Across the continent clubs are opening in abandoned silos, train carts and subway underpasses to accommodate the European influx of Jetstar weekenders. DJB gives you the guide on where to spend your late nights and early mornings, with out latest uptake on the best, new European nightspots you should know about.
1. OHM, Berlin
Those who’ve been there will know this place is small. The tiny tiled club is the former battery room of a disused power-plant on the Köpenicker industrial strip in Berlin. Tucked in cosily next to its bigger and more omnipresent brother Tresor, the battery box still manages to hold its own regardless. Hosting the culturally-rich, free-experimental electronic party Contort (brainchild of Samuel Kerridge and Hayley Kerridge), OHM continually runs club nights that give the impression of passionate curation by someone of good varied, musical taste. Expect smokey dancefloor fun at this great music hub, from Sex Tags to 18+ to Bill Kouligas.
2. Mythos, Gothenburg
If you're in Sweden, DJB suggests you try catch one of the Berlin inspired techno raves held at new Gothenburg industrial haven Mythos. Due to Sweden’s relatively strict alcohol licensing laws, Secret Island Nation Festival promoters decided to find their own way around this: “To be able to party all night we’ve formed an association to which only members have access. Therefore, every guest hast to register at least 24-hours before the event to become a supporting member," says Bjorn Norgaard, founder of Mythos. Berghain resident Marcel Fengler played the clubs opening and expect to hear a well-curated selection of four to floor techno here on in.
3. Projekt LAB, Poland
In the town of Poznan, you will find Project LAB. Ultra stylish and modern, the club's aesthetic is structural, minimalistic and design friendly. Computerized event flyers frame big -time talents with beautiful imagery. Artists like Lucy, Dadub, Adam X, Sarah Farina and Reza have all contributed to the LAB's collective among a handful of talented local artists, spanning genres from dub to UK-bass and techno. The Polish club also makes use of state of the art projectors, using audio-visual mapping as an in-club effect along with a great sound system. LAB also works with interactive exhibits and music technology related projects, with the club even streamlining a simplistic app for their venue.
4. Tesla, Budapest
Situated in a now defunct electrical transformer building in the closed electrical museum of Budapest, sits modern Hungarian project space and club, Tesla. The venue comprises of carefully curated soundscapes and a Void Acoustics system that features the very first white Nexus system to be installed anywhere. Having already hosted artists along the lines of Clark (Warp) and a variety of contemporary electronic performances, Tesla is set to build on it's already slick reputation.
5. Humboltdhain, Berlin
Humboldthain recently celebrated a two-year anniversary in its forested nook next to the Humboldthain station in Wedding, Berlin. Though the club is not situated in the city’s regular nightlife sprawl, the weekly and weekend line-ups boast impressive talent. A well-chosen menu of DJs comprising of local but nonetheless either underground well-known artists, or up and coming, are commonly gracing the decks. With a respected attitude towards club nights and a great sprawling outdoor area (complete with bocce by day) Humboldthain is one to ride the S-Bahn for. Line-ups include the likes of Steven Tang and Fabian Garo.
6. Dance Tunnel, London
Dalston's Dance Tunnel functions as a gallery space, cafe and Funktion 1 loaded club, catering to the more hipster crowd as an underground rave, come NY exhibition-space hybrid. The music is more on the left-field of house, disco and techno (think Kassem Mosse, Ron Trent and Tama Sumo) and the club is one of the first to have initiated Dalston as an area to frequent with its propensity towards a well-dressed, artistically on-point crowd. Dance Tunnel is essentially Plastic People's replacement and a key figure in the new era of London clubs.
7. Gateway to Zen, London
"It'll be a place to hear techno across the board without getting hung up on genre pigeonholes or musical purism," the owners have written on the website. Though not an actual night club, Gateway to Zen is worth an honorable mention. Four friends who wanted to showcase the best in techno without concern for solid headliners established the club night very recently, and with the doors having only just opened be sure to check it out and support the smaller electronic community in South London. Gateway to Zen also promotes a secure nightlife space ensuring that women's rights are upheld and that there is a safe feeling within.
8. Badaboum, Paris
With a stellar programme featuring an eclectic mix of electro, techno, funk and dance, featuring electronic dance pioneers like Âme, Alex from Tokyo and Horse Meat Disco, Badaboum of Paris is slowly earning the reputation of being one of France’s best clubs. The geometric lighting design which frames the dancefloor, and intimate secret "living room" for boozy patrons to stumble upon all add to the French club’s distinct personality. Notable mention also goes out to the bar's cocktail list.
9. Yaki – Da, Sweden
This multi-floored club, coffee house, organic bistro and concert venue boasts luxurious baroque interiors and a hand-picked selection of musicians and performances to cater to basically everyone, with prestigious musicians along the lines of John Talabot, Todd Terje and Theophilius London having spun there previously. The cool bar is known for its late opening hours and the indulgent selection of club rooms ranging from hip hop to techno for its patrons.
10. Dude Club, Milan
Intimate in size, Dude Club has become known for its indulgently packed weekend line-ups. With Dystopian and Klockworks label nights in the mix for the near future, and a fantastic, state of the art soundsystem, the small techno hub off Via Carlo Boncompagni in Milan continues to host large artist line ups, while remaining dedicated to the smaller, up-and-coming DJs in the electronic industry. With frequent local DJ nights and weekly international events, this one if for the more left field sided of techno.
*This article was amended on June 1st to correct an error in information regarding Gateway to Zen.