The Ultimate Guide To Croatia’s Festival Scene 2018

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 the 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 big, Chase & Status, AJ Tracey and Hannah Wants just to name a few. 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, known for its picturesque beaches.

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Hardwell live at Ultra Europe back in 2016

Labyrinth Open – With their first edition taking place just last year, between 11th – 14 July 2018 its 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 to get stuck into too making it a memorable summer destination.

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. Onto the seventh edition means that the festival knows how to do it right, so if you want some Urban music, 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. 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.

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 some of the strip’s best clubs with techno music for those that want to dance the night away.

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Sonus festival gives you the entire experience
PHOTO CREDIT: Sonus Festival

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 or 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 room shares. The prices wiill vary depending on the time of year and when you book them but the majority are all up to scratch. Because realistically, it’s only a place for you to drop your things while you’re out enjoying the sun, beaches and music.

What to Wear

Festival dressing for you 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 wavey 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?

Head out to Croatia for some new party scenes

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) 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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