Pioneers of events such as Electric Daisy Carnival – North America’s largest electronic music festival – and the thirty-two acres of full on, alfresco raving at the electronic utopia that is Hard Summer, our friends in Los Angeles are certainly no strangers to Electronic Dance Music. They’ve been bringing us the best beats since the late 80s and LA remains the pace-setter for all things electronic to this day.
That said, with EDM rapidly gaining pace around the world and the movement of Electric Daisy Carnival from its LA home, we’re left wondering what’s still hot on the California electronic scene – after all, we wouldn’t want you adorning those glow sticks for just anything…
Hyde Bellagio is, quite simply, Hollywood personified; a highly exclusive elite bachelor pad, which, unless you’re David Guetta or Cameron Diaz, will require some serious powers of persuasion if you’re aiming to gain access. Its capacity can’t contain more than 100 partygoers, but this only seems to heighten the allure and, most importantly, it still remains a hotspot for up-and-coming dance and electronic acts. Once you’re in, look out for ‘Adam 12’, a Hyde regular and LA native whose euphoric melodies have seen him rise to fame as the personal DJ of Barack Obama no less.
8029 W Sunset Blvd
The Standard Rooftop
Incognito, an events organiser promoting deep house and techno, have been selling out events since 2007, and what better place to experience this EDM explosion than at the Art Deco paradise that is The Standard Rooftop. Outdoor raving is given a seriously smart make-over here, where dark and dirty beats are fused with breathtaking views across LA at ‘Moonlight’, their regular rooftop pool party which, if you can get yourself on the guest list, is one rave you won’t want to miss.
550 S Flower St (6th St)
Whether you’re a hardcore fan of nu-electro, house, dub or techno, or perhaps less well-versed in the niche EDM scene, this nightclub of historic proportions is one in which electronic purists and mainstreamers can share the dance floor – if only to attend one of the longest running club nights in America – Saturday night’s ‘Avaland’. Expect to find big names such as Roger Sanchez and Paul Oakenfold amongst the huge party-centric crowds at Avalon, all taking advantage of the unique (to LA at least) 24-hour licence.
10951 Pico Blvd #319, Los Angeles
The first collaboration between the masterminds behind Electric Daisy Carnival and SBE (of Greystone Manour and Emerson Theater fame) was always going to make waves, but given that this brand new EDM nightlub, Create, is not only on a mission to play host to only the most innovative and groundbreaking electronica, but also branch out into fashion, film and design as well, it seems that they’re as well-deserved as they are unsurprising. Also, unlike many nightclubs of this calibre, Create allows you to skip the stress of queuing and buy tickets online for their Friday and Saturday night events.
6021 Hollywood Blvd
Rage, LA’s hottest, most iconic gay nightclub takes cocktail clubbing to new heights, where Hollywood comes looking for love to an electro pop soundtrack. Fun, outlandish dancing is not just a suggestion, but a pre-requisite for entry into this West Hollywood institution, where no one cares who you are, (a rarity in the Hollywood scene), just as long as you’re up for a good time. If you like your electronica on the sweeter side, then a night at Rage’s Saturday night dance party, where Brooklyn-based DJ Salvador’s ‘electrosonic’ soundscapes fill the air, should be top of your list.
8911 Santa Monica Blvd (San Vicente)
Electro Hipsters will feel at home in Lure, where a highly stylized interior provides the perfect setting for some cutting-edge Indie Electronica. In a much more intimate environment than most of Hollywood’s electronic music venues, the atmosphere at Lure is very much of the sleek and sexy variety. If you’re looking to escape the ‘fist-pumping scene’ and settle down with something a little more sultry, be sure to attend the weekly ‘Private Label Night’ – an exiting new venture looking to put underground, indie-electronica artists on the map.
1439 Ivar Avenue, Los Angeles
Words by Emily Talbot
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