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“Sleeping giant” Oates to lead Candypants expansion

Candypants, a UK-born “global lifestyle party brand” which organised more than 400 shows in 2019, has appointed Gatecrasher co-founder Simon Oates as director of group strategy.

Candypants organises club nights and day parties in UK, Europe, North America and the Middle East. Alongside CEO Ray Chan, Oates is tasked with growing the Leeds-based company’s business over the next five years, following its best-ever 12 months in 2019.

Gatecrasher – the biggest clubbing brand in the world during its ’90s heyday – had nine superclubs across the UK and organised shows for tens of thousands of ravers, including huge new year’s eve events and major festivals in the UK and Australia.

Oates left Gatecrasher in 2006 and has since run bars and VIP areas for festivals including Download, Electric Picnic, Isle of Wight Festival, Reading Festival and Radio 1’s Big Weekend.

“He brings a great mix of leadership, inspiration, operational experience and very technical breadth”

“Simon is a sleeping giant in the industry with a widely regarded worldwide background and a track record of working with high-growth late night-sector companies,” comments Chan. “He also co-founded global phenomenon Gatecrasher in 1995, with 400 shows a year across 30 countries, including the US, Asia, Europe, South America, Russia, Japan and New Zealand…”

“He brings a great mix of leadership, inspiration, operational experience and very technical breadth, with a creative eye on brand development. He’s done it all.”

At Candypants, Oates will work to “develop Candypants as a multi-faceted event and entertainment brand, while maintaining it as the leading experiential daytime and late-night events company in the Middle East and across Europe, and continue to grow their global footprint and group,” according to a company statement.

He will also seek to drive business to other areas of the Candypants group, including fashion, music, marketing and video production, venue management, festivals, concierge and corporate hospitality.

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US has most great clubs, but soon-to-close Space Ibiza still world’s no1

Space, the Ibiza superclub which will close after 25 years at the end of this summer, has for the fourth time been voted the world’s №1 nightclub.

The venue, which last won the award in 2014, beat Green Valley in Balneário Camboriú, Brazil (last year’s winner); Ibiza’s Amnesia and Pacha; and Octagon in Seoul, South Korea, to top DJ Mag’s 2016 Top 100 Clubs poll.

Over 450,000 votes were cast worldwide.

For the first time in the poll’s history, the US has the highest number of ranked clubs (16), although its stand-out performer, Washington’s Echostage, could only manage number 13.

China proves that ‘superpower’ is an apt term for their club scene as well as their economy

Ibiza, long renowned as one of the world’s greatest party islands, remained “as strong as ever” with five clubs in the top 15 alone, but the biggest success stories came from Asia and the Middle East, with clubs in Indonesia (Coliseum in Jakarta), Thailand (Illuzion) and the UAE (Dubai’s White Club) ranking for the first time and China “proving that ‘superpower’ is an apt term for their club scene as well as their economy”, says DJ Mag.

Brazil has seven clubs in the top 50, meaning the South American country’s position as “the most powerful emerging clubbing force in the world is safe for another year”, while Chinese Laundry in Sydney makes a return to the list after a year in which no Australian venues ranked in 2015.

The top 25 clubs are listed below, or view the view the full Top 100 at the DJ Mag website.

1) Space, Ibiza
2) Green Valley, Brazil
3) Amnesia, Ibiza
4) Pacha, Ibiza
5) Octagon, South Korea
6) Zouk, Singapore
7) Hakkasan, Las Vegas
8) Ushuia, Ibiza
9) Sirena, Brazil
10) BCM, Majorca
11) Papaya, Croatia
12) DC10, Ibiza
13) Echostage, Washington
14) Paradise Club, Mykonos
15) Fabric, London
16) Berghain/Panorama Bar, Berlin
17) Bootshaus, Cologne
18) Anzu, Brazil
19) Motion, Bristol
20) Noa Beach Club, Croatia
21) Warung, Brazil
22) Cavo Paradiso, Mykonos
23) Ministry of Sound, London
24) Guaba Beach Bar, Cyprus
25) Cocorico, Italy