Brazil's open-air clubs Ame and Laroc have revealed line-ups up for autumn.
The sister clubs, which are situated in Valinhos, an hour away from Sao Paolo, announced the news today.
Recently voted #25 in DJ Mag Top 100 Clubs of 2019 poll, Laroc - which covers a big room style - will host Sunnery James, Ryan Marciano and Chemical Surf on 13th April, Ferry Corsten, Aly & Fila and Sevenn on 4th May, Cat Dealers on 1st June, ALOK on 29th June and elrow on 13th July.
Laroc and Ame, two of Brazil's leading clubs, have announced a new three-day festival for 2019 with Seth Troxler and Dubfire among the headliners.
Carnaval will take over the neighbouring venues, one hour's drive out of São Paulo, from 2nd - 4th March, with 30 DJs set to be involved in total. DJ Snake, Camelphat, Alan Walker, Diplo and Hot Since 82 are already confirmed for the event's debut edition.
Since opening 2 years ago, Laroc has become quickly become one of Brazil's best-kept secrets for open-air tropical clubbing.
An hour drive from Sao Paolo, the club changes up its design every 12 months and has just unveiled its incredible new look.
A fusion of the organic (thanks to the use of a lot of wood) and the futuristic, the new club now boasts huge LED panels, an all-new lighting array and a killer new sound system.
Bringing all that technical wizardry to life is an eye-catching stage designed crafted out of 580 wooden panels and three tons of steel.
Laroc Brazil has locked-in Luciano, Matador, Kolsch, Butch and more for the forthcoming season, which also includes its birthday.
One of the most exciting things about clubland in 2016 is its ongoing state of flux; music, fashion and trends are constantly shifting. And for every famous clubbing institution – like Space Ibiza or London’s Ministry of Sound – there are dozens of new venues popping up, trying something new and helping to drive the scene forward. Like the three, alternative, new venues below...
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Location: Valinhos, Brazil
Laroc Club is nestled in the rolling green hills of Valinhos, about an hour outside of São Paulo. It is a stunning open-air venue with a vast pool, some beautiful architecture (the design of which is changed on a regular basis, with new lights added in the last 12 months) and boasts brilliant views. It has just one main stage, a quality L’accoustic system and hosts 5,000 party people.
Part of the appeal of the club is that is kicks off the party mid-afternoon and invites DJs to start early and play as the sun sets into the hills. That obviously makes for some pretty special moments, and in the last year the international likes of Kölsch, Armin van Buuren and Solomun have all played, Elrow have rolled into town with their colourful production, and Brazilian superstars like ALOK and Vintage Culture have also headlined.
“We party just once in a month, so every opening is special,” says the club’s Mario Sergio Albuquerque. “But our most important nights are carnival and our anniversary in October.” Now four years old, the club prides itself on residents Cajun and Viktor Mora, who really know the crowd and can open, close or play in the middle of the headliners, and always serve up the goods — just another reason Laroc is so revered.
Opening a total of 18 times a year, since it opened about 18 months ago, the ferocious buzz around Laroc in Brazil has been reflected in its whopping new entry placement at 46 in the poll this year. One brief visit — or even a glimpse of the photos for that matter — is enough to reveal why.
A stylishly constructed, wooden open-air structure under a dome-like roof slap-bang in the middle of an open 50,000-square-metre stretch of rustic tropical countryside, this state-of-the-art, 5,000-capacity arena certainly takes cues from giants like Green Valley and Ushuaïa, yet Laroc's identity is well and truly its own. A sunset club, set within a nation known best for its sun — and, of course, its tropical rain — the experience here — an explosion of confetti, CO2 cannons and flaming pyrotechnics — is about much, much more than the music; which, pumped from meaty, crystal-clear speaker stacks, is equally impressive, with the likes of James Zabiela, Claptone and Erick Morillo all entertaining Brazil's increasingly house and techno-orientated dance enthusiasts already during its short lifetime.