Croatia has become one of Europe's major festival destinations over the last ten years, its beautiful beaches, guaranteed sunshine and clear seas more inviting than risking a mud bath in more western territories. Aside from the major international events on the coast in places like Tisno, Split, Pula and on Zrce beach, there's plenty going on across the whole country with the film, art, food and folklore festivals of every region usually having a vibrant music programme attached. Here's our list of the festivals in Croatia than any music lover would be advised to check out if you're in the area.
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Croatian music festivals in 2020
Line up TBA Not so much a beer fest as a major music festival (and a free festival at that), this event has takes over one of Zagreb’s biggest green spaces, sticks a big concert stage at one end, and rings it with beer tents. The festival provides a platform for Croatia’s growing army of craft practitioners as well as the big commercial breweries, so when it comes to liquid refreshment there’s an awful lot to choose from.
Da Tweekaz, MANDY and more TBA. As its name suggests, Zrce Spring Break demands the kind of behaviour you’d reserve for releasing all that exam tension. The festival has gained an international following of hardcore party-goers and is a primary suspect in Croatia’s ever-growing reputation as Europe’s hedonist capital. It takes place at two of Croatia’s most buzzing clubs, Aquarius and the open-air Kalypso club, both on Zrce beach on the northern island of Pag. It extends out into the Adriatic, too, with regular, wild boat parties on offer. Tickets are purposefully student-friendly, with package deals saving you loads of cash. Spring Break is basically an extreme version of that age-old fail-safe combination: sun and fun.
Lineup TBA Zagreb's premier one-day outdoor rave this year occurs near Lake Jarun to the west of the city centre. Having previously hosted some of the top flight names in house, tech house and techno, expectations are high for this 2020 event. Thankfully, organisers (who are also the team behind Croatia's highly rated Sonus Festival) have not disappointed so far.
Though Ferragosto Jam might be the most famous music festival in the easterly province of Slavonija, the five-year-old Reunited Festival is gaining quite the reputation, not least because of its site, the grounds of a grand Baroque castle in Valpovo. The whole event is grounded in independent and alternative culture, with DIY ethics and takes great inspiration from soundsystem culture. There are workshops and art events in the daytime and soundsystems pumping out reggae, hip hop, drum n' bass and other urban-style beats late into the evening, with free camping available to all for the duration of the festival.
Beck, The Killers, Deftones, The Lumineers and many more Zagreb’s city festival INmusic offers three days of rock and indie fun next to a man-made lake in the large Jarun park, west of Zagreb's city centre. Croatia's premier international live music event, INmusic has put Zagreb definitively on the music map. Each year organisers coax some of the best modern rock and indie bands, cult heroes and world musicians to the city, along with many international attendees. There’s a great modern campsite open for eight days during the festival. And there are plenty of afterparties and activities happening in and around the city.
Mall Grab, Skream, Alan Fitzpatrick, Amine Edge & Dance, Camelphat, Hannah Wants, DJ Seinfeld, Horse Meat Disco, Prospa, Pansa, Redlight and many more. Hideout has earned its stripes as one of Croatia’s most happening festivals, returning for a eighth year of hedonistic dance antics and boat parties. Once again, its stellar mix of DJs will delight dance music devotees of all kinds (though house, techno and grime are the primary sounds), as well as those who just like a good party. As you'd expect, most of the arenas are open-air and by the beach, making for plenty of sunrise DJ sets.
Flyaway Festival is an electronic dance music festival held within the unique location of Castle Erdödy in Kerestinec, just a few kilometres to the south-west of Zagreb. The event attracts a friendly local audience and is very welcoming to visitors. You'll find as many as three areas of music, covering house, techno and tech house, with a few internationally recognised names accompanying a decent line-up of homegrown talent. Productions values are impressive, with more than adequate sound, visuals and theatrics.
Line up TBA. Intimate back-to-nature festival with psychedelic music, campfires, hand-held drums, a hippy vibe and the wonderful outdoors. The festival programme consists of music, workshops and performances, hiking tours and excursions.
Adam Bass, Envine, Genox, ANGERNOIZER, DAVIDE SONAR, DEEPACK, Denoiser, DR. RUDE, ESTASIA, FRONTLINER, Galactixx, Art Frequency, Hardfunction and many more. For fans of hardstyle and hardcore music who are craving a little more excitement than just relaxing in the sunshine and sea of the Croatian coast, this is the place to be. This year, the pounding and pacey feet of Hard Island's dancers move from Pag to a beautiful uninhabited island of Obonjan in Šibenik Knin county.
Wizkid, Dababy, D-Block Europe, Tim Westwood, DJ Semtex and many more. Whereas other Croatian fests concentrate mainly on house and techno, this one is all about the chunky beats and slick rhymes, and there's an impressive cast to provide both including DJ Semtex and Tim Westwood who both play at the event's infamous pool parties.
David Guetta, Afrojack, Steve Aoki, Armin Van Buuren, Pendulum Trinity, Richie Hawtin, DJ Snake and many more. Ultra Europe Laser shows! Day-glo! EDM! The North American house-dance-trance festival thrills fans worldwide each year, and with its line-up reading like a 'best of' the genre CD. It's completely unsurprising that it's made a huge impression on Croatia. It's an absolute must-go if pulsing EDM beats, an electric atmosphere and epic production are what gets you up and dancing all night. Associated events include parties on several islands including Hvar, a Yacht Regatta and more. The main event is held in Split's Poljud stadium, close to the gorgeous walled city itself, numerous sunny Blue Flag beaches and is just a couple of hours' drive from national park Plitvice Jezera, so many choose to extend their stay in Croatia afterwards. Packages include flights, accommodation and tickets, so if you'd like to leave the organising to someone else, you've plenty of options.
Bajaga & Instruktori and more TBA. Now in its tenth year, Regius continues its promotion of alternative music from Croatia, the nearby region and Europe. Celebrating freedom, tolerance and the life joy, Martinska will shake to the rhythms of rap, ska, reggae, punk, dub, trance, dubstep, DnB and grime. The second event at Šibenik's festival site, Regius, for this big tenth edition also cooperates with PARK. This local organisation brought to Šibenik over 130 performers from Croatia, Europe and other parts of the world.
ANDY C, Noisia, Camo & Krooked, Kings of the Rollers, London Elektricity, A.M.C, GRAFIX, Fred V, Unglued, Whiney, Etherwood, Keeno, MAKOTO, Urbandawn, Degs, Bop x Subwave, Hugh Hardie, Dilemma, Harriet Jaxxon, Kid Hops, Euphonique and many more. This Drum & Bass celebration run by South London's Hospital records returns again to the Croatian coast in the always lovely, party-rocking hot spot of Tisno's Garden site. Croatia's standard beauty package of crystal clear waters, sunny sky and scented pine trees, at last, has its own, dedicated, international DnB soundtrack.
Three days of trance and progressive house sounds with Andrew Rayel and Mark Sixma playing on the 13th, Alteza Records presents Vini Vici and Blastoyz on the 14th and Ben Nicky on the 15th.
Djaikovski, MOGUAI, Mark Sixma, TLUXX, #aCruz, Timo G, Noel Holler, SID CISSE. Woodland rave in Mali Mihaljevec, in the village of Brezje (Sveti Juraj na Bregu), Međimurje, just north-west of Čakovec. Surrounded by trees and greenery, you can lose yourself in nature and the high-octane sounds of techno trance, from some leading, internationally-recognised DJs. Headlining the 2019 weekend are Ruben De Ronde, Mauro Picotto, Ferreck Dawn, Corti Organ and Lawrence Klein. There's free camping for the weekend for those who fancy taking a well-earned break during the daytime (most of the music action takes place after dark).
Asian Dub Foundation, Pitch Black, Egoless, Kandžija, Asian Dub Foundation, Seasplash Crew, Filip Motovunski, St!llness, Iron Dubz, Digitron, Roots In Session and many more. Dedicated to soundsystem culture, the ever-popular Seasplash is back again in Šibenik. Expect the usual high-quality reggae, dub and bass musics from the best regional contributors plus international headliners.
Line up TBA. A three-day festival, taking place in the evenings at the city of Sinj's old army barracks. Craft beer is at the top of the priorities, but each year the event also holds relatively intimate performances by some of Croatia's top rock, pop and hip hop artists.
Andrew, Weatherall, Antal, Sound Colony, 5IVE, Eric Duncan, Horse Meat Disco, Nicolas Lutz, Adriatic Social Club and many more. Five days of full-on-fun for an extremely openminded crowd in Tisno. The beauty of Love International is that it’s small compared to other festivals, fewer than 4500 people, making it easy to manoeuvre back and forth between stages, the beach, your apartment and the boat parties. The festival takes place in a secluded cove just 15 minutes walk from the fishing village of Tisno, where you can enjoy fresh seafood and sizzling steaks.
Three days and nights of EDM music, trance and progressive house, taking place across three beachside venues and featuring headline DJs such as Will Sparks and Mike Williams.
Black Coffee, Kenny Dope, David Morales, Detroit Swindle, DJEFF, Kerri Chandler, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Mr Scruff, Roger Sanchez and many more. ‘Soul has no musical, geographical, or racial boundaries,’ Roy Ayers, one of the most-sampled artists in music and the ‘Godfather of Neo-soul’, once said. This spirit is also perfectly in tune with Tisno’s soulful house utopia: SuncéBeat. With promoters having called time on their legendary UK weekender in Southport, their focus has turned towards the Adriatic. Keeping up in its 11th edition, this year’s bill reads like a fraternity of house legends.
Line up TBA Held in the town of Bol on island Brač, Graffiti Na Gradele is an international graffiti festival that also celebrates other aspects of hip hop culture. Now in its eighth year, the three-day event sees street artists, graffiti writers, DJs, skaters, musicians and urban culture enthusiasts descend on this unlikely environment for a great party. They leave in their wake wonderful artworks on the walls of the town. Music at the 2019 edition comes from Croatian hip hop acts Bad Copy, Krešo Bengalka and Vojko Vrućina plus High5 and Buntai. Visitors may not understand the words, but the regional DJs will be more accessible local and the appeal of the amazing art is universal.
Line up TBA. A wonderful music and art programme marks this multiple-day festival in the smallest town on Hvar island. Compared to a lot of international festivals the price of this event is kept extremely low, within the reach of Croatian youth, and you'll meet some lovely people here as a result, as well as getting to experience the beautiful surroundings, great music, art like graffiti and other activities.
The Bug, Calibre, D Double E, DJ Storm, Flava D, Fliptrix, Goldie, Hybrid Minds, Iration Steppas, Lenzman, Mala, Mungo's Hifi, Zed Bias and many more. When it comes to bass music, the UK-derived scene that incorporates garage, dubstep, hip-hop, dub, drum ‘n’ bass and reggae, there really is no more important annual fixture than Outlook. Not only is the festival significant for this youth movement, it was also the starting point for positioning Pula as one of the most famous destinations in Croatia, but this year it is set to occur at the lovely Garden Tisno resort.
Distinct and inspired curation mark this festival on the beautiful Makarska riviera. It's largely a celebration of top-flight homegrown musicians, but there's nothing on this line-up that wouldn't entertain visitors, despite the language barrier. And what a setting in which to see Croatian music stars.
Clarity, Presha, Gantz Sukh Night, Stas- The Untouchables, Presha, Mako, Sepia, Paragon, Threshold, Torana and many more. Titling themselves as 'Europe's heartiest underground bass culture festival', this festival aims to recreate the good old fashioned rave parties, with the exception that it's set on the relaxed Mediterranean coast and not in some dodgy, dangerous warehouse. It also hopes to promote new artists and network them with amongst established colleagues and labels. And of course to give their visitors a party to remember.
Mašinko, Pipschips&videoclips, Mortal Kombat, Ajs Nigrutin, Svemirko, Repetitor, Buč Kesidi and more. Ferragosto Jam is one of Croatia's oldest and best-loved domestic music festivals. It is held in the campsite and parkland around the man-made lake in Orahovica, Slavonia, deep into continental Croatia. For young people in the country's east, this is the highlight of the festival season, attracting thousands who camp in the woods, swim in the lake, get drunk and party all night. Aimed strictly at a homegrown crowd, it's extremely rare to find any international musicians on the bill, but this keeps the ticket price low for the intended audience. Any foreign visitors will be warmly welcomed.
Binary Thoughts, Confo, 3 Wise Monkeys, Anakis, Delirium Tremens, Back to Mars, Fabio Leal, Hydrangea and many more. Run by international collective Momento Demento based in Croatia, this visually stunning festival promotes psychedelic trance music sounds accompanied by experimental multimedia visuals and art. Striving to push the limits of technical production, the focus here is clearly not just the music. Those who return from the festival always have a tale or two to tell about what they've seen.
Armand Van Helden, Joey Negro, Horse Meat Disco, Dimitri from Vegas, Kenny Dope, Nightmares on Wax, Moodyman and many more. This legendary Ibiza party has swapped shores, defecting to the Adriatic coast for six solid days of house hedonism, with daytime beach sessions and boat parties booming away in the background. The main stage is located in the Garden’s natural amphitheatre, and the Beach Stage will send reverb fluttering over the Adriatic waves, while Barbarella’s Discotheque hosts heady after-hours clubbing. No corners are cut on the line-up front: the headliners this year are Armand Van Helden, Dimitri from Paris and Masters at Work.
Label showcase for one of the world's largest EDM labels, Spinnin' Records. The Dutch titans will be taking over two of the most popular open-air beach clubs on Zrce beach, Papaya club and Aquarius club, with a line-up that includes Quintino, Marnik, Zonderling, Mr. Belt & Wezol, Lucas & Steve and more.
Line up TBA. Music, partying and travelling, this festival has it all and light up the summer of every rave fan. The music will be a mixture of main stage dance music sounds, house and techno and it takes place on the famous Pag island party beach of Zrce.
Kalifat Dub, Roots Collective, Nuky, Cornero, 3LOWBEAT, Kudjo, 1000arc and many more. The beautiful sights of island Cres make for a wonderful and wild backdrop to this festival of psytrance, downtempo, chill, ambient and dub music. The psychedelic trance will be the main rave sounds to party to, but other musics such techno will play a part in the dancefloor soundtrack. Dub and chill music will be played throughout the four days and three nights across three separate stages.
Awesome Tapes From Africa, CCL, Credit 00, Gamma Intel, Gene On Earth, GiGi FM, DJ Stingray, DMX Krew (Live), Donna Leake, Dr Banana, Pangaea, Pearson Sound, Petar Dundov re:ni, Skee Mask b2b Stenny, Josey Rebelle, Karenn (Live), Kiara ScuroKosh (Live), Kris Baha and many more. Celebrating its first year at Garden Tisno Resort and in Dalmatia, expect Dimensions to pull out all the stops for the start of a thrilling chapter in Dalmatia's festival scene.
999999999, Amelie Lens, Fisher, Luigi Madonna, Pan-Pot, Imogen, I Hate Models, Hot Since 82, Loco Dice and many more Set around the beautiful but touristy Zrće beach on the isle of Pag, just off the west coast of Croatia, Sonus is a techno beat festival with a flaming hot line-up. One of the newest kids on the block as far as Croatia’s festival scene is concerned, Sonus has quickly earned its place on the calendar of any self-respecting bass-music buff, and this edition sees some of the world’s top tastemakers taking to it’s open-air stages, including Fisher, Loco Dice, Pan-Pot and Imogen. Sonus has become something of a blessing for local DJs, as the festival is one of the few to showcase Croatian DJs and homegrown talent.
Motor City Drum Ensemble, DJ Python, Afra, Hugo Mendez, Afrodeutsche, Aleksa Alaska, BertBert, Bony Fly, Boye Brandon, Clémentine, Dekmantel Soundsystem, Kamma & Masalo, Zakia Zohar and many more. The small sister of Amsterdam giant Dekmantel brings cutting-edge techno to the Dalmatian coast. This end-of-season party feels like an intimate homecoming bash for the Dutch crew and two thousand revellers, a techno-utopia with a dizzyingly diverse lineup. A festival designed for music-lovers by music-lovers, Dekmantel delves into the obscure vinyl collections of DJs like Young Marco and Andy Votel. Boat parties are a special highlight, a chance to hear impossibly rare, danceable tunes by labels such as Belgrade’s Yugovinyl.
Totally crowdfunded and sponsor-free, Goulash Disko is a truly independent festival that cares about nothing but music and music-lovers. It takes place at the coastal town of Komiža, which boasts idyllic beaches and an eccentric crowd of global bass lovers. Unlike the UK-run festival big guns, Goulash Disko is actually trying to downsize rather than expand, with a view to becoming more integrated into the community that lives in this small fishing village. Expect a highly eclectic lineup, with all kinds of music from the Global Underground: Tropical grooves, organica, gipsy punk, Arab disco, swing folk, tribal techno and everything in between.