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Poll Clubs 2020: Noa Beach Club

Location: Zrce Beach, Island of Pag, Croatia
Capacity: 3,000

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With its winning festival season, picturesque islands and vibrant club scene, Croatia has become an essential dance music destination in recent years. Noa Beach Club, perched on Zrce Beach on the island of Pag, is a vital part of that transformation. One of a few Top 100-polling clubs on the idyllic Zrce strand, Noa’s remit is mostly stadium-filling EDM acts, but it’s also played host to some tech-house bigwigs in recent times. Last summer, tropical/future house hero Lost Frequencies, US superstar Steve Aoki and hard dance man Coone all played, while pre-parties for Sonus Festival featured more underground DJs like Mind Against and Enzo Siragusa.

Like some of Ibiza’s biggest venues, there’s an emphasis on glitz and glamour at Noa, and clubbers can swan around between 11 bars and a swimming pool, take in a massage or just lounge in a cabana and soak up the sounds. There’s even a private yacht marina for those with bottomless pockets.

A key event for Noa is Black Sheep Festival, which takes place across four clubs on the beach and last year featured headliners like NERVO and Carnage, but a festival-like atmosphere pervades at all times at Noa, which opens daily in summer and doesn’t close its doors until at least 6am.

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Poll Clubs 2019: NOA BEACH CLUB

Location: Zrce Beach, Island of Pag, Croatia

Capacity: 3,000

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That Croatia is competing with Ibiza as the go-to clubbing destination in Europe — especially for your average clubber not interested in remortgaging their house for a round of drinks — is undeniable. And central to Croatia's draw is the idyllic Island of Pag, home to several Top 100 Clubs, including Noa Beach Club. Impressively, the club breached the Top 100 in its debut year and has been an ever-present since 2015. And it's not hard to see why.

With a stunning location on the Adriatic sea — pine-crested mountains to the rear and the Instagram-perfect coastline yawning in front — the main decision you have to make is where to take in the views (and the stellar cast of DJs), with 11 bars, cabanas, VIP lounges, massage tables and the main pool all on offer. Or, if you're a baller, you could rock up in your yacht and berth it at their private marina.

Open daily during the summer until 6am (and quite often beyond), Noa had a huge summer of events last year, including return visits from Steve Aoki and Robin Schulz. The club was also once again part of the EDM-heavy Black Sheep Festival, which took over the four leading clubs on Zrce Beach. With new set designs each year (made out of local sustainable wood, eco-dancers will be pleased to know) and bookings that draw in thousands each night over the summer, Noa Beach Club is set to be a name to remember for a long, long time.

 

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Poll Clubs 2018: NOA BEACH CLUB

Location: Zrce Beach, Croatia

Capacity: 3,000

Website: noa-beach.com

The influx of festivals to Croatia has meant that local clubs have had to keep innovating to win the attention of visiting rave tourists. As such, Noa Beach Club has once again switched up its interior design in the last 12 months. The whole place is made out of wood, so the team also have a job maintaining it, and often have to replace any old or weak components. Ahead of the summer season, a whole new stage is also planned.

Big names from the EDM and trance world like Steve Aoki and Robin Schulz, plus more underground techno artist Fritz Kalkbrenner and mysterious house man Claptone have all played here in the last 12 months. There aren’t regular nights here, but throughout summer DJs are booked nearly every day, with key residents Aldo Morro, Robert MKC, DJ Miss Kay Dee, Marco Cole and Clay Clemens all providing able support.

Add in a D&B Audiotechnik system, nature-oriented decor with a lot of wood, palm trees, water elements, and a circular club design with views of the Adriatic, and it’s not hard to see why this beautiful space is so well loved.

 

 

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