Location: Florence, Italy
Like some of the best dance music, Florence club Tenax likes to keep things simple. There are just two rooms: the main dance floor with dark walls and strobe lights where the action takes place, and the VIP area with its own soundsystem.
Spearheaded by residents of the calibre of Alex Neri and Marco Faraone — two genuine Italian DJ and production legends — the soundtrack is similarly streamlined: house and/or techno. It’s a pleasingly simple formula that’s kept Tenax in business for nearly 40 years and seen it place in our DJ Mag Top 100 clubs poll more than a few times.
Founded in 1981, the club was an early dance music pioneer in Italy during the ‘80s and ‘90s, as a truly diverse range of names played, including Daft Punk, Grace Jones and Radiohead.
The club changed musical direction in the late ‘90s, focusing on international house and techno, which is where it’s still at today, packing in 999 clubbers every weekend night for a riotous celebration of four-four beats. A tight booking schedule has seen Jeff Mills, Modeselektor, Peggy Gou and Honey Dijon play in the last year, with many calling Marcel Dettmann’s set the best of 2017.