Music & Nightlife

Find the best clubs and nightlife in Croatia – and where to see the best live music shows, festivals and concerts

Soundwave announce new artists for 2017 including Laura Mvula, The Pharcyde and Roni Size
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Soundwave announce new artists for 2017 including Laura Mvula, The Pharcyde and Roni Size

Soundwave has announced a treasure-trove of brilliant new acts for 2017, including soul singer Laura Mvula and drum and bass hero Roni Size. Just announced artists include Sadar Bahar, Moses Boyd, Alexander Nut, Mr Thing, Mall Grab, Medlar, Chaos In The CBD, Ross From Friends, Contours and Anchorsong. They join the already booked Roy Ayers, Gilles Peterson, Go Go Penguin, Yussef Kamaal, Egyptian Lover, Josey Rebelle, Horse Meat Disco, MNDSGN and Donna Leake and more.  Set in a beautiful fishing village where the Dalmatian Coast meets the Adriatic and the punters meet the Soundwave(s), this is a perfect place to relax and sightsee as well as party until the sun comes up. Check out the line-up video below.  SOUNDWAVE 2017 FULL LINE UP VIDEO from Dan Soundwave on Vimeo.        

Michael Kiwanuka confirmed for INmusic 2017
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Michael Kiwanuka confirmed for INmusic 2017

British singer-songwriter Michael Kiwanuka has been confirmed as a headliner for INmusic 2017. Delicately soulful Kiwanuka, most definitely in hock to Bill Withers and Al Green, topped the BBC's Sound of 2012 list and picked up a Mercury nomination for his debut album. One of the most popular rock festivals in the region, INmusic has put Zagreb definitively on the music map. Each year organisers coax the best modern rock bands, cult heroes and world musicians to Lake Jarun, a beautiful venue on the outskirts of the capital. Michael Kiwanuka joins Arcade Fire and Alt-J as confirmed acts for 2017. The full-line up is yet to be announced, but previous years have included a great crop of headliners, including PJ Harvey, Florence + The Machine, Arctic Monkeys, The Black Keys, Placebo and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds. Early bird tickets are between €27-€40, ensuring InMusic remains one of the best-value events in Europe. Tickets are available here.      

Alt-J join Arcade Fire as INmusic 2017 headliners

Alt-J join Arcade Fire as INmusic 2017 headliners

Alt-J have been confirmed as headliners for INmusic 2017 in Zagreb. One of the most popular rock festivals in the region, INmusic has put Zagreb definitively on the music map. Each year organisers coax the best modern rock bands, cult heroes and world musicians to Lake Jarun, a beautiful venue on the outskirts of the capital. Mercury-prize winners Alt-J will be playing from a new anticipated album, and join Arcade Fire as confirmed acts for 2017. The full-line up is yet to be announced, but previous years have included a great crop of headliners, including PJ Harvey, Florence + The Machine, Arctic Monkeys, The Black Keys, Placebo and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds. Early bird tickets are between €27-€40, ensuring InMusic remains one of the best-value events in Europe. Tickets are available here.    

Hideout Festival 2017 line-up announced
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Hideout Festival 2017 line-up announced

The first wave of names on the line-up for Hideout, one of Croatia's leading dance music festivals, has just been announced. The festival is set to return to party beach Zrce next summer for its seventh year.  The line up includes: Major Lazer Soundsystem, Marco Carola, Stormzy, Diplo, Jamie Jones, MK, The Martinez Brothers, Hannah Wants, Hot Since 8, Rodhad, Giggs, Elrow presents: Rowlympic Games, Bicep, Darius Syrossian, David Rodigan, Disciples, Dusky, Heidi, Kurupt FM, My Nu Leng, Paco Osuna, Redlight, Richy Ahmed, Skream, T.Q.D. (Royal T / DJ Q / Flava D), Alan Fitzpatrick, Barely Legal, Craze, Denis Sulta, DJ Yoda, Doorly, Friction, Hype B2B Hazard, Icarus, Jasper James, Mak & Pasteman, Mike Skinner, Ryan Elliott, Theo Kottis and The Dreem Team. More acts will be announced in the new year, but you can book your tickets on the Hideout website now. The festival takes place between 26 June and 30 June 2017, near the small town Novalja on Pag island. 

Croatia music festival guide
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Croatia music festival guide

To get you ready for the festival summer, we’ve put together your ultimate music festival guide for 2016. Swap your wellies for sunblock, and the summer-long scene of sunbathing, swimming and hedonism, all framed by the crystal clear waters of the Adriatic sea.  Check out the best Croatia music festivals using our festival calendar. You can win festival tickets on our competitions page and discover artist line-ups and interviews with bands and DJ's.

Discover Croatia's best nightlife venues

Zagreb nightlife guide
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Zagreb nightlife guide

Vienna? Budapest? Ljubljana? Zagreb nightlife is matched by few places owing to the range of regular live music on offer – and for the sheer number of venues to stage it. Zagreb is also known for its music bars – places such as SPUNK transform into small clubs as the night wears on, with occasional live acts too. Read on for our list of the best places to dance the night away.

The best clubs in Zagreb
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The best clubs in Zagreb

Visitors don't always discover the best clubs in Zagreb. Lurking in unlikely locations, they're  guarded by a close-knit circle of regulars and are largely unadvertised. But if you're looking for somewhere to party, you might be surprised at Zagreb's proficient offerings - behind the city's pretty facade lies a thriving subculture, whose holy houses are the post-industrial warehouse clubs scattered around the city. As with neighbouring capital Belgrade, Zagreb's party scene has a hint of Berlin about it, with its unwavering focus on electronic music and that special sense of camraderie that comes from co-raving for whole weekends. Here are the best clubs in the city. RECOMMENDED: more great nightlife in Zagreb.

Dubrovnik nightlife guide
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Dubrovnik nightlife guide

Dubrovnik nightlife is unusual - while the city has an abundance of bars, clubs are relatively few. But what they lack in quantity, they more than make up for in quality. Clubs here tend to capitalise on the city's brilliant architecture; you might find yourself raving in a cavernous 16th-century fortress or between the stony walls of ex-quarantine barracks. Head to one of these places after hitting one of Dubrovnik's many spectacular bars, and you're guaranteed a special night. RECOMMENDED: more bars in Dubrovnik.

Split nightlife guide
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Split nightlife guide

Split nightlife is going through a period of change. Surprisingly, most of the interesting new clubbing spots run mostly off-season. A row of late-opening bars along the Bačvice beachside also stay busy way past midnight over the summer. Read on for our pick of the best clubs and nightspots the city has to offer.

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AKC Medika • Zagreb
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AKC Medika • Zagreb

Still going strong despite the municipal authorities' threat to dramatically raise the rent, this shrine to all things alternative grew out of Zagreb’s anarchist movement and is still run as a non-profit-making collective. A courtyard decorated by some of Zagreb’s best street artists has a café-bar on one side, and a concert venue-cum-club space on the other. Events range from anarcho-punk gigs to dub reggae DJs and cutting-edge dance music, with all kinds of other styles thrown in for good measure. Visual arts association Otomptom throw impromptu film evenings screening animation and shorts. Popular with a broad spectrum of Zagreb’s club-hungry youth, Medika is much more than just a gathering point for the grungey underground.

Club Nina 2 • Rijeka
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Club Nina 2 • Rijeka

This spacious docked boat has been converted into a popular dance spot in the heart of town. Live bands play and DJs spin a range of danceable music, from disco to Latin to electronica, for a mostly young crowd who boogie in a big room with a great bar on the middle floor of the boat. Get out on deck and into the fresh air for conversation and lounging. Three bars keep the drinks flowing.

Boogie Jungle • Korčula
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Boogie Jungle • Korčula

Korčula has been crying out for a proper nightclub for years, and it has finally arrived in the form of Boogie Jungle, a ranch-style agglomeration of buildings on a terraced hillside 3km from town on the Žrnovo road. Opened in 2012 and enlarged in time for the opening of the 2013 season, the club comprises a largely al-fresco series of terraces and awnings with VIP areas, three bars, and plenty of room to circulate and mingle. Surrounded by dense Mediterranean greenery and with the capacity for 1,500 people, it's the ideal venue for a long night of revelry. Palms, cacti, drapes and coloured lights provide the atmosphere, and there's a long list of wines, long drinks and cocktails. International DJs, themed events and festivals provide the peaks to a full summer programme.

Arsenal • Zadar
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Arsenal • Zadar

Set in an expansive renovated 18th-century warehouse, Arsenal is unique in Croatia, in terms of size, ambience and the sheer variety of events and attractions. These include a gallery, cocktail bar and a popular à la carte restaurant upstairs. The spacious stage hosts world music, local klapa choral singing, name DJs and local bands. The sound is superb, thanks to installation by the Garden crew, and there’s a show of some kind most evenings. Tables between the stage and the bar allow for lounging, sipping and snacking from the extensive menu – the space is cleared for gigs and dancing.

KSET • Zagreb
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KSET • Zagreb

KSET is an excellent, adventurous venue for live music and DJs, with events taking place three or four nights a week. Well worth the hassle of finding, KSET has actively promoted new bands for decades, an oasis for underground, post-rock, Americana, avant-jazz, punk, rap, ethno and lots of other stylistically diverse artists. With a 400-person capacity this intimate and friendly space is the ideal venue in which to catch a band on the cusp of the big time. The choice of drinks is limited to beer, wine and fruit juices, but prices are rock-bottom.