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Poll Clubs 2021: Culture Club Revelin

Revelin
Revelin

Location: Dubrovnik, Croatia

Capacity: 2,000

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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.

 

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Poll Clubs 2020: Culture Club Revelin

Location: Dubrovnik, Croatia
Capacity: 2,000

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Culture Club Revelin in the old town of Dubrovnik is an essential place to visit when you’re in Croatia, not least because it is situated inside a 500-year-old medieval fortress. The 2,000-capacity space has great views over the whole city, is fitted with a state-of-the-art Martin Audio system, and boasts some mesmeric lights and lasers to go alongside the underground stars to big dance icons who play there each year.

Last summer the club claims to have had more people through the doors than ever before. Highlights included a live stream project featuring Hot Since 82, a mini-residency from Claptone, its own in-house DU-EL festival with names like Artbat, Roger Sanchez and Jacky, and a big visit from Fatboy Slim. The VIP section was also updated, as were the main stage, big screens and visuals.

The club also does its bit when it comes to local acts, with slots on every bill going to whoever has impressed the owners most with their recent sets or productions. As such, Revelin is now much more than just an essential night out for Croatians, but is very much up there with some of Europe's best clubs. 

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Poll Clubs 2019: CULTURE CLUB REVELIN

Location: Dubrovnik, Croatia

Capacity: 2,000

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Location, location, location. Sure, brilliant programming, first-rate service and a soundsystem that can rattle your ribs are all well and good, but the perfect location can truly elevate a club to the next level. Culture Club Revelin has that part of the equation nailed down.

Housed in a converted 500-year-old Croatian fortress in the historic heart of Dubrovnik, a short stroll from the Adriatic Sea, Revelin is the answer to that oft-asked question: what would it be like to go clubbing on a Game of Thrones set? A truly magical venue converted into a rave cave a decade ago, the party is powered by a 115kW Martin Audio soundsystem, which can really be put to the test thanks to the club’s three-metre-thick walls. They’ve cleverly kept many of the best traditional features, including the sprawling arches and keystone dome, while adding in modern touches, including CO2 cannons, confetti drops and a stunning AV set up.

Open nightly, they’ve hosted an impressive roster of DJs from the deep and tech-house, EDM and techno worlds in the past year, including Mark Knight, Claptone, Patrick Topping and Afrojack. Factor in very healthy support for their local scene, including a large cast of resident DJs, a new second dancefloor and that mind-blowing fortress location, and you truly have one of the world’s best clubs.

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Poll Clubs 2018: CULTURE CLUB REVELIN

Location: Dubrovnik, Croatia

Capacity: 2,000

Website: clubrevelin.com

It's been a record-breaking year for Dubrovnik's Culture Club Revelin, the venue which is, rather uniquely, housed inside a 500-year-old fortress (they've still managed to get a state-of-the-art Martin Audio system in there, mind you, inside the club's three-metre thick walls).

“We broke the all-time record number of people coming to the club in a single season,” says promoter Filip Sulic with pride. “The predictions for the summer season 2018 are even higher.” A few hot ticket events over the past year have doubtless helped. Afrojack turned up with rapper Eve and Jillionaire in tow. “They made a huge show and hands down it was a spectacular night,” adds Sulic. “Our evening with Claptone was something special too, man behind the mask always provides more than we expect.”

There's been trance overlord Paul van Dyk swinging by too, Toolroom Records boss Mark Knight and Dutch don R3HAB, while looking forward to the rest of 2018, Revelin will play to to Black Coffee and infamous Manchester shirt-wearers Solardo, who will take on the club's underground mid-week party DANCElectric. If it's lasted 500 years thus far, 2018 should be a breeze.

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