2014 has been the biggest ever year for Top 100 Clubs, powered by Miller Genuine Draft. Over 350,000 of your cast your votes from all four corners of the globe!
One of the biggest changes to the poll over the last four years (since it became a public vote) has been the emergence of clubs within Latin America.
The region contains the majority of Central and South America (all those with languages that derive from Latin).
The voting for Top 100 Clubs, powered by Miller Genuine Draft closes at midnight (GMT) tomorrow, Friday 28th of February. Before this year's results are announced, however, DJ Mag marked the masters of 2013 by pitting DJ Mag Top 100 DJs winner, Hardwell, against Top 100 Clubs No.1, Brazil's Green Valley.
“If it's raining it's raining,” sang soft voiced reggae star Bitty McLean back in the ‘90s. Rather than philosophizing about the weather, maybe he should have jumped on a plane and headed to Brazil instead, because our wettest winter for 250 years coincides with their hot (hot, hot) summer.
There is nothing quite like dancing in the open air. Whether you are soaked in glorious sunshine or partying beneath the stars, everything is more fun in the great outdoors! Historically, Ibiza has been the ultimate location in which to enjoy such activities but recent legislation has restricted the al fresco opportunities in the Balearics. Fortunately there are other places where the only roof is the sky above your head.
This year Top 100 Clubs is powered by Miller Genuine Draft. Throughout the voting period, we will be shining a light on some of the key contenders for the 2014 crown.
We begin this process with last year’s winner – Green Valley.
Location: Camboriú, Brazil
Outside of the great Brazilian metropolises of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, a few remote, forest-bordering clubs such as Warung and Sirena have been important for staging big electronic dance music parties to help facilitate the burgeoning Brazilian electronic music scene. But none has had quite the global impact of Green Valley in the Santa Catarina region in southern Brazil.
It started out simply as a party in the jungle. Some electronic dance music fans wanted to put on a big rave in 2007, and booked none other than Carl Cox to headline in a makeshift tent on an old airfield. When this event was a spectacular success they started booking other international DJs and growing some infrastructure to begin making it into a permanent venue.
A mere three years later it had shot into DJ Mag’s Top 100 Clubs poll at No.27, and by 2013 it had been voted the No.1 club in the world. Quite an achievement! GV scooped the most votes again in 2015 before winning again in 2018 and 2019.
The big news this year is that DJ Mag readers have voted Green Valley to No.1 for the third year in a row — the only club to ever achieve this accolade. So it’s a big congratulations to the Green Valley team on securing this memorable hat-trick!
From its humble beginnings only a dozen or so years ago, Green Valley has been continuously adding more features and areas as the years have rolled by — quite like the way some Ibiza clubs evolved and upgraded over the years. Much of it is open-air; thanks to the warm climate, it has a vibe more like a festival than a dingy underground club space, and feels as free and airy as any outdoor fest in any manner of exotic locations.
The main arena is covered by a vast tarpaulin, tent-like structure — and this has been upgraded over the past year so that it’s 20 metres longer and 10 metres higher than previously. The main stage has also doubled in size, while the backstage and VIP areas have recently had a revamp. This will have given increased luxury to some of the many big-name DJs who have starred at the club over the past year, including Fatboy Slim, FISHER, NERVO, Nicky Romero and Meduza, as well as Brazilian superstars ALOK and Vintage Culture.
Main stage proceedings are generally warmed up by residents Dropack, Doozie and the inimitable Rodrigo Vieira, augmented by all manner of LED walls, lasers, CO2 cannons, and more special FX than a Hollywood blockbuster.
Just recently, a slew of new bars have been built — the Absolut bar and booth, the Red Bull Drinks bar, the Elyx bar and booth, and so on — and some swish new decking and chillout lounges added to the lake area. Yes, Green Valley has a lake! How many other clubs can say that?
Adjacent to the lake is the UNDERline_ stage that hosts more underground visiting DJs, peppered between sets by residents Pabricio Pecanha, Full Duplex and San Schwartz, and there is also another festival-size stage on a higher level that’s used for special occasions. Green Valley crowds sure know how to party too, and love the club so much that they vote for it in the Top 100 Clubs poll in their tens of thousands.
With its distinctive green butterfly logo dotted about the place, and a succession of ongoing international tours in the bag (until the coronavirus put paid to 2020’s plans), Green Valley is a brand that pays maximum attention to all aspects of the nightclubbing experience with the utmost professionalism. The GV team has created a magnificent party playground, rich with amazing spectacles and bona fide ‘moments’, and fully deserve their hat-trick of victories.
Location: Camboriu, Brazil
Santa Catarina in southern Brazil has been the boom state of the South American country over the past 20 years. Its mix of fine beaches, idyllic islands, lush vegetation and new Dubai-style skyscrapers have made it a premier tourist destination, and of course the youth of the area — whether resident or visiting — want something to do of an evening.
In 2007, some enterprising locals decided to throw a rave in the middle of the jungle — well, a valley, to be precise. A green one. Looking to deliver “a unique experience at a unique location”, they booked none other than Carl Cox to headline their first event. It went so well and created such a buzz that they began booking other top DJs such as Tiësto, and creating some infrastructure to make it a more permanent spot.
Within three years, Green Valley had shot into the Top 100 Clubs poll at No.27, and within another three years, it was the world's No.1. Quite a meteoric rise! Staying in the top three of the chart all decade, it scooped the No.1 slot again last year and has retained its title in 2019. So it's congratulations to all at Green Valley — an incredible place to party.
Walking up the hill from a car park, it's initially like entering an enchanted wood. A large trophy cabinet displays all the awards they've won as you head towards the main arena, and GV even have their own high-end souvenir shop selling all sorts of merch — from tees to glasses to caps, all bearing their distinctive butterfly logo.
As soon as you start wandering around, you're immediately struck by how Green Valley is more like a boutique festival than a traditional club — populated by swathes of beautiful people. The main arena is a huge permanent structure covered by taut heavyweight tented canvas and plays host to a load of international names throughout the summer months. Martin Garrix, Fatboy Slim, Claptone, Markus Schulz, Steve Angello and last month’s DJ Mag UK cover star Fisher are just some of the big names to have rocked the main arena over the past 12 months, and when you have homegrown superstars such as ALOK and Vintage Culture as residents — both Top 100 DJs acts in their own right — you know you're onto a winner. In fact, Green Valley's reach has been instrumental in catapulting these two DJs (and others) into the international rankings in recent times.
An amazing soundsystem is augmented by several LED walls transmitting cutting-edge visuals triggered by the various in-house VJs, and when you add in CO2 cannons, lasers and other special FX you get an amazing, immersive, festival-type experience here.
Walking down the site, past the lovely lake, you come to the Underline stage — where more underground DJs play. With residents Fabricio Pecanha, San Schwartz, Full Duplex and sometimes Brazil music legend Rodrigo Vieira — when he isn't on the main stage — catering to the more discerning house and techno fans, this area is also a great place to party. It too has received a backstage makeover in the past 12 months.
Further out and up the site, you come to the Lagoon Stage, which also resembles a festival stage. This is predominantly where bass artists ply their wares, and when it's open the club is at full capacity. With assorted bars, chillout areas and more around the site, it really is like a mini-festival in paradise.
Buoyed by their international recognition, Green Valley have taken the brand on tour in recent years — to Asia, Europe and beyond — to give people in other parts of the world a glimpse of the Green Valley experience. Did we mention the beautiful people? During the Top 100 Clubs voting period, their support was boosted again this year by having Brazilian footballer Neymar — a fan of the club — posting support for GV on Instagram to his 112 million followers.
Green Valley really is a fantastic place to rave. It seems like they can do no wrong. They'll be sure to celebrate their No.1 victory in pure Brazilian style soon — but will they be able to hold on for the hat-trick in 2020? Only time will tell...
Location: Camboriú, Brazil
They've done it again! The club that topped the poll in 2013 and 2015 — and has been in the top three all decade — has risen to the apex once more for 2018. So it's congratulations to Green Valley in Brazil, who even had world class footballer Neymar supporting their campaign again this year.
Green Valley is a fantastic place to party. More like a mini-festival than a traditional walled club, the fact that it's largely open-air — thanks to the warm climate in the state of Santa Catarina in the southern part of Brazil — simply adds to the allure.
When you consider that Green Valley was nothing more than a makeshift tent in the middle of an airfield a decade ago — surrounded by lush vegetation — its meteoric rise has been incredible. The legendary Carl Cox played that first rave, creating enough of a stir for the demand to be there in the locality to create a permanent structure. GV quickly built up, and now boasts three main areas, multiple bars, a merchandising boutique and a lovely picturesque lake in the centre of the grounds.
The main room is covered by tented canvas, and plays host to a wealth of international big room names. Sonically, it is equipped with the latest VerTec Series technology by JBL, combined with the latest Funktion One system for DJ monitoring. Huge attention is paid to visuals and lighting, with LED walls transmitting cutting-edge visuals from the various in-house VJs, and several 'light hubs' working overtime. Add in CO2 cannons, lasers and other special effects and you get an amazing immersive experience.
The second room, Underline, is for more underground sounds. A platform has been built at one side in the past 12 months to give a great view of the lake, and new LED walls and lighting put in to amplify the experience of being on a long rectangular dancefloor. And up at the top of GV, the Lagoon Stage — used on especially big nights during Carnival and the like — is like another festival stage in itself.
In the past year, Green Valley has booked the likes of Claptone, Bontan, Duke Dumont, Amine Edge & Dance, Oliver Heldens, Steve Angello, Steve Aoki and Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, while also foregrounding top Brazilian artists like Gui Boratto and Felguk. Among the residents are Alok and Vintage Culture — who both rank prominently in the Top 100 DJs list, and who undoubtedly owe part of their success to Green Valley — as well as Chemical Surf, FTampa, Fabrício Peçanha, San Schwartz and the unstoppable Rodrigo Vieira. Backstage, the 'green rooms' are more than ample for visiting DJs.
Green Valley embarked on an international tour recently, taking in China (Hangzhou, Shanghai), Tokyo in Japan, La Coruna in Spain, and Madeira and The Algarve in Portugal — spreading the brand name far and wide in the process. But the main concern is the home club, which is set to put on a host of top nights well into the future. The club will surely be celebrating their status as the No.1 club in the world again, Brazilian-style — reclaiming the Top 100 Clubs crown for 2018.