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Poll Clubs 2018: OCTAGON

Octagon DJ Mag Top 100
Octagon DJ Mag Top 100

Location: Seoul, South Korea

Capacity: 3,000

Website: octagonseoul.com

Octagon is one of Seoul’s most popular nightlife destinations and no stranger to the DJ Mag Top 100 club listings. Last year the South Korean hotspot was number five in the running, for the second year in a row. Nestled beneath the New Hilltop Hotel close to the Han River, Octagon was once a three-storey basement karaoke bar but now resembles more of an industrial warehouse reminiscent of ‘90s illegal factory raves. Kitted out with a Funktion One soundsystem, the circular structure is also rigged with a state-of-the-art laser show and vast LED screens behind the DJ booth so the club is quite the spectacle for ravers on the dancefloor.

For the clientele wanting a more high end experience, there are elevators leading to the top floor VIP area where there are 80 tables to choose from. Adding to that, there are another ten private rooms that can be hired out if you so desire. It regularly attracts a celebrity clientele with past guests including Tiësto, Hardwell and Jamie Foxx. Not wanting to be defined by EDM which is what the club’s been best known for, the music policy expands into techno, trap, tech-house, hip-hop, plus it’s held album launch parties for Eminem and Maroon 5.

Over the years the club has hosted world renowned festival pre- and after-parties in conjunction with ZoukOut, Creamfields Hong Kong, EDC Japan, and Valley Rock Music And Arts Festival to name a few. It’s even ventured into the world of jazz by collaborating with the legendary New York venue Blue Note. Octagon is a go-to location in Asia’s ever-expanding clubbing landscape, and with a stamp of approval from celebs, dedicated locals and tourists from across the globe it will continue to fly the South Korean flag in clubland for many years to come.

 

 

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Poll Clubs 2017: OCTAGON

Octagon DJ Mag Top 100 Clubs 5
Octagon DJ Mag Top 100 Clubs 5

Seoul’s number one nightspot retains its place smack-bang in the middle of the top 10 for another year. Having rocketed up the chart after first entering in 2012, Club Octagon has consistently performed, and it’s no wonder, given the space attracts an average of 7,000 punters every week — and that’s just when it’s local talent in the booth, with EDM titans such as Marshmello, Bassjackers and Quintino regularly gracing the decks, that number is certainly subject to change!

“Due to the demands of EDM festival music, there has been a new breed of people requesting more EDM-oriented music,” say the club. “We have been working on a balance, and although our main genre is EDM, we play tech-house, techno, trap, and hip-hop as well.”

Although boasting 78 VIP tables and nine private rooms, Octagon’s design leans toward the industrial, aiming to recreate some of the original feeling of rave’s grubby, warehouse-based past. Converted from an old basement karaoke bar beneath the New Hilltop Hotel (just south of the Han River), exposed piping and concrete and metallic décor deliver classic vibes, while state-of-the-art lighting, a large LED screen mounted behind the DJ, an in-club elevator between floors, and (most importantly) the Funktion One system ensures the club is still well and truly situated in the present. Plus everything from the lights to the tables is octagon-shaped for that unique, extra-special edge.

With a list of residents far too extensive to post in these pages, plus a steady stream of big name bookings and a loyal customer-base to boot, it seems Club Octagon will remain one of the brightest jewels in Asia’s ever-expanding crown of superclubs for a long time to come.

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Poll Clubs 2016: OCTAGON

Seoul’s Gangnam district is probably familiar to a few — well, over two and a half billion if Psy’s YouTube watches are anything to go by. In the last few years though its premier club, Octagon, has been gaining its own international reputation too, bringing big-room thrills to its subterranean lair underneath the New Hilltop Hotel.

Once a three-story basement karaoke lounge bar, probably plying its trade to drunken business men staying in the rooms above, these days it’s a Funktion-One fitted rave cave that plays host to the area’s young, well-heeled clientele. Taking its musical lead from the US mainstream, the polished, industrial minimalism of the main room, based on its founders' experiences of rave-era warehouse parties, though now surrounded by a VIP balcony and private rooms, mainly plays host to EDM.

So expect big builds, drops and bass lines presided over by everyone from Dadda 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 nurturing an ever-growing roster of residents, their family of talent including AK, Beejay, Daishi Dance, Pascal and many more.

In a sign of how tastes may be changing, the UK’s Nic Fanciulli was another recent visitor, and the club’s smaller, more intimate second room, which like much of the furniture and fitting is octagon shaped, serves up deeper house styles. If you need anything else serving up, the club restaurant can whip up anything from lobsters to the finest steak. And once you've washed that down with a bottle of champagne, you can strip off and dive into the club's indoor pool. Now that really is Gangnam style.

 

 

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Poll Clubs 2015: OCTAGON

Clubs come, go and regularly change hands in Seoul, but one that isn't going anywhere is Octagon. Opened in 2011 with a long-term vision, this space-age engine room is the closest thing South Korea — or the Far East for that matter — has to Fabric. As a result, its steely walkways, forcible Funktion One soundsystem and gourmet chef have found a place in our Top 10 for a consecutive year on the bounce.

Surfing in on a wave that saw the harder-edged end of EDM really take off in South Korea, other clubs in Seoul have slid down the poll, but this one has climbed. There’s no prizes for guessing what you'll hear in Octagon's explosive jet-black box of a main room. However, beneath Octagon's obligation to give Korea's high octane clubbers exactly what they want, there's a more conscientious undercurrent at work. Coyu and Sonny Wharton are both regulars here, while Sebastien Leger, Nick Fanciulli, Fedde Le Grand, Cristian Varela were asked to man the place in 2014. Then there's local residents Beejay aka F_F and Arikama, helping to turn young heads onto the understated grooves of house and techno. There's much more to Octagon than EDM.

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Poll Clubs 2014: Octagon

Clubs come, go and regularly change hands in Seoul, but one that isn't going anywhere is Octagon. Opened in 2011 with a long-term vision, this space-age engine room is the closest thing South Korea — or the Far East for that matter — has to Fabric. As a result, its steely walkways, forcible Funktion One soundsystem and gourmet chef have found a place in our Top 10 for a consecutive year on the bounce.

Surfing in on a wave that saw the harder-edged end of EDM really take off in South Korea, other clubs in Seoul have slid down the poll, but this one has climbed. There’s no prizes for guessing what you'll hear in Octagon's explosive jet-black box of a main room. However, beneath Octagon's obligation to give Korea's high octane clubbers exactly what they want, there's a more conscientious undercurrent at work. Coyu and Sonny Wharton are both regulars here, while Sebastien Leger, Nick Fanciulli, Fedde Le Grand, Cristian Varela were asked to man the place in 2014. Then there's local residents Beejay aka F_F and Arikama, helping to turn young heads onto the understated grooves of house and techno. There's much more to Octagon than EDM.

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Poll Clubs 2013: Octagon

Clubs come, go and regularly change hands in Seoul, but one that isn't going anywhere is Octagon. Opened in 2011 with a long-term vision, this space-age engine room is the closest thing South Korea — or the Far East for that matter — has to Fabric. As a result, its steely walkways, forcible Funktion One soundsystem and gourmet chef have found a place in our Top 10 for a consecutive year on the bounce.

Surfing in on a wave that saw the harder-edged end of EDM really take off in South Korea, other clubs in Seoul have slid down the poll, but this one has climbed. There’s no prizes for guessing what you'll hear in Octagon's explosive jet-black box of a main room. However, beneath Octagon's obligation to give Korea's high octane clubbers exactly what they want, there's a more conscientious undercurrent at work. Coyu and Sonny Wharton are both regulars here, while Sebastien Leger, Nick Fanciulli, Fedde Le Grand, Cristian Varela were asked to man the place in 2014. Then there's local residents Beejay aka F_F and Arikama, helping to turn young heads onto the understated grooves of house and techno. There's much more to Octagon than EDM.

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