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A UK nightclub has once again been included in a list of the best in the world, showing why it’s one of the most popular places for clubbers in the country.

The list, published by DJ Mag, detailed the 100 best places for a night out all over the planet.

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The nightclub in Bristol was one of the highest rated in the worldCredit: Facebook
Artists like Deadmau5 are set to perform there this year

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Artists like Deadmau5 are set to perform there this yearCredit: Getty – Contributor
The club is housed in a former Victorian gasworks

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The club is housed in a former Victorian gasworksCredit: Facebook

While five venues from London made the cut, it’s another place in Bristol that people may be surprised to see among the top clubs in the world.

Motion has a capacity of 4,000 and welcomes internationally renowned DJs on a regular basis.

The club used to be a Victorian gasworks and was later turned into a skatepark.

It began hosting parties in 2006 and was eventually converted into a nightclub until 2015.

Since then, huge names in the world of dance music have performed there, including artists like The Chemical Brothers.

Motion came 33rd on the annually-published list of the best nightclubs, with DJ Mag impressed by the number of live acts it is able to attract, as well as its exciting plans for the future.

The magazine said: “Motion has aged well. It used to be enough for the skatepark-turned-warehouse venue to rely on little more than its austere appearance, big DJ bookings and Funktion-One speakers.

“But that was pre-pandemic, and Motion has since had to fight for its survival by inviting more live acts to perform there, making better use of its space, and winning the right to keep its noise levels the same. 

“A manager for the club said that now the team are working to make Motion an even more immersive clubbing experience, with a 360 degree stage and ceiling screens, while also looking at how they can use Motion’s worldwide renown to encourage revellers to attend other grassroots venues around the city. “

Upcoming events at the nightclub include the likes of Canadian producer and DJ Deadmau5 and a Back to the 90s Festival featuring Dave Pearce, Seb Fontaine, Sonique and others.

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The club will be hoping its plans for the future can help it climb back up the list, with it featuring as high as 11th back in 2019.

The overall rankings are decided by voters from 229 territories across the planet, who picked their favourite venues.

Motion was unsurprisingly voted the best club in Bristol earlier this year, but it’s not the only night spot worth visiting in the city.

Secret Bristol claimed that “nowhere knows how to party like Bristol” while listing several other clubs revellers can head to for a night out.

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In second spot was Thekla, which featured on TV show Skins and is famous for being on a boat.

It has previously hosted huge names like Massive Attack and Roni Size.

The Crofters Rights, Cosies and Lakota completed the top five venues to head to in Bristol.

Meanwhile, back in the list of the top clubs in the world, the highest ranking in the UK was The Warehouse Project at Depot Mayfield, Manchester which came sixth.

Fabric in London came just behind in seventh, with only Ibiza having more places in the top 10 than the UK, with three venues on the famous party island included.

Meanwhile, these are the best and worst places in the country for a night out.

And this UK club closed its doors after being branded the worst in Europe.

Motion in Bristol hosts a capacity of 4,000 people

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Motion in Bristol hosts a capacity of 4,000 peopleCredit: Facebook
The nightclub has impressive plans for the future including a 360 degree stage

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The nightclub has impressive plans for the future including a 360 degree stageCredit: Facebook

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