Location: Shanghai, China
China’s dance scene has been in ascent for over a decade, and MYST has long been at the forefront of that march. The trajectory is set to continue, too, with an imminent relocation. We’re expecting the same epic production and D&B sound when that happens, building on a heritage that stretches to 2013, when the country’s most cosmopolitan metropolis got its first taste of what has grown into an institution. It’s welcomed the likes of Armin van Buuren, Martin Garrix, Diplo, W&W and Yellow Claw in the last 12 months alone, and is understandably a regular presence in this poll.
Location: Shanghai, China
Moving You, Stunning Trip: MYST isn’t just a cool name for one of Shanghai’s most important clubs, it’s a promise. Dedicated to hosting parties with eclectic, precision-balanced line-ups of international superstars and local talent, its reputation for moving crowds on consistently stunning trips is fully intact.
Vibrant atmospheres and crystal clear soundsystems are also guaranteed across its two main rooms; downstairs for deep, ground floor for the big guns; name a high profile DJ and there’s a strong chance they’ve caused mischief at MYST. From Skrillex to Fatboy Slim, Dada Life to Zedd, Sam Feldt to KSHMR, Ferry Corsten to R3hab, the striking venue’s remit and curation is broad, exciting and full of surprises… and the same can be said for its local residents DJ L, TANK and Pink too.
As with all of China’s thriving new clubs, the production and sound throughout the venue is at the cutting-edge. And there are more than enough private areas for those who prefer their party experiences on the VIP side. This year is looking just as exciting for the Shanghai hotspot as Bassjackers, Vinai, Armin van Buuren, Fedde Le Grand, Sick Individuals and Jay Hardway have all moved crowds and supplied stunning trips already in 2018.
When Myst books headline DJs they don't do it by halves, they go hell for leather! Last July it was Fatboy Slim that took a Thursday night there to some kind of next level enormity. Skrillex, Armin van Burren, Diplo, Zedd and Nicky Romero have also all flown in and sprinkled their magic dust over the eager, up-for-it crowd that gathers. And this January just past, DJMag's very own Adam Saville smashed it there too. On all occasions it's their residents either DJ L, TANK or Pink that have warmed up and set the pace at this, one of China's most iconic of clubs.
To give you some sense of the layout, Myst has two main rooms, downstairs is the lounge with a more chilled, laidback kind of vibe, and scattered about there are an impressive seven private rooms to keep their VIPs happy. Up-and-coming local Chinese talent have a platform here to showcase themselves to the growing scene in Shanghai. Which can only be a good thing. 2016 saw a rise in the popularity of trap music within the industry in China and their forthcoming line-ups will reflect this, or is it the 'three-dimensional mirror walls'?
If you need proof that China is an ever-rising force in the global dance market, look no further than the ever-higher climbing Myst (which stands for Moving You, Stunning Trip). Located in Shanghai, the club is mindful of the world’s perception of the city, which tends to be nostalgic and rose-tinted, smoky and opulent.
As such the club is resplendent with the sort of features you just don't get at clubs over in The West: chief amongst these are a vast, back-lit water curtain that flows endlessly off to one side of the main room. As well as that, VIPs are catered for with no fewer than seven private party rooms and there are also lots of 3D mirror walls throughout the place.
The music is just as showy, and often relies on trance and EDM mega-stars for its kicks, whilst a glut of state-of-the-art technological features, lights and lasers, as well as tons and tons of confetti, often add drama to each party occasion. The last year has seen Tiesto pack the place out, Fedde Le Grand get people’s hands up and Steve Aoki doing whatever it is he does these days.