Ren­o­vated night­club shines

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What does a $10 mil­lion club makeover look like?

Check out Liv night­club at the Fon­tainebleau Mi­ami Beach, which is back af­ter clos­ing this sum­mer for a face-lift.

The 18,000-square-foot venue re­opened its doors Sept. 22 for a sneak-peek week­end with head­lin­ing per­for­mances by rap­per Travis Scott and pro­ducer Skrillex. The club has booked a num­ber of big-name rap­pers and DJs for Oc­to­ber.

The ren­o­va­tions, which be­gan in June and were com­pleted this month, were tied to the club’s 10th sea­son.

David Grut­man, a part­ner at Mi­ami Mar­ket­ing Group, which op­er­ates Liv, said the new look in­tends to bring the club into the next gen­er­a­tion.

“When we closed Liv for the sum­mer, we knew we’d have to make im­pact­ful changes that re­flect the fu­ture of our in­dus­try,’’ Grut­man says of the club at 4441 Collins Ave. “We are all about stay­ing ahead of the curve, and Liv is now a 360-de­gree ex­pe­ri­ence you can’t find any­where else.”

The club worked with de­sign firm Icrave on the re­mod­el­ing project.

One of the key com­po­nents of the project was the in­stal­la­tion of more than 400 LED panels to pro- duce lights that move in sync with the pul­sat­ing dance mu­sic. The panels are at­tached to a gi­ant elec­tronic “spi­der” that ex­pands and con­tracts as it drops from the club’s dome and hov­ers over the groov­ing crowds.

Two wind­ing stair­cases flank the DJ booth on the main stage and lead to rows of plush ban­quettes.

Ren­o­va­tions also in­clude a pro­jec­tion-mapped stage area with cus­tom­ized back­drops. The walls of the club will high­light work by lo­cal artists.

Liv, which opened in 2007, has been a hot spot for wannabes, celebri­ties and pro­fes­sional ath­letes. Stars such as for­mer Mi­ami Heat point guard Dwyane Wade have cel­e­brated birth­days at the club. It also has hosted en­ter­tain­ers such as Justin Bieber and Mi­ami pro­ducer DJ Khaled.

MICHAEL LAUGHLIN/STAFF PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

LIV Night­club in Mi­ami Beach has booked a num­ber of big-name rap­pers and DJs for Oc­to­ber. Ren­o­va­tions on the club, which be­gan in June, were com­pleted this month.

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