Owner and cofounder Giancarlino says a new venue is in the pipeline.
Legendary Rome club Goa is closing after 26 years.
Speaking to DJ Mag Italia, owner and cofounder Giancarlino said the venue is being demolished by property developers to make room for university classrooms. "We have done everything possible to stay where we are," he said, "but every proposal made has been rejected."
Before handing over the keys next month, Giancarlino is hosting several closing parties in October, including a grand finale on the 31st with Donato Dozzy, Eva Geist, Adiel and many more.
Later in the same interview, Giancarlino confirmed that a new venue is in the works, though details are still TBC. "For the new era of Goa we have identified two possible locations, very beautiful and larger than the current spaces," he said. "This will allow us to prepare a Goa Club 2.0 with a greater openness to art, including exhibition spaces, workshops and recording studios open during the day."
Giancarlino added that the current crop of Goa residents and regulars—including Adiel, GNMR, Domenico Rosa, Orli, Giammarco Orsini, Francesco Maria and Andrea Saba—will all be part of the new project.
Founded in 1996, Goa was the brainchild of Giancarlino, Danilo Proietti, Fabrizio Caccetta, Pierluigi Di Filippo and the late DJ Claudio Coccoluto, who died in March.
"We created Goa Club 26 years ago through a thousand sacrifices, we were young and with little money in our pockets," Giancarlino told DJ Mag Italia. "We found these warehouses behind the old general market and today only crazy people like us could have opened a place there and redeveloped the area of Via Libetta in that way. An area that, at the time, was completely bare and devoid of nightlife. I leave with many memories of affections and friends who have passed between these walls."
Check out the final parties, and read the DJ Mag Italia interview in full.
You can also read more about Goa's history and unique character in this feature from 2016.