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World rank XXX

By Nov 28, 2006 Nightlife


If last week was the week of local event promoters with Noise and PAUSE (pictures here and here), then this week Shanghai returns to business as usual: Top ranked DJs and new club openings. Only this week, Shanghai sees the appearance of three of the world Top 20 ranked DJs, and there are 4 new clubs openings in the next 2 weeks (there are probably a lot more that we don't know about).

The big name DJ line-up kicks off tonight with DJ Eddie Halliwell, spinning at Club Bon Bon. It's Halliwell's third gig in Shanghai, his first appearance at Mural Bar two years ago went relatively unnoticed even though he already ranked #20 in the world. "Rankings haven't been so important at that time as they are now, and there's only been a few people that actually knew them" says Thomas Jaehndel (aka DJ Thomas Paninaro) who booked Halliwell 2 years ago. At a young age of 26, Eddie Halliwell is already a shooting star and made it to the top of the list in only a few years after he was discovered at a private house party. Halliwell, who is the only top 100 DJ who has never released a record, uses his fine mixing skills to spin up to four decks simultaneously. DJ Eddie Halliwell at Club Bonbon details here.

This Thursday is the opening of another oversized huge club that tries to make it by booking random Top 100 DJs, no matter what style. Absolute House is originally from Hangzhou, their opening party will take place this Thursday with Marco V, one of the world's most popular trance DJs. Unfortunately, it's by invitation only. For their first night open to the public this Friday they have invited former top-10 House / Progressive DJ Steve Lawler (now ranked #38). Steve is not a stranger to SH either, having performed here at least 4 times within the last few years. Steve Lawler at Absolute House details here.

And just like Santa, super-producer and DJ Ferry Corsten (world rank #7) returns to Shanghai this December again after gigs at Babyface (December 2003) and VIP Room (December 2005). Ferry Corsten spearheaded the first wave of Dutch producers that broke out internationally in the late 1990's - responsible for countless big room anthems. When trance lost some of its popularity some years ago, Ferry Corsten, who produces under different names, started to mix Trance with Electro. Corsten is playing at O2 Club this Friday. All details here.

And all this in just one week. Coming up in the next weeks we'll see Carl Cox returning to DKD, the opening of Clubs G-Plus, Club Underlounge ....

Looking back, this year 60 out of the Top 100 DJs played in SH, 10 in December alone. The DJ Mag Top 100, which is issued annually by DJ Mag and based on votes of their readers, is not very popular with local Shanghai DJs. The voting system is only in English and unfavourable for Chinese DJs. But in a young market like the P.R.C., club owners and clubbers, and even moreso the money-spending alcohol brands, don't seem to know any better ways to spend their money than on DJ World Rank XXX. Is it all about numbers and figures?

Picture of the Armin Van Buuren at DKD gallery

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