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Three years ago White Club was an empty hotel rooftop, and now it is one of the finest spaces to party in all the world according to you lot. Featuring just one vast room of sleek, high-tech design and ultra-modern decor, it also has an outdoor rooftop terrace that is much loved in the city and allows dancing under the stars.
Several platforms of various heights and lengths create different seating areas and vast CO2 cannons and a great lighting rig all help make the place bump each weekend when promotions like White and URBN take care of things. New for the last 12 months were extra screens, lights and lasers as well as a brand new Funktion One sound system, making this place the ultimate destination for “upscale party-goers”.
Bookings-wise, the club focusses on the big and shiny end of the house and dance spectrum, whilst also touching on grime, hip-hop and r&b. As such you can expect the likes of Laidback Luke, Tinnie Tempah, Dannic and Dimitri Viegas & Like Mike to all pass by on the reg. Various local residents, free drinks for ladies and various live extras all make this a glossy party paradise.
The Resident Advisor profile for Output only says, “Output is open to anyone, but is not for everyone”. That very succinctly sums up this haven for people who want the unexpected. Even Seth Troxler has said of the Brooklyn club, “Perfect sound, amazing line-ups and great Sunday parties.
If you want underground music, there is nowhere better in America.” It’s a nondescript building from the outside, and hints of the rooftop patio seen from the street look more festive than the building’s blackened walls. Once inside, it’s dark and industrial, with much of the building’s inner structures exposed and a second floor overlooking the main room.
It all feels raw and intimate. Adding to this is Output’s strict no camera policy — that means photos, videos, audio, Snaps — something they are insistent upon and have had in place since their opening (although if you are curious, a cursory Google search will turn up some photos of the interior).
As far as what to expect musically: Richie Hawtin, Brodinski, Kill The Noise and Sasha have all made appearances. Want to know if this is the place for you? If you, like Output, discourage “egocentricity, excess and cell phones” but encourage “respect, discretion and dancing,” this is the place for you to spend your weekends.
Fabrik with a K is about one of the largest European clubs outside of Ibiza. Being based on an estate a little way outside of Madrid means that the crowds who fill the vast industrial space really want to be there. They are not mere tourists (although proper techno tourists do often make the trip from all corners of Europe). As such, each night is an intense experience with mega ice cannons, a myriad of colourful dancers, pyrotechnics and sermon-like techno parties that have thousands of people marching as one to whatever sounds are on offer that night.
As well as two main hangar rooms all decked out with grand steel lighting rigs, there is an outdoor terrace with its own river and a newer Satellite area. As well as some cheesy offerings, there are plenty of decent dos with the likes of Claptone and Jamie Jones, Kenny Larkin and Nina Kraviz all conducting proceedings from high up in the raised DJ booth. Parties like SuperMartxé and the carnival atmospheres of Goa and SuperGoa, plus touring events like Elrow, all ensure a broad spectrum is on display at this purpose built and perfectly functional rave space.
Robert Johnson has become one of Europe’s most loved small clubs since it opened in 1999. Run by Ata Macias and Sebastian Kahrs, the Frankfurt venue has a minimalistic set-up: an understated, white-walled room with just enough space for a hundred clubbers.
As Macias explained in an interview last year, his intention was to make patrons feel as if they’re dancing in a friend’s living room. Over the years, Robert Johnson has had residencies from Dixon, Gerd Janson, Ricardo Villalobos and both Theo Parrish and Ivan Smagghe make regular appearances. The club has been cited by some as an incubator for minimal house, having played a hand in bridging US deep house with its German counterpart.
Arguably one of the White Isle’s greatest exports, the Space Ibiza franchise is a quarter-century old global clubbing institution.
Sprawled across the corner of West 50th Street and 12th Avenue, Space Ibiza New York brings a bit of the Balearic island’s best vibes to the city that never sleeps — and considering the notorious length of Space parties, it seems a perfect match. As any New Yorker will claim, a trek all the way over to Manhattan’s westernmost avenue requires justification, and this mega club provides it: from European techno elite like Paco Osuna and Nic Fanciulli, to EDM superstars NERVO and NYC native Victor Calderone, Space Ibiza’s Big Apple outpost offers sounds to suit every palate and the guarantee of a brand that’s survived the test of time.
It's somewhat incongruous to find a club by the side of the busy road coming out of the Blackwall Tunnel, let alone the biggest club in London, but then Studio 338 has been full of surprises. Having recently been refurbished, its modus operandi is still to offer Ibiza-styled thrills all year around in South London.
That might sound far-fetched, but it succeeds thank to a huge heated outdoor terrace and a fanatical crowd. Since their 2016 opening party in February, they've hosted Elrow, Sankeys, Half Baked and Cocoon, with Viva Warriors, Kehakuma and All I Dream all soon to follow. So expect literal road blocks when the taxis start arriving.
Opened in 2007, X2 took over an empty bowling and cinema complex to become the three room powerhouse it is today, freshening everything up with a refurb in 2014. With a distinctive gold and silver colour scheme, its the main X2 room that has welcomed the international sounds of EDM and trance, with everyone from Firebeatz and Don Diablo to Aly & Fila and Sander Van Doorn. Yet their Ego Ultra Lounge, manned by residents Aland Tan and Barton, offers house, deep house and techno too, albeit alongside old school R&B, and John Digweed has also passed through to keep prog heads happy.