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Jakarta's Clubscene

It's quite funny, peoples perceptions of Jakarta are of this 3rd world hole,
which just isn't the case. Even given it's economic problems, there are a whole lot of very rich people here who love to party.

13 May 2001

It's quite funny, peoples perceptions of Jakarta are of this 3rd world hole, which just isn't the case.

Even given it's economic problems, there are a whole lot of very rich people here who love to party.

Fortunatly for us small fry, they build the clubs and we party in them!

Depending on your style you can get anything from funky house, garage, hip hop, hardhouse, anything really. Not a lot of trance to be found. Mostly down beat well known stuff. But certainly enough to keep us all entertained.

I played a club called Retro last week end, and these guys host a few international gigs. Last month they had Tim Lyall from slinky playing, and also Binary Finary live! Was totally wicked.

The scene is still young here, but certainly getting bigger.

There are 2 sorts of clubs here. One type connected to Hotels , like Retro is connected to the Crowne plaza , and then you have your "super clubs" which hold anything from 4000-6000 people on a single night.

Thats not in and out, thats holding capacity, so in a night, they would easily see 8000 coming through the doors. Very big and very sifty, so if you don't want to be noticed, you won't be.

So if anyone is heading for Jakarta then you are in for a nice little treat. (be warned the bigger hardhouse clubs can play some cheesy tracks and also bring ear plugs, as certain clubs or you ears may bleed. A tad overboard)