From the bustling streets of Shibuya Tokyo, where Womb is based, to the driving beats of AIR Amsterdam – Decksaver covers grace DJ booths in some of the greatest clubs in the world.
In 2010, AIR opened its doors in the vibrant nightlife area of Amsterdam. Former nightclub IT defined the atmosphere at Rembrandt Square in the early 90’s and 00’s and AIR has adopted this job since its opening. Over the years, AIR has focused on a number of important values – tolerance, diversity, creativity, quality and freedom. The club is a household name in Amsterdam’s nightlife, but it doesn’t only attract local visitors.
Around in various forms since the late 70s, the 5,000-capacity Amnesia is an Ibiza institution located on San Antonio Road.
Amnesia features two large rooms, one with an air-conditioned upstairs VIP lounge and a dance floor lined by infamous cooling ice cannons, as well as an enclosed greenhouse terrace sunrise dance floor that becomes flooded with rays as the sun rises in the morning. With a custom made sound system using Expanded Amnesia Technology that hones in on frequencies that physically affect the bodies of dancers, Amnesia provides a unique experience for techno, trance and house. Amnesia is a clubbing powerhouse you’ll never forget.
Located in the heart of Bastille and proud of his fully polymorphic way of life. Badaboum is a dedicated long sets club for house and techno lovers, a concert venue hosting eclectic line-ups, a friendly restaurant of fine-cooking right from the market and a playground for grown-ups.
The Blue Marlin is set in what has to be one of Ibiza’s most picturesque corners, the glorious stretch of sand that is Playa es Jondal.
This sprawling beach complex is made up of a gleaming white bar, a flashy restaurant and, of course, a club, that regularly plays host to live music events. Their Flamenco flavoured Sundays provide an alternative to the constant thud of techno beats. All these elements together form a brilliant package that few other venues can match: slick, chilled and subtly threaded with hedonism.
Quite simply; Bora Bora is one of the best-known beach bars in Ibiza.
Nestled in the middle of the beautiful Playa d’en Bossa beach, you’ll find it as soon as your feet touch the sand – it’s the place with the loudest music and the most people dancing away on the beach. During the early hours of the afternoon, Bora Bora is more subdued due to noise restrictions placed on it. As soon as the clock strikes 5pm though, the volume gets cranked up and stays that way until midnight, where the party continues indoors or just down the road at Space Ibiza. If you’re in Playa d’en Bossa, a visit to Bora Bora should always be on the agenda.
Café Del Mar
The world-famous Café del Mar opened its doors for the first time on June 20th 1980.
Located just a few meters from the Mediterranean sea facing Sa Conillera Island, the concept was simple – to provide music to accompany the spectacular sunsets. In the early days, Café del Mar was a prominent meeting point among the locals and an origin of inspiration for artists and authors. By the 1990s it had become one of the most popular destinations in Ibiza and a venue for events hosted by BBC Radio 1, Channel 4 and MTV. Around the world Café del Mar is possibly most renowned for its annual chillout compilations, the first of which was released in 1994 after an overwhelming demand from fans. It was a global success and resulted in a much-respected chillout series that has sold millions of copies to date. This global success has turned a modest beach bar in Ibiza into a global brand with franchises all over the world.
Now one of the most popular clubs on the White Isle, the iconic Café Mambo sits at the beach end of what has become known as the ‘Sunset Strip’ in San Antonio.
Established in 1994 by Javier Anadon and against all advice, the original small Ibicencan and derelict house has become a prevailing force in the dance music industry. With international DJs of the calibre of Pete Tong, Roger Sanchez, Paul Oakenfold and Frankie Knuckles playing regular sets, not to mention appearances by Groove Armada, Faithless, BodyRockers, Jaimie Cullum, Brand New Heavies (to name a few) Café Mambo has firmly established itself as a visionary front-runner in a highly competitive field. In 2007 Cafe Mambo was honoured for the second time with the prestigious DJ Award for the Best Bar in Ibiza. This was international recognition for the marked contribution Café Mambo has made to the island, changing the way people perceive San Antonio within the music industry and generally making a tangible difference to the way bars and restaurants think in Ibiza.
Canal Mills draws on its creative past, rooted within the backbone of the industrial revolution to create a dynamic space that intertwines historic and modern-day creativity whilst ultimately playing host to unique, bespoke events in Leeds.
Interweaving the lines of its own authentic history and the unbounded innovation of modern art, the venue offers up a revolutionary space unique of its type in Leeds. Canal Mills itself is an artefact that visually awakens the traditional processes of the textile mill from which its creative heredity stems, in a modern environment. The venue will showcase a range of artistic pursuits from exhibitions, theatrical projects and film screenings, to live gigs and electronic dance events, all the while sustaining the unique aesthetic elements born from the heart of its heritage as a textile mill.
An internationally recognised club of electronic music in Frankfurt, Sven Väth decided to develop a club concept for the new millennium.
The main floor of the venue, with its exceptional podium scenery, constitutes the centrepiece of the club – which every weekend becomes the dance floor for all electronic music lovers. The applied technology is unique in the world: the high-end sound system provides an incomparable sound and the unusual architecture, which follows organic forms, together with the almost unending possibilities of the lighting and video system transmits a vivid and unique character to the room.
Culture Box is one of the most prominent venues for electronic music in Denmark.
It is also a government-supported music venue, chosen to be the main platform for the electronic scene in the country. Culture Box is divided into three compartments. White Box is the pre-clubbing bar, Red Box is the intimate lower floor, and Black Box where the biggest names play on the massive sound system. Culture Box is used for a wide range of events, including everything from teaching sessions, to dance shows and film productions. During the weekends, the club books a mixture of international and local artists in the underground music scene. The music styles are broad, but ranges from electronica, through bass music, to house and techno.
Newcastle’s Digital has been presented as “the most technically-advanced and forward-thinking club and live music venue in the north.”
Described as having a “lush, industrial feel”, its 1,400 capacity will be split into two rooms at the city centre’s Times Square, on the site of the former Powerhouse nightclub which has been bought and totally re-modelled. Digital boasts an award-winning, awe-inspiring sound system with four industry-leading Funktion One dance stacks – one of only a handful in the world, complete with a cool six-figure price tag. Digital is definitely a club not to be missed.
Not only one of London’s premier venues, but one of the world’s, hosting weekly line-ups of the foremost names in electronic music.
The club is known for its purpose-built, three-room layout and world-class sound systems. Every clubbing city has a staple – a star at its centre everything else revolves around. For London, it’s undoubtedly Fabric. And Fabric is one for the locals. Since its grand opening in 1999 it has its fair share of curious foreigners, sure, many of whom reside in London, popped in one night, fell in love with the place and return every week. What’s really remarkable about this ex-meat storage facility in London’s Smithfield Market though, is what it’s achieved for British club culture.
Sydney’s only true super club, Home overlooks Darling Harbour and features over three levels of purpose-built clubbing space.
With a capacity of 2,500, the venue is one of the largest in the southern hemisphere. Over the past ten years, Home has established a reputation for excellence in the planning and management of events. It’s become the stuff of legend, and the state-of-the-art sound system and range of dance floors are the sonic icing on the cake.
Open since 2008 in San Antonio, Ibiza Rocks Hotel’s main attraction is its poolside courtyard and main music venue, but it also hosts two other outdoor pools, five different bars and a restaurant.
Ibiza Rocks has powered through over a decade of existence to now boast multiple live music events, a travel company, 3 hotels, 2 hostels, 2 bars and a fashion label as part of the brand.
Ministry of Sound
London’s first superclub, The Ministry of Sound has remained at the forefront of the world clubbing scene, representing the world’s biggest DJs in House, Trance and Techno.
The club opened in 1991 and comprises five main areas; the Bar, the Baby Box, the VIP and the Loft and the Box, the latter housing the club’s primary and awe-inspiring sound-system from Martin Audio, with a specially-built roof to contain sound and a sprung floor intended to enable clubbers to dance for many hours without tiring. Its beating heart, the Box, remains much the same as it did the day it opened, its focus on sound and production is still at the forefront of the technology of its time.
Created in 1973, this Finca in Ibiza Town has grown into one of the most dominant clubbing brands in the world.
With the Ibiza venue still very much the jewel in its crown and a reputation for providing clubbing with style, it’s unrivalled when it comes to adding a dash of VIP pizzazz to proceedings. It’s the ideal place for donning your disco glad rags before hitting the dance floor to the tune of some of the world’s biggest DJs.
Pacha is inextricably linked with Ibiza – it’s a club with a reputation that has grown in line with the reputation of the island itself over the years. As a result, it’s a club that’s held dearly in the affections of locals and is considered a ‘must visit’ for tourists making their Ibiza debut. These days, with over four decades of party-planning under its belt, as well as a massive refurb in 2018, it boasts one of the biggest rosters of talent on the White Isle. Take your pick from the cream of the electronic music crop, with everything from underground to mainstream to pop classics from the past being represented.
Pacha New York, the only North American branch, opened in 2005. In eight years the club has become a dance music institution and one of the foremost destinations in the world.
Flanked by the scenic Hudson River to the West, and New York’s thriving Hell’s Kitchen district to the East, the 30,000-square-foot venue is split into four levels, each with its own character and customised decor, and each accessible and operable individually.
The powerful sound of a German-imported Dynacord alpha concept speaker system fills the entire space: while intelligent, LED and conventional lighting brings each room to vibrant life. Pacha also boasts a fully integrated video system with moveable screens and LED walls.
Savannah opened its doors for the first time back in 1997.
Located on the West Coast of Ibiza a mere stroll from the port of San Antonio, you will find the luxurious Sunset Strip – facing arguably the most famous sunset in the world. In recent years Savannah has become a prominent feature on the Strip and thousands of clubbers have enjoyed countless stunning sunsets. With its laid back and cool attitude, Savannah attracts a glamorous and international clientele.
Before its closure in 2016, Space was considered one of the best clubs in the world and a showroom that represented the best of the clubbing scene not only because of its numerous awards but because of the support of artists and members of the industry.
To organise an event at Space is synonymous of success and an award desired by artists and promoters. Just a few clubs can be proud to have been awarded as many times in its trajectory as Space. The club from Playa d’en Bossa is by its own merits and according to exceptional collection of awards, a worldwide clubbing reference. Closing in 2016, the club was reopened in 2017 as Hi Ibiza, part of the Ushuaia Entertainment group. Could we see another Space in the future though? We do hope so…
Ushuaia Ibiza Beach Hotel
This sumptuous Hotel made a name for itself championing huge DJ names, amazing stage production, glamorous dancers and a fantastically placed VIP section – in just a few years it became one of the most famous venues in Ibiza.
With the exception of the opening and closing parties (which continue indefinitely into the night), Ushuaia opens around 3-5pm in the afternoon and closes at midnight. By providing a rare opportunity to see some of the biggest headliners on the island as the sun is still setting, Ushuaia has become an important force in returning the long-held tradition of daytime clubbing back to the island.
White Eivissa Beach Club
The serene White Eivissa Beach Club sits just a few yards away from the Ushuaia Ibiza Beach Hotel and the Hard Rock Hotel at the glamorous end of Bora Bora Beach in Ibiza.
The perfect place to recharge batteries with a cocktail or a fantastic meal, whilst taking in wonderful sea views and a soundtrack of Balearic Beats.
Opened in the centre of Shibuya in 2000, Womb is a 1000 capacity club that spreads across four floors.
The main floor is equipped with a full digital sound system, high-quality strobe lighting and lasers. Weekend nights often host guest artists from overseas, usually centred on techno, drum & bass and electro. Ask DJs of the cooler stripe where most in the world they’d like to play and chances are they’ll say Womb. It’s not just its location in arguably the hippest urban conurbation on the planet, what makes this cavernous space so special is that the details are just right.
With the focus set on its consistent and credible music policy, XOYO is one of London’s most respected clubs.
Delivering an unrivalled weekend soundtrack to the capital, the line-ups welcome global names alongside some of the best trailblazing artists on the circuit. Located on the fringes of trendy Shoreditch, XOYO is housed across two floors and features an expertly-tuned sound system that has helped define the club as a prime late-night destination. An aspirational platform for London’s clubbers, XOYO have recently begun a residency series whereby in one year 4 DJs will play 12 weeks of consecutive Saturdays each. Outside of the club’s relentless weekend diary, XOYO showcases a fresh and on-point calendar of live music.