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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It’s in a shopping mall next to a freeway. When big-name electronic acts tour Mexico, they make sure to hit HardPop, not clubs in Mexico City.

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

In 2010, Juarez became so violent that HardPop’s owners closed the club for a while.

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

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The club became a sanctuary of sorts, a place for young people in Juarez to dance their worries away. Now that drug cartel violence in Juarez has subsided, HardPop remains a go-to spot in town.

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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Yo, Pablo Escobar is Pretty F'n Scary in this Dark, Violent Trailer for 'Narcos'


Yo, Pablo Escobar is Pretty F’n Scary in this Dark, Violent Trailer for ‘Narcos’

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Netflix has released the trailer for Narcos, the story of Colombia’s Medellín cartel.

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And it’s pretty violent…just wait.

Of course, infamous cartel leader Pablo Escobar is the main focus.

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Escobar is played by Brazilian actor Wagner Moura.

We see Escobar intimidating dudes with machine guns…

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And leaving them with some tough decisions to make:

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Oh…well, I think we’ll choose silver, right boys?

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You’ll get a quick look at the guys who helped Escobar build his empire.

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Like José “El Mexicano” Rodríguez Gacha played by Luis Guzman. He’s the cartel member responsible for trafficking cocaine from Panama to California, eventually setting up the Nicaraguan trafficking route.

You’ll also get a glimpse of gratuitous cartel violence…

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Yeah, that’s a rocket launcher.

And the staggering body count the Escobar’s crew left behind.

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It’s not a Medellín cartel show without bodies littering the screen.

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There’s even a Colombian army firing squad.

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Guns, guns and more guns.

You’ll also get to see the perspective of DEA agents Javier Pena and Steve Murphy:


Those are the faces of two guys [Pedro Pascal and Boyd Holbrook] who realize they aren’t busting hippies for sacks of weed anymore.

And finally, we see Escobar isn’t impressed by threats.

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You don’t get to where Pablo Escobar is by being afraid of a gun pointed at your chest.

Check out the full trailer below:


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