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El Fortin

Location: Porto Belo, Brazil

Capacity: 6,000


El Fortin makes good use of Brazil’s warm climate by being an open-air club house in a grand wooden pyramid. The exposed structure is like an overblown beach hut and is bathed in warm red and blue lights with lush greenery all around it. Elsewhere though, the decor is dark and shady, which lends the place an underground and intimate feel. The last year has seen the team add a Funktion One soundsystem throughout, as well as a new stage, making it three in total.

“Called Origins, this stage is intended to give local producers and DJs an opportunity to show their talent,” says the club’s Diego. “We also reformed our VIP area, with new bathrooms and bars.”

Bookings tend to be on the tech-house end of the spectrum with Sharam Jey, Julian Jeweil, Kolombo, Denney, Leftwing & Kody and Avrosse just some of those who’ve played in the last year. Each year the club’s birthday is one of the biggest events around, with all the stops pulled out and biggest bookings secured — definitely not one to miss if you find yourself in South America.