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USHUAïA
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Location: Playa d’En Bossa, Ibiza

Capacity: 5,000

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From its humble beginnings as a free beachside cabana bar in Ibiza’s Playa D’en Bossa, Ushuaïa has grown to become one of the most dominant clubs in the world. Founded in-part by Yann Pissenem, who was disheartened to find Ibiza was mostly dark indoor club nights when he first visited the island, the idea of Ushuaïa was sparked by a desire to create something fresh that both young and old could enjoy. Keeping balance in mind, Pissenem mixed luxurious VIP clubbing with a festival-like atmosphere and sunny daytime raving for an experience that’s unmatched almost anywhere else. The club’s Adamson soundsystem — featuring twelve E15 cabinets on either side of the stage — provides crystal clear punchy sound no matter where you stand. Which is ideal when some of the best seats in the house are at the very back. But Ushuaïa has never been shy about treating its VIPs like VVIPs, and Pissenem understood that while the punters on the floor make the party a party, the older, more monied fans want something upscale and relaxed away from the masses — a place to hang out next to the pool, drink top-shelf bubbly and listen to the sounds of EDM, hip-hop, techno or tropical house waft around them until well after sunset.

Pissenem also brought his eye for balance to the club’s bookings, realizing early on that only catering to one type of sound would never work. That ethos remains, and 2018 saw both club nights and one-offs bring a wide variety of music. Carrying the flag for the underground at Ushuaïa was the club’s homegrown night, ANTS. 2018 was another massive year for the Saturday party, with guests and residents like Maya Jane Coles, DJ Sneak, Adam Beyer, Apollonia and Lauren Lane playing underneath a gargantuan pyrotechnic ant on the club’s hulking stage each week. David Guetta also went large last year, bringing his BIG party back to huge crowds every Monday, with guests like Afrojack, Alesso, Robin Schulz, and Oliver Heldens. Meanwhile, DJ Mag Top 100 winner Martin Garrix made sure Thursdays were a blowout with the likes of A-Trak, Julian Jordan, Loopers, Lost Frequencies, and Tchami at his party.

But where Ushuaïa really stood apart last year was Disturbing Ibiza with Tinie Tempah, a Wednesday bash that brought hip-hop, R&B, grime, old school garage and Afrobeat, with guests like Stefflon Don, Wiz Khalifa, Giggs, Lethal Bizzle, Yxng Bane, Bugzy Malone, Tyga and Mistajam to Ibiza’s premiere daytime poolside venue — a truly original move that went over like gangbusters. Completing the week, the ever popular Kygo also returned, bringing his tropical vibes to the sun-kissed Ushuaïa dance floor each Sunday. There was even a charity one-off, which raised money for Music Against Cruelty to Animals — a worthy case indeed.

While other clubs might try to copy the Ushuaïa formula, last year proved once again why it remained in a category all its own — a status it doesn’t seem eager to relinquish anytime soon.

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GREEN VALLEY
2
ECHOSTAGE
3
USHUAïA
4
HÏ IBIZA
5
ZOUK SINGAPORE
6
PAPAYA
7
OCTAGON
8
BOOTSHAUS
9
Printworks
10
BERGHAIN
11
MOTION & MARBLE FACTORY
12
PACHA IBIZA
13
ZOUK KL
14
AMNESIA
15
FABRIC
16
WHITE DUBAI
17
EXCHANGE LA
18
GUABA BEACH BAR
19
AQUARIUS
20
ELROW (ROW14)
21
DC-10
22
NOA BEACH CLUB
23
EL FORTIN
24
OUTPUT
25
LAROC CLUB
26
THE WAREHOUSE PROJECT
27
MINISTRY OF SOUND
28
WARUNG BEACH CLUB
29
BARBARELLAS
30
AVALON HOLLYWOOD
31
TOBACCO DOCK
32
CULTURE CLUB REVELIN
33
ILLUZION
34
FABRIK
35
LOST BEACH CLUB
36
PRIVILEGE
37
OMNIA
38
BEACHCLUB
39
HAKKASAN
40
VERSUZ
41
REX CLUB
42
WATERGATE
43
CONCRETE
44
CAVO PARADISO
45
DUEL CLUB
46
MARQUEE NIGHTCLUB & DAYCLUB
47
WOMB
48
YALTA CLUB
49
XOYO
50
RAZZMATAZZ
51
BAUM
52
Academy LA
53
Space Plus
54
EGG LDN
55
PANAMA
56
KALYPSO
57
De School
58
Cove Manila
59
SKY GARDEN
60
1/3 One Third
61
TRESOR
62
Oqtagon
63
Crobar
64
Eden
65
SOS CLUB
66
DIGITAL NEWCASTLE
67
D-EDGE
68
1900 Le Theatre
69
MAD CLUB
70
GUENDALINA
71
ONYX
72
MYST
73
CHROMA
74
Encore Beach Club
75
Club Galame
76
Halcyon
77
Catwalk
78
CHINESE LAUNDRY
79
Elsewhere
80
Envy
81
CODA
82
LUX FRAGIL
83
Propaganda
84
ELEMENTS
85
STUDIO 338
86
Goa Club
87
CLUB SPACE
88
CÉ LA VI
89
La Feria
90
PHONOX
91
House of Yes
92
Stereo
93
District 8
94
WILDE RENATE
95
AGEHA
96
Octava
97
COLOSSEUM CLUB
98
Home Sydney
99
The Grand Factory
100
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