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Festivals in Croatia are famous for their guaranteed hot weather, beach raves and boat parties. Most of the festivals are electro, techno, minimal or a mixture of the three, but if that’s not what floats your boat there are a few mainstream music ones too. Just take a look at our big list of Croatian festivals before you make your choice…

May festivals

Love System Festival

Where: Petrcane

Sleep: Camping, or in your own apartment

For fans of: Shonky, Bicep, Ralph Lawson

Go if: You want a festival set in a Croatian paradise, filled with love and warmth.

Love System Festival in Croatia

June festivals

Echo Festival

Where: Kenegra, Istria

Sleep: Apartments

For fans of: Magda, Davide Squillace, Petre Inspirescu

Go if: You like your festivals intimate and electronic

INmusic Festival

Where: Zagreb

Sleep: Camping

For fans of: Arctic Monkeys, Basement Jaxx, Bloc Party

Go if: You want to go to a festival in Croatia, but you prefer more mainstream music than all the electronica festivals the country is famous for.

INMusic Festival in Croatia

July festivals

Hideout Festival

Where: Zcre Beach, Pag

Sleep: Nearby apartments

For fans of: Four Tet, Chase & Status, Seth Troxler

Go if: You look cool, dress cool and like cool music. No chavs allowed.

The Garden Festival

Where: The Garden Tisno, Croatia

Sleep: In your own bed, in Tisno Town

For fans of: Auntie Flo, Crazy P, Adam Regan

Go if: You want to party on a large outdoor terrace with a beachfront cocktail bar

Electric Elephant Festival

Fresh Island Festival

Where: Novalja, Pag

Sleep: Apartments

For fans of: Snoop Dogg, A$AP Rocky + more

Go if: You want to sing “Snoop dawggggy dawwwwwwg” at the top of your voice in the sunshine.

Electric Elephant

Where: The Garden Tisno, Croatia

Sleep: In your own bed, in Tisno Town

For fans of: Carl Craig, Frankie Knuckles, Mr Scruff: Keep it Unreal

Go if: You want sun, sea, music, boat parties and outdoor clubs on the Adriatic Coast

Electric Elephant Festival

Ultra Europe

Where: Split & Hvar

Sleep: Apartments

For fans of: Armin Van Buuren, Avicii

Go if: You want the excitement of different locations for your festivals, and you want to see beautiful Hvar.

Soundwave

Sleep: Onsite apartments

Where: Petrcane, Croatia

For fans of: DJ Shadow, DJ Yoda, Bonobo

Go if: You want hip hop, soul, reggae and experimentalism in a beautiful Dalmatian fishing village.

Suncebeat

Where: Garden Tisno

Sleep: On site apartments

For fans of: Gilles Peterson, Moodymann, Mark Farina

Go if: You want to party with likeminded musical souls in a secluded bay with a shimmering sandy beach.

Hideout Festival in Croatia

August festivals

Stop Making Sense Festival

Where: Tisno Garden

Sleep: Nearby apartments

For fans of: Steve Bug, John Talabot, Dixon

Go if: You follow Vice Magazine “SMS is a smorgasbord of all that’s currently good and exciting in electronic music”.

Outlook Festival

Where: Pula

Sleep: Camping or nearby apartments

For fans of: Talib Kweli, Jay Electronica, Amdy C

Go if: You want to be part of “Europe’s largest bass music and sound system culture festival” and hang out in an old Croatian fort for a week.

Outlook Festival in Croatia

September festivals

Unknown Festival

Where: Rovinj

Sleep: Nearby apartments

For fans of: Disclosure, Jessie Ware, Totally Enormous Dinosaurs

Go if: You like Hideout Festival, The Warehouse Project or Field Day, or all of the above. It’s a new festival but promises a hedonistic and immersive paradise creating a magical festival experience.

Dimensions Festival

Where: Pula

Sleep: Apartments

For fans of: Model 500, Daphni, Tony Allen

Go if: You prefer a smaller version of Outlook festival, but in the same stunning venue.

 

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