New Brussels nightclub wants to become Europe’s biggest

Brussels nightclub LIFT, set to open this autumn in the Quai des Usines along the canal, hopes to become the largest nightclub in Europe.

The owners are pulling out all the stops to achieve the ambitious goal, from big artists to an extravagant venue, Bruzz reports.

“We want to bring the atmosphere of the big clubs in Ibiza and Miami to Belgium,” founder Olivier Da Silva explained.

With an area of 1360m2 and a capacity of 2,000 people, LIFT aims to lift the reputation of Brussels nightlife.

A sound-proof bunker to avoid noise nuisance

The nightclub already had 20 lasers, 500 light effects and pyrotechnics, and an expensive sound system installed in the space.

“This is of an unprecedented level in Belgium, and we hope to be able to bring the best quality for our partygoers,” said Phillipe De Ryck, ambassador of LIFT.

In order to avoid noise nuisance, LIFT has installed double concrete walls and blinded safety doors: “It is a real sound bunker,” said Da Silva.

Besides the impressive venue, LIFT also wants to show off the biggest names in the music industry.

“We keep the music very international, we don't want to stick to one style. The more diverse, the better,” said De Ryck. The programme will be announced this autumn.

Striving for safety amid backlash against nightlife sector

Brussels’ nightlife sector has been in the news often lately as women clubgoers share harrowing accounts of sexual assault and harrassment, and a lack of preventative action taken by clubs.

LIFT says they want to keep the atmosphere as safe as possible for its partygoers and staff. During a press conference, they emphasised their safety ethics.

“One person from our team has completely focused on the safety of both staff and visitors,” said De Ryck. Everyone in the room, he stressed, will have a radio to report any problems immediately.

“We have absolute zero tolerance for undesirable behaviour and intimidation. That will be dealt with harshly.”

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LIFT will run shuttle buses to various sites in Brussels and are working with the company MODERN CAR to offer a luxury service for VIPs and clients of large hotel chains.

“Brussels should become not only the administrative but also the party capital of Europe. We dream of reaching the level of the big clubs of Ibiza, Miami, Berlin or Saint-Tropez,” said Da Sliva.

“I am convinced that Brussels has the potential to become a reference in European nightlife.”

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