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DJ Mag Top100 Clubs

Seoul’s number one nightspot retains its place smack-bang in the middle of the top 10 for another year. Having rocketed up the chart after first entering in 2012, Club Octagon has consistently performed, and it’s no wonder, given the space attracts an average of 7,000 punters every week — and that’s just when it’s local talent in the booth, with EDM titans such as Marshmello, Bassjackers and Quintino regularly gracing the decks, that number is certainly subject to change!

“Due to the demands of EDM festival music, there has been a new breed of people requesting more EDM-oriented music,” say the club. “We have been working on a balance, and although our main genre is EDM, we play tech-house, techno, trap, and hip-hop as well.”

Although boasting 78 VIP tables and nine private rooms, Octagon’s design leans toward the industrial, aiming to recreate some of the original feeling of rave’s grubby, warehouse-based past. Converted from an old basement karaoke bar beneath the New Hilltop Hotel (just south of the Han River), exposed piping and concrete and metallic décor deliver classic vibes, while state-of-the-art lighting, a large LED screen mounted behind the DJ, an in-club elevator between floors, and (most importantly) the Funktion One system ensures the club is still well and truly situated in the present. Plus everything from the lights to the tables is octagon-shaped for that unique, extra-special edge.

With a list of residents far too extensive to post in these pages, plus a steady stream of big name bookings and a loyal customer-base to boot, it seems Club Octagon will remain one of the brightest jewels in Asia’s ever-expanding crown of superclubs for a long time to come.