Location: Guangzhou, China
While much of the world had just gone into lockdown in May of last year, Space Plus Guangzhou was just opening its doors in the newly built Tiande Square, part of the Chinese city’s Financial District.
With over 5,000 square metres of space and 14-metre-high ceilings, Space Plus employs cutting-edge technology for an immersive experience. There’s Funktion-One sound, but it’s the club’s wider aesthetic — futuristic tech versus steampunk — that leads you into a world of stunning visuals, moving machinery and shifting scenery.
The Chinese government's track-and-trace efforts meant the club, which is otherwise open 365 days a year, was only out of action for one month — dancers just needing to show a '’green pass'’ for entry. The lack of international travel has shone a spotlight on local talent, including Pink Panda and Carta, and the club’s own residents, Felipe Zona, Dekova, Unicorn, Tea, 杨熙金 (Yang Xijin), Eco and Ada, plus MC Lee, their main MC. But clubbers have also been treated to virtual sets from Timmy Trumpet and Vini Vici.
If Space Plus is impressive enough, it's just part of a larger complex, Spaceland, which has continued construction throughout the last year. Promising to ultimately incorporate eight different dancefloors, as well as other businesses, it’s set to ultimately become the biggest club complex in Asia.