Location: Dubrovnik, Croatia
There is no good time for a pandemic, but for Dubrovnik's Culture Club Revelin, it couldn't have been worse. 2021 was set to be a year full of 10th-anniversary celebrations, but instead, it was a stop-start mix of socially distanced events. There were one or two standouts, including a festival last August that saw Solardo headline two nights. The Manchester tech house titans played on the club's terrace, overlooking the famous walls of the fortified city below.
That city was established many centuries ago and, because of its beautiful old fortifications and historic architecture, is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The club itself is inside a 500-year-old fortress that was transformed in 2010 into one of the world's most unique party spaces. Now it pairs vast, dusty, three-metre-thick walls and grand look-out towers with high-tech lighting and a Martin Audio line array soundsystem. Residents play a mix of house, tech and bass, while headliners are world-renowned names like Roger Sanchez and Pete Tong. August sees the club welcome back Cercle for another of their intimate live-stream showcases, following the success of Hot Since 82's visit in 2019. Here's hoping it is the first of many, as things get back to normal.