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PAPAYA
Position: 
6
up 3

Location: Zrce Beach, Island of Pag, Croatia

Capacity: 3,500

Website: papaya.com.hr

Given its location — right on the seafront — Papaya’s famous swimming pools almost seem redundant. That is until you see them in the throws of the club’s so-called ‘after beach parties’ — famously debauched late-afternoon affairs that have well and truly promoted this Croatian mainstay into the global dance music Premier League.

First opened in 2002 as a sister venue to the club of the same name in the country’s capital, Zagreb, the Zrce Beach address has grown enormously between then and now. The venue’s shell-like main stage, complete with powerful LED array, provides an instantly recognisable backdrop to the wider scene: thousands of revellers marauding around a site that comes complete with multiple levels and hidden corners, not to mention towering palms, its own shoreline, and, last year at least, jungle-themed decorations. Needless to say, the open-air setting is fundamental to the club’s entire personality, and atmosphere.

When the offering is this good the pull is always going to be huge, and Papaya is no exception to that rule. A 24-7 operation during the summer season, when its Croatian homeland becomes one of Europe’s go-to destinations for those in search of sun, sea, and serious tunes, between May and September the venue provides a base for more than ten festivals, including Hideout, Sonus, Fresh Island, Barrakud and Black Sheep, to namecheck just a few of the annual highlights.

All of which means visiting talent comes in the form of huge names from across the electronic spectrum and beyond, with variety one of the defining features in the line-ups. Paul Kalkbrenner, Major Lazer, Sean Paul, Marco Carola, Jamie Jones, Solomun, Don Diablo, Timmy Trumpet, W&W, and Lost Frequencies stopped by during 2017, representing the gamut from EDM to low-slung house and techno.

 

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GREEN VALLEY
2
USHUAïA
3
ZOUK SINGAPORE
4
ECHOSTAGE
5
HÏ IBIZA
6
PAPAYA
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OCTAGON
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FABRIC
10
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11
BOOTSHAUS
12
AMNESIA
13
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14
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15
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16
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17
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18
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19
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20
WHITE DUBAI
21
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22
EXCHANGE LA
23
OMNIA
24
MINISTRY OF SOUND
25
AQUARIUS
26
EL FORTIN
27
THE WAREHOUSE PROJECT
28
OUTPUT
29
LAROC
30
HAKKASAN
31
AVALON HOLLYWOOD
32
BARBARELLAS
33
KALYPSO
34
EGG LONDON
35
MARQUEE
36
TOBACCO DOCK
37
FABRIK
38
CAVO PARADISO
39
BAUM
40
CULTURE CLUB REVELIN
41
MYST
42
PRIVILEGE
43
BEACHCLUB
44
LOST BEACH CLUB
45
DIGITAL NEWCASTLE
46
ELEMENTS
47
WATERGATE
48
ILLUZION
49
VERSUZ
50
REX CLUB
51
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52
CONCRETE
53
RAZZMATAZZ
54
MATAHARI
55
DUEL:BEAT
56
WOMB
57
TRESOR
58
XOYO
59
TENAX CLUB
60
VELVET
61
FOUNDATION NIGHTCLUB
62
YALTA CLUB
63
PANAMA
64
ROBERT JOHNSON
65
Space Plus
66
PHONOX
67
CÉ LA VI
68
GUENDALINA
69
SANKEYS IBIZA
70
SKY GARDEN
71
MAD CLUB
72
THE PALACE
73
SPACE ONE
74
Eden
75
Oqtagon
76
De School
77
ONYX
78
SOS CLUB
79
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80
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81
D-EDGE
82
CHINESE LAUNDRY
83
LUX FRAGIL
84
Propaganda
85
Jewel Nightclub
86
Goa Club
87
Halcyon
88
Catwalk
89
STUDIO 338
90
ZIG ZAG
91
Club Galame
92
COLOSSEUM CLUB
93
E11EVEN
94
Home Sydney
95
CLUB SPACE MIAMI
96
AGEHA
97
House of Yes
98
SUB CLUB
99
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