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Poll Clubs 2019: BARBARELLAS

Location: Pirovac, Croatia

Capacity: 2,500

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Barbs — as it’s affectionately known by the thousands of ravers who descend on Tisno, Croatia every year — was lovingly restored by Garden Festival founder Nick Colgan when he discovered an old open-air club that’d fallen into disrepair. Harnessing the spirit of the early days of Ibiza, he turned the discoteque into something of a festival staple, the official and sometimes unofficial after-party of the many events that now operate in The Garden, a former holiday camp for the military-turned-Adriatic boat party paradise.

Probably Croatia’s most famous and most infamous club, it’s set among the pine trees by the sea and features a slammin’ Funktion-One system. Barbarellas has hosted events such as Love International, Defected Croatia, Soundwave, Dekmantel Selectors and SuncéBeat, with the likes of DJ Harvey, Midland, Horse Meat Disco, Young Marco and The Black Madonna set to hit the booth in the summer of 2019. When the music stops at The Garden, you can even take a speedboat across the water to Barbs and dance the rest of the night away, right through till dawn and beyond. One for the party bucket list.

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Poll Clubs 2016: BARBARELLAS

Barbarellas Discotheque, situated in Tisno, Croatia, is the sister venue of The Garden Resort, home to a number of intimate dance music festivals including Electric Elephant, Love International and Soundwave. The 2500-capacity club is set in an idyllic spot on coast which, according to its owners, was surrounded by farmland when they first discovered the location back in 2011.

A big part of Barbarellas’ appeal is its open-air dancefloor — only the DJ booth and bars are covered — which transforms the atmosphere of the club as daylight gradually breaks from 5am.

Last year, the owners installed a Funktion One soundsystem and a new chill area is planned for the 2016 season, complete with hammocks and beds, inspired by Amnesia’s '80s layout. Barbarellas has drawn a diverse list of guests over the years, including Bonobo, DJ Harvey, Seth Troxler, Eats Everything, LTJ Bukem, Dimitri From Paris, Louie Vega, Derrick Carter and Andrew Weatherall.

For much of the summer, the club’s programming is handled by the various festivals which take place just stone’s throw from it, serving as the final destination for revellers after acts wind down at the Garden Resort. This year will also see a handful of new promoters take the venue over, including Defected, Dekmantel and Movement.

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