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Poll Clubs 2019: RAZZMATAZZ

Location: Barcelona, Spain

Capacity: 4,000


With five rooms featuring everything from pop to indie rock and disco, Barcelona’s Razzmatazz is about more than just seeing DJs. Over the years, the club has invited David Byrne, Coldplay, Orbital, Pulp, The Strokes, Kanye West, Blur, Belle and Sebastian, and Kraftwerk — some before they were famous. But Barcelona’s club scene is world-renowned, and this El Poblenou club — founded in 2000 — is one of the city’s best.

For techno and house, there’s the upstairs The Loft and Lolita, and last year’s bookings saw the likes of Anthony Parasole, Bjarki, Laurel Halo, Dr. Rubinstein, Paula Temple, Kornél Kovács, Interstellar Funk, Tama Sumo, Mall Grab, Oscar Mulero, rRoxymore, and Hodge. Normal stuff for this club. But in Barcelona of course, there’s June’s Off Week, which saw This Is Hardcore invite some of the best artists in the world for a week of madness.

For Razzmatazz, it’s all about balance; which is why the smaller spaces like Fuego and Razz Club bring under-the-radar acts and obscure sounds from Barcelona and beyond. With such a well-rounded vibe, and keen ear for what works, Razzmatazz surely has another 20 years of brilliance up its sleeve.


Poll Clubs 2018: RAZZMATAZZ

Location: Barcelona, Spain

Capacity: 4,000

Website: salarazzmatazz.com

Since the turn of the millennium, the sprawling Razzmatazz has entrenched itself as one of the most forward-thinking venues in Barcelona, a city hardly impoverished when it comes to

forward-thinking venues. Across its five rooms, it caters for underground shenanigans of all stripes; the Fuego room has played host to indie rap sensations like Princess Nokia and J Hus this year, while the likes of DJ Stingray and Studio Barnhus co-founder Kornél Kovács have torn it up in the LoLiTa. The Loft has boasted Denis Sulta and Rødhåd, while big hitters like the Chemical Brothers and 2manydjs have held court in the main club space. The Intimate Journeys parties have become a staple too, bringing in the likes of Floating Points, Jeremy Underground, Dixon, Gerd Janson, The Black Madonna and Hunee.

“I think we find a good balance between all sides of our program, using the big rooms for consolidated names and small rooms for new talents and more underground stuff, including Barcelona’s local scene, which we think it’s important as well,” says Estela Velasco, the club's press officer. Whatever they're doing, it sounds like it's working.




Poll Clubs 2016: RAZZMATAZZ

The only surprise regarding Razzmatazz and our poll is that it hasn't appeared in it since 2009. Still one of Europe's leading behemoths, the Catalan capital's most massive club has continued to deliver names as big as the huge warehouse it occupies.

Set up as five venues under one corrugated roof, there's The Razz Club, preserved for indie bands, and more intimate dancefloors like Lolita, The Rex and Pop Room. However, it's The Loft where DJ Mag readers can get their fix of house and techno's most wanted DJs, where the likes of Green Velvet and Tube & Berger stopped off during March alone.