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Jakarta’s Wildest Superclub Shut Down





Indonesian authorities have closed down seminal Jakarta night-club Stadium following a ‘drug-related death’ of an off-duty cop who went partying there.


The Jakarta Globe said the cop was one of four young officers who went partying, at the 5,000 capacity multi-level mega-club and took drugs, believed to be methamphetamine.


Jakarta acting governor, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, vowed to close the legendary club permanently following earlier drug related incidents.


“We warned them we would shut them down if they were caught for a second time. They were caught and they said it was only one time — that is disrespectful. Now we have really got them,” he said.


Opening in 1998, the club, in the heart of Jakarta’s red light district became infamous internationally for both its unrivalled decadence and fantastic underground music policy which saw DJs including the likes of Luciano, Sasha, Scuba, Danny Howells, Funk D’Void and scores more international DJs playing whenever they were in town.


Speaking on Twitter following the announcement, Joris Voorn labelled it ‘one of the best places I’ve ever played. Hands down.’


“I can’t believe Stadium Jakarta is shut down,” he added, “That place was by the craziest club I’ve seen in my life.”


Eats Everything agreed.


“I had a very long night there . . . my kind of place,” he said also on Twitter.


I DJed there in 2010 and was struck by how busy it was (my set was at 1am on a Sunday night), the wild, decadent euphoric atmosphere that permeated the whole club and the top quality sound system in the packed 1,000 capacity plus fourth floor main dance-floor. Stadium was without question one of the world’s greatest clubs.










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