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Capacity: 1,200

Digital first opened its doors upon Newcastle’s Times Square back in 2005 with one of the most powerful speakers in the North: a Funktion-One Dancestack, one of the UK’s very first to be installed. Flown over from Miami by the club owner Aaron Mellor, it set the bar high for UK club soundsystems.

Over the years, Digital has expanded with new ideas and concepts — the latest being the smaller Think Tank room tailored for emerging artists and live acts. They’ve also introduced a brand new Saturday night called Carnival Of Fools, experimenting with theatrical performances and playing with the idea of an immersive clubbing experience. The venue now consists of four rooms altogether, plus a VIP area that overlooks the main club.

Regular headliner bookings that consistently pack the dancefloor include Sven Väth, Peggy Gou, Loco Dice, Eric Prydz, and local hero Patrick Topping. It’s also the home of some of the city’s most treasured club nights including Ape-X and Shindig, also recently debuting the all-inclusive queer party he.she.they with Maya Jane Coles and Honey Dijon. Digital is a true gem of the North.



Location: Nescastle, UK

Capacity: 2,200


“Eight-hundred-and-seventy-four tonnes of solid concrete box enclosing four rooms of perfect Funktion One sound, two live stages, and an epic main clubroom,” says Aaron Mellor, Founder & MD of a genuine British treasure. 

Thirteen years young in 2018, if Newcastle’s DIGITAL is known for anything it’s breaking new ground. When the first parties were thrown here, circa 2005, DJ Mag was quick to apply the label ‘Fabric of the North’, and those who have been are unlikely to argue with us. At the time it was home to one of just three Funktion One system installs in the world, and this desire to create a club without compromise continues today.

While live stages add a different dimension to what’s possible once through the door, DJs still rule the roost. Hence Sven Väth, Fatboy Slim, Skream, Ben Klock, TQD and Leftfield, all making booth-side appearances in the last year alone, while residents Jacky, Cristoph, and Patrick Topping hold it down. Crews such as the legendary Shindig, Motion and Defected look to this address for their parties, and that famously full-throttle North East English party spirit. A jewel in the UK’s clubbing crown, we can’t imagine this poll without it.



Digital Newcastle DJ Mag  Top 100 Clubs 2017
Digital Newcastle DJ Mag Top 100 Clubs 2017

When DJ Mag travelled up to Newcastle for the opening night of Digital over a decade ago (opened by 2ManyDJs, who we flew up with from Global Gathering in a helicopter, no less), we immediately dubbed it ‘the Fabric of the north’. And it’s continued to live up to the hype, booking a plethora of quality DJs over the years to play in its cool futuristic environs.

Opened by the Tokyo Industries company (who also now have a stake in Church in Leeds), Digital has won a succession of awards over the years — including Best Large Club at DJ Mag’s Best Of British awards in 2010 — and consistently placed well in this Top 100 Clubs poll. Its sister club in Brighton may be no more (it’s now The Arch), but the original north-east blueprint is still thriving. Local boy made good, Patrick Topping hosts his regular Motion party at Digital, and recent guests have included legends such as Todd Terry and Sven Väth. In addition, DJ Mag is hosting an Apollonia special on Friday 5th May, with the acclaimed French trio ably supported by the Willers Brothers and the DJ Mag Allstars.