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Poll Clubs 2021: D-EDGE

D-Edge
D-Edge

Location: São Paulo, Brazil

Capacity: 1,000

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D-EDGE is a key player in Brazil’s house and techno underground. The 18-year-old São Paulo venue has world-famous, space-station LED walls and a high-tech soundsystem, though there’s substance as well as style here. Synonymous with discerning beats, DJs like Thomas Melchior, Truncate, Loco Dice and Dubfire have all passed through in recent times, and the venue isn’t afraid to divert from the 4/4 script, showcasing futurist d&b artist Skeptical alongside homegrown hero DJ Marky lately. Owing to the pandemic, D-Edge has remained shut since March 2020; we can only hope it will return to deliver the best in subterranean rhythms soon.

 

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Poll Clubs 2020: D-Edge

Location: São Paulo, Brazil
Capacity: 1,000

d-edge.com.br

One of the first Brazilian clubs to generate hype on the world stage, D-Edge is known for its cutting-edge décor and on-point bookings alike. Boasting sci-fi-worthy LED walls designed by the award-winning Muti Randolph, four rooms and superior sound, the 17-year-old club has put the big city of São Paulo on the clubbing bucket list. Last year, luminaries like Anthony Parasole, Thomas Melchior, Boo Williams, Wehbba and Slam played the hallowed venue, while homegrown drum & bass hero DJ Marky dropped in to remind us that the club isn’t just about quality house and techno.

There are five regular promotions at D-Edge, with something to cater for most tastes: Freak N Chic, which celebrates the best of the French underground and recently booked Traumer to play; Mothership, which traverses everything from industrial EBM to d&b; the techno-tilted Moving; the psych, indie and rock of the suitably named On The Rocks; and Superafter, a Sunday event running from 5am to midday for the carrying-on crew.

Started by DJ and producer Renato Ratier in 2003 — himself one of the residents — D-Edge has expanded to become a record label, DJ school and booking agency. As such, it’s an incubator for upcoming Brazilian DJ talent and the scene as a whole in the country. 

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Poll Clubs 2019: D-EDGE

Location: São Paulo, Brazil

Capacity: 1,000

d-edge.com.br

When D-Edge opened just after the Millennium, it gave the expansive Brazilian city of São Paulo — and indeed the whole country — a welcome injection of a futuristic club vision. Adorned with LED panels everywhere, it quickly became a must-visit for touring international underground house and techno DJs (as well as helping incubate the thriving homegrown Brazilian scene), and as the building has expanded in recent years to accommodate additional space, it has remained so.

The brainchild of DJ/producer Renato Ratier, it remains one of Brazil’s most significant and much-loved clubs — as its jump up the Top 100 Clubs rankings this year again demonstrates. A 20 Years Of Fabric party happening this month — with Craig Richards and Ben UFO — gives you an idea of the esteem in which the club is still held. Or if you’re still not convinced, 2018’s roll call reads like a who’s who of top talent: regular parties include Mothership (bringing over the likes of Roman Poncet, I Hate Models and Jonas Kopp), Moving (Len Faki, Floyd Lavine, Priku), Freak Chic (&Me, Roland Leesker, Traumer) and the occasional night hosted by local drum & bass legend DJ Marky.

 

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Poll Clubs 2018: D-EDGE

Location: Sao Paulo, Brazil

Capacity: 1000

Website: d-edge.com.br

When it opened just after the turn of the Millennium, Sao Paulo’s D-Edge — with its state of the art LED panelling, designed by visual artist Muti Randolph — looked like possibly the most futuristic nightclub in the world.

Where other Brazilian clubs embraced the EDM revolution of the past decade, D-Edge has stuck to its guns and still books the coolest names in house and techno. This month they’re celebrating their 18th birthday with a 16-hour festival encompassing all four floors of the venue — Slam, Mark Broom, Ryan Elliott, DJ Heather and DJ 3000 are among the noted guest spinners, playing alongside founder Renato Ratier and lots of other Brazilian residents.

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