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Croatia turns up the volume this summer

6th March 2012 Print

With a Glastonbury hiatus this year, festivalgoers can breathe easy – there is no need to go without! Swap your wellies for flip flops and head to Croatia for the ultimate summer festival fix.

This summer, Croatia is home to eight electrifying festivals attracting some of the biggest names in dubstep, electronic, pop and rock.

Set against a stunning backdrop, Croatia’s collection of festivals make an intimate and exotic alternative to the UK’s crowded fields. Forget mud and endless queues; Croatia is the music scene’s best kept secret.

With its Mediterranean sunshine, boutique-sized festivals, picturesque settings and reasonable prices, Croatia is quickly becoming a festival haven for people in the know.

The season kick starts in June with INmusic (29-30 June), a two day festival in Zagreb, described as ‘Glastonbury’s sunny Croatian alternative’. The capital is the country’s cultural, cinematic, and sporting hub, so why not spend some time between your favourite acts visiting the city’s sites, or enjoy the excellent shopping and laid-back café culture.

Hideout Festival (29 June - 1 July) on the island of Pag, takes place across 4 beach-side clubs and is the perfect festival for lovers of dubstep and drum and bass. Extend your festival experience with a visit to Pag’s beautiful beaches and hidden coves; the only mud you’re likely to find here will be in the serene tranquillity of the island’s spas. Refuel with some of the island’s famous delicacies, including Pag cheese, local lamb and fresh seafood.

The sizzling summer season continues with back-to-back festivals throughout July in the tiny town of Tisno on Murter Island; Garden Festival (4-11 July), Electric Elephant (12-16 July), Soundwave (19-23 July), SuncéBeat (25-31 July) and Stop Making Sense (2-6 August).

The season wraps up with the world’s biggest dubstep festival in Pula - Outlook Festival (30 August – 2 September) is held in an incredible abandoned fort in this ancient Roman city. Festival goers can escape the crowds by heading inland to Istria’s pretty villages and rolling countryside, where some of the country’s best wine is produced.

In Croatia it’s easy to combine the fun of a festival with a chilled out beach holiday or a fascinating cultural fix; only two hours from the UK it’s an affordable and accessible alternative to the UK festival circuit.

For more information on what to see and do in Croatia, visit