This year marks the 25th anniversary of UK dance publication DJ Mag. The magazine which launched in 1991 has been through many different dance music trends, DJ's, clubs and events over the past 25 years and is as strong as ever. Worth a celebration then that is for sure...
The world’s biggest dance music media brand, DJ Magazine (DJ Mag), will publish its 25th anniversary issue on 28th April with a special edition focused on 25 electronic music pioneers from the past 25 years, alongside retrospectives on the technology, clubs, and genres that have impacted on dancefloors over the past quarter of a century. The 25th anniversary issue will feature the 25 pioneers on the cover, details of which will be released on the eve of publication.
To celebrate this significant achievement, DJ Mag has also announced a series of 25th anniversary events across the UK and in Ibiza running into summer 2016. The first 25th anniversary party will take place on 27th April at Phonox, London in association with Fabio & Grooverider (the d&b duo will also be celebrating their 25 year career that evening): https://www.residentadvisor.net/event.aspx?804531.
On Saturday 30th April will see DJ Mag take over Egg LDN with a line-up featuring Dennis Ferrer and Tania Vulcano. All DJ sets will be streamed live via DJmag.com.
Space, Ibiza will then host the biggest DJ Mag 25th birthday event to date on 30th June. The line-up will be announced soon.
“It’s quite a milestone, electronic dance music was traditionally seen as disposable and throwaway, so for us to have stuck around for a quarter of a century — especially in the current publishing climate — is quite an achievement,” said Carl Loben, editor of DJ Magazine. “Over the years DJ Mag has tried to reflect the whole spectrum of the music, which has grown exponentially since we’ve been alive. All contributors past and present, not to mention everyone who plays a part in our scene, have helped make the mag what it is today — the leading global publishing brand in electronic music.”
The 25th anniversary issue is on sale from Thursday 28th April, and available in the delegate bags at Sonar in Barcelona, the International Music Summit (IMS) in Ibiza, the Asia Music Conference in China and beyond.
ABOUT DJ MAG
The 25th anniversary is a key moment in the history of DJ Magazine. What began in 1991 as a print title for DJs and dance music fans in the UK is now an internationally-recognised media brand, with global platforms spanning print, digital media, video, awards (Top 100 DJs Poll, Top 100 Clubs, DJ Mag Tech Awards), tours, events, and live music streaming.
DJ Mag has helped launch the careers of many of the top names in electronic music, including Underworld, Basement Jaxx, Mylo, Maya Jane Coles, Justice, Tiesto, Hardwell and many more. The magazine gave the first major magazine covers to artists including Swedish House Mafia, David Guetta, Deadmau5, Eric Prydz, and has maintained an evolving focus on successive ‘underground’ scenes that have since become global phenomenons.
DJMag.com has in excess of 800,000 unique monthly users, 5 million monthly page views, 345,000 Twitter followers, and over 2 million Facebook fans. In addition to the UK print title, there are 10 DJ Mag international editions covering America, Latin America, Spain, France, Italy, Netherlands, Turkey, China, India, and South East Asia.
Top 100 DJs Poll is the world’s biggest music poll, attracting 1 million annual voters from over 200 countries around the world. The voting runs from June until September, before the results are announced to a global audience in October. Over 40,000 people attend the awards in Amsterdam, while over 7 million access the live video streams, and the #Top100DJs is a No.1 global trending topic.
Also held annually, DJ Mag’s Top 100 Clubs Poll 2016 powered by Miller Genuine Draft is the definitive list of the best clubs on earth – from small intimate venues to huge, large-scale temples to electronic music. Over 450,000 votes were counted this year, and there was a new winner, Space Ibiza. The results were unveiled via a social media countdown on DJ Mag’s Twitter and Facebook.
The DJ Mag Tech Awards is the benchmark guide to the best DJ and production technology, as voted for by DJ Mag readers worldwide. The annual poll is run through a Facebook voting system and announced in DJ Mag’s Tech special each September. The 2015 edition attracted over 50,000 votes.
WHAT THE DJ'S SAY ABOUT DJ MAG
“Pre-internet, DJ Mag was at the heart of all communication about the scene. Aside from two hours of Jeff Young or Pete Tong on a Friday night on Radio 1 there was no way of finding out about new tunes, fashions or DJs except by word of mouth — or pirate radio if you lived in London. People like me would read it cover to cover religiously to keep abreast. Over the years it has been the barometer of what was going on and helped shape and build the industry.”
“DJ Mag has been the essential bible for DJs and dance music fanatics alike for more than a generation, and continues to dig deeply and incisively into our world.”
“It’s important it is still here. I still use it as a resource for finding out about music, and whatever people say about the Top 100 it is a big yearly event and getting the top spot was a great moment in my career — something I still cherish, actually.”
“DJ Mag has followed the scene completely, they’ve been there through it all. The mad thing is in the beginning the magazine was just about DJ gear, what DJs did for day jobs, but then the rave scene happened and that's when DJ Mag happened, as there was more to talk about. The scene is still going strong, and DJ Mag are still here. It’s a bible for DJs, especially with the Top 100, and it’s stood the test of time.”