Let’s get the party started

When it comes to music festivals Croatia is the place to be. Summer vibes are even more complete when you put the sun and the crystal clear sea in the mix with some fine tunes. Spread all over the coast, as well as the continental part of the country, each festival offers a wide range of genres set in breathtaking festival locations. Each festival gives you a chance to hit the beach listening to your favourite tunes, be comfortable in your hammock with acoustic session around you or rave on an ancient fortress exploring the hidden corners and soundscapes. 

 

So pack your glitter, get in a festival mood and book yourself a vacation with a superb musical backdrop. 

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Live the festival life on a deserted island

Obonjan (July-September)

If your long awaited wish was to be on a deserted island and live the festival life, here’s an update - your dream just became reality. The little island Obonjan combines all you want at one place. A perfect hideaway just a short boat drive away from Zadar and Split gives you the chance to soak up the sun, dance under the stars, dream another dream under the pine trees, enjoy local food or boost up your energy level with some yoga next to the sea. A proper resort is soundtracked by some of the hottest artists so this little private getaway comes with a festival twist. The first secret mission got revealed this summer giving you the chance to enjoy the scenery and tunes curated by Four Tet, Local Natives or Hot 8 Brass Band. Stay for as long as you want, the summers here never end. 

 

 

  • Obonjan 2016
  • Obonjan 2016
  • Obonjan 2016
  • Obonjan 2016

Super ear powers
for new rock talents 

SuperUho, Primošten, 01.08-03.08.

There is more to festivals in Croatia than just electronic music. SuperUho or “the super ear”, is an intimate festival mainly focusing on live indie rock music bringing local and international acts. Set on a beach in Primošten, near Šibenik, the festival offers great music selection on a seaside location with workshops, camping and kids zones giving it a family friendly vibe. Highlighting some of the big names in independent music, the festival also introduces a bunch of upcoming artists so use your super ear powers to detect new talents. 

 

  • SuperUho, Primošten; Foto: Tomislav Sporiš & Lasta Slaviček
  • SuperUho, Primošten; Foto: Tomislav Sporiš & Lasta Slaviček
  • SuperUho, Primošten; Foto: Tomislav Sporiš & Lasta Slaviček
  • SuperUho, Primošten; Foto: Tomislav Sporiš & Lasta Slaviček

Defected

with house hedonism

Defected Croatia, Tisno, 11.08-15.08.

Taking place in one of the most idyllic and intimate corners of Croatia’s Adriatic coast, Defected Croatia will take over The Garden in Tisno with its five days of house hedonism. Main stage hosts house superstars to disco icons while underground heroes play daytime beach sessions, with boat parties all adding to a unique outdoor clubbing experience. Here’s a perfect place for you to enjoy five days of house music with great food and the chance to genuinely relax on a music festival boosted with sun and crystal clear sea. 

 

  • Defected 2016; Photo: Tim Ertl
  • Defected 2016; Photo: James Chapman
  • Defected 2016; Photo: Khris Cowley

Techno stars on the beach

Sonus, Zrće, 21.08-25.08.

Sounds of techno are not only reserved for indoors, they get their full power on the techno festival Sonus taking place on Croatia's Zrće beach. Five days and nights in three worldly renowned dance clubs host numerous techno stars on the stunning Adriatic coast. Techno under the sun is always a good option. Riding the waves during boat parties and finishing the complete cycle of dancing until the sunrise makes that option even more appealing. With stand out performances and a creative mix of techno and house, you know it’s going to be a great summer party.

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Underground electronica

on an ancient fortress

Dimensions, Pula, 25.08-28.08.

The abandoned ancient Fort Punta Christo is home to an underground electronic music festival Dimensions. Overlooking the bay of Pula, this legendary site hides the ancient courtyards that are perfect for exploring soundscapes from all across the globe. Powered by the best sound systems, as well as natural acoustics, this festival is an eclectic mix of genres taking you to other dimensions. With chilled beats playing during the daytime beach sessions and daily boat parties, continue into the night by enjoying the deep end of electronica on one of the most impressive festival locations. 

 

  • Dimensions, Pula
  • Dimensions, Pula
  • Dimensions, Pula
  • Dimensions, Pula

Pump up that bass!

Outlook, Pula , 01.9. - 04.09.

As the summer is approaching to its end, there is still one more thing to do. Increase your energy level with powerful sound systems and tunes of underground dancefloor music. Outlook festival is an event celebrating bass and sound system culture on an abandoned fort above the Adriatic sea. Stunning setting, energetic vibes and people from around the globe celebrate life soundtracked by house, techno, dubstep, hip-hop, grime and electronic music. The beach is right next to this location so keep on smiling and enjoying the sun or hop on a boat and party on the open sea... there is so much to do.

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From the world’s end

to INmusic festival

INmusic Festival, Zagreb, 20.06.-22.06.

INmusic festival is one of the oldest festivals in Croatia with a more than a decade-long mission to bring rock to the capital. Set in the city itself, on Lake Jarun, the open air location is perfectly located to give you all you need. Get to listen to your favorite acts such as Florence + The Machine, PJ Harvey or The Kooks on the main stage, explore music from all over the globe at the world music stage, get back to basics with an intimate rave in the woods or enjoy theater shows on the festival site. With Lake Jarun being suitable for a refreshing afternoon swim, the onsite camp looks after your social skills connecting you with music lovers coming all over Europe, the nearby city center of Zagreb is calling you to explore it. If you get caught up by the summer rain, you may very well that think you are at Glastonbury.

  • INmusic Festival, Zagreb
  • INmusic Festival, Zagreb
  • INmusic Festival, Zagreb
  • INmusic Festival, Zagreb

Love

is international

Love International, The Garden Tisno, 29.06. - 6.07.

Continuing the heritage of The Garden Festival is not an easy task. But after 10 years the first electronic music festival in the country got a successor in the form Love International. Uniting music lovers and like-minded people from all over the world, this new gem in the festival scene will ensure you that paradise is possible and friendly vibes are everywhere. Set in a private little bay of The Garden in Tisno with its own beach, a stage right next to it, curvy streets leading you to other music sources, food courts, chill zones and boat parties or the acoustic sunrise sessions, it can’t get more relaxed and intimate than that. With nearby Zadar, Šibenik and Split, this location is close to Krka waterfalls and Plitvice so it all packs into a great getaway. This year’s inaugural edition was soundtracked by some of the best artists such as Khruangbin, Crazy P, Dixon or Jackmaster. Love International offered a holiday with a musical backdrop of disco, soulful and balearic tunes for daytime recuperation and night time action. 

  • Love International, The Garden Tisno; Photo: Muzika.hr/Nikolina Mimić
  • Love International, The Garden Tisno; Photo: Muzika.hr/Nikolina Mimić
  • Love International, The Garden Tisno; Photo: Muzika.hr/Nikolina Mimić
  • Love International, The Garden Tisno; Photo: Muzika.hr/Nikolina Mimić

No hiding

from the party

Hideout, Zrće beach, island of Pag, 26.06-30.06.

One of the festivals that really defined Croatia as the party destination is definitely Hideout. Set in an island of Pag, on the acclaimed beach Zrće, the festival has nothing to hide. Au contraire, the best things are set in one place and there’s no way you can hide from the party. With curvy beaches and hidden bays, the natural beauties combine with electronic music to give you an unforgettable open air clubbing adventure. Listen to big shots of electronic music, jump through the Kalypso and Aquarius clubs in search of a great vibe or go to the boat party to catch that sunset in a special place. Chilling and sipping your favourite cocktail on a beach gives you the chance to enjoy the best of both worlds. This year’s edition brought the sounds by names such as Jamie xx, Hot Since 82, Jackmaster, Eats Everything or Seth Troxler. Hideout is known for its stellar electronic music lineup that attracts young party goers from all over the world.

  • Hideout, Zrće beach; Photo: Matt Eachus
  • Hideout, Zrće beach; Photo: Matt Eachus
  • Hideout, Zrće beach; Photo: Matt Eachus
  • Hideout, Zrće beach; Photo: Matt Eachus
  • Hideout, Zrće beach; Photo: Matt Eachus

Hip-hop sounds on the beach

Fresh Island, Zrće beach, island of Pag, 12.07-15.07.

Here’s one for all the hip-hop heads who want to combine sun, sea and their favourite tunes. Fresh Island is Europe’s largest hip-hop and urban music festival whose past lineups have included impressive names like Rick Ross, Asap Rocky and Snoop Dogg. Set on a stunning location on the sunny Adriatic, Zrće beach is a home to one of the most unique music festivals. With three days in three clubs Fresh Island offers unmissable performances across hip-hop, grime and R’n’B. Combination of daytime pool parties, chilling in the crystal clear sea with your favourite soundtrack and soaking in the sun are a perfect invitation to Fresh Island. This year’s 5th anniversary brought some heavyweights such as Wiz Khalifa, Chris Brown and Skrillex. The organisers already claim next edition will be huge so, get planning and you better not miss this one!

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Party hard

in a historical surrounding

Ultra Europe, Split, 15.07-19.07.

The biggest EDM festival Ultra has its spin off in Croatia on the beautiful Adriatic. Ultra Europe is set in a historical city Split, connecting the nearby islands and providing a non-stop party for revellers coming from around the globe. Imagine great stage designs, mind-blowing production, some of the biggest names in electronic music, paired with beach parties, boat parties and island hopping and what you get is an unforgettable experience set to your favourite dance tunes. With names such as Afrojack, Armin van Buuren, Carl Cox, David Guetta and Hardwell, in its third edition Ultra Europe proved to be an unavoidable destination if you are a party beast. In one week it connected Split, islands Brač, Hvar and Vis with more than 120 countries that came to this ultimate destination festival. 

  • Ultra Europe Festival, Split
  • Ultra Europe Festival, Split; Photo: Muzika.hr/Nikolina Mimić
  • Ultra Europe Festival, Split; Photo: Muzika.hr/Nikolina Mimić
  • Ultra Europe Festival, Split; Photo: Muzika.hr/Nikolina Mimić
  • Ultra Europe Festival, Split; Photo: Muzika.hr/Nikolina Mimić