Throughout the 90’s Serbia went through a political patch that many thought the country would never rise from. Fast forward to today and not only is the country beginning to flourish and shine, its past political uncertainties mean Serbia is practically untapped by the tourist market making it a unique experience for those who want to remove themselves from the tourism hubs of Europe.
Serbia offers a nightlife that gives even Berlin a run for its money. During winter the clubs are all indoors and are seemingly standard. The minute the warmer months hit these clubs close their doors making way for the floating club scene to emerge. The clubs are on barges or if you want to sound like a local ‘splav’. Splav may literally translate to raft but do not for a second convince yourself this will be a basic music and dance scene. Your awkward pub dance moves will not cut it here.
The nightlife in Serbia’s capital Belgrade is serious business. Every night is a Saturday night; locals dance all night and get up for work the next morning like it’s no big deal. These people are seasoned partiers, we should be ashamed of ourselves for being too tired on a Monday morning after a weekend of fun.
While clubs will play pop and R’n’B, Serbians have a passion for progressive tech, house, and their very own sub-genre turbo-folk. Turbo-folk touches on traditional folk music, combining it with elements of dance, giving your ears a unique fix you can only hear while experiencing the distinctive d-floor that is a splav.
Please note this experience is not for the faint-hearted or those who suffer from sea-sickness. If you um and ah over your love of a good club, Belgrade might make or break you, either way, you won’t regret entering into this amazing country and allowing yourself to play like a local.
Party with us in Belgrade before hitting up Exit Festival during our Balkan Beats tour.