic music spots in the world. It’s called HardPop.

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Somehow, it survived and earned its fame during the height of drug cartel violence in Juarez.

People have packed the 500-person-capacity club to dance to DJs such as Nina Kraviz, Tiesto and Sasha.

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How did such a small club become such a big deal? NPR’s Latino USA headed out to Juarez to investigate.

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