Location: Manila, Philipines
The Palace is a luxury hotel complex which entails flagship nightclub Valkyrie. This year it will be undergoing a major renovation and will reopen in the last part of 2018 with a brand new and upgraded interior. In the last year, though, The Palace Pool Club has been re-conceptualised and relaunched as The Island, a tropical collective of parties along with food and beverage outlets. It's the first of its kind in the country, which is still in the infancy of its love of dance music.
That is reflected in the bookings, which lean towards big room, EDM and hip-hop names such as G-Eazy, Marshmello, Flume, Sam Feldt and Iggy Azalea. Next to the music, body popping robots and Vegas style CO2 explosions add to the impact of each party.
Whoosh! The Palace is the all singing, all dancing, light show fantastic, mega poolside kind of place that nods and beams and takes much of its inspiration from Vegas and Miami. Wrapping its vast wingspan around six venues, it's got dibs on being Asia's biggest nightlife complex and can proudly say “we built this club from the ground up”. Huge. Asia has certainly got its claws sunk deep into the EDM landscape and The Palace pool club was a pitstop for Macklemore, Dillon Francis, DJ Snake and Sebastian Ingrosso last year.
Keeping things magical and swiftly moving forward they've opened a smaller club called Revel that will cater exclusively for those that like to be exclusively catered for, yep that'll be VIPs for you. And for the “younger crowd”, the ones that really like to let their hair down, Yes Please opens up with an electro, indie, jump around soundtrack, and duo, Louis The Child, appearing for the launch. Focusing on live performers in 2017, G-Eazy is lined up for an appearance in August along with Yellow Claw, NGHTMRE and Brilz, who'll be serving up on those trap duties.
With Asia fast becoming an international powerhouse for EDM, it is no surprise to see The Palace — made up of multiple clubs — making its way steadily up our Top 100 poll.
Built specifically in 2014 as a nightlife and entertainment hub of The Philippines, it was the plush EDM nightclub beating at the heart of it all — where we found Dutch DJ Quintino holding fort with an international residency — that first caught the eyes and ears of us here at DJ Mag.
2015 alone has seen pretty much everyone in the commercial dance-sphere grace the decks, from Steve Aoki and Alesso to Martin Garrix and Kaskade all rocking out alongside body-popping robots and CO2 explosions in true Vegas style.
Around it lies two restaurants and a chic-red cocktail bar for more groomed ears, where you'll hear the tantalising tones of deep disco house and techno. There's also a separate daytime pool club where VIPs can catch rays in designer bikinis and sip on juicy umbrella drinks in cabanas, recreating the sexy vibes of a South Beach Miami pool party.