BEST FESTIVALS IN CROATIA
Electronic music in an evocative location
Set in the 200-year old abandoned fort for the last time this year, Dimensions festival provides revellers with four days of top-notch techno, soulful house and drum ’n’ bass. There’s so much to explore at this end-of-season fest, with beach, forest, boat and amphitheatre parties.
Line-up includes Anderson .Paak, Tony Allen & Jeff Mills (live), Objekt (live), Craig Richards, DāM-FunK (live), Gilles Peterson, Hessle Audio, Hunee, Peggy Gou.
Fort Punta Christo, Pula, Croatia. Aug 28-Sep 1. £120.
Feel the bass on the Adriatic coast
It's the last time you'll be able to groove for four days and nights dedicated to all things bass at this festival in an abandoned fort in Croatia, with Outlook moving in 2020. Expect beach parties, boat parties and a massive rave-up in a 2,000-year-old Roman amphitheatre. The line-up is varied, and features stars of hip hop, underground dance, grime, drum ’n’ bass, and garage across ten stages.
Line-up includes Andy C, Loyle Carner, Bugzy Malone, Goldie (live), Ghetts.
Pula, Croatia. Sep 4-9. £135.
BEST FESTIVALS IN FRANCE
Paris’s answer to Glastonbury
With a stunning sixteenth-century park for a setting and a riverside backdrop, this three-day festival, usually billed as France’s answer to Glasto, is a pretty dreamy set-up. Its prestige is proved year-on-year by attracting a stellar set of acts to rival any line-up on this side of the Channel. Plus, the food is a festival’s answer to Le Cordon Bleu.
Line-up includes The Cure, Major Lazer, Aphex Twin, Jorja Smith, Jungle, Foals, Royal Blood, Bring Me The Horizon, Johnny Marr.
The Domaine National de Saint-Cloud, Paris. Aug 23-25. €159 (three day), €115 (two day), €69 (day).
BEST FESTIVALS IN ITALY
Intimate drum ’n’ bass parties in Sardinia
Putting the breaks into, er, your summer break, this festival on the Italian island of Sardinia delivers eight whole days of drum ’n’ bass, in pleasingly small parties around the town of San Teodoro. And it’s not just raving: a chilled vibe, white sandy beaches, and brilliant Italian food and drink make it a relaxed holiday as much as a mad sesh.
Line-up includes TBC.
San Teodoro, Sardinia. Sep 7-14. £TBC
BEST FESTIVALS IN MOROCCO
BEST FESTIVALS IN PORTUGAL
A Portuguese offering from the Soundcrash crew
A converted factory in the old docks of Lisbon forms the labyrinthine backdrop for Nova Batida. Last year was its debut event and it's fair to say that it will live long in the memory. The people behind it are also responsible for Soundcrash events and Soundwave in Croatia, among other shindigs, so you’re in safe hands. The 2019 line-up is just as epic as last year’s, with Nubya Garcia, Ibibio Sound Machine and Floating Points all on the bill.
Line-up includes Four Tet, Friendly Fires, Jon Hopkins (DJ set), Octavian, Slowthai, Floating Points (solo live), Daniel Avery, Ibibio Sound Machine, Nubya Garcia, Theon Cross.
Lisbon, Portugal. Sep 13-15. £99.
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