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Poll Clubs 2021: Playhouse


Location: Chengdu, China

Capacity: 3,000

China’s domestic club scene is becoming ever more popular, and Playhouse is leading the way. Located in the southwestern city of Chengdu, this iteration of Playhouse is the third to be opened, after previous ventures in Guiyang and Chongqing, and occupies a former theatre.

“Playhouse, as one of the top clubs in China, has been devoted in promoting the culture,” says co-founder Bruno Song, “and we’ve cooperated with [music platform and events company] TME Live to establish a brand-new electronic music festival, stirring up all-round attention from all walks of society in Chengdu city, even in China.”

Set over 7,500 square metres and four areas — Mainstage, Loud Stage, Party Room and Lounge Bar — the club also contains its own clothing outlet, Fashion Collection. Previously, trance leviathans such as Armin van Buuren and Tiësto have played at the venue, and after reopening in May 2020, Shanghai sensation Carta, EDM boss Jeffrey Sutorius and Dutch new schooler Mike Williams have gigged there.

After the pandemic hit, Playhouse disinfected the entire venue, and now complies with government guidance on club entry, requiring attendees to have their temperatures taken and scan a QR code to establish their health status. “Many epidemic prevention measures have been taken to ensure our client's health and safety,” says Bruno Song.



Poll Clubs 2020: Playhouse


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playhouse (ghengdu)

Location: Chengdu, China
Capacity: 2,000

This high-flying Chinese club might be called Playhouse, but they don’t play around when it comes to DJ bookings. Guests at the Chengdu venue last year included Diplo, Tiësto, DJ Snake and Armin van Buuren, so it’s safe to say this club means business.

Like some of the best clubs in the world, Playhouse is located in a converted theatre. And after several years of planning and three years in operation, it’s deservedly become one of China’s biggest and best clubs. As the name suggests, there are plenty of stylish spaces to let loose in at Playhouse, with the 2,000-capacity club split into four rooms: the Lounge, Party Room, Small Room and Main Room.

Like a lot of big clubs, Playhouse offers plenty of glamour and glitz, with recent brand tie-ins including Ferrari and Lamborghini. But look beyond the stylish surface, and there’s real substance thanks to the club’s resident DJs. The crack team includes musical director Drifter5, a 2019 EDC mainstage guest DJ, and Korean Pioneer brand ambassador SOO. And the club has one of the best soundsystems in China to play on, with L-Acoustic speakers covering every inch of the 7,500-square-metre club. Playhouse, then, takes playtime very seriously.

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