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The rise and rise of Croatian music festivals

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It’s no secret that we love a good music festival. Whether it’s Coachella in California, Tommorrowland in Belgium or Glastonbury in the UK. Point being – we love festivals. But there’s something particularly beautiful about Croatia… With nearly a decade of festival success under its belt, Croatia’s summer music scene continues to go from strength to strength, creating this country as a hub for music lovers, sun seekers and travellers alike.

And how can you not want to go, with its beautiful islands and crystal clear waters? To put it simply, Croatia has some of the best festivals the world has to offer that you have to experience once in your life.

Ultra Festival

WhatUltra Music Festival

Where: Split, Croatia

Why: Bigger, Bold and Badass is how we would describe this festival. It’s one of the biggest EDM and house music festivals in the world that’s set along the beautiful Adriatic coast.

Think beach parties, extravagant boat parties and a mind-blowing lineup bringing international artists from all over the world.

Who they’ve had in the past: Afrojack, The Chemical Brothers, Alesso, Carl Cox.

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Hide Out festival

What: Hideout Festival

Where: Novalja, Croatia

Why: Do you like the sound of relaxing on the beach by day, surfing waves, partying on a boat and hitting up intimate beach parties in quirkier venues around the bay? Then this one’s for you.

Running for 3 years now, this festival is at the forefront of electronic music from house and techno to rave, dubstep and anything in-between.

Who they’ve had in the past: Duke Dumont, Tensnake, Jamie Jones, Gorgon City.

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Electric Elephant

What: Electric Elephant 

Where: The Garden Tisno

Why: “Sun, Sea, Boat Parties, DJs, Live Music & Club Nights on the sun-sparkled Adriatic coast,” is enough to send tingles down your spine right? The site itself will make you want to pack your bags and go! It overlooks a bay, complete with sandy beaches and crystal clear waters set between Zadar and Split! It’s truly an idyllic spot for sun-seekers and music lovers!

Who they’ve had in the past: Michael Mayer, Groove Armada (DJ set),The 2 Bears, Lindstrom.

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Soundwave festival

WhatSoundwave Croatia

Where: The Garden Tisno

Why: If you’re looking for something more chilled, make your way to Soundwave. It brings the best of contemporary soul and hip-hop, with an electronic twist. The location isn’t bad either, having the same venue as Soundwave and some epic boat parties to keep you entertained!

Who they’ve had in the past: De La Soul, Bonobo, DJ Shadow, Fat Freddy’s Drop.

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Outlook Festival

What: Outlook Festival 

Where: Pula, Croatia.

Why: ‘An abandoned fort, a roman amphitheater, a beautiful beach, and worldclass soundsystems…” is how this festival is best described. Definitely one to put on your bucket list if you’re into bass and epic soundsystems.

But the best part of all is the fact you can say you’ve partied in a 2000-year old Roman amphitheater! This festival offers an experience like no other.

Who they’ve had in the past: SBTRKT, Busta Rhymes, Chronixx, MOS DEF, Talib kweli.

Image of the opening set at the Ampitheatre at Outlook festival