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Poll Clubs 2021: 1/3 One Third Hangzhou

Location: Hangzhou, China

Capacity: 2,500

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Occupying a former foundry, One Third Hangzhou is a further extension of the Chinese club brand, which also has venues in Beijing and Kunming. Also built by the Dutch team behind Tomorrowland, Live Legends, the club is designed to resemble an old train factory, mixing industrial grit with futuristic lighting and LED screens supplied by manufacturers Robe. A mezzanine looks out over the dancefloor, flanked by runways, while there are 12 VIP rooms for those who want to flash the cash. Dash Berlin, Martin Garrix, Pink Panda and Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike are some of the EDM bigwigs who have taken to the stage there.

 

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Poll Clubs 2021: 1/3 One Third Beijing

Location: Beijing, China

Capacity: 3,600

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Opened in China’s capital city at the end of 2017, One Third is a further affirmation of the country’s increasingly huge club scene. Based in a former factory in the Gongti area, it’s a hi-tech paradise of lights, lasers, multiple rooms and floors, and no-expense-spared production that has benefited from the input and expertise of Dutch production crew Live Legends.

Based on the mega-clubs that once populated New York’s Meatpacking District, One Third has a huge stage, several spacious rooms, and LED screens on what was once the factory’s windows.

The music policy is very much in the mainstage category. Past bookings have included EDM favourites such as Martin Garrix, Yellow Claw, Timmy Trumpet and R3HAB, Dutch house head Fedde Le Grand, and Canadian sensation REZZ, while in the last few months, Mike Williams and Dash Berlin have both played the venue.

In March 2020, when the club was closed due to pandemic restrictions, it hosted DJ livestreams via Chinese social media service Douyin, generating nearly $300,000 in tips. The Beijing club is just the start: there’s already new iterations of One Third in Hangzhou and Kunming.

 

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Poll Clubs 2020: 1/3 One Third

Location: Beijing, China
Capacity: 3,600

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It's barely been open two years but already Beijing club giant One Third hits the Top 100 for the second time. It’s not hard to see why; an industrial strength multi-floored rave den deep in the Gongti district, One Third is an extraordinarily high-tech maze with complex lighting installations and immense LEDs.

A total feast for the senses, it comes from good pedigree as it’s owned by the team responsible for Beijing’s famous Sir Teen club and was built by massive Dutch production company Live Legends. In fact One Third hasn’t been short of legends full stop. Rolling through the club’s impressive sliding metal door during 2019 were guests such as Martin Garrix, Rezz, Slushii, R3HAB, Fedde Le Grand and Yellow Claw.

But the international line-up is only one-third of the One Third story; the venue’s most regular nights are special themed events and their own ADM (Asian Dance Music) Festival. Now five editions deep, it’s created a focal point for homegrown talent to inspire each other and thrive. Only two years into its story, there’s already a whole lotta love for One Third. 

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Poll Clubs 2019: One Third

Location: Beijing, China

Capacity: 3,600

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Behind its stark, industrial factory entrance, hidden by a huge sliding metal door, Beijing's One Third has quickly found itself at the epicentre of one of the fastest growing nighttime economies on the planet. Having only opened its doors in November 2017, its achieved such notoriety in such a short space of time that it already commands genuinely A-list DJ talent. This year alone, it has welcomed Martin Garrix, Tiësto, Armin van Buuren, The Chainsmokers, Deadmau5, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Afrojack, Nicky Romero and Zedd to the controls.

But it's not beholden to international talent alone. One Third has hosted its own indoor festival, Made In China, showcasing an exclusively Chinese line-up of DJs. And in a move that clubbing brands the world over could do well to take notice of, it held another festival event this year dedicated to only female DJs, headlined by DJ Mag Top 100 jock and its very own resident, Mariana Bo. One Third is clearly blazing a trail in this emerging market, which, as little as five years ago, was barely a blip on the radar of world clubbing. Well, look at it now.

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