It has been a fantastic year for fans of electronic music in Asia. This year’s Top 100 Clubs results saw a huge increase in the presence of Asian clubs, reflecting the increasing popularity of dance music and clubbing in the region.
These are the best clubs in Asia in 2016, as voted by DJ Mag readers…
Asia’s No.1 Club, Octagon, brings big-room thrills to a subterranean space underneath the New Hilltop Hotel in Seoul’s Gangnam District. The polished, industrial minimalism of Octagon’s main room is surrounded by a VIP balcony and soundtracked by the biggest EDM artists.
Expect big builds, drops and basslines presided over by everyone from Dada Life and Andrew Rayel to Fedde Le Grand and DVBBS, who have all visited in the last year.
It’s not just about the big name guests though. The club pride themselves on nurturing an ever-growing roster of resident DJs including AK, Beejay, Daishi Dance and Pascal.
Zouk Singapore opened in 1991 with a vision to bring dance music to Asia. Twenty-five years on, the iconic club brand continues to champion big room sounds in their main room and underground heroes in room 2 (Velvet).
However, it is all change for the legendary venue. Despite a huge #SaveZouk campaign – supported by DJ Mag, Hardwell and many other leading DJs – Zouk will soon have to leave the site they have called home for the last quarter of a century.
The next chapter in the Zouk story will see them move to a new site in the city, where they’ll be tasked with transferring their unique atmosphere to a new space.
2016 saw this four-floor club celebrate 15 years in the game! They marked the anniversary with a shift in focus and a determination to pioneer more local DJ talent.
The sleek and futuristic club, with epic lasers and massive disco ball, has recently hosted Ben Klock, Nina Kraviz and 2manyDJs, and remains one of the planet’s greatest clubbing spaces.