Location: Hasselt, Belgium
Boasting a labyrinth of rooms, Versuz is more of an entertainment complex than a club. Located in Hasselt, Belgium, it features a main dancefloor, a 1,200-capacity multi-purpose event room, an R&B-focused floor, a VIP area, a patio and a secret after-party venue. But that’s not all, as the Belgian superclub also offers an Italian restaurant, a whiskey and cigar lounge and a summer pool party area.
The club is famous for its flagship Saturday night event, Nightlife, which champions a wide spectrum of house, soulful and electronic sounds. On Fridays, Versuz puts trap, ragga, hip-hop and R&B in the spotlight as part of its Vibestr event series. The club also hosts an affordable party, called House of Students, on Thursdays, whereas the Monday slot is reserved for the Monnight concept.
Having booked global dance music heroes like Fedde Le Grand, Oliver Heldens, Joris Voorn, and Purple Disco Machine over the last year, the club has further cemented its reputation as one of Belgium’s dance music hotspots. Versuz has also hosted the Hasselt events of Ibiza institutions Elrow and Pacha, while this year will see disco extravaganza Glitterbox make its debut at the club.
Location: Hasselt, Belgium
Belgium has a strong dance music history. It birthed the proto-house new beat genre in the ’80s, laid the foundations for hardcore, and boasts some notable techno dens, among them Brussels’ Fuse.
As such, the enormous Versuz has a lot to live up to. The venue appears to be modelled on Ibiza’s biggest super clubs, and looking at its plethora of impressive features, it could soon join them in the big leagues. Equipped with a VOID soundsystem, its palatial, chandelier-laden main room regularly plays host to the flashiest names in big room house from Martin Solveig to Bob Sinclar. One of its bars offers speciality Belgian beer, and high flyers are well catered for thanks to the VIP room, whisky and cigar lounge, and outdoor swimming pool.
Versuz hosts more credible fare too: when Barcelona and Ibiza club brand Elrow dropped in for a big blowout in November last year, Alan Fitzpatrick, Patrick Topping and Bastian Bux played, sprinkling a little Balearic magic, while Pacha hosts regular events at the club.
On Saturday nights, Nightlife is the club’s flagship event, featuring its residents playing an accessible mixture of house music. It’s not all flashiness, either: on Thursdays, Versuz has an affordable student night, ensuring that all bases are covered.
As far as nightclubs go, few are more modern and palatial than Versuz, a 3000-capacity club that seems to go out of its way to make every clubber feel special. It features a rustic-yet-sleek champagne and cigar bar, with leather couches that overlook the main action downstairs, where crystal chandeliers hang high above the VOID-powered dancefloor. The VIP area is big and exclusive, but right in the midst of things. And this being Belgium, there is, of course, a Belgian beer bar too — and even an outdoor patio with a swimming pool.
It’s like a glamorous slice of Ibiza landed in Hasselt. And indeed, Spanish mega-brands Pacha and Elrow have both held bashes at the club, bringing island favourites like UNER and Joris Voorn to the party. But even with all the stylish décor and lavish attention to detail, Versuz keeps door prices low, regularly holding student nights so the local crowd can get loose after finals. The venue caters to all different crowds, in fact, with hip-hop nights and club-friendly house from headliners like Martin Solveig, Bob Sinclar and Klingande on regular rotation.
Decadent escapism in posh surroundings without forgetting the clubbers — works like a charm for Versuz.
Belgium has long been a hotbed of dance music activity, right back to the days of EBM, the techno heyday of the early '90s and on through acts like Soulwax, Kolombo and Peter Van Hoesen. They have an internationally renowned festival scene to match, with ridiculously overblown, supersize gatherings like Tomorrowland and I Love Techno taking care of the more discerning end of the techno-loving spectrum.
For those locals who like their beats bigger and glossier, however, they turn to the no expenses spared party and posers paradise that is Hasselt-based club Versuz. The place boasts a limo service, many glass chandeliers, a plush patio, even smarter VIP space and well-designed outdoor terrace for open-air chilling. There is also a whiskey and cigar lounge, restaurant and more intimate Black Box. As such it is a versatile space that welcomes the likes of Pacha and has residents such as Dave Lambert, Delafuno, Tom Leclerc and Lady S amongst many others. Guests like Bob Sinclair, Funkerman, Chocolate Puma and Fedde Le Grand give you an idea of what to expect on any given weekend.