Space Plus is a club that offers way more than just music. Its main feature — aside from a Funktion-One system designed and tuned by Tony Andrews himself — is a mechanised spaceship that “embodies the spirit of exploration”. That is one of the reasons this place is the most revered in China; a venue that sets an example that many others follow, but also one that has branched out in 2019 with many new venues under the same umbrella, all around the county from Chongqing to Kunming and Changsha city.
The concept finds trance and EDM-inclined DJs like ATB, Thomas Gold and Tchami play in a club that boasts more than 700 square-metres of LED screens alongside countless rotating lights and lasers. Open 365 days a year, Space Plus hosts theme nights like Retro Party and Hip Hop Night, as well as more contemporary dance events.
“Space Plus musically still focuses on high energy main stage acts, while slowly introducing new musical genres in its programme,” a spokesperson for the club tells DJ Mag. This year, the club introduced a new nightlife concept brand Chaos, which focuses on house music and high-level live performances, including dance groups and live music acts. Add in the rooftop lounge bar — complete with swimming pool — and it’s easy to see why Space Plus is so popular.
Open for only a little over a year, Space Plus has immediately staked its claim to the title of China’s most vital club. Helping it to make an immediate impact have been bookings like Tiësto, Infected Mushroom and other big room players, who reflect the sounds locals are most familiar with, though tech, house and techno have started to creep into the programming with bookings like Jon Rundell more recently.
The club has made a huge investment in light and sound, which includes a Funktion One sound system designed and tuned by the revered Tony Andrews, plus over 500 square meters of LED screens, rotating lights and lasers. On top of the club is an air lounge bar complete with swimming pool that offers views of the city, and inside is a giant spaceship structure.
Explosive production is a regular feature of each night, and the club often hosts themed parties that take in hip-hop and more retro sounds, while Audi and Adidas have also held their own events there. Aiming to be a symbol of a new era of clubbing in China, Space Plus is already said to have inspired plenty of copycat clubs around the country.