25 Mar Destination: Croatia
According to reports, Croatia was 2013’s most-popular festival destination for revellers from the UK and the rest of the world. In 2014, the number of people visiting the country’s sun-drenched coast to enjoy the music is set to rise; Croatia is, both literally and metaphorically speaking, one of the hottest festival destinations out there.
It all spawned from Garden Festival, launched in 2006 by British club promoter Eddie O’Callaghan; initially a small festival, the number of attendees now has to be capped at 2,500 to try to retain some of the intimate charm it was lauded for 8 years ago. However, Garden Festival’s numbers pale in comparison to those at some of the biggest Croatian-based festivals, like Outlook, which markets itself as ‘Europe’s leading bass music festival’. This year, Outlook is, once again, set to be one of the most popular Croatian-based festivals, attracting hoards of Brits due to its stellar line-up, which this year includes big names like Lauryn Hill and Busta Rhymes.
It’s understandable why so many people are now choosing to head abroad to get their summer partying fix; trading in muddy UK weather for warmer climes (and cheaper beer) in Croatia just makes sense. Why dance the night away in the woods at Latitude when you could be at a boat party, drinking at a terraced bar or paddling, drink in hand, in the Adriatic sea?
Below we have selected some of the best festivals around this summer, from bass and electronica showcase Soundwave in July, to Unknown Festival in September, which is targeted at indie fans. At the time of going to press, tickets are still available for all of the below.
INmusic Festival – 23 – 25 June
Line-up includes The Black Keys, MGMT, Crystal Fighters, Pixies, Jagwar Ma. Tickets from £34.
Soundwave Festival – 17 – 21 July 2014
Line-up includes Fat Freddy’s Drop, Gold Panda, Mr Scruff, The Bug, Flako, The Mouse Outfit. Tickets from £125.
Dimensions Festival – 27 – 31 August
Line-up includes Jon Hopkins, Theo Parrish, Floating Points, Caribou, Darkside, Nils Frahm. Tickets from £140; opening concert tickets from £35.
Outlook Festival – 3 – 7 September 2014
Line-up includes Lauryn Hill, Busta Rhymes, Barrington Levy, Dub Phizix, Prince Fatty, Iration Steppas. Tickets from £140.
Unknown Festival – 8 – 12 September 2014
Line-up includes Wild Beasts, Mount Kimbie, Chvrches, Forest Swords, Jungle. Tickets from £129.
Written by Grace Howard.