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AVALON Hollywood

Location: Los Angeles, CA, USA

Capacity: 2,000


This club lives up to its name in plenty of ways, not the least of which is the historic structure it inhabits — The Hollywood Playhouse, built in 1927, has been home to countless prolific acts and events spanning generations, from the Beatles to the Grammys.

The club received a major upgrade a few years back which included, among other things, the world’s largest subwoofer club installation (40-inch cones — just ask Google what that means). And according to owner John Lyons, “it creates earth-crushing subbass.” Needless to say, DJs taking the stage for Avalon’s wildly popular Friday night trap and dubstep-centric Control series are probably pretty happy campers.

Of course, earth-crushing bass doesn’t mean obnoxiously distorted: it means clean, crisp and all-encompassing. That’s why you’ll see the best names in deep house, techno and electronica show up for work here, too. Case in point, in a single week last month, Avalon’s booth hosted trance man Andy Moor, old school drum & bass icon Dieselboy, and masters of progressive melody Darren Emerson, Danny Howells and Dave Seaman. Old Hollywood would be proud to see legends still playing at its beloved Playhouse.