With Division Agency (Days Like This, Goodbar) organising upcoming warehouse events around Sydney called, “The Warehouse Collective”, it was fitting for us at SDS to show you some raves all around the world for some inspiration.
NAME: Nasty Mondays
LOCATION: Barcelona, Spain
RESIDENTS: Kosmos, Radiocontrol, and Rho if you’re into electro; MadMax and Soren if you’re all about the devil horns.
VIBE: Spanish sock-hop.
VENUE: Apolo, a former theater that now hosts a wild range of different parties (and crowds) every night.
WHEN IT HAPPENS: Mondays. Duh.
NAME: When in Robe
LOCATION: Brooklyn, New York
RECENT HEADLINERS: Curses, Party Supplies
VIBE: Pseudo-lavish spa rave
VENUE: Body By Brooklyn, a 10,000 square foot bathhouse with equal fondness for health and hedonism.
WHEN IT HAPPENS: Every other Sunday
NAME: Sick Sad World
CITY: Oakland, California
VIBE: It’s a shitshow—basically a place where all the sad people in Oakland meet up to get #CRYPHY (crunk and hyphy, if you’re old).
VENUE: It started in a scary biker bar in the fruit shipping and packing district of Oakland before moving to a venue uptown. One of the bouncers there beat up Brontez from Younger Lovers, so we decided to drop that place. Next, we settled into this place called Rec Center Studios that was basically a storage unit in downtown Oakland. We had a good thing going there until it got shut down. Since then, we’ve been rotating venues trying to find THE spot.
COST: 0 – $10, depending on the night.
WHEN IT HAPPENS: Right now we do the party quarterly or whenever the vibes are right. We’ve been throwing it at basically any place that’s willing to give us a chance to blow the spot up.
NAME: Club Chemtrail
LOCATION: Portland, Oregon
RECENT HEADLINERS: Kingdom, Vjuan Allure, DJ NA of Nguzunguzu, Dubbel Dutch
NAME: Forever Young
CITY: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
RECENT HEADLINERS: “Forever Young’s focus is on the music genre, not on who’s playing it.”
VIBE: The 90s are back, but you’re old enough to drink.
VENUE: Chicago Social Club
COST: €7,50 presale or €10 at the door
WHEN IT HAPPENS: Once every three months on Saturdays
NAME: Early Friday
CITY: Cape Town, South Africa
RESIDENTS: There are no resident DJs. They book different local DJs for every event. Previous guests include Barefoot, Darnyill, Puppy Club, JUNGLE FEVER, and Crazy White Bitches.
RECENT HEADLINERS: Anyone and everyone—Early Friday keeps it local and in the family for now.
VIBE: Cute college students playing hooky drunk on tequila.
VENUE: The Waiting Room
WHEN DOES IT HAPPEN: Every Friday, 4-8PM
NAME: Hidden Agenda
CITY: Dublin, Ireland
RESIDENTS: Niall Darcy, Colin Devine
VIBE: Modern art sweat lodge
VENUE: The Button Factory
COST: Ticket prices vary
WHEN IT HAPPENS: Every Saturday
NAME: Shake ‘n Bass
CITY: Orlando, FL
VENUE: BackBooth, a punky dive bar filled with vintage arcade games.
WHEN IT HAPPENS: Every Sunday night
RECENT HEADLINERS: Swizzymack, DJ Sliink, DJ Sega, Nadus, DJ Craze, DJ Funk, Rell the Soundbender, DJ Blass, Mr. Vega/Ricky Vaughn (formerly of Sazon Booya), Comrade de Xao, Ackeejuice Rockers, 2DEEP, Minimaxx & DJEJ, & Kid Cedek
VIBE: “A Diplo concert without Diplo,” according to resident Dr. Khan
NAME: Rebel Rebel
LOCATION: Rome, Italy
RECENT HEADLINERS: Scuba, Tale of Us, Nina Kraviz
VIBE: Hundreds of dilated pupils and endless hours of undulating house music
VENUE: Warehouse, an industrial (you guessed it) warehouse in the outskirts of Rome
WHEN IT HAPPENS: Saturdays, once a month
LOCATION: Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa
RESIDENTS: WTVR, grmmz grmmz, Boyz2Men, John Dope, Lil Juicy
RECENT HEADLINERS: John Wizards, Gateway Drugs, Fever Trails
VIBE: “All about whatever, man,” as both Drake and the founders of YOH! put it.
VENUE: The two-city party inhabits former assembly plant The Assembly when in Cape Town, and restaurant-turned-club Kitcheners when in Johannesburg.
WHEN IT HAPPENS: Monthly
LOCATION: Sydney, Australia
RESIDENTS: The Finger Prince, CSMNT61, Vivi (AKA The Motorik! Vibe Council), Linda Marigliano, Jensen Interceptor and Wordlife
RECENT HEADLINERS: Tiga, Brodinski, Gesaffelstein, Thomas Von Party, Wordlife, Jon Convex, Maelstrom, Louisahhh!!!, and Harvard Bass
VIBE: A golden triangle of excellent techno
VENUE: Warehouses all over Sydney, with occasional concessions to legal parties at the former goth and fetish venue (and current bro-haven) Club 77
WHEN IT HAPPENS: When the stars align and everything clicks into place and stuff just works out… so like, once a month.
NAME: Girls Girls Girls
LOCATION: Paris, France
RECENT HEADLINERS: Mykki Blanco, Sampha, Lil Silva, Ikonika, Kelela, Nightwave, Moxie, Nina Las Vegas, Jubilee
UPCOMING HEADLINERS: Jackmaster and Spencer of Numbers
VIBE: Bad bitches HQ, or if you took your girly sleepover to the club
VENUE: Perennial cool-kids hangout, Social Club
WHEN IT HAPPENS: Every other month, with semi-regular parties in London and Berlin too
UNFORGETTABLE MOMENT: Brooke Candy wanting to kill a “gypsy bitch” chick who had slapped her on stage.
NAME: Numbers Tokyo
LOCATION: Tokyo, Japan
RECENT HEADLINERS: Jackmaster, Mike Q, Girl Unit, Bok Bok, Nick Hook, Roska
VIBE: A pitch black basement awash in a sea of smoke and lasers
VENUE: Module, a split-level club in the perenially trendy Shibuya neighborhood
WHEN IT HAPPENS: Sporadically
LOCATION: Secret locations throughout Brooklyn, New York
RECENT HEADLINERS: Crystal Waters, MK, Inner City, Jackmaster, Chris Malinchak, Jacques Greene
VIBE: A dark warehouse where techno is an aphrodisiac
VENUE: Roving locations throughout Brooklyn
WHEN IT HAPPENS: Sporadically—the party only happens when the Rinsed crew can guarantee it’ll be one crazy, dirty, dancing-till-dawn deal.
Content from THUMP (Vice) author Lina Abascal – “Around the World in 80 Raves”: