The Ultimate Guide To Croatia’s Festival Scene 2018

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It’s the up and coming festival destination of the decade. It’s got everything you need to have a fun filled summer. Hot weather, stunning beaches and some of the top music festivals to date. What more could a guy want?

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If you’re hitting the festival scene in the UK, you’ll need to be prepared rain or shine so you may want to rethink the summer outfit. But, if this doesn’t sound up your street, and you want to give the temperamental weather a miss this year, why not head out to a festival abroad instead? Festivals have been expanding these past few years and Croatia has become a much loved home to many. The long coast line hosts an array of beach parties and the clear blue seas take centre stage for a selection of boat parties.

So, if partying abroad sounds like something you want to do, we’ve got the complete guide on all things Croatia related. From knowing what festivals are on to where they’re being held. If you need to find a place to stay or you want to figure out what you’re going to be eating, we’ve got some advice that we think will be useful.

What’s On?

There are a few festivals taking place over the summer in Croatia and we’ve got a round up of some of our favourites.

Hideout Festival – This summer festival is on from 25th – 29th June and is located in Novalja. The headliners are huge and will have you excited to start your summer. Chase & Status, AJ Tracey and Hannah Wants are just a few big names that will be heading to the Island. As one of the leading annual electronic festivals, you’ll be able to spend your days in the sun and your evenings on the beach. With open-air venues, you can lap up the Croatian vibes throughout the entire five day period.

Ultra Europe – A big player on the international EDM music scene, this festival will bring you more than just brilliant music and DJs. The team at Ultra have understood that it’s about more than just the music when it comes to festivals. The venue and the people are all a massive part of the experience. And talking about venues, this is located on Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast in a town called Split which is known for its picturesque beaches so you are sure to get the perfect Instagram snap.

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Hardwell live at Ultra Europe back in 2016
PHOTO CREDIT: Youtube

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Labyrinth Open – With their first edition taking place just last year, between 11th – 14 July 2018 this festival is set return to the Croatian coast. Focused on music, food, art and technology, this festival gives you the complete experience. As well as the main attractions that feature international DJs and live performances, there are day time events for you to get stuck into, making this a memorable summer experience.

Fresh Island Festival – Hitting Zrće Beach on 10th – 12th July this year, Fresh Island leads the game with it’s fresh hip-hop, RnB and Urban Music vibe. The likes of Wiz khalifa, J Hus and Partynextdoor will be taking to the stage this year. And with this year being their seventh edition, the festival knows how to do it right. So if you want some Urban music and RnB hits, this is the one for you.

Black Sheep Festival – On the Island of Pag, Black Sheep Festival is active between 30th July – 2nd August. Bringing you into the peek of summer, this festival may be a newbie but the first two editions have set the standards high. Its immediate success can be thankful to the beauty of Zrće beach and the big headliners it’s had so far. And this year, things are aiming to be bigger and better than before.

Defected – If six days spent enjoying some of the best house music seems like something you need in your life, Defected Croatia is where you need to be. Located on the idyllic Adriatic coast, this festival is held in a town called Tisno. The main stage, beach stage, and sunrise sessions are all there to give you the full house music experience, you won’t want to miss this. Head out to the Island in the heat of August for this house spectacular.

Barrakud – Between 13th – 16th August, Zrće Beach is being taken over once again. This time, we see Barraku festival hitting the beach. As one of the very popular summer techno festivals to hit the country, Berraku brings you the very best open-air parties both on the beach and on the boats. It also fills up some of the strip’s best clubs with techno music for those that want to dance the night away.

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Dimensions festival is a Croatian favourite
PHOTO CREDIT: Dimensions

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Sonus Festival – Set to make their sixth year one to remember, this premium electronic event unites some of the best talent around. Some of the best artists within the house and techno scenes come to the beautiful Croatian island for five nights of non-stop partying. Pag Island is becoming home to many top summer festivals, and this is no exception. If you’re a techno and house fan, Sonus festival will be ready and waiting for you.

Outlook – Finally we come to one of Europe’s best known Croatian festivals. It brings you everything you need to round off your 2018 summer. Taking place 5th – 9th September, Outlook has been at the forefront of sound system culture for over a decade. Artists from around the world come to celebrate under the sun, and what makes this even better? It’s located in an abandoned fort on the Adriatic coast. So for four days and nights, you can lap up the music on the beach, on a the boats and in the fort.

Where to Stay

Now that you’ve been given a taste of what Croatia has to offer, all you have to do now is decide what festival you want to head off to. All the destinations are equally as picturesque so wherever the festival is, you’ll be able to enjoy the amazing coast that Croatia has to offer. When looking for places to stay, of course you can sort out your accommodation with the festival directly, it’s usually pretty quick and easy. But, there are ways to do it yourself, which may come out a lot cheaper which is a bonus.

Airbnb’s are great in Croatia. They give you everything you need for the days you’re there. You can rent rooms, apartments or go for a room share. The prices will vary depending on the time of year you go and when you decide to book. And each and every Air BnB is sure to be up to scratch and have everything you’ll need for the week. Because realistically, it’s simply a place for you to drop your things off while you’re out enjoying the sun, beaches and music.

What to Wear

Festival dressing for guys always needs some thought. You don’t want to look like a tw*t but you don’t want to look like you’re just popping down to the shops. The wavy shirts need to come out and the cool sunglasses should be on show. So when it comes to packing for a sun filled festival holiday, what do you wear when there’s potential for you to jump into the sea or the pool? Do you wear swim shorts or do you go for a pair of light chino shorts? Well we say you can opt for either!

For us, the easiest way to get the best festival style is to go for lighter colours and pieces that bring in elements of colour and pattern. It is summer after all. A floral shirt, worn open in the day will take you right through to the evening. Plus, for those of you that are in line for a burning from the sun, it will protect your shoulders (sorry if we sound too mum like) while you dance the day away.

You’ll also want to carry some sort of bag around with you, because if you’re wearing swim shorts and a shirt, you don’t want your phone and money falling out all over the place. For this occasion, you want a bum bag. Wear it across your body and none of your belongings will be getting lost. Well, we hope so anyway. And finally for footwear. Flip flops may sound ideal but in the big crowds its best to stick to a comfy pair of trainers. Again, you’ll be able to take these from day to night.

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Head out to Croatia for some new party scenes
PHOTO CREDIT: Outlook

On That Note

Croatia is becoming one of the best party places for you to jet off to this summer. There are so many festivals, one to suit every preference, so if you want to feel the sun rays (hopefully not burning you) on your skin, then forget the UK festivals and head to one in the heat. It may be a little more pricey but it’ll be one you won’t forget.

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