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The Vinyl Word

By Olivia Wycech  /  Contributing reporter

The closing of Luxy ends an era for Taipei’s nightclubs.

Photo courtesy of Lorenzo

All good things come to an end, and this is true for Luxy. The club announced on its Facebook page this week that it’s closing its doors.

While the club didn’t say why it’s closing, it’s no secret that clubs all over Taipei have recently been under intense scrutiny by authorities, and that can’t be good for business.

Over the last 12 years, the iconic club has helped turn Taipei into the clubbing Mecca that it is today, earning it a reputation within the international DJ and dance music community. Luxy was the first club in Taipei to import international DJs, and has since hosted artists from several different genres: Armin Van Buuren, Steve Aoki, Tiesto, Paul Van Dyk, and Ferry Corsten have all played there, as have Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, LMFAO — and the list goes on.

Jon Jenkins, one of the co-founders of Boom Events, worked almost exclusively with Luxy because he felt a strong sense of family culture there.

“Luxy has become a legend,” he said. “It is a classic international spot, where partygoers of a wide age range have been making memories ... We are constantly meeting people around Asia, and even people who haven’t partied for years, that have stories about the crazy memories they have inside Luxy.”

Luxy, a portmanteau of luxury and sexy, pushed boundaries, took risks and defied expectations, and it was the first club in Taipei to do this. Through its music, its concepts and its performances by Luxy Girls and Luxy Boys, it transitioned the city from one five years behind the music industry, to one that competes with the world’s top clubs. It paved the way for similar clubs to open and created a city rich with options and diversity in music culture. And while those clubs came and went, none ever came close to challenging Luxy’s legendary status.

“Luxy reinvented Taiwan’s standard for nightlife entertainment. It took a regular night out on the town and provided partygoers with an escape to something that exceeded global expectations,” said Royal Chiou, who has been throwing parties at Luxy for 11 years.

Dominik Tyliszczak, who has been deejaying at the club since its inception, still remembers his big opener for Plump DJs.

“It was my first time opening for a top 100 DJ and it was a massive night. There were people up to the rafters and it was a bit different musically than I am normally used to playing. I was so nervous that I couldn’t stop shaking. I kept freaking out until I had a good puke back stage. Then it was amazing,” he said.

And with that, it is with heavy hearts that we bid farewell to Luxy.

“It wasn’t a fad of nightlife in Taipei... Luxy was a landmark. It’s an icon.” Jenkins said.

■ Luxy’s final week begins Wednesday with Vega’s last hurrah, 5F, 201, Zhongxiao E Rd Sec 4, Taipei City (台北市忠孝東路四段201號5樓). Admission: free for ladies, NT$600 with two drinks for gents. The final weekend is March 20 and 21 from 10:30pm to 4:30am and cover is NT$700 and includes two drinks.

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