April 11, 2010 by DJ Elroy
For the first time in its history DJmag’s Top 100 Clubs 2010 was decided purely by clubbers. It represents the most comprehensive clubs poll ever with over 80,000 clubbers from across the planet pledging their votes for their favourite dancefloors.
Breaking into the top 10 for the first time in the poll’s four-year history was Manchester’s legendary Sankeys, who secured the crown as people’s champion — jumping a massive 15 places to replace Berlin’s Berghain/Panorama Bar at the number 1 spot.
The top ten positions were dominated by European venues –London heavyweights Fabric, Matter, and Ministry of Sound; and Ibiza favourites Amnesia, Space, and Pacha all made the Top 10. Singapore’s standard-bearer Zouk was the only venue outside of Europe to feature in the top 10.
The highest climber in the top 10 was London superclub Matter which leaped 20 places to rise to number 6. Proof of the Greenwich superclub’s growing prominence at the heart of London’s club scene, this capped off a year that has seen nights like Cocoon, Circo Loco, Andy C’s Ram and dubstep/grime megarave Rinse Vs FWD all sell out at the 2,600 capacity venue.
But the highest climbing UK venue was the futuristic Mint Club in Leeds, which surged up 53 places to hit 24. New entries from the UK included DJmag’s “Best Of British” best small club winner Corsica Studios at 41, Plan B’s Brixton 91, and Shoreditch’s East Village which landed at 100.
Across the top 100 as a whole there was a total of 27 entirely new entries including Hamburg’s Baalsaal, Croatia’s Porat, Dublin’s Twisted Pepper, Amsterdam’s Melkweg’s, Belfast’s Mynt, Frankfurt’s Neidklub, Beirut’s Skybar, Cyprus’s answer to Bora Bora — Guaba Beach Bar
Despite slipping down in the poll by 7 and 5 places respectively, Brazilian dance emporium’s D-Edge and Warung continued to occupy the heady heights on 16 and 20 respectively. Epic 8,000-capacity outdoor emporium Green Valley, meanwhile, rose 10 places at number 27.
Proof positive of the thriving worldwide dance community and the global reach of club culture, venues from all four continents were represented across 28 individual countries including England, Ibiza, Germany, Singapore, Greece, Japan, USA, Canada, Brazil, Belgium, Egypt, Romania, China, Scotland, Spain, Holland, Argentina, Ireland, Beirut, France, Bolivia, Bulgaria, Peru, Malta, Australia, Croatia and Dubai.
Check out the full results and write-ups on every club in this year’s poll here.
“We are building the best club in the universe… failure is not an option,” declared the sign that David Vincent stuck up in the…
When it first unveiled itself back in 1999, Keith Reilly’s exposed brick-work cavern promised to upgrade the acid house experience for the 21st century…
Lying just over the road from Privilege in Ibiza’s San Rafael, legend has it that the house where Amnesia now stands was built at…
4: Ministry Of Sound
In an era when familiar clubbing institutions are still dropping like flies and custom-built, professionally run dance Meccas are notable only by absence, London…
On an island dominated by mechanistic techno and minimalist rhythms, Pacha continues to fly the flag for full-flavoured house music and good-time grooves -…
Just over a year old, and Fabric’s latest venture matter has already indelibly imprinted itself on London’s clubbing landscape. Small wonder. A combination of…
While most nightclubs are just that, Space Ibiza is something much more. A dance music institution, a Balearic legend, a non-stop 16-hour party, a…
The Holy Grail for Europe’s Easyjet-set ravers, Berghain and Panorama Bar are the destination of choice for those you like it long and hard….
9: Warehouse Project
Manchester certainly wears its musical heritage with pride. The city that spawned The Hacienda, Happy Mondays, New Order and A Guy Called Gerald has…
Given the relatively impoverished scope of Singapore’s club scene, it would be easy to call Zouk the big fish in small pond. But it’d…
And where does Elroy’s favorite vacation spot fall in the list? Up 4 spots from last year! We broke the Top 20:
Address: Denver, USA Capacity: 950 Web: betanightclub.com
The pet project of Beatport boss Brad Roulier, Denver club Beta has basically rewritten the rulebook for club design since opening in 2008.
With a 90% green rating, its the most eco-friendly club on the planet with surfaces made out of recycled concrete, acoustic panelling from old denim jeans, mirrors from reformed glass and LED signs running on low voltage.
Thankfully, the same futuristic approach has been transferred to the sound – the obsessively fine-tuned Funktion 1 system is so powerful it can easily fill the room at just 40% sound – while a cutting-edge but cross-genre booking policy means that Fake Blood, The Juan McLean, David Guetta, Starkey and Damian Lazarus have all played this year.
“Beta is a DJ’s wet dream” says Deamau5. “The DJ booth is like a club in itself, and vibe and energy in the rest of the club is intense. I really wouldn’t expect anything less from the Beatport lot.”