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Poll 2022: Yalta Club
Yalta Club

Location: Sofia, Bulgaria 

Capacity: 1,000

Established in 1991, Yalta Club was Bulgaria’s first-ever nightclub and today it holds the status of a hugely respected venue in the Balkan countries. During its 31-year tenure, Yalta has welcomed an array of talents to work its Meyer Sound system and the club is keen to push its trajectory upwards. Joseph Capriati, Ilario Alicante, Mathame and Dax J have upended Room 1, with its elaborate layout, open-plan balcony and panoramic views. Over in Room 2, the vibe is more industrial — a stripped-back, multi-purpose concrete space. Resident DJs Liubo Ursiny and Stephen Popov remain at the forefront of the club, and Ursiny tells DJ Mag that the in-house team are “currently working on developing a trap/grime night called Trill”. They’re also scheduling a venue revamp during the current festival season.

During lockdowns and the unpredictable nature of the pandemic, Yalta stayed afloat via several streams and fundraisers. But the team behind Yalta curates festivals too, and this summer, they’ve got three massive events happening across Bulgaria — Solar in Plovdiv, Solar Summer in Port Burgas and Music On in Sofia. Even beyond the capital, Yalta is an essential platform on Bulgaria’s dance music circuit.