The former church building of Paradiso has been operating as a temple of rebellious sound ever since the mid-'70s when it was famed for punk and new wave gigs. Over the years artists like Joy Division, Rolling Stones, The Clash, The Cure and Nirvana have all played Paradiso, giving it a musical heritage that no other venue in the Dutch capital can claim. It's not all about the past at Paradiso, though. Far from it. Just about every contemporary electronic sound has found a home at the venue over the past 12 months, from the boundary busting, hip-hop informed deebee of Chase & Status to the soaring electro-fused trance of Ferry Corsten by way of Delphic's euphoric guitar rollercoaster and the genre-hopping, jazzy brilliance of Laurent Garnier. Regular techno session Voltt brings names like Matthew Dear, A:RPIA:R and Ricardo Villalobos to the venue.
"Paradiso has got a great vibe, brilliant atmosphere and a wicked sound system," said dubstep godfather Hatcha. "I'm a big fan of the way it's designed. It really goes off on the main floor and on the tiers overlooking it."