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DJ Mag Top100 Clubs

Think you know the pre-requisites for a nightclub? Think again. Forget dark subterranean spaces in old centres of industry, multi-storey super venues, or even four walls and a permanent roof. In Brazil, they like to do things differently.

Or at least that’s the case with Matahari, a dancing destination that looks more like a festival than anything else. Set amongst lush jungle vegetation, on a site that was once a farm, whilst many Top 100 entries claim to be unique, this sprawling, South American complex can actually back the claim up.

Melding indoor — or at least under-canopy — with outdoor, the Mainstage is quite literally surrounded by soundystems and ten individual ‘cabins’, whereas the Lakeroom has just undergone a transformation to include a new LED ceiling panel, adding yet more spectacle on top of the confetti and CO2 bursts that come with many a set here. Resident DJ Daniel Grah holds court, whilst line-ups refreshingly give homegrown talent on the up and up shared honours with international names (Sharam Jey and LouLou Players were here not so long ago). Themed sessions are a regular fixture, like annual calendar finale, The White Party, along with sunset-focused events.