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PAPAYA
Position: 
6
Re-entry

Location: Zrce Beach, Island of Pag, Croatia

Capacity: 3,500

papaya.com.hr

Situated on the shoreline of breathtaking blue Adriatic waters, on the famed party island of Pag, Papaya is less a club and more a full day out. And night, of course.

Attendees get free reign over a veritable rave compound, including a huge pool area — redesigned in 2017 — which forms the centre of the action each afternoon, winding up just after sunset. The iconic shell-like main stage and palm trees tower over the crowd, with only the on-site production beating them for scale.

First opening in 2002, when it was around a fifth of the size it is of today, the venue has expanded physically while growing in terms of international prominence too. A direct beneficiary of the Croatian festival boom, more than ten major events call this place home annually, including Sonus, Hideout, Fresh Island, Barrakud and Black Sheep.

These 10,000-plus-capacity spectaculars, ranging from techno and bass to hip-hop and EDM, brought in huge guests such as Gorgon City, Jamie Jones, Lost Frequencies, Marco Carola, Paul Kalkbrenner, Solomun, Tchami, Timmy Trumpet, Vini Vici and W&W last summer alone. That’s in addition to local nights, where the likes of Kosta Radman, Tony D, Superfine and Trevon keep things moving.

1
GREEN VALLEY
2
ECHOSTAGE
3
USHUAïA
4
HÏ IBIZA
5
ZOUK SINGAPORE
6
PAPAYA
7
OCTAGON
8
BOOTSHAUS
9
Printworks
10
BERGHAIN
11
MOTION & MARBLE FACTORY
12
PACHA IBIZA
13
ZOUK KL
14
AMNESIA
15
FABRIC
16
WHITE DUBAI
17
EXCHANGE LA
18
GUABA BEACH BAR
19
AQUARIUS
20
ELROW (ROW14)
21
DC-10
22
NOA BEACH CLUB
23
EL FORTIN
24
OUTPUT
25
LAROC CLUB
26
THE WAREHOUSE PROJECT
27
MINISTRY OF SOUND
28
WARUNG BEACH CLUB
29
BARBARELLAS
30
AVALON HOLLYWOOD
31
TOBACCO DOCK
32
CULTURE CLUB REVELIN
33
ILLUZION
34
FABRIK
35
LOST BEACH CLUB
36
PRIVILEGE
37
OMNIA
38
BEACHCLUB
39
HAKKASAN
40
VERSUZ
41
REX CLUB
42
WATERGATE
43
CONCRETE
44
CAVO PARADISO
45
DUEL CLUB
46
MARQUEE NIGHTCLUB & DAYCLUB
47
WOMB
48
YALTA CLUB
49
XOYO
50
RAZZMATAZZ
51
BAUM
52
Academy LA
53
Space Plus
54
EGG LDN
55
PANAMA
56
KALYPSO
57
De School
58
Cove Manila
59
SKY GARDEN
60
1/3 One Third
61
TRESOR
62
Oqtagon
63
Crobar
64
Eden
65
SOS CLUB
66
DIGITAL NEWCASTLE
67
D-EDGE
68
1900 Le Theatre
69
MAD CLUB
70
GUENDALINA
71
ONYX
72
MYST
73
CHROMA
74
Encore Beach Club
75
Club Galame
76
Halcyon
77
Catwalk
78
CHINESE LAUNDRY
79
Elsewhere
80
Envy
81
CODA
82
LUX FRAGIL
83
Propaganda
84
ELEMENTS
85
STUDIO 338
86
Goa Club
87
CLUB SPACE
88
CÉ LA VI
89
La Feria
90
PHONOX
91
House of Yes
92
Stereo
93
District 8
94
WILDE RENATE
95
AGEHA
96
Octava
97
COLOSSEUM CLUB
98
Home Sydney
99
The Grand Factory
100
SUB CLUB