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<p>Not quite the new Ibiza, Croatia just keeps on comin'...</p>

Ready or not?

WHEN? Monday 30th June – Thursday 3rd July WHERE? Zrce Beach, Island of Pag
HOW MUCH? £129/£179
HIGHLIGHTS? Disclosure, Rudimental, Jamie Jones, Loco Dice, Solomun, Maceo Plex, Sasha, Ȃme, Apollonia, Bicep, Bondax, Breach, George Fitzgerald, Cassy, Scuba, Soul Clap, Kerri Chandler, John Talabot, Skream, Wilkinson, MK, Artwork, Ben Pearce, B.Traits, Daniel Avery, Gorgon City, Shadow Child, Hannah Wants, Paul Woolford, DJ EZ, Ejeca, Friend Within, Huxley, Midland, Waze & Odyssey and much more...

It finally happened. Shufflers reached the Adriatic coast of Croatia. They sailed in on a giant pair of Reebok Classics and made it as far as Hideout Festival. The Warehouse Project's first-ever Croatian project has only got more popular in recent years, but you cannot fault the line-up. All the big-name UK house DJs and talent from all over Europe and beyond — a bucket load of boat parties — and a friendly, up-for-it crowd. What more could you want?


Modular sound 

WHEN? 19th-22nd June WHERE? Hvar, Croatia
HOW MUCH? €55/€220
HIGHLIGHTS? Klaxons, Factory Floor, Kelela, Erol Alkan, Bok Bok, Mark Ronson, Tensnake, Tiger & Woods, Neneh Cherry, Psychemagik, Baio, Darkside, Maurice Fulton, Storm Queen, Daniel Wang and more...

Hvar already has its fair share of parties but this one is extra special because it belongs to Modular, the Australian dance label responsible for electro/pop records from the likes of Cut Copy, The Presets and Kindness. Bringing their unique breed of indie-crossover dance to the twinkling shores of one of Croatia's finest islands — with plenty of disco, house and techno thrown in — FOR is four days of bliss in an absolutely beautiful setting.


Gone fishing

WHEN? 4th-7th September WHERE? Isle Of White
HOW MUCH? £195
HIGHLIGHTS? Sven Väth, Dubfire, Paul Kalkbrenner, Adam Beyer, Art Department, Ellen Allien, Guy Gerber, Maceo Plex, Mano Le Tough, Danny Daze, Marco Faraone, Hunter/Game, Phil Weeks, Ryan Crosson, Shaded and more...

Taking over the same shores, stages and clubs as Hideout — Aquarius, Papaya et al — Barrakud is one targeted more at those with an ear for techno. With Cocoon, Sci+Tec, Wisdom of the Glove, Circoloco and Ellum Audio programming the event, you know it's only going to be of the highest order too.


Space and time

WHEN? 27th-31st August WHERE? Fort Punta Christo, Pula
HOW MUCH? £140
HIGHLIGHTS? Underground Resistance, Roy Ayers, Moodymann, Caribou, Juan Atkins & Moritz Von Oswald, Jon Hopkins, Robert Hood, Theo Parrish, Jackmaster & Oneman, Ben Klock, Trus' Me, Nina Kraviz, Floating Points, Special Request, Metro Area, Gilles Peterson, Kelela and more...

From the makers of Outlook, Dimensions has focused on more stripped-back sounds since it started in 2012. Two hundred artists, 11 stages, 30 boat parties in a 2000-year-old amphitheatre, you cannot go wrong with Dimensions.


Coming out

WHEN? 3rd-7th September WHERE? Fort Punta Christo, Pula
HOW MUCH? £115 - £140
HIGHLIGHTS? Lauryn Hill, Busta Rhymes, DJ Premier, Andy C, Buraka Som Sistema, Horace Andy, Moodymann, David Rodigan, Friction, DJ Marky, DJ EZ, Digital Mystikz, Floating Points, Zinc, Loefah, MJ Cole, Funkineven, Dillinja, Calibre, dBridge, Marcus Intalex, Youngsta, Special Request, Dub Phizix, Icicle, Spectrasoul, Wookie, Applebottom, Hannah Wants and more...

One of the first UK-led festivals to tap into the Adriatic dream, Outlook has been bringing big basslines to Pula for seven years now. The pick for those who know which side their beats are buttered on, Outlook is more about wub, dub and subs in the sun than straight house and techno. Set within the dusty grounds of an 18th century castle, it's only getting stronger.


You know it!

WHEN? 8th-12th September WHERE? Rovinj
HOW MUCH? £129/£134
HIGHLIGHTS? Chic feat Nile Rodgers, Disclosure, Moderat, DJ Harvey, Seth Troxler, Erol Alkan, Eats Everything, Hot Since 82, Jackmaster, Joy Orbison, Mano Le Tough, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Optimo, Simian Mobile Disco, Gerd Janson, London Grammar, Jamie xx, Dixon, Âme, Clean Bandit, Chvrches, Henrik Schwarz, KiNK, Ten Walls, Tale of Us, and more...

Unknown only started last year, but already lots of people know about it. The work of The Warehouse Project in a previously undiscovered location, Unknown is their more arty foil to Hideout, and its line-up is just as impressive. Five nights of halcyon partying and a host of hidden forest gigs, it's most certainly worth a look in.


The Garden
Of earthly delights...

The Garden
WHEN? 23rd-30th July WHERE? Tisno
HOW MUCH? £125
HIGHLIGHTS? Crazy P Soundsystem, Eats Everything, Catz 'N Dogz, Ben UFO, Ewan Pearson, Justin Martin, Midland, François K, Bicep, Medlar, Soul Clap, Waifs & Strays, Greg Wilson, Adam Shelton, Outboxx, PBR Streetgang, Detroit Swindle, Dan Beaumont, Cedric Maison and more...

After moving from Petrcane to Tisno two years ago, this festival is only getting better. From the all-night outdoor raves of Barbarella's to the Argonaughty boat, and downbeat beach time during the day, programmed by Futureboogie and with parties from Krankbrother, Just Jack and Louche, The Garden really is Balearic perfection...only in Croatia.  


Electric Elephant
Elephant in the room

Electric Elephant
WHEN? 2nd-9th July WHERE? Rovinj
HOW MUCH? £120
HIGHLIGHTS? The Unabombers, Tom Findlay, Simian Mobile Disco, Derrick May, François K, Chez Damier, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Horse Meat Disco, FCL, Prosumer, Justin Robertson, Munk, The Emperor Machine, Ashley Beedle, Rahaan, Lowlife and much more...

Taking the baton from The Garden during the second week of July, Electric Elephant is the extension of Unabombers' Manc-born Electric Chair party, only in a more salubrious environment. With legendary boat parties and the northern collective to keep the vibe strong, this is one elephant you will never forget.


Sunny Southport

WHEN? 2nd-9th July WHERE? Tisno
HOW MUCH? £120
HIGHLIGHTS? Kerri Chandler, Gilles Peterson, Ron Trent, Osunlade, Prosumer, Glenn Underground, Boo Williams, Karizma, Deetron, Kyodai, Craig Smith, AtJazz, Quentin Harris, Kev Beadle, Grant Nelson, Phil Asher and more...

Stunningly, Southport Weekender reached 50 years this month, but you'll find many of its soulful followers in Croatia again this year. Why? It's simple. House greats, plus plenty of new ones, in a breathtaking setting, late-night stomps and boat parties — the lot.

Stunningly, Southport Weekender reached 50 years this month, but you'll find many of its soulful followers in Croatia again this year. Why? It's simple. House greats, plus plenty of new ones, in a breathtaking setting, late-night stomps and boat parties — the lot.