This past week marked the return and reopening of Marquee Nightclub in New York City, and what an amazing grand opening it was! The extravagant nightclub is truly an experience for the senses, and what better line-up for the launch week then a line-up for all crowds with Dubfire, Chuckie, and Sharam? Read on for House4DJ’s full review, as we were luckily able to attend the grand opening of Marquee New York!
On first impression walking up to Marquee, the most noticeable things were the red carpet and velvet ropes at the entrance. If it was any sort of indicator to the star treatment that all of the guests must experience, we would have guessed correctly. The hospitality at Marquee was out of this world, something not frequently experienced at a typical New York City nightclub (and nightclubs are everywhere in NYC). Every staff member, from VIP and bartenders to security guards are friendly and courteous, and they will straight up ask you if you are enjoying yourself and having fun! From the entrance you are escorted to coat check, and eventually into the nightclub itself; it doesn’t matter if you’re VIP or general admission, everyone is treated with respect! The crowd itself is a beautiful sight, as the venue is very exclusive, with a classy crowd consisting of models and very well dressed people. The best part about it all is that everyone there, VIP or not, was there for the music and dancing.
The club itself is made of sights and sounds that you really have to experience yourself to believe: from the phenomenal Funktion One sound system that can withstand any bass and boom (as Dubfire proved by putting it to the test), to the disco ball surrounded by a cage of lights, lasers, and actual marquee-like screens around, above, and behind the DJ booth, Marquee’s foundation is a sensory overload. Adding to the experience are the dancers that can be found on catwalks surrounding the club. At any given moment, you can expect to see at least 5 dancers around you, and after their sets they are constantly switched out by 5 more! The costumes are also extravagant, ranging in anything from bright neon funkadelic spandex to black and white checkered costumes with gold unicorn horns (this really reminded us of Marquee in Las Vegas, which was a nice added touch).
The public grand opening party on January 18th was headlined by none other than the techno king Dubfire himself, who has finally made his triumphant return to New York City (the last two Dubfire parties in the area were sadly shut down) and giving us all the mind blowing set we have been longing for! Starting off the night right was New York City’s own Sleepy & Boo, the duo that heads Basic NYC, the promotional team large in part for bringing Dubfire and other tech house/deep house/techno legends to Marquee on their resident Friday nights! Dropping nothing but funky and groovy tunes all night (including Joris Voorn’s remix to Swedish House Mafia’s Don’t You Worry Child, which we went nuts for) set the tone right for Dubfire, who took over the decks around 1:30am for a tremendous set.
Notorious for playing massive and technical live sets, Dubfire’s set at Marquee could have stood up against his recent set from this year’s BPM Festival (we personally found his set to be one of the best from BPM, although the music there overall was unparalleled to others). Dropping tracks heard recently from his release called A Transmission, as well as plenty of jaw-dropping IDs (one of them a bomb of a track that sounds like it may have been produced by The Junkies – more on this release soon), it goes without saying that New York City finally got to see and hear Dubfire the way they’ve deserved!
On the following Friday January 25, H4DJ saw the Yoshitoshi label boss Sharam take control at Marquee for another unforgettable night of music. Dropping nothing but groove and funk all night, Sharam’s raw set was chock full of beats and bass, and it was great to see a crowd that danced non-stop all night! Vocals were few and far between, but when acapellas were dropped, they were classics like Jodeci’s R&B classic Freak’n You (the hook at the end) and John Creamer & Stephane K’s I Wish You Were Here. Sharam also wowed the crowd by dropping a personal favorite, Don’t Say A Word. A nice added twist to this event was that the VIP sections on the main floor were cut smaller, and the balconies upstairs that were open to all during the Dubfire event were held exclusively for VIP only, giving the main floor more space to dance without crowding people’s tables, allowing the VIP more intimacy as well.
Unfortunately we weren’t able to attend the event with Chuckie, but it is safe to say that the revamped Marquee is definitely going to be one of New York City nightlife’s biggest hot spots! The partially revealed line-up for the next few weeks at Marquee is stellar, and we can’t wait to see what surprises are in store over the next few months!
A big thank you to Marquee and all involved for letting House4DJ.com attend these events, and stay tuned for more information and reviews on Marquee New York. Have a look below at the upcoming dates and events at this awesome nightclub!
Upcoming Events @ Marquee
Wed. 1/30 – DJ Vice
Fri. 2/1 – Tiefschwarz
Sat. 2/2 – Gareth Emery
Wed. 2/6 – David Guetta
Fri. 2/8 – Danny Howells
Fri. 2/15 – Hernan Cattaneo
Fri. 2/22 – James Zabiela
Photo Credit: Andrew Rauner / Bryan Bedder / Chris Pearce – Marquee NY