Florida 135, a club with over a century of history. Florida 135 started its long career in 1880 with the typical Catalan name of “El Café Josepet”. Since then, it has metamorphosed into different forms and different names. It was a theatre, a cabaret café and even a cinema, with seating for 1,500 people. But over the years, it has retained an unbreakable association with the performing arts.
In 1985, the entire building was redesigned and Florida 135, as we know it today, was born. A street from the Bronx in the middle of Fraga. Its architect, Javier Regás, drew inspiration from films like Blade Runner and West Side Story to design “The Streets of Sound”, as the disco soon came to be known. Florida is unique. The Holy Grail of Techno is one of the world’s top discotheques and, once the music starts, it is able to convey an energy that is hard to explain in words. Its walls tell a story that talks of an untiring visionary spirit that has passed intact from one generation to the next of the Arnau Family.
I don’t know if there is any other club in the whole world that has been running successfully for so long […] It is fantastic to be able to come back here.
– LAURENT GARNIER, Composer and Disc Jockey.
The music genre’s top artists and composers have performed here. Carl Cox, Vitalic, Laurent Garnier, Richie Hawtin and Paul Kalkbrenner are just some of the names. Florida 135 is more than a club but you can’t truly understand all that this means until you cross the threshold and venture into its streets and corners. Florida organises parties throughout the year but its Anniversary is without doubt the one that expresses its essence best. No-one – neither artists nor revellers – wants to miss it.
Client: Florida 135 Direction: Anthony Pepper Production: Antrick Films Camera operators: Anthony Pepper, Marc Freixa, Sergi Lorenzo Sound: Marc Freixa Post-production: Anthony Pepper Music: Vitalic ‘La Rock 01’, Paul Kalkbrenner – Altes Kamuffel (Berlin Calling Edit) Acknowledgements: Arnau Family; specially Cruz and Juan Arnau, Andrés Campo, Joaquin Cabós.