Glastonbury, Rio de Janeiro, Sundance, Mardi Gras, Download, Tomorrowland and EDC are just a few of the best festivals in the World to go to according to multiple sources, however, over recent years Croatia is fast emerging as an up and coming destination for festival-goers.
With frequent flights from all major UK airports the country, with a population of 4.28 million residents is easily accessible through travel retailers such as Holiday Gems. They have some great deals which you can check out here: www.holidaygems.co.uk/cheap-holidays
If you’re a keen festival goer, we’ve discovered 8 of the top festivals to check out when in Croatia.
Probably one of the most well-known festivals Hideout comes back for it’s 8th year with 5 days and 5 nights full of huge electro names from Chase & Status to Patrick Topping (who have I mentioned went to my high school?). This year sees a main stage line up complimented by a boat party line up.
Party all day and all night on the famous Zrce Beach. A stunning beach sandwiched between breathtaking mountains and the Adriatic Sea. Perhaps the winning formula that has seen Hideout sell out year after year.
When: 25th-29th June 2018. You can book tickets to Hideout here
From travel guides and online reviews, Split is one of those hidden gems which year on year is becoming more and more well known. Ultra Europe, a 3 day EDM festival descends on the small town on the Dalmatian Coast and calls it it’s home.
If you’re a frequent reveller in either Vegas or Ibiza you’ll be well familiar with the line up at Ultra which includes huge headline names such as Alesso, Carl Cox, Eric Prydz and Steve Angello to name a few and a wealth of support over 2 stages.
When: 6th-8th June 2018. Book tickets for Ultra here.
Coming back for its ninth incarnation this week-long appreciation of House, Disco, Techno, Soul, R&B and Funk. Enjoy being spoilt with sets from names such as Kerri Chandler, Roger Sanchez, Louie Vega, Joey Negro, Purple Disco Machine, Mr Scruff, Mike Dunn, Karizma, Helen Ting, Manoo and many, many more.
Suncebeat 2018 will also feature a special celebration of more than 20 years of UK garage, featuring Matt “Jam” Lamont, Norris “Da Boss” Windross and Masterstepz.
This festival has a loving family vibe. A carnival atmosphere with a boutique twist from the team behind Southport Weekender. Dance and revel on the Dalmatian Coast to fiercely diverse line up that joins the dots between the best of the past and the innovators of tomorrow at SuncéBeat.
When: 18th-25th July 2018. Get your tickers for SunceBeat here.
Again any Ibiza veteran will have seen the rising success of Defected. One of the newer additions to Croatia’s festival scene the team behind the Ibizan success brought the festival to the shores back in 2016. With a mix of main stage house superstars, disco icons and underground heroes played to partygoers day and night in an amazing setting. The Garden Resort, Tisno. Defected makes full use of everything the site has to offer. Including daytime beach sessions, infamous boat parties, great stages and the onsite nightclub, Barbarella’s. That’s if you can handle an after-party!
This year’s line up sees Basement Jaxx DJ set return for 2018, where they’ll be joined by Derrick Carter, Dimitri from Paris, Roger Sanchez, Masters at Work, Todd Terry and many, many more.
When: 9th-14th August 2018. Grab tickets for The Garden, Defected here.
Set in a 150-year-old abandoned fort, with over 380 hours of music over the 4 days and nights. 10 different stages. Over 300 artists, 15,000 festival goers, 54 Adriatic boat parties. If that hasn’t sold you perhaps Outlook’s line up might?
From Wiley to Bonobo at the opening concert in Pula’s 2000-year-old amphitheatre, to J Hus, Shy FX, a DJ set from Noisia, Mist, Stefflon Don to name but a few, this celebration of sound system culture, brings together artists from around the world to celebrate all things bass under the Croatian Sun.
Outlook Festival has been going strong for over a decade and this year sees it bigger and better than ever.
When: 5th-9th September 2018. Book your Outlook Festival tickets here.
Fresh Island Festival
If you’re wanting something longer than the 3-day festival, why not join the pre-party from the 7th-9th July before the festival begins on the 10th of July and runs for 3 days and nights. Bringing the hottest Urban, Hip-Hop & R’n’B artists to the island since 2012, you’re in for a treat at Fresh Island.
The festival is located on the Island of Pag, which is on the coast of mainland Croatia close to the city of Novalja. Zrce beach is the festival venue close to Novalja town on the Island of Pag. This is easily reachable from Zadar airport (which is the closest at 2 hours away).
Join Wiz Khalifa, Partynextdoor, Lil Pump, J Hus (before he heads to Outlook) and Goldlink, Vince Staples and Tim Westwood as the headline acts.
When: 10th-12th July 2018. Check out tickets for Fresh Island here.
In a sea of festivals primarily focusing on dance and club music, INmusic Festival offers something a little different. Join over 100,000 other music lovers for this 3-day jam packed indie line up. Located in Zagreb, Croatia’s capital, this Summer sees artists such as Queens of the Stone Age, Nick Cabe & The Bad Seeds and Interpol take to the stage.
When: 25th-27th June 2018. Tickets can be found for INmusic here.
If you’re looking for some real Croatian culture then Split Festival is for you. Known officially Festival zabavne glazbe Split, the festival is a pop music festival held annually in…yes, you guessed, Split. Having been on the festival bill singe 1960 it’s the longest running festival in Croatia and has seen over 800 artists on its stages.
When: 28th-30th June 2018. Get tickets for Splitski Festival now.
Summer starts now and if you’ve not already found yourself a festival to enjoy then we highly recommend heading to one of Croatia’s plethora of festivals. You can check out all flights and accommodation through Holiday Gems now.
Have you been to any festivals in Croatia? Drop a comment below I’d love to know what you loved.