Croatia is abuzz with festival fever as the finest names in house, electronic, dub and bass prepare to collide at 4 signature festivals this summer. Garden, Electric Elephant, Dimensions and Outlook festival are all tipped to be outstanding and if the previous years are anything to go by, they certainly will be.
From boat parties on the Adriatic sea to historical rave forts in Pula, read our essential Croatia festival guide and start planning your summer, pronto.
What the press say: There’s no better place than The Garden Festival to experience its unique unison of festival and holiday into an inspirational adventure, dancing under the sizzling sun and star-speckled sky with like-minded people from around the world drawn to the region’s stunning beauty.
What we say: Small and intimate, Garden is the place to go for a chilled out holiday accompanied by unrivalled night life. Sail to a secret island party with Crazy P on the decks and the hot Croatian sun on your back or chill out on a lilo in crystal clear waters- the choice is yours.
Who’s there? Eats Everything, Wolf and Lamb, Francois K, Ewan Pearson, Crazy P Soundsystem, Prosumer and tonnes more where that came from.
Where, when and how much? Weds 2nd – Weds 9th July 2014 @ The Garden Tisno, Petrica Glava 34, 22240, Tisno, Croatia / www.thegardenfestival.eu / £120
What the press say: Electric Elephant is much more than just a festival; with breath-taking surroundings at one of Europe’s most discerning events, relaxing by day under the sun leads to hedonistic excursions long into the balmy nights.
What we say: Forget the expense of Ibiza, there’s a new party paradise in town and it’s a fraction of the price. Escape to Electric Elephant this July and enjoy electronic music on the stunning Croatian coastline.
Who’s there? Derrick May, Francois K, Norman Jay, Chez Damier, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Horse Meat Disco, FCL, Justin Robertson, Ashley Beedle, Rahaan.
Where, when and how much? Thurs 10th – Mon 14th July 2014@ The Garden Tisno, Petrica Glava 34, 22240, Tisno, Croatia / £120 / www.electricelephant.co.uk
What the press say: Dimensions has evolved into one of Europe’s best loved festivals, creating a truly unique experience in Fort Punta Christo and attracting music lovers, thrill-seekers and adventurous types from all over the world.
What we say: CARIBOU playing live in a Roman amphitheatre- need we say any more?
Who’s there? Caribou, Darkside, Roy Ayers, Jon Hopkins, Nina Kraviz…
Where, when and how much? Weds 27th – Sunday 31st August 2014 @ Fort Punta Christo, Pula, Croatia / Tickets £140 / http://www.dimensionsfestival.com
What the press say: Close to the historic city of Pula in Croatia’s northern region of Istria, Outlook sets the agenda with a world-class array of performers in a collection of truly spectacular locations, set in and around an abandoned fort. Choose from a dungeon, a courtyard, a moat, a boat, the beach or the festival’s main stage set on a harbour.
What we say: Attending a festival in September is the best way to round off a kick ass summer. Location wise, Outlook is iconic and the fact Lauryn Hill is playing is a major bonus.
Who’s there? Ms. Lauryn Hill, Busta Rhymes, Barrington Levy, Horace Andy, DJ Premier, Buraka Som Sistema, Moodymann, David Rodigan, Goldie, DJ EZ, MJ Cole..
Where, when and how much? Weds 3rd – Sunday 7th September @ Fort Punta Christo, Pula, Croatia / Tickets £140 / http://www.outlookfestival.com
And there we have it, the top 4 Croatian music festivals to consider this summer. Which of these takes your fancy?