Club Report: Skylounge @ Amway Center

Originally called 180 Grey Goose Lounge and then 180 Skytop Lounge, the new name for this mostly outdoor dance club is Skylounge at Amway Center.
We arrived last night near 11PM and walked into this on their outdoor patio.
When you see the SHADE marquee, you know it’s going to be a great night of Techno! Last night’s show was presented by SHADE and Vizion1.
In the perch at this early hour, DJ Matthias (USA).
Even at this early hour…..
He had the dance floor jammed!
If there’s a Techno show in town, there’s a good chance Matthias will be there. Over the past few years we’ve seen him playing at clubs such as Celine and Elixir.
Skylounge at Amway Center has a spectacular view of Interstate 4. Road geeks should not miss this.
Over on the other side of the expressway, new competitor Skybar on the 18th floor of the AC Hotel by Marriott has the height advantage. But their westward-facing view is actually a disadvantage because there’s not that much to see.
While the eastward-facing Skylounge gets a view of the entire downtown skyline!
Over in the corner, this tower changes colors each evening representing something significant. For instance, blue & white means there’s an Orlando Magic game taking place inside Amway Center. If we recall correctly, blue & blue means the Magic has squandered yet another first round draft pick.
Around midnight, shift change.
DJ Carlos Mendoza (USA)
The actual perpetrator of the SHADE brand!
Dance floor getting packed!
Techno brought out the crowd!
Carlos had the floor bouncing!
It does my heart proud to see how the “youngsters” have embraced electronic music. A dozen years ago Hip Hop dominated the American dance scene but here we are!
Carlos Mendoza is part of usually Techno-oriented “Sundown Sundays” each weekend at The Patio. Every Sunday night the long-running event features himself, DJ Dominick Morrison (USA) and guest local & internationally touring DJ’s.
Because of a cancelled flight followed by another delayed flight from Washington DC, the headliner was running late and there was concern she wouldn’t make it in time.
But at 1:43AM, her entourage arrived from MCO and pushed her through the cheering crowd!
And by 1:45AM, she was playing!
DJ Fatima Hajji (E)
And she went Hard Techno on us!
Dance floor packed!
Love on a rooftop!
Everyone so excited!
The Madrid-based DJ was also excited to finally get here after what was no doubt a grueling day.
She made it in time though and a good time was had by all.