Voting Opens For The Top 100 DJs Poll 2016
Voting is now open for the 2016 edition of the world’s biggest music poll, DJ Magazine’s Top 100 DJs Poll. Voting opened at midday BST today (6th July) and closes at 11.59pm BST on 14th September.
The 2016 winner will be crowned at the Top 100 DJs Poll Awards on 19th October at Amsterdam’s Heineken Music Hall; the show is the opening night of AMF held during the Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE). The event will feature DJ sets from the world’s No.1 DJ, and some of the biggest names in global dance music. Tickets are available now from amf-festival.com. The full rundown of the Top 100 DJs Poll will take place across DJ Mag’s Twitter and Facebook leading up to the No.1 reveal at midnight CET on 19th October. The magazine will then issue its special annual edition on 27th October.
The Top 100 DJs Awards Party will then take place on 22nd October at London’s O2 Brixton Academy. The 4500 capacity show is one of the British capital’s annual highlights, and a rare chance to see the world’s biggest DJs in the city. Tickets are available via: http://www.top100djslondon.com
The Top 100 DJs Poll is already the most globally representative poll of the world’s most popular DJs. However in 2016, the voting platform has been opened up to more territories, reflecting the new frontiers of international club culture. The app is now translated into Russian, Chinese (simplified) and Japanese, in addition to seven other global languages. Voters in China will be able to verify their vote using Weibo – China’s biggest social media platform. These changes should dramatically expand the reach of the poll and ensure it remains inclusive and globally representative.
In another tweak of the voting mechanism, voters will be invited to answer a research question – ‘What is the most important factor when choosing your Top 100 DJs Poll vote?. The multiple choice answers, which range from ‘DJ Ability’, to ‘Popularity’, will provide fascinating insight into what motivates the 1 million people expected to cast their Top 100 DJs Poll vote in 2016.
In 2015, the Top 100 DJs Poll saw almost one million votes cast from every country on the planet, and Belgian’s Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, become the first duo to win the annual Poll. 2015 saw 21 new entries, 3 re-entries, and 7 non-movers. Oliver Heldens was the Highest House DJ, up 22 places. Diplo moved into the Top 20, and also placed for his Jack U project (with Skrillex).
Drum & bass had two of its leading lights in the Poll last year— Andy C and Netsky. Non-EDM DJs continued to have something of a revival, reflecting the fact that dance music fans from other styles are re-engaging with the Top 100. Disclosure was one of the highest new entries, while techno maestro Richie Hawtin was up 39 places to No.51. Carl Cox held steady, Umek was up 5 and Flux Pavilion — who produced a humorous campaigning video – was a new entry at No.86.
The list of names outside the Top 100, made for interesting reading too. Jamie Jones, Maceo Plex, Marco Carola, Sasha, Paul Kalkbrenner, Loco Dice, Flosstradamus and Fatboy Slim were all in the next 50 – despite not campaigning for votes.
The Top 100 DJs Foundation (registered at the Dutch Chamber of Commerce No.61608947) is the official charity partner of Top 100 DJs. The foundation is an integral part of Top 100 DJs, enabling voters to engage in the causes that mean the most to them, and inviting dance music artists, DJs and fans to create a tangible and lasting impact. For 2016, the Top 100 DJs Foundation is working with ‘Mission Live Foundation’ and ‘The Ocean Cleanup’, all those interested must vote to find out more about how they can get involved
HISTORY OF THE POLL:
The Top 100 DJs Poll is a publicly voted poll that inspires fierce debate across the year with speculation on the world’s No.1 DJ, new entries and biggest climbers dominating online discussion and beyond.
The Top 100 DJs Poll began as an editorial feature in October 1993, to celebrate DJ Mag's 100th issue. It was predominantly UK-based at first, but when the poll was opened up to the international scene via website voting, it truly exploded. There have been a few attempts at imitation, but DJ Mag's Top 100 DJs Poll has remained the definitive list. As well as its significance for individual DJs, the Top 100 DJs Poll also documents the growth – or decline – of dance music scenes, reflecting the ebb and flow of genres as new sounds and scenes take hold and spread.
In 2014, Hardwell was crowned the No.1 DJ for the second consecutive year, toppling five-time No.1, Armin van Buuren. 2011’s winner was David Guetta. Other previous winners include Tiesto (three times), Paul van Dyk (twice), Paul Oakenfold (twice), Carl Cox (twice), Sasha and John Digweed.
The 2016 edition of AMF will be one to remember. Not only will it be bigger and louder, but the festival will also span over 5 days of events. This iconic festival is annually nestled in the heart of dance music’s most integral conference known as the Amsterdam Dance Event. Now in its fourth year, AMF will continue to exceed your expectations and showcase why Amsterdam is the counterpoint for all electronic music. AMF has expanded their horizons and collectively taken over the Amsterdam ArenA, the Heineken Music Hall, and the Ziggo Dome for the AMF week all contributing to making #AMF2016 the most immersive experience yet.
For over 20 years the Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) has grown into a globally renowned platform for the international dance and electronic music scene, attracting over 5,000 business professionals and 300,000 festival visitors from all around the globe. The festival is the perfect place to spot the latest musical trends and emerging talents, as well as hear the most recent work of both electronic music pioneers and current superstar acts. In addition to the extensive live line-up of ADE Festival, ADE Playground offers music enthusiasts a large and varied daytime program including exhibitions, in store promotions, pop-up stores and film screenings, in locations all over the city center. The business arm of the event (ADE Conference) is recognized as the most important of its kind, presenting a broad range of
conferences and networking opportunities that focus on music and technology, VJs & visuals, sustainability, harder dance styles, new talent and the education of students.
The ADE is organized by the Amsterdam Dance Event Foundation, an initiative of Buma. Official partner ADE: Samsung.
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