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Poll Clubs 2016: PHONOX


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London, United Kingdom
phonox (london)

Round the corner from Brixton’s O2 Academy there’s a nightclub doorway. From the outside you’d think it’s a small gaff, but inside it’s a veritable Doctor Who’s Tardis! Formerly known as Plan B, Phonox was bought by the Columbo Group last year — they also own XOYO, The Nest and the Jazz Café, amongst other London venues — and had a tasty refurb before re-opening last September.

Best Of British award-winner Jasper James was immediately installed as a resident for Saturday nights, sometimes bringing down unannounced guests like Disclosure and Laura Jones, and other DJs who’ve played extended sets to the big square room recently on the Friday include Omar-S, Joy Orbison and DJ Sprinkles.

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Poll Clubs 2016: EGG LDN

Like its namesake, Egg LDN is a blank canvas of possibility and its one constant, since opening 13 years ago, has been to constantly evolve. Case in point: in the last year the Garden was enclosed, turning it into to a another main room to join the Basement, the Terrace, the Loft and The Apothecary, multiplying the club's creative possibilities

These are fully exploited by parties such as Sabajaq and Berlin Berlin, which mix underground music, from the likes of Kate Simko, Mark Henning and ZDS, with a host of talented performers drawn from the ranks of the capital.

It's not just an eye for production that sets Egg apart though. Powered by a custom-built Flipside system, its sound is second to none. This makes it the perfect platform for our own DJ Mag Sessions, where we've hosted the likes of Pan-Pot, Omar S and ItaloJohnson over the last 12 months, many of these acts set to return to the club after their experiences. 

It's a similar level of quality across the other roster of nights. The monthly Familia recently welcomed the Matthias Tanzmann, the Moon Harbour boss immediately posting the six-hour set he played on his SoundCloud, while in-house promotion Egg Presents continues to attract big names from the Adana Twins to Todd Terry. It was the final marathon Trade that will go down as one of the parties of 2015, though. Nina Kraviz, Nicole Moudaber and Christian Smith amongst those joining a procession of past guests and residents.


Poll Clubs 2016: FABRIC


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London, United Kingdom
77A Charterhouse St
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fabric (london)

When it first opened in 1999, Fabric was a top class addition to London’s underground nightlife. Building on the quality line-ups that places like The End had been securing, the labyrinthine former meat-packing warehouse immediately foregrounded techno and drum & bass and has been invaluable to the continued flourishing of those scenes over all the years since. For instance, DJ Hype’s Playaz night has been running since virtually the start, providing a regular central London home for the drum & bass scene to continue to blossom.

The growth of breakbeat and dubstep in the UK — the club made Caspa and Rusko residents in the mid-noughties before anybody had heard of them — also owed a lot to Fabric, and although these styles have fallen away somewhat in recent times, Fabric continues to innovate. The resurgent grime sound has featured significantly over the past couple of years, and in 2016 Fabric is making its debut at a festival by hosting a space at Lovebox in London this summer.