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Poll 2024: Motion

Location: Bristol, UK 

Capacity: 4,000

Motion has aged well. It used to be enough for the skatepark-turned-warehouse venue to rely on little more than its austere appearance, big DJ bookings and Funktion-One speakers. But that was pre-pandemic, and Motion has since had to fight for its survival by inviting more live acts to perform there, making better use of its space, and winning the right to keep its noise levels the same. 

The team’s hard work has paid off, and as of last year, Motion was able to relaunch its In:Motion series, which books some of dance music’s most sought-after DJs. Garage legend DJ EZ, Canada’s Jayda G, and rising star O’Flynn are just a few recent highlights.  A manager for the club said that now the team are working to make Motion an even more immersive clubbing experience, with a 360º stage and ceiling screens, while also looking at how they can use Motion’s worldwide renown to encourage revellers to attend other grassroots venues around the city.