When it comes to summer holidays abroad, Croatia has pretty much everything you could want. From scenic beaches and dazzling blue waters to glorious, diverse backdrops, Croatia has been a hotbed for clubs and festivals for half a decade.
Here are ten festivals you should put right at the top of your list for 2022.
Festival lineup (2022): Richie Hawtin, Chris Liebing, Amelie Lens, Sven Väth, Jamie Jones, Dixon, ANNA, Monika Kruse
A techno Eden, Sonus has been celebrating techno trailblazers and toasting the latest underground stars for years. Held inside Zrce Beach's renowned coastal clubs Aquarius, Kalypso and Papaya, the three provide the perfect locations for both day and night stages, while boat parties ensures that the sparkling Adriatic Sea feels its fair share of reverberation from hi-spec sound systems too.
When & where: 21st - 25th August 2022, Novalja
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Festival lineup (2019): David Guetta, Swedish House Mafia, Afrojack, Carl Cox, Armin van Buuren, DJ Snake, Alesso, Richie Hawtin, Steve Aoki
Over 150,000 people descend on Ultra Europe every summer to experience its all-star lineup and epic light shows that span across park, beach and boat parties.
When & where: 8th - 10th July 2022; Split
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Outlook Origins Festival
Festival lineup (2021): D Double E, Goldie, Shy FX, Flava D, Chase & Status, P Money, Mungo's HiFi, Zed Bias
The stage locations at this festival are insane, with urban and bass beats pumping sounds around a spectacular cliff-top fortress by the sea in Sibenik, before moving onto Tisno's stunning Garden Resort for the main festival and five days of blissful partying.
When & where: 28th July - 2nd August 2022; Tisno
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Festival lineup (2021) Armand van Helden, Jayda G, Derrick Carter, Eats Everything, Gorgon City, Honey Dijon, Roger Sanchez, Moodymann
With a backdrop of blue waters, sandy beaches, rolling hills and lush woodland, Defected's intimate showcase of house, disco and underground electronic music makes for an alternative Croatian retreat.
When & where: 4th - 9th August 2021, Tisno
Defected Croatia 2022 Guide & Waiting List
Festival lineup (2021): Ace Venura, Astrix, Avalon, Tristan, Mad Tribe, Animato, Space Tribe, Mad Maxx, MR. BLACK
Welcoming psytrance fans back for a magical does of sun, sea and otherworldly sounds, Xistence has quickly become an essential summer getaway for the genre's fans, giving them the chance to party to some of the scene's finest names under blissful blue skies and aside lush beaches and cool, blue waters.
When & where: 27th - 30th June 2022; Novalja
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Festival lineup (2021): Black Cofee, Kerri Chandler, Roger Sanchez, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Mr. Scruff, Detroit Swindle, Kenny Dope, Folamour
A boutique festival, SuncéBeat curates an expertly crafted lineup of house, disco, funk and R&B gems, showcased at this sun-drenched corner of paradise. Across its week of parties, festival-goers will be able to dance their days – and nights – away beachside, as well as aboard boat parties on the clear blue Adriatic sea.
When & where: 21st - 28th July 2022; Tisno
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Festival lineup (2021): Helena Hauff, DJ Stingray, Margaret Dygas, Karenn, DVS1, dBridge, Donna Leake, Overmono
The European underground heavyweight continues to showcases its unrivalled commitment to programming, sound quality and spirit as it curates a festival that spans the sounds of house, techno, disco, funk, soul and more.
When & where: 1st - 5th July 2022; Tisno
Dimensions Festival 2022 Guide & Waiting List
Fresh Island Festival
Festival lineup (2019): Tyga, Gunna, Yxng Bane, Torey Lanez, Stefflon Don, Not3s, Hardy Caprio, B Young, Afro B
The longstanding favourite stands out from a lot of its fellow Zrće Beach favourites, bringing a sun-soaked celebration of hip-hop, R&B, Afrobeats, trap, grime and more to the famous party spot.
When & where: 1st - 8th July 2022, Novalja
Fresh Island 2022 Guide & Waiting List
Festival lineup (2021): Andy C, CamelPhat, FISHER, Gorgon City, Hybrid Minds, MK, Jamie Jones, Patrick Topping
Hideout's electronic waves break on the shores of Zrće Beach for a week of awesome boat and beach parties that span the depths of house and techno, drum and bass, dubstep and garage
When & where: 3rd - 7th July 2021, Novalja
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Festival lineup (2022): The Killers, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Deftones, Royal Blood, IDLES, Fontaines D.C., Gogol Bordello
INmusic Festival is a huge rock and indie music festival in the Croatian capital city of Zagreb, bringing some of the world's biggest artists to the city early each summer. 2022 will see INmusic celebrate its 15th edition as it once again takes over the secluded woodland setting of Lake Jarun.
When & where: 20th - 22nd June 2022; Zagreb
INmusic 2022 Guide & Waiting List
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