We announce the results of our 2023 Top 100 Clubs poll this issue, and it’s congratulations to Hï Ibiza for retaining the No.1 spot again this year. The state-of-the-art Ibiza club can seemingly do no wrong, with top production, residencies and impeccable sound all leading to some amazing nights out during the extended summer seasons.
Nearly 700,000 votes were cast this year for Top 100 Clubs — a new DJ Mag record. The rest of the results can be found from page 63 onwards — where did your favourites finish this year?
Someone who’s played at a lot of the top clubs since bursting through onto the international scene a few years ago is Amelie Lens. The Belgian DJ graces our cover this issue and gives us a revealing interview (page 22 onwards) where she talks about everything from progressing from a young clubber to an in-demand touring international DJ, to fostering her own techno community. Her star keeps ascending, and after her Ibiza residency at DC-10 this summer (see page 46) who knows where she’ll place this time in our end-of-year Top 100 DJs poll?
This issue I also had the pleasure of speaking with one of my favourite DJs ever, Laurent Garnier (p127), just at the point he announced he’s stepping back from touring; we celebrate 50 years of Pacha, the club that started in Ibiza before conquering the world with two cherries on top (p38); hear about some of the key figures behind Glitterbox, the glamorous and hugely successful Defected-affiliated party brand (p54); and profile 10 Iranian electronic artists who have been inspired by the recent uprisings in the country, focusing on renewed rights for women (p115). Plus lots, lots more.
Wherever you’re partying this month, hope you have an ace time. Peace.