Last month, Hardwell made the shocking announcement that he’d be taking a break from touring and making music for an indeterminate amount of time.
“Being Hardwell 24/7 leaves too little energy, love, creativity and attention for my life as a normal person to do so,” he wrote in a statement. “This is why I have decided to clear my schedule indefinitely to be completely liberated from targets, interviews, deadlines, release dates, etc.”
Voting for the 2016 edition of DJ Magazine’s Top 100 DJs Poll, the world’s biggest music ballot, is now open, and closes on
Wednesday 14th September at 11.59PM (BST / GMT+1)
The 2016 winner will be crowned at the Top 100 DJs Poll Awards on Wednesday 19th October at Amsterdam’s Heineken Music Hall; the show is the opening night of AMF, which is held during the Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE). The event will feature DJ sets from the world’s No.1 DJ, and some of the biggest names in global dance music.
The full rundown of the Top 100 DJs Poll will take place across DJ Mag’s Twitter and Facebook leading up to the No.1 reveal at midnight CET on the night of the awards. The Top 100 DJs Awards Party will then take place on Saturday 22nd October at London’s O2 Brixton Academy.
In 2016, the voting platform has been opened up to more territories, expanding the reach of the poll and ensuring it remains globally representative, whilst reflecting the new frontiers of international club culture. The app is now translated into Russian, Chinese and Japanese, in addition to seven other global languages. Voters in China will be able to verify their vote using Weibo – China’s biggest social media platform.
In 2015, the Top 100 DJs Poll saw almost one million votes cast from every country on the planet, and Belgium’s Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike became the first duo to win. Last year also saw 21 new entries and 3 re-entries.