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Festival review: Hideout 2012

5th July 2012

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Set in the glorious Zrce Beach in Croatia, Hideout Festival sits somewhere between “best beach weekend away imaginable” and “awesome electronic dance festival”. So basically, it’s pretty bloody epic. 

Hideout 2012Just a warning – if you DON’T like banging electronic beats and drum n bass pulses, incredible looking women in bikinis and toned men in short shorts, perfect weather and all day, all night parties, this is not the festival for you. If its rain, inflated prices and wellies you are after – feel free to stay in England next year. 

TNS have been to many a foreign festival, whilst the established SONAR in Barcelona has the added value of spending a weekend in a great city, Melt has the benefit of the unparalleled German party vibe, and EXIT contributes a great mixed line up of rock and techno, Hideout has firmly placed itself as the new MUST do festival for many reasons and its only in its second year. 

What are they? Well, here are some for starters: 

  • It’s sunny. Really sunny. And there’s a sea to jump in when it’s too hot. Which is handy!
  • Don’t like tents? Me neither. Cheap, clean apartments nearby make all the difference for the necessary down time, and if you do fancy going to sleep at any point – a comfy bed is welcomed. Love camping? Well then you can camp too. Variety is the key at Hideout!
  • The music is AWESOME. I love electronic music, and if you don’t, you might rather die than be at Hideout. But if you do, you’ll feel like you did die, went to heaven, and it turned out to be Hideout after all. 
  • Boat Parties. Fancy jumping on a boat whilst Annie Mac or Erol Alkan or Sub Focus, or Jamie Jones, or basically any big name in dance music plays to you whilst the sun sets in the middle of the ocean? That’s what I thought. You can’t do that at Creamfields. 
  • Pool Parties. Some of us like to drink in the day. So why not head down to any of the uber clubs on the beach, get your tan on and dance around with hundreds of other hotties?
  • Bungee Jumps, Laughing Gas, Jet Skis, Banana Boats. Yup, you can do all of that, as often as you want, all seconds from the entrance to the dance floors. 

The downsides:

  • It’s not the cheapest weekend away we’ve ever had. So it’s not like, India cheap, but it’s fairly reasonable. £100 for the festival ticket and £200 for flights. To get there you are looking at only £100 or so more quid than Leeds or Reading. And its better. And when you get there, the food and drink is reasonably priced, but can you put a price on fun?
  • Havaianas aren’t as fashionable as Hunter Wellies. And Rain macs are more comical than t shirts.
  • There are no other downsides. Didn’t I mention about how absolutely perfect it all is? 
So our advice would be to start saving your money because if I could buy next year’s ticket tomorrow, I probably would.

If we haven’t made you jealous enough yet – this should top it off:

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