Location: Jakarta, Indonesia
Colosseum, as the Roman name suggests, is all about excess. With 16-metre-high ceilings, over 1,000 square-metres of dancefloor and an LED chandelier, this Jakarta mega-club doesn’t do things by halves. The music policy follows suit, with a high-energy mix of trance and EDM/electro-house at the weekends, featuring guest DJs like Zedd, Sam Feldt, Cosmic Gate and Paul Van Dyk, as well as a weekly techno night in their second room with more cutting-edge names, including Amelie Lens and Charlotte de Witte.
Location: Jakarta, Indonesia
Though Tokyo and Seoul dominate the map in East Asia, Jakarta aims to put its own pin in the chart with Colosseum Club. Formerly a hotel venue, when the hotel closed, Colosseum’s founders took the whole lot over. Conducting a renovation was a Herculean task, thanks to the club’s size (over 10,800 feet); something they rose to with a Madrix LED chandelier, CO2 cannons and more pyrotechnics. Yet all this bang and bluster would be meaningless without DJs to fill the space. “The Top 100 DJs in the DJ Mag list are what we aim to have every Friday,” says Ayu Anindita from the venue. “Next up we are going to have Zedd, Andrew Rayel, Tujamo and many more.”
Though it still has a way to go, Indonesia is trying to close the gap on the club culture located in other regions. Jakarta's annual Djakarta Warehouse Project festival and Ultra Music Festival in Bali are proving destination events for which many are willing to travel, but for the 10 million population of Jakarta the weekly space leading the charge is Colosseum Club.
Truly an impressive sight to behold, this 2000-capacity club prides itself on many things, not least its décor and visuals. Hanging centrally from a 16-metre-high ceiling is a huge, bespoke, circular lighting feature, at times bordered by an array of lasers, which rivals anything Dubai, Ibiza or even Las Vegas could offer.
With Afrojack, DVBBS, Diplo, Nicky Romero, Bassjackers and Ferry Corsten having joined residents Trilions, Dimention and LTN on the main room's Funktion One system in the last year, it's clear trance, EDM and other big room sounds rule here. But what's perhaps more exciting is the potential its second space (currently open only once a month for techno night, Enter The Void) holds for showcasing both alternative sounds and local talent, and advancing the city's musical palette.
Say what you like about EDM, it's undeniable that the genre has boosted the world of hedonistic club culture across the globe. Whilst America and Europe remain central hubs, new clubs have been springing up across Asia to meet the demand for big, ballsy beats. And if you're an EDM fan in Jakarta, Colosseum is the place to be. Every Friday the club brings the biggest DJs in the world to the Indonesian capital — often looking to DJ Mag's Top 100 DJs list for inspiration!
Hosting the likes of Afrojack, Don Diablo, Bassjackers, Shogun and Wolfpack over the past 12-months, it's obvious that Colosseum aims to impress, but it isn't just the booking that has clubbers coming back week-in-week-out. 1000m2 of floorspace is paired with a 16m high ceiling to create a truly awe-inspiring arena (good enough for an emperor some might say). Add to that a massive, custom-made Madrix-powered LED Chandelier, CO2 and flame machines, and a mind-boggling array of brand new lasers and lighting fixtures that make Colosseum look more like a Star Wars space battle than a nightclub, and you've got an audio-visual experience like no other.