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Poll 2023: Academy LA
Academy LA

Location: Los Angeles, CA, USA 

Capacity: 1,500 

At 6021 Hollywood Boulevard, the fittingly-named Academy LA has become a star attraction. Launched in 2017 by the Insomniac group as a companion club to the already well-established Exchange LA, it has a sizeable dancefloor, an upstairs VIP room, and two patios (one indoor, one outdoor), with a Funktion-One stack providing the industry-standard sound. The club’s tech-spec is impressive all round, with CO2 cannons, LED ceiling panels and 55 moving lights bringing the drama, while branded events, in association with Insomniac, cater to most electronic music tastes. Techno heads get Factory 93, there’s Day Trip for house on Sundays during the summer, Dreamstate for trance, Basscon for hardstyle, and Bassrush for bass music. Academy LA has booked everyone from Marco Carola, Pendulum, Afrojack, Nicole Moudaber and Madeon to Excision, Showtek, DJ Snake and Timmy Trumpet: a veritable dance music walk of fame.