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Go BackTHE 3RD ANNUAL USA CLUB WORLD AWARDS 2005 - Nominees Announced. Nightclub industry award show set for Winter Music Conference 2005

Posted: 6/1/05 19:20

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New York – Club Systems International is pleased to announce the nominees for the Club World Awards 2005. Now in their third year, The Club World Awards recognize innovation in design, technology, sound, and talent across nightclubs in North America. The nominees are a snapshot of what’s hot in the nightclub industry this year, and a barometer for the direction of trends. The best-of-the-best winners in all 17 categories will be announced at The Club World Awards ceremony to be held at a marquis nightclub during Winter Music Conference on March 23rd, in Miami, Florida.

“The Club World Awards is Club Systems’ way of recognizing the true heroes of the nightclub industry, and the innovations that keep it constantly evolving year after year.” –Kerri Mason, CLUB SYSTEMS INTERNATIONAL editor

The Awards – also known as the “Disco Globes” after their mirror ball trophies – honor the hottest, newest, most cutting-edge products; and the DJs, promoters and proprietors who strive to bring the public the ultimate clubbing experiences. The Club World Awards also provide an indication of where the fast-paced, dynamic industry is headed in the coming year.

“The Club World Awards are certainly growing in stature and the [North] American nightclub community now has an event to look forward to each year.” –Jim Tremayne, DJ TIMES Editor

Some highlights about the nominees:

    This hotly contested category includes Crobar (New York), which helped usher in New York’s new era of super-sized clubbing; three-time nominee Avalon (Boston); the pure theater of Mansion (Miami); and newcomer Sound-Bar (Chicago), where even the Bush twins, Barbara & Jenna, were reportedly spotted dancing to outspokenly anti-Dubya UK DJ Adam Freeland.
    After taking home honors in several categories last year, including Best New Club & Best Sound System; and being chronicled on Spike TV’s reality show “The Club,”  Ice (Las Vegas) may provide some real competition for two-time Best Club winner The Church (Denver). Also in the running is music-driven boutique club Cielo (New York), which hosts Best Resident DJ nominee Francois K’s Deep Space party. Rounding out the top four is South Beach in Houston, which features a weekly Latin night anchored by Best Resident DJ nominee DJ Cubanito.
    The nominees include the newly reconstructed Vinyl (Denver), whose roof famously collapsed during a snowstorm in 2003, and newcomers Compound (Atlanta), Fur (Washington DC), and Lotus/Karma (Denver).
    The biggest reward for any DJ is a dancefloor full of clubbers shaking what God gave them.  This year we have two top contenders from San Francisco, Behrouz at Mixed Elements, which has also been nominated for Best Party; and David Harness  at the long-running Sunday T-Dance at The EndUp. On the opposite coast, Body & Soul stalwart Francois K casts the deep house aural spell with his Monday Deep Space party, which is fast becoming a New York institution. And down South, DJ Cubanito’s weekly Latin night at Café Con Leche in Houston is keeping Texas hot with the spirit of Miami.
    The “People’s Choice” equivalent will be selected by the clubbers through online voting at . The nominees are all clubber favorites, including Rise (Boston), the city’s original after-hours club, which side-steps a citywide curfew with a members-only policy; Stereo (Montreal), boasting a serious analog sound system and more than a few patrons who have permanently inked the club’s logo onto their bodies; Sullivan Room (New York), home to the infamous Tronic Treatment techno parties; and Zentra (Chicago), a gritty alternative to the city’s splashy superclubs.

The winners of the Club World Awards will be determined by an independent panel of expert judges, and will be announced in March 23, 2005 at The Club World Awards ceremony held during Winter Music Conference in Miami, Florida. Joining this year’s panel of judges is DJ Times editor Jim Tremayne and world-renowned DJ/producer THE SCUMFROG.

The special edition January 2005 issue of Club Systems International will profile all 61 nominees. For a copy of this issue, please contact Betty Kang. For a complimentary industry subscription to CSI, please go to: and fill out the provided form. A full list of nominees is included below.

Watch for more information about “The Club World Awards Stalk South Beach Sweepstakes.” Club Systems International will be giving away a trip for two to the Winter Music Conference, including airfare, hotel, two badges, and the chance to present the NightStalker Award at the ceremony. This is “the chance for real NightStalkers to take the trip of a lifetime.” 

Club Systems International is the only magazine in North America dedicated to the look, sound, and feel of nightclubs. Launched in July 2000 to instant acclaim, the monthly publication covers the world’s best venues from a technical & aesthetic perspective. Club Systems International and sister publication DJ Times are published by Testa Communications.

For info about the Club World Awards (interviews with nominees, press photos and WMC Awards show event info), please contact Betty Kang | Plexi PR – | 718.729.6550.


    Best Superclub
    • Avalon, Boston
    • crobar, New York
    • Mansion, Miami
    • Sound-Bar, Chicago

    Best Club
    • Cielo, New York
    • Ice, Las Vegas
    • South Beach, Houston
    • The Church, Denver

    Best Lounge
    • BarTwenty3, Nashville
    • Pearl, Providence
    • Tabú, Las Vegas
    • The Abbey, West Hollywood

    Best New
    • Compound, Atlanta
    • Fur, Washington, D.C.
    • Lotus/Karma, Denver
    • Vinyl, Denver

    Best Sound System
    • Mansion Miami, Phazon & Sound Investment
    • Quo New York, Advanced Audio Technology
    • Rain Las Vegas, Infinite Audio
    • Vinyl Denver, GC Pro & Speed of Sound

    Best Lighting System
    • Blush Burlingame, Rutherford Design
    • crobar New York, SJ Lighting
    • Ontourage Chicago, Hospitality Design Group & Windmiller Sound
    • V20 Long Beach, Akroz Professional

    Best Video System
    • crobar New York, Artfag & V Squared Labs
    • Teatro Las Vegas, Realisations & Tihany Design
    • V20 Long Beach, Akroz Professional
    • Vinyl Denver, GC Pro & Speed of Sound

    Best Interior Design
    • Blush Burlingame, FUN Display/Mr. Important
    • crobar New York, BigTime Design & ICRAVE Design Studio
    • Fluid San Francisco, ODA Design Associates
    • Lotus Tampa, Slick Design
    • Mansion Miami, Francois Frossard Design 

    Best Party
    • Altered State Detroit
    • Anthem Miami, Michael Tronn Enterprises
    • Asseteria New York, Rob Promotions
    • Cubik Washington, D.C., Buzzlife
    • Mixed Elements San Francisco

    Best Resident DJ
    • Behrouz, Pure Behrouz at Ruby Skye
    • David Harness, Sunday T-Dance at The EndUp
    • DJ Cubanito, Café Con Leche at South Beach
    • Francois K, Deep Space at Cielo

    Best DJ Product
    • Denon DN-S1000
    • PVDJ (by Peavey) DAI
    • Rane Serato Scratch Live
    • Technics SL-DZ1200

    Best Sound Product or Series
    • Dynacord Alpha Concept Series
    • JBL Dance Series
    • Martin Audio W8LM
    • Turbosound Aspect Series

    Best Lighting Product or Series
    • American DJ Accu 250 Series
    • Chauvet Legend 250RX
    • High End Systems DL2
    • Martin Professional MAC 250 Entour

    Best Video Product
    • High End Systems Digital Eye
    • Korg krossfour
    • Pioneer DVJ-X1
    • ScreenPlay Video Jukebox

    Best Effect Product
    • CITC Little Blizzard
    • Jem Hydra
    • LFI DPSS Rainbow
    • OmniSistem PyroFog

    Best LED Product
    • Color Kinetics iColor Flex SL
    • Elation Professional Octopod 80
    • Main Light Soft-LED
    • Pulsar ChromaFlood200

    NightStalker Award
    • Rise, Boston
    • Stereo, Montreal
    • Sullivan Room, New York
    • Zentra, Chicago


Words by Betty Kang