Top 10 Croatian festivals to check out in 2013
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With its rich, pine-filled forests hiding miles of untouched coastline and its beautiful turquoise waters guarding deserted islands, Croatia is fast becoming the trendy destination to festival. Add sun-kissed parties in former forts, floating boat revelry and plenty of beach time too and it already sounds blinking special, and we haven’t even mentioned how cheap a pint of beer is.
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- Echo Festival – Umag, Croatia - 6-10 June
For those who like their electronica cutting edge, this beachside bash has three stages of music over four days as well as a selection of boat parties out at sea. The likes of Detroit-digger Magda, Romanian minimal star Petre Inspirescu and tech house head Davide Squillace will be bring the noise.
- The Garden Festival - Tisno, Croatia - 3-10 July
At eight years old, The Garden Festival is the granddad of Croatia’s festivals. It’s a two-weekend journey through house, disco, soul and funk, and this summer it’s down to disco head honchos like Greg Wilson and Danny Krivit to get the party going alongside the northern soul of Phat Phil Cooper and versatile innovator Theo Parrish.
- Hideout Festival - Novalja, Island of Pag, Croatia - 3-5 July
Hideout is instagram heaven. Taking over the Island of Pag, expect to be partying on the beaches with chic clubbers and a musical line-up curated by some of the UK’s best nights like Wax:On, Drop The Mustard, David Rodigan’s Ram Jam and We Own. Four Tet, Chase and Status, Julio Bashmore and Modeselektor are among those due to play and with boat parties and cheap drinks, there aren’t any excuses to miss it.
- Fresh Island Festival - Novalja, Island of Pag, Croatia - 10-13 July
Taking a different tack from the electronic-heavy side of Croatian festivals, Fresh offers up rap superstar Snoop Lion and the game’s rising spitter A$AP Rocky alongside a slew of DJs across three beachside stages.
- Ultra Europe – Split and Hvar, Croatia - 12–14 July
Heading over from its Miami base in the USA, this EDM behemoth will bring bright-eyed production and a big boy line-up to Split for its first-ever European dates. Hardwell, Armin van Buuren and Carl Cox will be spinning, whilst party hero Steve Aoki heads up an exclusive pool party in Hvar.
- Suncebeat – Tisno, Croatia – 24-31 July
The smoothest of Croatia’s summer soirees, the guys behind the legendary Southport Weekender put SunceBeat together. Expect likeminded musical brilliance from Moodymann,Giles Peterson and many more aside, as well as – you got it! - boat parties, sunset trips to the Kornati Islands and club nights.
- Sonus Festival – Novalja, Croatia - 21-25 August
From the team behind Time Warp and Fade In, the brand new Sonus Festival has plucked the best from the electronic underground scene and given a platform to the likes of Ricardo Villalobos, Loco Dice and Seth Troxler as the music switches between two clubs and a host of pre- and post-parties. The obligatory boat shindigs are extra.
- Outlook Festival – Pula, Croatia - 29 August - 2 September
One for the bass heads, Outlook Festival takes over a disused fort in Pula and explores the best of dub, hip hop, drum n bass, dubstep and beyond. Mos Def, Talib Kweli and Jay Electronica go live with everyone from Andy C and LTJ Bukem to Rustie and Mr Scruff rocking the decks.
- Dimensions Festival - Pula, Croatia - 5-9 September
Taking over the same abandoned fort as Outlook Festival, Dimensions is the event to discover forward-thinking music. Model 500, Tony Allen and Pantha du Prince play live this summer but there will be an extensive line-up of DJs including Dave Clarke, Ben UFO andFloating Points as well.
- Unknown Festival – Rovinj, Croatia – 10-14 September
From the brains behind Field Day in London, Croatia’s Hideout and Warehouse Project in Manchester comes a brand new event for 2013 that joins the dots between music, art and design. Richie Hawtin, Tiga and Jamie xx are behind the wheels of steel with The Horrors,Django Django and Four Tet set to play live.