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Croatia is becoming one of the hottest destinations in Europe for party festivals, with a growing number of events taking place throughout the summer season.
While 2022 had a lot of reactions when it came to festivals and events in Croatia, in 2023, Croatia will be hosting a wide range of festivals that cater to all kinds of musical tastes. Here's a look at some of the most exciting party festivals happening in Croatia in 2023:
Sea Star Festival
19th and 20th May 2023
Sea Star Festival is among the earliest events on the Croatia festival calendar, so it is popularly known as a party season opener!
Sea Star Festival is a part of the 'Exit Family', with the largest one being the Exit Festival in Novi Sad, Serbia, and other events in the neighboring countries. The festival should have its 22nd edition in 2023!
The festival takes place in Umag on the 19th & 20th of May 2023 and promises an incredible lineup of local and international DJs.
The plans for 2023 involve a beautiful and eclectic lineup starting from The Prodigy that is returning as headliner as well as Indira Paganotto.
Sea Star Festival has been nominated for the Best Medium-Sized Festival category at the European Festival Awards multiple times.
Lighthouse Festival, Poreč
25th and 29th May 2023
The charming coastal town of Poreč is home to some of the best underground electronic music around. The motto of the Lighthouse festival is “Electronic music on vacation” and this year it will be the 10th year
This year, festivalgoers will have the option of camping on the festival grounds.
Of course, there are also local hotels for those wishing to escape the outdoors.
Fresh Island Festival, Zrće Beach
26th to 28th June 2023
If you want to experience the best of Croatia, head to Pag! This hip-hop beach festival is definitely worth checking out. It celebrates electronic music and fashion with a lineup of some of the biggest names in the industry. In addition, Zrće Beach- located on Pag - offers stunning views for those who love sunbathing.
The Fresh Island Festival is happening this year in Zrce Beach, Croatia. This is an event that features some pretty big names from the world of hip hop performing – Snoop Dogg, Stormzy, Wiz Khalifa, Eve, Iggy Azalea, Nas, A$AP Rocky (from Pusha T's album), Rick Ross (from ASAP Rocky's album), Skepta and Method Man and Redman have all got the party going on Zrće Beach!
There are numerous pre- and after-parties happening on the day before the festival (25th June) and the day after (29th June). So whether you'd like to spend more time partying or reveling, there are plenty of options!
Hideout Festival, Zrće Beach
25th – 29th June 2023
Now in its eleventh year, Hideout Festival is one of the most popular festivals in Croatia. This year, the festival will take place on Zrce Beach, the island of Pag, from 25th to 29th June 2023. With a lineup of some of the biggest names in electronic dance music, this festival is not to be missed.
Hideout Festival is a summer electronic music festival held annually in Zrce Beach, Croatia. It is known for its beautiful beachfront location and features a wide range of electronic music genres such as techno, house, and bass.
The festival attracts a diverse crowd of partygoers from around the world. In 2023, the festival is set to return with an impressive lineup of international artists, as well as some of the hottest up-and-coming acts in the scene. The 2023 lineup has not been fully announced yet, but some headliners have already been revealed, including DJ EZ, Solardo, CamelPhat, and Green Velvet.
The festival organizers have promised an even bigger and better festival experience for 2023, with enhanced production, sound, and lighting to create an unforgettable experience.
Dropzone, Zrće Beach
3rd to 6th July 2023
If you're a fan of hard dance, head to Novalja's beachside clubs for the Dropzone festival. Taking place on Zrce Beach, the island of Pag, from 3rd to 6th July 2023, this festival promises non-stop partying with some of the best DJs in the scene.
In 2022, the lineup included popular artists like Angerfist, Dr. Peacock, and Radical Redemption.
The festival's lineup for 2023 has not been announced yet, but attendees can expect a great lineup of hard dance music. Dropzone is known for featuring some of the biggest names in the hard dance scene, so fans can expect a high-energy experience.
Hospitality on the Beach, Tisno
4th to 11th July
Drum and bass fans will want to head to Tisno for Hospitality on the Beach. Taking place from 4th to 11th July 2023, this festival is a haven for drum and bass enthusiasts, with a lineup of some of the biggest names in the genre.
The festival typically features a diverse lineup of drum and bass acts from around the world. In 2023, fans can expect to see some of the biggest names in drum and bass on the lineup.
In 2022, the festival featured a stellar lineup of artists such as Andy C, Chase & Status, and Sub Focus.
Ultra Europe, Split
7th to 9th July 2023
Ultra Europe is back for its ninth edition from 7th to 9th July 2023 in Split. With some of the biggest names in electronic dance music, this festival is a must-visit for music lovers.
Ultra Europe is set to celebrate its ninth edition in 2023, and the festival is known for bringing in some of the biggest names in electronic music. In the past, the festival has featured acts like David Guetta, Martin Garrix, and The Chainsmokers. The 2023 lineup has not been announced yet, but fans can expect a diverse range of EDM acts.
Love International, Tisno
12th to 18th July 2023
Celebrating its sixth edition, Love International will take place in Tisno from the 12th to the 18th of July 2023. With a laid-back vibe and a lineup of some of the best DJs in the scene, this festival promises an unforgettable experience.
The festival typically features a mix of electronic and live music acts, with a focus on disco, house, and techno. The lineup for 2023 has not been announced yet, but fans can expect a great selection of international and local talent.
Seasplash Festival, Šibenik
20 to 23rd July 2023
The 21st – and final – Seasplash Festival will take place in Sibenik from the 20th to the 23rd of July 2023. The Seasplash Festival has been a staple of the Croatian festival scene for over two decades, but 2023 will be the final edition of the festival. As such, the organizers are promising to make it a truly special event, with an eclectic lineup of electronic, reggae, and dub music. In past years, Seasplash has featured artists like Gentleman's Dub Club, Jah9, and Mungo's Hi-Fi.
Head down to Sibenik to see this festival off in style and enjoy the lineup of some of the best reggae and dub acts around.
SuncéBeat, The Garden resort Tisno
20th to 27th July 2023
Another festival taking place in Tisno is SuncéBeat, which will run from the 20th to the 27th of July 2023. This week-long festival from the crew behind Southport Weekender promises a lineup of the best house and disco DJs around.
SuncéBeat is a week-long celebration of house, disco, and soul music hosted by the same crew behind Southport Weekender. The festival takes place at The Garden Resort in Tisno, which features several stages, a private beach, and plenty of bars and restaurants. Previous lineups have included legends like David Morales, Joey Negro, and Tony Humphries.
Outlook Origins, Tisno
21th July to 1st August, 2023
Origins Outlook returns to its Dalmatian origins once again from 27th July to 1st August 2023! This festival is all about bass culture, with a lineup of some of the biggest names in dubstep, grime, and jungle.
The festival has previously featured a diverse lineup of artists from across the electronic music spectrum, including Andy C, Goldie, and Mala. Alongside the music, there are also boat parties, workshops, and plenty of other activities to keep festival-goers entertained.
Membrain Festival, Šibenik
3rd to 6th August 2023
Bass lovers won't want to miss Membrain Festival in Sibenik, taking place from the 3rd to the 6th of August 2023. With a focus on bass culture, this festival promises a lineup of the best drum and bass, dubstep, and jungle acts around.
Membrain Festival is all about bass culture, with a focus on drum and bass, dubstep, and other bass-heavy genres. The festival takes place at the stunning Martinska pier in Šibenik, with a lineup that features both established and up-and-coming artists in the bass music scene. Previous editions have seen performances from artists like Alix Perez, Calibre, and The Upbeats.
Defected Croatia, Tisno
3rd to 8th August 2023
Defected, previously Ibiza regulars, return to Croatia for a week-long festival showcasing the best of house music. Taking place in Tisno from the 3rd to the 8th of August 2023, this festival promises an incredible lineup of house DJs.
Defected Croatia is a house music festival hosted at The Garden Resort in Tisno. The festival is organized by Defected Records, one of the biggest names in house music, and features a lineup of both established and emerging artists in the genre. Previous editions have seen performances from house legends like Todd Terry, Masters at Work, and Roger Sanchez, as well as rising stars like Black Loops and Dario D'Attis. Alongside the music, there are also boat parties, workshops, and other events throughout the week.
Barrakud, Zrce Beach, Zrće
6th – 10th August 2023
Barrakud is a techno festival that takes place on the beautiful island of Pag in Croatia. The festival is held on Zrce Beach, which is known for its beautiful turquoise waters and sandy beaches. The festival attracts techno fans from all over the world who come to enjoy the beautiful scenery and world-class DJs.
The festival features a lineup of some of the best techno DJs in the world, as well as live performances, art installations, and more. This year's edition will bring together some of the biggest names in the techno scene and promises to be an unforgettable experience for techno lovers.
Sonus Festival, Zrce Beach
20th – 24th August 2023
Sonus Festival is one of the most popular techno festivals in Europe. This festival has been running for ten years now and attracts thousands of electronic music lovers from around the world. It features a lineup of top techno and electro artists, both established and up-and-coming, who will perform on various stages set up along the beach.
Held on the beautiful island of Pag, the festival features a lineup of some of the best techno and electronic music acts from around the world. The festival takes place over five days and nights, with performances from over 60 artists on multiple stages. In addition to the music, Sonus Festival offers a range of activities and experiences, including boat parties, after-parties, and more.
24th – 28th August 2023
Dekmantel is a late-season festival that takes place in the Garden Tisno from 24th to 28th August 2023. This intimate event brings together electronic music enthusiasts for five days of non-stop music, dancing, and fun.
Dekmantel is a festival that focuses on underground electronic music, from techno and house to experimental and avant-garde. The festival takes place in Tisno, a small town on the Adriatic coast of Croatia. Dekmantel is known for its carefully curated lineup of DJs and live acts, as well as its stunning location and immersive atmosphere. The festival also features art installations, talks, workshops, and more.
31st August – 4th September 2023
This festival marks its 11th year and has become one of the most anticipated events in Croatia's music calendar.
Dimensions is a festival that celebrates the best in underground electronic music, from techno and house to jazz and soul. The festival takes place in Tisno, a small town on the Adriatic coast of Croatia. Over five days and nights, Dimensions offers a diverse lineup of DJs, live acts, and musicians from around the world, as well as boat parties, beach parties, and more. The festival also features art installations, workshops, and talks.
Overall, Croatia is a top destination for music lovers and festival-goers, with a wide range of festivals to suit all tastes and preferences. From techno and house to rock, pop, and more, there is something for everyone in this beautiful country.
With so many amazing festivals to choose from, party lovers will have plenty of options to keep them entertained in Croatia in 2023.