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Poll 2024: Papaya

Location: Zrće Beach, Croatia  

Capacity: 3,500

One of the famous quartet of venues nestled along the picturesque coastline of Novalja, Papaya Club emerged in 2002 as a bold new vision from Zagreb's nightlife moguls. All these years on, it is world-renowned as a key part of one of Europe's biggest summer festival operations. Originally a public waterslide site bordered by pebble beaches, Papaya Club boasts an open-air layout that allows guests to dance beneath the stars or the sun, just a few steps away from the Adriatic Sea. Its distinctive, shell-like main stage is complemented by a massive LED screen setup, while the pools host many daily and nightly parties, as well as festivals like Hideout, Sonus and Barrakud. 

Over the past year, the club has undergone significant enhancements, including the refurbishment of its VIP pool party area, which offers exclusive views and intimate spaces to chill away from the main action. The list of artists who have played in the last 12 months is long and impressive, with stars from across house and techno — like Deborah De Luca, GORDO, Marco Carola, The Martinez Brothers, and Meduza — gracing the decks.