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Poll Clubs 2021: OMNIA

Omnia
Omnia

Location: Las Vegas, NV, USA

Capacity: 4,300

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Owned by the Hakkasan Group, whose clubs hold more than one place in the DJ Mag Top 100 Clubs poll, OMNIA Las Vegas has been charting pretty much since it opened in 2015.

Located in the also-legendary Caesar’s Palace hotel and casino on the Strip, the 75,000-square-foot, three-tiered OMNIA is lavishly appointed with an open-air rooftop terrace, a very Vegas balcony area, the lush main floor, and Heart of OMNIA — a more intimate smoking room-style bar that conjures visions of old Vegas when the Rat Pack roamed free.

Like all entertainment venues in 2020, the pandemic saw OMNIA take a rather unwelcome sabbatical from its usual duties as one of the premier dance music venues in America. It re-opened as soon as possible on 5th March 2021, however, and its impressive schedule is back in full force. The curated Omnia Tuesdays and Terrace Nights on Thursday and Sundays have been back since 6th June and the club is hosting a pantheon of talent through to the end of 2021, including residencies from Kaskade, Illenium, Martin Garrix and Steve Aoki. It’s business as usual for the OMNIA in 2021, and it’s a good indication that the dance music world is healing.

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Poll Clubs 2021: White Dubai

White Dubai
White Dubai

Location: Dubai, UAE

Capacity: 2,000 (standard), 500 (seated)

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White Dubai was destined to work even before opening its doors to Emirati and ex-pat party people in 2013. Sticking with the formula that made the Beirut venue of the same name so successful, the first records were spun at the UAE branch when the club was inside the Marooj Al Rotana ballroom.

Quickly moving to its current open-air site on the eighth floor of the Meydan Grandstand, it now offers spectacular views over the iconic Dubai skyline. Meanwhile, trees and plants installed around the dancefloor add to the sense of finding a real hedonist’s haven above the desert metropolis. 

Although still open seven days a week, the line-ups have adapted in line with coronavirus restrictions put in place by the Dubai government. The most prominent change is an emphasis on booking talent based in the UAE, along with the introduction of a restaurant and lounge concept where performance artists look after entertainment by way of spectacular and jaw-dropping routines. Suffice to say, though, dance music remains at the very heart of the venue, with a 60-minute David Guetta livestream the most recent event to take advantage of a new full-LED DJ booth.

 

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Poll Clubs 2021: Warung Beach Club

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Location: Santa Catarina, Brazil

Capacity: 2,500

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It’s no surprise that Warung is yet to be shaken off the Top 100 poll. With roots firmly grounded in EDM hype, the venue's transition to the underground mirrors its ascendancy as one of the world’s best. Located near the beach, Warung’s appeal is more than just being a Brazilian club that tourists flock to for Carnival or yet another stop on a DJ’s world tour. Simply put, it is one of the most breathtaking venues audiences can lay their eyes upon.

Made almost entirely out of wood and straw, the eco-friendly venue has a natural respect for the surrounding jungle – its wooden architecture is inspired by Indonesian open-air temples. Accessible via a path that starts from the Atlantic ocean, the stunning walk is coupled with the bass, which reverberates through the ground, greeting attendees with warmth. It has become one of dance music's must-experience moments and though 17 years old, it feels like the venue's rise is still only just beginning. Pre-pandemic appearances from Honey Dijon, Peggy Gou and Solomun were getting Warung set up for a big year. Unfortunately, the club has been shuttered down during the pandemic, as Brazil, in particular, has been deeply affected. Here's hoping there's a bright future ahead for Warung.

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Poll Clubs 2021: PACHA IBIZA

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Location: Ibiza, Spain

Capacity: 3,000

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It's a little shocking to reflect that Pacha was born in 1973. 1973! Gosh, that's when disco was first budding and blossoming, in a time when Ibiza was a less busy destination than it is today, although perhaps in a slightly more hedonistic way for the times. When you think of Pacha, it's those seminal red cherries that immediately spring to mind — that and the Ibicencan farmhouse design, with its historic walls and tiled floors that most likely could tell a story or two.

The original Pacha is still very much there, with exciting expansions and impressive renovations added to and around it. Being able to offer VIP and general admission experiences is all part and parcel of the Pacha vibe. That and the constantly evolving tweaks on the brand, including clothing for all genders and generations, merchandise, and heaps of accessories and gift ideas. Meanwhile, recent residences and appearances from the likes of Claptone, Solomun, Danny Tenaglia and Martin Solveig have ignited the iconic dancefloor.

With the state of clubs in Ibiza currently up in the air, it's most likely that the first major parties of the season will in fact also be closing parties. Although it's famous and infamous clubs like Pacha that can surely continue for years to come.

 

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Poll Clubs 2021: Aquarius

Aquarius

Poll Address: 
Pag, Croatia
Capacity: 
4000
Address: 
Aleja Matije Ljubeka 19
53291 Zagreb
Croatia
Address Source: 
google
Synonym: 
aquarius (novalja)
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Location: Zrće Beach, Croatia

Capacity: 2,000

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Celebrating two decades since its launch in 2022, Aquarius Club, which is set on Croatia’s famous Zrće Beach on the Island of Pag, has, unfortunately, had to postpone all this season’s events until this grand anniversary. It follows a similar cancellation of events in 2020, a year they’ve called “one of the hardest periods we had to face since we started our journey”.

But what a journey it’s been so far. With over a million visitors a year to Zrće before Covid struck, Aquarius, one of the oldest clubs there, has helped make it Europe's number one destination for outdoor, beach-front dancing. With numerous festivals now setting up shop there each summer, Aquarius has proved a versatile companion, hosting everything from the subby skank-out of Hideout and the full-throttle thump of Hard Island to the non-stop techno of Barrakud. Surrounded by the blue Adriatic sea and sweeping Velebit mountain, everyone from Salvatore Ganacci to Seth Troxler has welcomed in the warm morning light.

It’s been a tough and testing time for the club’s new management, who only took over in 2019. But when they return, they promise, it’ll be their “biggest season ever”.

 

 

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Poll Clubs 2021: Illuzion

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Location: Phuket, Thailand

Capacity: 5,000+

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Despite the pandemic, Phuket's popular Illuzion club managed to stay open for most of the last year. "We applied all the government guidelines such as social distancing, hand sanitiser stations and temperature checks in order to keep our party-goers safe while enjoying a night out at our venue," says Marketing Manager Flavio. "When Illuzion is open, it operates as it always has."

And that is to say that the former shopping mall turned three-roomed, 6,500-square-metre space continues to offer a seven-day programme. As well as 500 dancers, the space holds more than 300 VIP tables in a private VIP room with separate balconies. The club plays host to live concerts and corporate events, as well as mainstream and underground DJs, with a 100-square-metre LED wall for mind-blowing visuals.

One subtle change that was made in the last 12 months was putting more of a focus on local talent and visitors, due to the restrictions on international travel. The likes of NERVO played on New Year's Eve, some of the biggest hip-hop artists in Thailand played most weeks, and handy residents like DJ Kraiz, DJ Tyvon, and DJ Mighty, and MCs like DAX, Prada, and Mike Blue all relished the chance to take control of the club more often.

 

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Poll Clubs 2021: Amnesia

Amnesia

Poll Address: 
Ibiza
Capacity: 
4000
Address: 
Ctra. Ibiza a San Antonio
07816 Ibiza Balearic Islands Baleares
Spain
Address Source: 
google
Synonym: 
amnesia (ibiza)
Closed: 
No
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Location: Ibiza, Spain

Capacity: 4,000

amnesia.es
 

Iconic through and through, Amnesia is the unforgettable mainstay and ultimate bucket-list destination for any clubber worth their salt. Not only a place that oozes history on the White Isle, but a firm favourite worldwide. The vast main dancefloor with its glass ceiling, is a place of worship indeed, hosting techno's Pyramid party, the spectacular spectacle that is elrow, Do Not Sleep parties, and Jamie Jones's Paradise. The tropical terrace is the perfect hang-out spot to regroup and reflect on the joy and wonderment of being at Amnesia.

While the White Isle takes stock during the pandemic, Amnesia has been hosting a slot on Radio 1 Dance, with residents Mar T, C A A L, and Luca Donzelli, while their own Pyramid radio show is also presented by the latter and special guests. Meanwhile, Amnesia has packed up the whole party and taken it on a road trip to the Island of Pag, Croatia.

Keeping all fingers crossed, Amnesia will reopen its doors to celebrate its traditional closing party on 23rd October. “We've worked a lot to make this an unforgettable closing with all the things you love the most,” the club announced during this summer. “This pandemic has slowed us down but hasn't stopped us.” Yes! At a glance there will be a melange of DJs from back in the day (Jeremy Healy, Alfredo, Alex P and Brandon Block) and a pleasing collective from the now: The Blessed Madonna, Jamie Jones, Richy Ahmed, Deborah De Luca and Adam Beyer are amongst them.

 

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Poll Clubs 2021: Motion & Marble Factory

Motion Marble Factory
Motion Marble Factory

Location: Bristol, UK

Capacity: 3,500

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Motion began life as a skatepark, with its eccentric founder Tom Kilford living onsite in a converted bus. After-parties on the ramps bred nights on the terrace and, as Bristol institutions from Just Jack to Arcadia to Love Saves the Day became involved, the site became a haven for students, locals and travelling clubbers alike. Eats Everything owes much of his illustrious career to the club and, after 10 years of the lauded In:Motion series (and 15 years in total), it now stands as one of the finest clubs in the UK.

That a club of Motion’s renown and status in its home city of Bristol should find itself concerned for its survival tells its own story about how difficult the last 18 months have been for nightlife. But, after being forced to lay off much of its staff during the pandemic, the West Country behemoth is warming up again.

A new space has opened — the Container Yard — to ensure its open-air events stay dry even when the weather has other ideas, with Eats Everything and Ellen Allien among the first to helm the decks. The club has also recently reached an agreement with the local council which means not even the rapid transformation of the surrounding area can silence the party. Look out too, for the six-year anniversary of local label Shall Not Fade outdoors, as well as intimate shows with the legendary DJ Shadow and the playfully experimental five-piece Squid in the Marble Factory. As the indoor spaces re-open, the return is a timely one for dancefloor heads in Bristol and beyond.

 

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Poll Clubs 2021: Fabric

Fabric

Poll Address: 
London, United Kingdom
Capacity: 
1,000
Address: 
77A Charterhouse St
Farringdon
London
EC1M 6HJ
United Kingdom
Address Source: 
google
Synonym: 
fabric (london)
Closed: 
No
Fabric
Fabric

Location: London, UK 

Capacity: 1,510

fabriclondon.com
 

Iconic London venue fabric has come a long way since the building’s inception as a meat storage cellar for neighbouring Smithfield Market in Clerkenwell. After being founded as a club in 1999, it swiftly earned a reputation as London’s go-to dance music destination before it was forced to temporarily shut in 2016 — unknowing that a global pandemic would come along and do the same a few years after.

Finally, in July 2021, the 25,000-square-foot venue welcomed guests back with an epic 42-hour party in a newly renovated space, marking the arrival of a new chapter in the club’s celebrated history. Now, fitted acoustic panels line the interiors, a brutalist, concrete DJ booth has taken over Room 2, and even a new strict no-photos policy has been introduced, echoing a rule from when the club first opened.

To keep it fresh, a host of new DJs including Jossy Mitsu, Tapefeed, and Hutch have joined the 2021 roster, alongside OG residents Terry Francis and Craig Richards, and 2019 additions like Anna Wall and Mantra. Parties-wise, the pre-pandemic structure of bass-heavy FABRICLIVE Friday nights is set to become more “genre-bending”, while Saturdays will become even more focused on techno, explains fabric’s Matt Star. “The club plans to build on the strength of their 42-hour reopening weekender by introducing more ‘all-weekend’ events,” he continues, “all with the goal of creating a real 24/7, weekend-long destination for London.” 

 

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Poll Clubs 2021: Laroc Club

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Location: Valinhos, Brazil

Capacity: 5,000

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“The owners had the dream to create a new epicentre for electronic music fans in the heart of São Paulo state in Brazil,” says Victor Flosi from Laroc Club, recalling the origins of the celebrated venue. “They chose the hidden hills of Valinhos, 100 kilometres from São Paulo city, as their home almost six years ago, where there was nothing before. Since then, they’ve focused on creating a space with a festival atmosphere, but putting the public close to the artists.”

In a country with a good share of world-class venues, Laroc Club has risen to prominence, inviting DJs from across the style spectrum to rock its fine-tuned JBL VTX soundsystem and outdoor festival-style stage. For its special Ame Laroc Festival in February 2020 — that coincided with Carnival celebrations — Claptone, Guy Gerber and W&W played, along with big-name Brazilian DJs like Felguk, Wehbba and Renato Ratier. Since then, the club has remained shut due to the severe impact of Covid in the country.

“We have to say it wasn’t easy to cope during these difficult times,” says Flosi. “Our last opening during Carnival 2020 was so epic that it reverberated for many months into the pandemic, but at the same time, got all of us very frustrated.”

Nevertheless, the Laroc Club crew are planning ahead, devising some new ideas they can implement when the pandemic eventually subsides.

“We continued with our team, which was relocated to other companies in the group until the return of the events, but always with a beacon of hope,” Flosi adds. “We are planning some new features for the epic return, when it is possible.”

 

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