With its pristine beaches, azure waters, glorious islands, untouched nature and ancient architecture, Croatia is already a summer holiday dream. It is no wonder that the music festival scene has been ever expanding, with a growing international crowd flocking to Croatia’s beautiful Adriatic shores and its party-ready beaches for a summer of endless music and, you guessed it, lots of boat parties. We’ve picked a few of the best music festivals in Croatia to get you inspired and ready to go for the summer of a lifetime.
Where and when: 22-30 July 2016, Zrce Beach, Novalja, Pag Island
Headliners: Jamie XX, Skepta
If you like your festivals big and bold, Hideout is the one for you. Novalja is considered by some the Croatian Ibiza and Zrce is its ultimate party beach. Every year, Hideout turns this stunning location into an electronic extravaganza. From house and techno to rave, dubstep and minimal, Hideout plays it all. We obviously adore Hideout for its famous boat parties, where exclusive DJ sets are played all through the night.
Although it’s only in its 5th year, Hideout has quickly become one of the best music festivals in Croatia. Tickets sell out fast, so snap them up while you can.
Where and when: 31 August – 5 September 2016, Pula
Headliners: Damian Marley, Andy C, Stormzy
Outlook Festival is without a doubt one of Croatia’s best summer parties. Awesome electronic music, party-ready beaches and stunning architecture make Outlook an epic 5-day party extravaganza.
According to London’s Drum ‘n’ Bass Arena Awards, as well as the BBC, Outlook is Europe’s best Soundsystem Culture Festival and its famous mix of techno, house, dubstep, hip hop, reggae and grime makes it a unique music experience.
Where and when: 21 – 25 August 2016, Zrce Beach, Novalja, Pag Island
Headliners: Chris Liebling, Dixon, Loco Dice
Located on Zrce beach, Sonus is one of Croatia’s most popular techno festivals. Pag boasts some of the world’s best dance clubs on its stunning Adriatic shores and this August they will host an all-star lineup of techno superstars. Year after year party-goers from all over the world flock to Papaya, Aquarius and Kalypso in order to experience some of the stand-out beach parties of the season in this perfect summer location.
Where and when: 24 – 29 August 2016, Pula
Headliners: Massive Attack, Kamasi Washington, Moodyman
Dimensions Festival is a cut above the rest when it comes to variety and quality of parties: here you can enjoy chill-out sessions on the stunning beaches by day, rave at the very best of underground parties by night, and make all of your friends jealous by partying on one of Dimension’s floating clubs on the Adriatic sea.
Dimension’s sound production is one of a kind, and so is its venue: come August the best in bass – from dubstep and drum ‘n’ bass to deep house and techno – will reverberate in Pula’s 2000-year-old Roman amphitheatre.
Where and when: 15 – 17 July 2016, Split
Headliners: David Guetta, Martin Garrix, Hardwell
Ultra Europe, one of the biggest EDM and house music festivals in the world, kicks off its three day music mania at the Giraffe Palm Beach House Opening Party in Split this year. The infamous main concert in Poljud Stadium promises an incredible lineup of electronic heavyweights, headspinning visuals and more side parties than you could ever dream of.
The best part is, that you don’t have to wait long for the next party. Join the Ultra Yacht Regatta Party on the island of Brac, where Zlatni Rat – one of the most legendary beaches on the Adriatic Coast – will host one of the festival’s most unique beach parties.
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