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The winners of the eighth Swiss Nightlife Award

30. January 2018

Awarded for the eighth time running, the Swiss Nightlife Award distinguishes individuals and institutions who have played an outstanding role in Swiss nightlife. This year’s winners include several well-known faces, such as the DJ duo Adriatique and Club Nordstern in Basel, as well as a number of exciting newcomers. In ten out of the twelve categories, the winners were determined entirely by public vote for the first time. 


This year, Zurich dominated the events category. Nachtseminar received the award for the 'Best Event Series', Mystica was voted the 'Best Event', and the award for the 'Best Big Event' went to the Terrazzza Horse Park Festival. 

The winners in the location categories were a little more geographically diverse. In the category 'THE Nightlife Bar', the U Bar in Vaud was nominated for the first time and secured the coveted award. Nordstern in Basel won the 'Best Club' distinction, and the Plaza in Zurich was voted the 'Best Big Club'. 

DJ Cruz (Best Open Format DJ) and Adriatique (Best Electronica DJ) expanded their collection of owls with wins in the DJ category. Nora en Pure (Best EDM DJ) scored her first award this year.

The award for the 'Best Festival' went to Openair Frauenfeld following two nominations in the last two years.

In two categories only, the winners were chosen by the Swiss Nightlife Award organising committee rather than the public. Every year, the 'White Owl Award' goes to individuals or institutions that do not fit any of the other categories but have made an important contribution to Swiss nightlife. This year, the award went to Les Belles de Nuit. The association champions equality by supporting women and other under-represented groups in the electronic music and culture scene. Daniel Allemann received the 'Lifetime Award' for many years of pioneering work in the field of drug checking, which has contributed considerably to making Switzerland a safe party environment. 

The Swiss newcomer Crimer opened the event with a spectacular show complete with 80s sound and dancing. Further musical highlights included Veronica Fusaro from Thun and the Swedish artist Nano, who performed his hit song 'Hold On'.

After the award ceremony and a standing dinner, the evening continued with an after-show party at Härterei. Our winners and guests let loose together and danced the night away to sets by Ronald Grauer and Ilona Maras.


The winners at a glance:

Best Event Serie: Nachtseminar (ZH)

Best Event: Mystica (ZH)

Best Big Event: Terrazzza Horse Park Festival (ZH)

Best Open Format DJ: DJ Cruz (ZH)

Best EDM DJ: Nora en Pure (ZH)

Best Electronica DJ: Adriatique (ZH)

THE Nightlife Bar: U Bar (VD)

Best Club: Nordstern (BS)

Best Big Club: Plaza (ZH)

Best Festival: Openair Frauenfeld (TG)

White Owl Award: Les Belles De Nuit

Lifetime Award: Daniel Allemann