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Poll Clubs 2016: MOTION

Motion has become a real party force in Bristol over recent years, and it is easy to see why. Being a former indoor skatepark lends the whole place a rough, raw and real feel that is perfectly conducive to late night raves.

Various different ramps and levels throughout the four rooms make it a fun place in which to get lost as well as offering different atmospheres for different sounds and terraces from which you can look out over the Avon. The last year has seen Motion undergo a massive transformation with a new mezzanine in the main room, and a central-stage position with bespoke DJ booth which sits at crowd level.

As well as the festival styled In:Motion series, legendary Brizzle night Just Jack plays out here on a regular basis and has the likes of Ricardo Villalobos and Kyle Hall headlining.

There are also regular visit from Annie Mac, dub & bass crew Hospitality and colourful Cirque du Soul showcases with stars such as Ms Dynamite. Craig Charles and Roy Ayres also playedin 2015, plus there was a hardcore showcase, various free raves and a Ska & Mod Festival as well as nights with Bicep and Paul van Dyk. 

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Poll Clubs 2016: ANZU

Over the last few years, Brazil has established itself as one of the dominant markets for EDM in South America. Festivals like Tomorrowland, Ultra and Lollapalooza have been operating in the country for some time now and exclusive super-clubs in cities like São Paulo and Rio De Janeiro have also been a force in popularising the genre.

Anzu is one such club, originally built as a glitzy Japanese restaurant and club hybrid in 1997. With a capacity for 3,000 revellers, it’s one of São Paulo biggest and it’s played host to a number of large-scale events, including the Brasil-leg of Ultra festival in 2008 as well as this year’s official afterparty for Tomorrowland.

As it nears its twentieth anniversary the club has undergone a massive redesign with a new mainstage complete with a sizeable LED panel and JBL Vertec soundsystem. In addition, the Brazilian venue also has open-air terrace where it hosts its afterparties pushing the deeper, more underground sounds of house of techno, many of which drag on long into the morning. 

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Poll Clubs 2016: BOOTSHAUS

Whether it's EDM, trance or house blasting from the Funktion One systems, it seems the one rule of Boothaus is party hard. Boosted to up the league tables by the legendary Loonyland events — founded by promoters U Lee and Sascha as way to escape the techno obsession that dominates most of Germany — the Cologne club has become a veritable bastion of all things big, loud and stupefying.

Boothaus regularly plays host to an impressive assortment of the world's biggest DJs, with the likes of Oliver Heldens, Paul van Dyke, Yellow Claw, Borgore and Axwell Λ Ingrosso all gracing the decks in the last year alone.

The club is split over three rooms: an amphitheatre-like main room complete with flamethrowers and robots (yes robots!), a second room known as BLCKBX — lit by LED lights hidden behind huge fans for that warehouse vibe — and DREHEREI, a smaller, industrial space.

A new open-air area has also been added recently, making Boothaus the complete package. With yet more gargantuan names such as Dannic and his countryman, the Dutch don Tiësto, booked in for the coming months, it looks like business as usual for Boothaus in 2016.

 

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Poll Clubs 2016: Berghain / Panorama Bar

Berghain

Poll Address: 
Berlin, Germany
Capacity: 
1500
Address: 
Am Wriezener Bahnhof
10243 Berlin
Germany
Address Source: 
google
Synonym: 
berghain (berlin)
Closed: 
No

The simple but effective two pronged attack of this underground dance music mecca continues to be like catnip to cool club kids all over the world. For techno, the dark and dusty, vast and industrial dungeon of Berghain offers a place to lose yourself, your mind and your fiends to the most cutting edge sounds of the day.

As well as globally renowned residents like Ben Klock and Marcel Dettmann, on point guests pass through for marathon events on a weekly basis. For house lovers, the less intense but equally atmospheric Panorama Bar is where regulars like Cassy and Tama Sumo, plus guests from around the world, keep kids dancing from dusk til dawn (in fact, being in there when the sun begins to peak through the shutters is one of dance music’s most mythologised moments).

Berghain and Panorama Bar parties are hugely extended affairs, the door policy remains a much debated mystery and the in-house label continues to lavish us with house and techno from all the club’s closest friends, and with that it is easy to see why this remains one of the most important clubs of its era. 

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Poll Clubs 2016: FABRIC

Fabric

Poll Address: 
London, United Kingdom
Capacity: 
1,000
Address: 
77A Charterhouse St
Farringdon
London
EC1M 6HJ
United Kingdom
Address Source: 
google
Synonym: 
fabric (london)
Closed: 
No

When it first opened in 1999, Fabric was a top class addition to London’s underground nightlife. Building on the quality line-ups that places like The End had been securing, the labyrinthine former meat-packing warehouse immediately foregrounded techno and drum & bass and has been invaluable to the continued flourishing of those scenes over all the years since. For instance, DJ Hype’s Playaz night has been running since virtually the start, providing a regular central London home for the drum & bass scene to continue to blossom.

The growth of breakbeat and dubstep in the UK — the club made Caspa and Rusko residents in the mid-noughties before anybody had heard of them — also owed a lot to Fabric, and although these styles have fallen away somewhat in recent times, Fabric continues to innovate. The resurgent grime sound has featured significantly over the past couple of years, and in 2016 Fabric is making its debut at a festival by hosting a space at Lovebox in London this summer.

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Poll Clubs 2016: Paradise Club

Suspended on a rocky outcrop on the Greek island of Mykonos, Paradise Beach Club sports on hell of a view. Named after the beach over which it hangs, the club was born in the summer of 1969 and fast became a meeting point for hippie youngsters, business tycoons and Hollywood stars looking to dance all-night-long on the sand.

Since then, Paradise has continued to attract a steady stream of locals and tourists to the island, with the club integrating an enormous three-level VIP section behind the DJ booth — complete with sun loungers, private bars and a glittering view of the Aegean sea — thanks to growing demand from cashed up European jet-setters in the summer.

Line-up wise it's all about EDM at Paradise, with Tiesto, Martin Garrix, Afrojack, W&W, Fedde Le Grand and Canadian duo DVBBS all spinning at the mega-club in the last twelve months. There's also a slamming Function One soundsystem, an impressive laser light show and banks of huge LED screens pitched around the dancefloor — EDM lovers, this one's for you!

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Poll Clubs 2016: ECHOSTAGE

Echostage

Poll Address: 
Washington DC, United States
Capacity: 
3000
Synonym: 
echostage (washington)

The team behind GLOW, D.C.’s longest-running EDM promotions company, opened Echostage in September of 2012 to accommodate both their growing crowds and the increasing tech requirements of the acts they booked.

Built as a hybrid between a nightclub and a concert venue, Echostage is not open on a fixed weekly schedule, but instead is anchored around GLOW’s lineup, which has included Disclosure, Armin Van Buuren, Skrillex, Twenty One Pilots, Morissey, Above & Beyond, Hardwell and more.

See? Multi-purpose and multi-faceted to the max. At its core though, Echostage is built to dazzle on EDM nights. In a warehouse space reminiscent of dance music’s roots, there are no interruptions for the audience’s sight lines (or ears, for that matter) as they’re pummelled with everything from a D&B V-Series audio system to a massive 14 x 40 foot LED screen.

Over the past year, they’ve upped the ante even more, adding additional lasers, intelligent lighting and even more LED panels around the venue, meaning patrons are blasted with pretty lights, confetti or cryo no matter where they stand in the club. Hit us with those laser beams!

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Poll Clubs 2016: DC10

DC-10

Poll Address: 
Ibiza, Spain
Capacity: 
1500
Address Source: 
residentadvisor
Synonym: 
dc-10 (ibiza)
Closed: 
No

It may not be the longest running or the biggest of Ibiza’s famed club empires, but for many DC-10 is the pinnacle of the island’s dance thrills. There are plenty of venues around the world that feel hanger-like, but DC-10 literally is a converted aircraft hanger on the road heading into and out of Playa d’en Bossa — augmented by a second room and large outdoor area to enjoy the sun during its daytime portions.

Few would argue that one party, Circoloco, put it on the map, the essential Monday throw down which helped incubate first the sound of minimal (which dominated throughout the noughties), then its disco and house infused predecessor. Last year it hosted everyone from Jackmaster to Kerri Chandler at an extended 13-hour opening.

Since 2012, however, DC-10 has also played host to Paradise, a weekly Wednesday night venture set-up by Hot Creations’ heads Lee Foss and Jaime Jones. The spiritual heir to Circoloco, Paradise draws from Hot Creations extended roster with a familiar roll-call, including wAFF, Richy Ahmed, Russ Yallop and Rob James, plus Foss and Jones themselves, joined by guests such as Maya Jane Coles. 

All of which means that DC-10 packs in twice the weekly fun that it once did, keeping it top of the must visit list for plenty making their annual summer pilgrimage.

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Poll Clubs 2016: Papaya

There’s no shortage of beachside clubs in Croatia, though few have notched up as many big-name bookings as Papaya. Located on the idyllic shores of Croatia’s Zrce Beach, everyone from Sven Väth to Jamie Jones have spun at the club’s open air beach parties, alongside EDM heavyweights (Cosmic Gate, Dannic, Andrew Rayel) and occasional hip-hop, dubstep and R&B booking. Located right on the beachfront on the party Island of Pag, the club boast's a huge beachside arena to dance in, plus a luxurious VIP area and an “afterparty beach” at the back 

Where the club really makes its mark is with its festival bookings — epic festival events including Sonus, Barrakud, DJ Mag Beach, Spring Break and Fresh Island have all hosted parties on the clubs sandy dancefloor. But you better be quick! Thanks to weather conditions, the club is only open during Croatia's sweltering summertime — the season lasts for three months, from late May to early of September. Best bit? You can top off your visit to Papaya with a spot of bungee jumping — the club has its own tower off which to throw yourself. No lie!

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Poll Clubs 2016: BCM Planet Dance

Magaluf may have a certain rep amongst some clubbers, but its biggest nightclub by far — BCM Mallorca, aka BCM Planet Dance — has still managed to persuade the world’s biggest DJs to spin in its huge environs. Hardwell, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Martin Garrix, Avicii, Nicky Romero, Skrillex, Steve Aoki, Calvin Harris, Afrojack… if you think of a big name in the Top 100 DJs list, it’s a racing cert that they’ve played at BCM in recent times.

Presided over by main man Gordon Phillips, BCM has a 7000-capacity and a whopping all-inclusive 15 bars — so you definitely won’t leave thirsty. Upstairs is the serious main party-hearty dancefloor with a 65,000W Funktion One soundsystem, pukka lasers and a big ice cannon, while downstairs resident DJs like DJ Sparrow, PBH, Chris Online and Gordon himself keep the vibe more fun-filled.

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