While compiling our annual Nightlife Awards nominees (which we'll be announcing any day now...) the dearth of mega-clubs in NYC felt more apparent to us than ever before. Cro-bar, Limelight, Palladium, Tunnel, The Roxy, Sound Factory etc. are long-gone and nothing else has come along but... Pacha? What happened? There are lots of medium-size clubs (Cielo, Boom Boom, Lavo, Santos, Sullivan Room) plus there are small lounges and hybrid venues like Brooklyn Bowl, Webster Hall and Le Poisson Rouge, but that's it. The really big crowds have moved on. It seems they would rather go to a warehouse in Williamsburg or to Las Vegas, where nine of the 10 highest-grossing clubs in the USA now reside and where you can see the world's top DJs every night -- and you can gamble! And they're also going to huge venues that once housed only sporting events and Rolling Stone concerts like MetLife Stadium (Electric Daisy Carnival), Randall's Island (Electric Zoo) and Madison Square Garden (Swedish House Mafia's playing a supposed final set there in March 2013). Which brings us to the latest of what we'll call super-mega clubs, Sensation, which is coming to Barclays Center on Friday, October 26th and Saturday, October 27th. The party originated in the Netherlands and our Rebecca Smeyne covered its massive Dutch edition for PAPER this summer, describing it as a cross between Cirque du Soleil and a megaclub. Saturday night sold out in two hours -- before the DJs were even announced -- and the cheapest tickets still available cost $150. People, apparently, are just really hungry for a big party. The video above should give you an idea of what to expect. And, yes, attendees must wear all-white. Interested? Tickets for Friday night are still available here.
Thumbnail photo by Rebecca Smeyne