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DJ Mag has become the premiere polling station of dance-music enthusiasts, releasing an oft-cited annual list of the world’s top DJs, as well as this week’s list of the Top 100 Clubs.
Taking the No. 1 spot: Space Ibiza on the Spanish island, which sets the bar high even in that European clubbing metropolis. The club features a powerful Funktion One soundsystem, exuberant displays of slinky dancers on stilts and in barely-there outfits, nitrogen lunar blasts, hi-res LED screens and streams of lasers across a series of rooms. Previous resident DJs have included Carl Cox, Roger Sanchez, Nick Curly and James Zabiela.
“Space represents who I am and what I’m about,” Cox tells the magazine. “To be there now, giving something back, is really special to me.” The family philosophy of the club, led by Pepe Rosello and his handpicked team, permeates Space throughout.
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Elsewhere in the top five, Brazil’s Green Valley moved up one spot to No. 2. Another Ibiza favorite dating back to 1973, Pacha, came in at No. 3, making a two-place jump from last year. The warehouse-styled London club Fabrik fell two places to No. 4, and Singapore’s Zouk leapt four places, making it into the top five (the first time an Asian club has charted so high, according to fans).
The biggest climber of the Top 100 Clubs was Marquee Nightclub & Dayclub in Las Vegas’ Cosmopolitan Hotel, which catapulted 69 spots to No. 11. Not far behind: Vegas’ Surrender/Encore Beach Club at No. 33, up 58 spots from 2012. The Vegas club scene is indeed booming, thanks to residencies by such world-renowned DJs as Kaskade, Afrojack and Calvin Harris and cameos by Avicii, Dirty South and Arty.
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Several California clubs made the cut as well, among them Hollywood’s Avalon (No. 58) and San Francisco’s Ruby Skye (No. 90). Miami made its presence known with the 300-capacity speakeasy Electric Pickle, at no. 64.
Other highlights of the list include Bed Supperclub (No. 46), the undisputed king of the Thai clubbing circuit according to fans and DJ-producer Diplo, who says it’s “one of the coolest clubs in the world, let alone Asia.” Featuring a chic white interior, EV soundsystem crafted by Orbit Design Studio and 3D dynamics, it looks like something straight out of TRON Legacy.
The full list of 2013’s Top 100 Clubs can be found at DJmag.com. Did your favorite make the cut?
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