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Pacha Buenos Aires
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You'd better pack some spare batteries for your body if you want to keep up with the sheer pace of life after dark in Buenos Aires. And one of the best places to charge them is undoubtedly Pacha, the club that has powered most of the changes in South America's dance music scene since opening in the mid-1990s.

For it was beneath the two cherries in this luxuriant Argentine outpost of the Pacha empire that Hernan Cattaneo held down the residency that not only cemented his own status in the worldwide DJ elite but also South America's reputation as one of the most fecund breeding grounds for fresh electronic music on the planet; a legacy being built upon by producers like Oliverio, Deep Mariano and Martin Garcia to this day.

Favouring deep and progressive house over the more obvious trance records that reigned at the turn of the century, the musical direction of Cattaneo and promoter Martin Gontad resulted in an extremely educated crowd who not only knew how to party the way only South Americans can, but also respected the quality of the tunes - and it's still the same way today in the hands of current Saturday night residents Fran Percamilli and Matias Sundblad, who have played host to such international big-hitters as Justin Robertson, David Seaman and Pole Folder in recent years.

Pacha Buenos Aires is an awe-inspiring venue too, with a voluminous main room fully tooled up with top-grade sound and lighting and an outside terrace beneath the flightpath for Buenos Aires airport, where hands are regularly raised in the air to salute the aircraft soaring overhead, just like in the good old days at Space in Ibiza.

But it's the energy of the crowd that's the most overwhelming thing to take in when the place begins to reach boiling point after 3am, although with slightly strange South American rituals.

"There's this thing there where everyone sits on the floor during the breakdowns," reveals Nick Warren, who describes Pacha Buenos Aires as one of the Top 3 clubs on the planet. "Then, as the beat builds, they all start to slowly wind up before leaping in the air and going mental when it kicks back in.

"It's a staggeringly good club with a killer soundsystem and fantastic lighting but what really makes it are the people. The music has always so been carefully programmed and the quality kept so high that everyone there is so clued-up because they've been raised on records and DJs of such a high class. You can tell that just because they scream during the clever bits of tunes, such as when the hi-hat comes in, rather than the obvious 'big room' moments. Pacha Buenos Aires is perfect every time."

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BERGHAIN
2
FABRIC
3
SPACE IBIZA
4
WOMB
5
AMNESIA
6
MINISTRY OF SOUND
7
PACHA IBIZA
8
WATERGATE
9
D-EDGE
10
The End
11
Cocoon
12
GUVERNMENT
13
ZOUK SINGAPORE
14
SUB CLUB
15
WARUNG
16
SANKEYS MCR
17
DC-10
18
Plastic People
19
SIRENA
20
21
Paradiso
22
Pacha Buenos Aires
23
Beta Nightclub
24
ROBERT JOHNSON
25
Ruby Skye
26
Matter
27
The Arches
28
Space Miami
29
Club Volume
30
Pacha Miami
31
AGEHA
32
Hardpop
33
RAZZMATAZZ
34
CIELO
35
Eden
36
Alte Börse
37
The Rex
38
Batofar
39
Studio Martin
40
Avalon
41
Club JB's
42
My House
43
CAVO PARADISO
44
FABRIK
45
Noxx
46
TENAX CLUB
47
Fuse
48
Clash Club
49
PRIVILEGE
50
Onzi-eme
51
ANZUCLUB
52
52 Crystal
53
Vanguard
54
Villa
55
Metro City
56
Kristal
57
Club Midi
58
360°
59
Harry Klein
60
MANSION
61
Circa
62
ARMA 17
63
Club Der Visionaere
64
Vision
65
Vinyl
66
Caves
67
CHINESE LAUNDRY
68
Goa Club
69
Stereo
70
Bar 25
71
Byblos
72
Warehouse
73
Heaven
74
Air
75
Florida 135
76
Culture Box
77
MINT CLUB
78
Dirty Dancing
79
Circus Afterhours
80
Tribehouse
81
Cabaret Voltaire
82
Pacha Sharm
83
1015
84
Haoman 17
85
Prince Of Wales Bandroom
86
Numero Uno
87
MOTION & MARBLE FACTORY
88
Barfly
89
Café D'Anvers
90
Stiff Kitten
91
Factory Club
92
93
TRESOR
94
Global
95
YALTA
96
LUX FRAGIL
97
Sq Klub
98
Le Queen
99
Weekend
100
Le Bataclan