For the last two years we have run a huge beach festival at the stunning Zrce Beach in Croatia. The events were headlined by the Swedish House Mafia & Hardwell, both of whom rocked the incredible Papaya Club to its very foundations!
We can now announce that we will be returning to Zrce Beach from 19–22 July 2014. And this year we are doubling the capacity by taking over the neighbouring venue Aquarius in addition to the famous Papaya (home of Hideout among other events).
Location: Zrce beach, Island of Pag, Croatia
First opening its doors in 2002, Aquarius has been a mainstay of the Croatian summer party scene since before the Croatian summer party scene rose to international prominence. Running from May to September annually, stop by at any time during those months and an all-night session is on the cards, but the venue’s position as a festival hub has really sealed its authority, with no less than 10 major events using the beachfront haunt — complete with mountain view — each year.
Those who have been to the bass-heavy Hideout, urban-leaning Fresh Island, or techno-marathon Sonus, will know only too well what we’re talking about. Thanks to these gatherings and a big-name-focused in-house booking policy, last season saw the likes of MK, Solardo, Charlotte de Witte, Dubfire, Sven Väth and Ben Klock all grace the booth, while a list of local resident talent includes Trevon, Tony D, Sheko, Antonio and Marzz.
Changing ownership and management in 2019 means a fresh chapter for the new decade at this Adriatic address, although in many ways it will always be business as usual — powerful sound, stunning setting and seriously seductive vibes guaranteed throughout the summer.
Location: Zrce Beach, Island of Pag, Croatia
Once famous for its distinctive cheese, the Croatian Island of Pag is now considered a genuine party paradise, with clubbers from across Europe flocking to its picturesque shores during the three-month summer season. While a sharp rise in the number of festivals taking place on Pag has caught the headlines, the roots of the island’s ongoing love affair with dance music stretch back 17 years to the launch of Aquarius, a now famed open-air club just off Zrce Beach.
From the start, Aquarius gained a reputation for being not only a great place to hang out during the day — it boasts a popular restaurant and beach bar — but also the perfect place to dance all night under a blanket of twinkling stars. It’s this latter aspect that now draws in dancers, with the club’s two dancefloors and pool packed out almost every night it’s open.
It’s perhaps unsurprising that many dance-focused music festivals utilize Aquarius to host after-parties each summer. Hideout, Black Sheep, Hard Island, Fresh Island and Barrakud all made the 4,000-capacity venue home in the summer of 2018. In between, the club boasted all-night takeovers from some of the leading lights of the global EDM scene, including Rave Radio, Wildstylez, Alan Walker and Salvatore Ganacci.
Location: Zrće Beach, Island of Pag, Croatia
Before Croatia became an essential dance music destination for festival-goers from around the world, Aquarius was laying the foundations for its now-famous summertime scene. Located on the Island of Pag on the pebbly Zrće Beach, for 16 years this open-air club has entertained holidaymakers and, over time, has become a rite of passage for dance fans.
“Aquarius Zrće has grown from year to year,” says club manager Dejan Labor. “Today we can proudly say that we are an integral part of the most famous party destination in Croatia.”
For its three-month summer season the venue welcomes several key dance festivals to take over its two dancefloors and pool area. Sonus focuses on techno and has hosted Maceo Plex and Ricardo Villalobos; Hard Island is a hard dance event; Hideout locks down electronic artists of the bassier stripe; and there are a plethora of other festivals there too, including Black Sheep, Area 4 and Sweetland.
In 2017, the venue unveiled its new live stage. This year, in addition to massive EDM artists booked for one-off performances — including Alan Walker and Ummet Ozcan in June — Labor promises plenty more wow factor: “We have prepared a lot of surprises for our guests and a season full of great performances.”
Zrce Beach has firmly established itself as one of the places to be when it comes to Croatian clubbing, and that’s in no small part thanks to Aquarius. Located on the island of Pag, the venue sports two dancefloors and pool, opening its doors for a three-month summer season that sees it play host to a number of the country’s most popular, destination festivals, including Hideout and Sonus.
While the space has been open for a grand total of 15 years, the last 12 months have seen a new main stage and backstage area constructed to cater for the seriously heavyweight DJs that grace the decks there. Who exactly, you ask? Well, how about Axwell, Chuckie, Fedde Le Grand, Robin Schulz and R3hab for starters? Combine that with JBL, EAW and L-Acoustics soundsystems and it’s fair to say a good experience is had by all, which goes some way to explaining why Aquarius has leapt up the league table again this year. As it continues to gain on fellow Zrce Beach institutions Papaya and Noa, the question is, will Aquarius steal the top spot as Croatia’s number one club? Only time will tell...
Aquarius is one of the many Croatian hotspots that have become well known to clubbers all over Europe in recent years. Offering a less commercialised, more organic alternative to the White Isle, this place is best known as the location for Hideout Festival and our own DJ Mag Beach Festival as well as Zrce Spring Break and New Yorker Fresh Island, whilst in 2016 it will also host Sonus Festival for the fourth time. During the day, this mini-oasis of luxury is a restaurant and bar, and by night a club. It boasts VIP service and cozy cabanas, as well as pools around which all sorts of larks can be had on various different platforms.
High design standards, two open-air floors and views of clear-blue skies and seas all help add a touch of paradise to every party. Headlining the events are a global selection of stars from big name EDM people like Axwell, to cooler-than-cool house and techno acts such as Zip, Dixon and Ricardo Villalobos. It is the many different festival offerings that make this place what it is, and there are so many of them that everyone can find something to love.