China has a reputation for creating fakes, some more convincing than others, but they really seem to have outdone themselves this time with a counterfeit club that has managed to deceive even DJs.
Singapore’s Zouk is one of the most popular nightclubs in all of Asia, featuring performances from some of the biggest DJs from around the globe. Meanwhile, “Zouk Changsha,” despite its name, has no relation to the famous Singapore club, which would come as quite the surprise for many DJs who have spun a show there in the past.
Posters for the club in Hunan’s capital of Changsha feature the Zouk logo and even tout Zouk’s No. 6 world ranking in the 2016 DJ Mag club polls.
The branding has been enough for the club to pull in some global DJs. South Korean DJ Jangil Han, aka Reverse Prime, told Mashable that he had no idea “Zouk Changsha” was not actually an official Zouk branch when he played a show there in August 2016.
“How could I know (if it was) real or fake?” he asked.
Zouk Singapore has actually been aware of the copycat club and has filed a complaint with authorities in Changsha, leading to raid in July 2016 that seems to have caused the club to change its name to “Zook” instead.
Following the slight name change, it’s not clear if Zouk plans to pursue the matter further. “We are exploring our options at the moment,” a club spokesman told The Straits Times.
[Image via Facebook // h/t Mashable]
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