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Avant Gardner & The Brooklyn Mirage
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Location: Brooklyn, New York City, USA

Capacity: 8,000+

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The Avant Gardner complex is New York’s most gargantuan dance music venue — and as you’d expect, it hosts a line-up of artists to match. Located deep in the industrial heart of East Williamsburg, its triad of indoor and outdoor spaces — the 5,000-capacity outdoor Brooklyn Mirage, the warehouse-like Great Hall and the relatively intimate Kings Hall — have seen Charlotte de Witte, Above & Beyond, The Martinez Brothers, ZEDD, David Guetta, Black Coffee and in-house party-throwers The Cityfox Experience, among others, work their magic in recent months. The space’s array of upcoming guests, meanwhile, takes in the wide-ranging likes of Tiësto, Derrick Carter, UNIIQU3, Toro y Moi, Denis Sulta and The Chainsmokers.

But the space is as much a total experience as it is a place to check out DJs and performers, an experience that’s enhanced by the recent addition of a 200-by-30-foot video wall (reportedly the largest of its kind in North America), along with a custom-built KV2 Audio soundsystem. With expanded food and drink offerings, renovated mezzanine and balcony levels, an upgraded main stage and other recent revamps, it’s no shock that it snagged the top spot as Best Large Club in this year’s DJ Mag Best of North America awards.