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Over the past few years this poll has been something of a two-horse race. In 2012, Space Ibiza was victorious for the second time in a row, only to be usurped by Brazil's Green Valley the following year. Then, last year, the Balearic king regained its throne... until, you guessed it, Green Valley pipped Space Ibiza to the No.1 spot once again in 2015!

This ongoing struggle might be an exciting spectacle, but this tussle is also reflective of a wider dynamic. A 25-year-old venue, probably the most professional in the world, established within the world's leading clubbing destination (Space Ibiza, in case you hadn't got it), competing with an enormous festival-sized jungle club inside what's proving to be the world's most tenaciously emerging nation for dance music (yep, Green Valley). And this time, the latter has snagged it.

Why exactly you might ask? Well, as you know, this is a public vote, so it doesn't hurt having Brazilian footballing star, Neymar, the modern day Pele, on your side pushing the club to his 17.5m Twitter followers and 51m fans on Facebook.

But to suggest that a successful voting campaign is the sole reason for this club's success is doing it a massive disservice. A second time at the top of this poll is no happy coincidence; you only need to set foot inside this gob-smackingly big auditorium in the rainforest to realise it's something special.

A place that combines Brazil's innate love of music with its people's taste for the sensational, Green Valley is a place where the crowd are fully immersed in the thick of it. Whether you're a glitzy VIP popping champagne in a private booth or getting sweaty in the main arena, the sonic experience is 360.

Regardless of everything else — the jaw-dropping lightshow, CO2 cannons and confetti explosions — music is aways the main focus; Green Valley is a place where people come to see the DJ, and not just be seen. Names like Afrojack, Showtek, Guetta, Fatboy Slim, Bob Sinclar and Hardwell are just a few of EDM's most wanted who have charged energy in this place to dangerous levels in recent months, while the Underline stage — a new project launched last year — is bringing local talents with deeper, more underground sounds to a smaller side room.

Starting out as a big makeshift tent in an open airfield where Carl Cox played in 2007, Green Valley started like all proper raves should, as, exactly that, a massive rave. Since, though, the club has continued to evolve, adding new features into the mix to continually satisfy the high expectations of its classy clientele. An enormous lake, multiple bars, a pizzeria and even a boutique selling merchandise, where girls can get their hair styled, this isn't just a club, it's a tropical mega-mall where you can properly party. And when the sun rises at 6am to reveal the lush, green plantation of its surrounding valley as the beats are still thundering over its grateful congregation, this venue generates the breath-taking experience all true clubbing greats should do.

Residing within a nation, a BRIC economy, which in the last few years has seen an increased middle class with greater spending power — where major clubs have competed to outspend each other on EDM stars — and where local underground music is also really beginning to thrive, Green Valley is the castle that's head and shoulders above the rest of the empire. And very much deserving of this crown once again. However, with the country on the verge of recession — and Vegas' Hakkasan and, of course, Space Ibiza breathing down its neck — it remains to be seen whether they can retain it all over again next year...

 

 

 

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GREEN VALLEY
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SPACE IBIZA
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HAKKASAN
4
PACHA IBIZA
5
AMNESIA
6
OCTAGON
7
ZOUK SINGAPORE
8
BCM PLANET DANCE
9
USHUAïA
10
SIRENA
11
MINISTRY OF SOUND
12
THE WAREHOUSE PROJECT
13
BERGHAIN / PANORAMA BAR
14
DC10
15
FABRIC
16
COCORICO
17
PARADISE CLUB
18
ECHOSTAGE
19
ANZUCLUB
20
PAPAYA
21
LiFE
22
BOOTSHAUS
23
CAVO PARADISO
24
MOTION
25
DRAI'S
26
WARUNG
27
MARQUEE
28
YALTA
29
GUABA BEACH CLUB
30
TROUW
31
SANKEYS IBIZA
32
SURRENDER/ENCORE
33
AIR AMSTERDAM
34
SKY ROOM
35
DIGITAL NEWCASTLE
36
ARMA 17
37
NOA BEACH CLUB
38
ZOUK KL
39
DUEL:BEAT
40
EXCHANGE LA
41
MATAHARI
42
ELROW / ROW 14
43
BAUM
44
Altromondo Studios
45
AVALON HOLLYWOOD
46
CLUB SPACE MIAMI
47
EL FORTIN
48
WOMB
49
GUENDALINA
50
WAREHOUSE LEEDS
51
FABRIK
52
NEW CITY GAS
53
AQUARIUS ZRCE
54
Studio 80
55
LIGHT NIGHTCLUB
56
CACAO BEACH
57
D-EDGE
58
MANSION
59
OUTPUT
60
PRIVILEGE IBIZA
61
Pacha New York
62
CONTROL
63
STEALTH
64
VERSUZ
65
REX CLUB
66
CIELO
67
SUB CLUB
68
WATERGATE
69
GUVERNMENT
70
EGG LONDON
71
SANKEYS MCR
72
Fuse SG
73
MINT CLUB
74
LOST BEACH CLUB
75
VALKYRIE CLUB
76
DANGHAI CLUB
77
LA HUAKA
78
FOUNDATION
79
BETA (WATERLOO)
80
CORSICA STUDIOS
81
CONCRETE
82
XOYO
83
ROBERT JOHNSON
84
CASTLE CLUB
85
SPACE SHARM
86
CULTURE CLUB REVELIN
87
TRESOR
88
E11EVEN
89
Teatro Amador
90
The Arches
91
KITTY SU
92
THE MID
93
LUX FRAGIL
94
Spartacus Club
95
Liv Nightclub
96
VELVET
97
LOFT METROPOLIS
98
MYST SHANGHAI
99
TENAX CLUB
100
RAINBOW VENUES

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