Barbarellas Discotheque, situated in Tisno, Croatia, is the sister venue of The Garden Resort, home to a number of intimate dance music festivals including Electric Elephant, Love International and Soundwave. The 2500-capacity club is set in an idyllic spot on coast which, according to its owners, was surrounded by farmland when they first discovered the location back in 2011.
A big part of Barbarellas’ appeal is its open-air dancefloor — only the DJ booth and bars are covered — which transforms the atmosphere of the club as daylight gradually breaks from 5am.
Last year, the owners installed a Funktion One soundsystem and a new chill area is planned for the 2016 season, complete with hammocks and beds, inspired by Amnesia’s '80s layout. Barbarellas has drawn a diverse list of guests over the years, including Bonobo, DJ Harvey, Seth Troxler, Eats Everything, LTJ Bukem, Dimitri From Paris, Louie Vega, Derrick Carter and Andrew Weatherall.
For much of the summer, the club’s programming is handled by the various festivals which take place just stone’s throw from it, serving as the final destination for revellers after acts wind down at the Garden Resort. This year will also see a handful of new promoters take the venue over, including Defected, Dekmantel and Movement.