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Location: Ibiza, Spain
With 20 Ibiza seasons under its belt, DC-10 has cemented its reputation as a club with one of the most interesting underground house and techno line-ups on the White Isle.
Located in a former farmhouse and aircraft hangar just a stone’s throw away from the Ibiza airport runway, DC-10 keeps channelling original Balearic vibes by offering daytime partying under the warm Mediterranean sun. Aptly named after a DC-10 aeroplane, the venue is often associated with the sight of aeroplanes flying low above the garden dancefloor, much to clubbers’ excitement. DC-10, which spans two indoor rooms as well, is also known for its mighty custom-made soundsystem, designed by George Stravo and produced by Italian sound reinforcement company Loud Professional.
Over the years, the club has become synonymous with its flagship night, Circoloco, which has been an integral part of its history since the get-go. Now the party is one of the most popular events on the island, with top-notch residents like The Martinez Brothers, Seth Troxler, Damian Lazarus, Apollonia and Ellen Allien.
In addition, Jamie Jones’ Paradise party has been going strong at the venue for seven seasons to date, with last season’s all-star residents including Richy Ahmed, Patrick Topping, wAFF and Jones himself.
Location: Ibiza, Spain
Of all the Ibiza clubs in the Top 100 list, DC-10 retains the original Balearic spirit more than most. Nineteen years young, the club occupies a former farmhouse and aircraft hangar located near the island’s airport (it’s named after a DC-10 aeroplane). It has maintained an underground dance agenda since its inception.
Through its flagship Circoloco promotion, DC-10 made the minimal techno sound explode in the mid-to-late 2000s, via residents such as Tania Vulcano and guests including Ricardo Villalobos and Luciano. Coupled with a reputation for wild hedonistic abandon from the crowd, it became the hippest club on the island, a status it retains today thanks to the addition of newer nights Paradise (helmed by Jamie Jones, his label mates and guests) and Wild Life (Disclosure’s limited event series). Broadening its musical focus to encompass less minimal fare in recent years, in 2017 Masters At Work, Kim Ann Foxman, Maceo Plex and Horsemeat Disco delivered a more diverse sound to the venue.
With three dancefloors, including a large outdoor sun terrace, the soundsystem at the club, engineered by audio experts Andy Kayll and Rich Walsh, is a thing of wonder. DC-10 is a roadblock every time, and even as the White Isle becomes more commercial, it remains a beacon of subterranean sounds and uninhibited partying.