francis: i do not see how clicking a button to vote for a club vs. tattooing a club's logo on your body equates to "the same thing" as you said...
...i would strongly re-think that one.
martin, what you call 'my opinion' is what a lot (but not all) of others interpret as fact. i am not personally claiming it to be fact, but these are objective observations i have made, as a fan of stereo. nothing more.
stereo simply did not push their dj mag promo this year AS MUCH AS THEY HAVE IN PREVIOUS YEARS. period. circus had banners, created so many friggin' ads for it, i unliked them specifically because my newsfeed was FLOODED with stupid invites inviting me to vote vote vote! for them. not to mention the countless event invites, too. i was getting so many random friend requests from people with the word "circus" in their name. it got so annoying, and it is not necessary to go to those annoying lengths to acquire votes. it works, but it is annoying as fuck.
sure, stereo did post quite a bit on FB, trying to get votes, but circus' determination/efforts/promo tactics far outweighed stereo's this year. if you can't see that, you are blind man. i even asked maher what the club was doing to enhance their dj mag promo...if i have to ask him, it clearly means i am not seeing it myself, on my own.
it became very clear to me that this year, circus simply CARED A LOT MORE about their ranking in this poll than stereo did. that's all.
and also i am speaking as a FAN/CLIENT here, not as a DJ, manager, agent, employee, maher's girlfriend, whatever...
...my opinion (& i think it could be a fact also) is that neither circus NOR stereo is the 19th best club in the entire universe. period.
Afterhours is a state of mind, but significantly, it's more a state of 'I don't mind'. A determined continuation, contentment and relief that 'it ain't over yet!' An injection of music into attitude and occasion which creates an emotional wave forth that isolates globally, a ringing harmonic, a signal to a like-minded collective that 'we are only us'.