6 awesome spots you need to visit in Croatia this year

The festival season is fast approaching, and many folk are deciding to flock to sunnier climes to get their festival fix. And understandably so. In the UK you run the risk of paying out a huge wad of cash, only to be faced with a deluge of water that even Noah and his trusty ark would struggle with.

One destination that has long been at the forefront of the discerned dance music lovers mind is Croatia. With a coastline that stretches out over 1,000 kilometres, glorious turquoise waters that lap at white sandy beaches, backed by lush green trees, and medieval architecture, it’s not hard to see why. Even legendary label Defected will be setting up camp there for the first time this year, where we’ll be joining forces for a special party.

With this in mind we’ve handpicked the ones that we think are the cream of the sun-drenched crop.

Love International

When? 29th June – 6th July

Where? The Garden Resort, Tisno.

Fly to? The festival is conveniently located between two airports- Zadar and Split.

How much? £120 for a full week pass

Who? The line-up boasts an array of some of dance music’s finest selectors, including; Bicep, Joy Orbison, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Khruangbin, Horse Meat Disco, Roman Flugel, Crazy P Soundsystem, Dixon, and Young Marco.

Love International replaces the much-loved Garden Festival, which ended its 10-year run last July. Aside from bringing you the finest purveyors of house and techno, Love International will also host it’s own brewery and sell an abundance of local, organic produce.

More? loveinternationalfestival.com

Electric Elephant

When? 7th-11th July

Where? The Garden Resort, Tisno

Fly to? Same as Love International- Zadar or Split

How much? Tickets are £110 and you can purchase one of their Top Trunk Cards for an additional £50. This will give you access to all after parties at Barbarella’s. There’s also the option of buying a pass for both Love International and Electric Elephant for £175, which gets you into the special handover party on 6th.

Who? A few of the names that will be bringing the noise include some of the biggest legends in dance music- Kerri Chandler, Andrew Weatherall, Todd Terry and Ralph Lawson. They’ll be joined by Will Saul, Tristan Da Cunha, Craig Charles, Secret Sundaze, Pedestrian, and Psychemagik amongst others.

If you’re looking to party on into the night (of course you are) then you can head to Barbarella’s to continue your hedonistic journey. Each night will be a collaboration with some of the finest labels in dance.

More? electricelephant.co.uk


When? 28th July – 6th September

Where? Obonjan, near to the port of Šibenik.

Fly to? Again it’s Zadar or Split, but then you need to make a 45 minute journey to the port of Šibenik where you’ll catch a ferry to Obonjan.

How much? Prices start from £56 per person per night.

Who? DJ Shadow, Machinedrum, Gilles Peterson, Hot 8 Brass Band, Mr Scruff, Four Tet, Pearson Sound, Jessy Lanza, and Kate Tenpest.

No, those dates aren’t a typo. This festival really does run for six weeks. Yep, six whole weeks. Obonjan is the brainchild of the guys behind Unknown festival. This one’s not all about electronic music either. There’ll be live music, DJ sets, talks and workshops. The greatest thing about this festival? You can pick when you go and how long you stay for.

More? otokobonjan.com


When? 11th-15th August

Where? The Garden Resort, Tisno

How much? £149, which includes after parties at Barbarella’s.

Fly to? Either Zadar or Split

Who? Basement Jaxx, Kenny Dope, Roger Sanchez, Atjazz, Purple Disco Machine, Riva Starr, Joss Moog, and Kings Of Tomorrow are amongst some of the names topping this list.

This is Defected’s first time skipping across the continent from Ibiza. There’ll be beach and boat parties by day, and dancing long into the night at the famous open air club Barbarella’s. On the eve of the 14th Traxsource will be hosting a party at this hedonist hot-spot, and we’ll be bringing sounds from Honey Dijon, Session Victim, Eli Escobar, Fred Everything and Luke Solomon.

More? defected.com/croatia

Wave Week

When? 13th-20th August

Where? Various islands dotted along the dazzling Adriatic Coast

How much? Prices start from £662.60 per person, and vary dependent on the boat you choose.

Fly to? Split

Who? Simian Mobile Disco, Clive Henry, Crazy P, Housekeeping DJs, Krywald & Farrer.

Wave Week will see 40 yachts set sail on their maiden voyage for one truly unique musical experience. The boats will anchor up at a total of seven locations where party goers will be treated to floating parties, fort raves, supper clubs, and spa days. The only downside is that it is slightly more expensive to other festivals. Better get saving those pennies.

More? waveweek.com


When? 1st – 5th September

Where? The Garden Resort, Tisno

Fly to? Zadar or Split.

How much? €120. But be aware this doesn’t include the nightly shenanigans at the famed Barbarella’s.

Who? The musical programme will be provided by Interstellar Funk, Tape DJs, The Black Madonna, Oceanic, Pender Street Steppers, and Dekmantel Soundsystem.

Selectors was founded by Thomas Martojo and Casper Tielrooij the brains behind Dekmantel. The focus here is “on the art of DJing, celebrating the extraordinary DJs that have turned collecting and playing music into an art form”. The musical theme here seems to swing more towards the funk and boogie side of dance. A welcome change to the usual house heavy line-ups we’re accustomed to.

More? dekmantelselectors.com

If none of these really float your boat, there’s a plethora of others to keep you entertained; Soundwave, Hideout, Outlook, Sea Dance Festival, Ultra and Suncebeat.

With such a vast array of events to choose from, you really are spoilt for choice. Every musical taste is catered for. And it’s not all about the music either. Be sure to take a break and get out and explore your surroundings. Croatia is a truly stunning country.

Let us know where you’re flying off to this summer. Will you be dipping your toes in the crystal clear waters of Croatia for the first time? Maybe this could be the year that Croatia beats Ibiza in the party stakes.