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Poll Clubs 2019: LAROC CLUB

Location: Valinhos, Brazil

Capacity: 5,000

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.


Poll Clubs 2017: LAROC CLUB

Laroc DJ Mag Top 100 Clubs 2017
Laroc DJ Mag Top 100 Clubs 2017

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. 

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