DJ Mag Sessions is heading to San Fransisco to bring you Germany's masked deep house Claptone and his unique Masquerade concept for a Halloween special at Halcyon on Tuesday 31st October.
This summer Claptone played at Gorillaz Demon Dayz Festival and presented his Golden Summer Tour from May to September, playing 70 dates over four months. Claptone also decorated Ibiza's airport with nine super-sized masks to signal the start of his tour at the beginning of his Ibiza season.
Montréal natives know how to party, and how to appreciate the fleeting months of warmth they experience every calendar year by taking advantage of their lakefront beaches. That’s where Beachclub comes in, a sprawling 5,000-person outdoor venue that knows what les habitants want and need — and provides it, from May to September. Situated on the sandy shores of Pointe-Calumet, it possesses a distinctly Balearic vibe with its cabanas and casual, bikini-clad attendees. Fittingly, Beachclub’s Ibiza festival is a popular attraction. The club’s 2017 season kicks off with NYC house icon Danny Tenaglia, Carnage and Will Sparks, while the following weekend gets a dose of heavy techno with Drumcode boss Adam Beyer, Joseph Capriati and Carlo Lio. Big names continue to hit the sand throughout June, with the likes of Nicky Romero, Armin van Buuren, Duke Dumont and DVBBS. It seems there’s something for everyone’s ears at Beachclub; and if even if your favorite DJ isn’t on the line-up, who can say no to a bottle of champagne on a sparkling Canadian beach?
When one club door closes, another opens. The legendary Space Ibiza shuttered its doors in 2016, but Club Space in Miami is poised to fill that gaping hole in ravers’ hearts. A long-time staple in the Miami scene — and our Top 100 list — Club Space is under brand new ownership this year, and it’s starting to feel a lot more like the Ibiza outpost we all knew and loved, than the somewhat menacing Miami haunt it was turning into. Space's new parents are a trio of locals who have been passionately upping Miami's underground game for years. Davide Danese, Coloma Kaboomsky and David Sinopoli are talent-booking, party-throwing mavericks who are familiar with driving the world's greatest underground and indie acts to South Florida.
Just six months into their tenure, they’ve already brought that to Space, with everyone from Jamie Jones and Richie Hawtin to Adam Beyer, Pan-Pot, Luciano, tINI and scores more. Plus, there’s yoga on the clean dancefloor on Saturdays, a brand new, state-of-the-art soundsystem immerses the club’s legendary terrace in body-shaking bass, and the venue has received a subtle, earthy makeover to soften the heavy 24-hour-beats.
As Croatia has become more and more of a hotspot for clubbers, so its clubs have continued to evolve and accommodate them. One that has been standing out for years now is Noa, which is built from a series of interconnected platforms floating on the Adriatic in a natural, wood-heavy style. It is a luxury space with sun beds, VIP service, many pools and secluded private lounges as well as a main floor, an after-beach area and a chillout zone all supplied with sound by a D&B Audiotechnik system.
“There's certainly a special feeling in being a guest at our open-air club,” says the club's Tom. “At Noa you can literally meet the new dawn while partying away, all surrounded by a clear-blue sea.”
As for the soundtrack, maximal EDM stars like Steve Aoki and Skrillex have headlined this year, but Noa also places lots of focus on residents Aldo Morro, Robert MKC and Miss DJ Kay Dee. “With them we created a sense of familiarity with our guests that makes the ‘Noa experience’ a fulfilling one. Shortly put, they're very important to us since our visitors and residents are all one big family.”
If walls could talk, those in ‘The Mint’ would have more than a few yarns to spin. This is where the first Back To Basics event took place, with Derrick Carter jacking it out in 1989, and whilst fashions and fads have changed, the aim of the club hasn’t shifted since that historic day — bringing quality, forward-thinking house and techno to the good people of Yorkshire’s biggest and most debauched city.
Don’t think that means things are becoming staid, though. 2015 saw a swathe of new nights set up in this intimate, one-roomed haunt, with key parties like System, Prism, Circular and Mint Sessions boasting quality residents who understand their crowd- namely Annie Errez, Jimmy Switch, Tobias, FiNN & Farrow and one of our ones to watch last year, Bobby O’Donnell.
As if that wasn’t enough, recent headliners have ranged from Carl Craig and Luciano, to DJ Format, Little Dragon, and hip-hop heavyweight Big Daddy Kane. Those iconic polo-mint seats and the green-tinged decor are now distant memories too, long since replaced with a reactive LED roof and stripped interior design, with sets powered by a well-engineered Funktion One. Which means it’s pretty fucking loud.