Last week I got back from an epic week of partying in Croatia. Some say it’s the new Ibiza and I definitely agree. From someone who used to do seasons in Ibiza I can vouch that Croatia is on it’s way to becoming the new go-to party place in Europe. So what is there to do in Croatia? Festivals! And lots of them. I went to Hideout Festival after hearing about it from friends who had partied and worked there, it’s become the go-to festival in Croatia and it seems that everyone who’s anyone knows about it.
When Hideout Festival kicked off back in 2011 it landed on The Guardians list of best European Festivals and has sold out ever since. It’s smaller than most known UK festivals – so how is it so insanely famous?
Firstly the festival is perfect for clubbers who want a holiday that guarantees sun and that has a solid DJ line-up. Every year Hideout creates bigger and bolder line-ups with acts like Major Laser and Stormzy headlining in 2017.
Secondly the festival isn’t too expensive. The thing that has put me off going back to Ibiza for the past few years is the cost. You can easily spend a £1000 in a week and that’s without your flights or hotels. Croatia is relatively cheap to get to with return flights from London ranging from £150 – £200 if booked in advance. You can pay around £100 for a weeks accommodation and you can pay between £15 – £20 (200 Kunas) for a meal with alcohol. Standard festival tickets for Hideout are £139 and that gets you into 5 venues across 5 days to see more than 150 artists, absolute bargain!
The festival is located in Novalja on the island of Pag and is an ideal size with 5 stages spread across the site. Everything is located close together so you never feel like you have to walk too far. The festival is right on the beach so there are beach and pool parties right next door to each other, all day every day for 5 days!
So which DJs did I see?
The first DJ I watched that always delivers is Jasper James. He played on the Kalypso stage – Elrow and I spent most of the time shazaming his tunes as every tune he played was a banger, always house and disco. Eats Everything played on the Papaya stage (Radio 1) and again I spent most of my time dancing like a lunatic and insta-storying his tunes. The afterparty on the last day on the Kalypso stage – Elrow was off the charts and went on until around 9am. Skream and Artwork DJ’d back to back and played everything from house bangers to Angie Stone, needless to say my head was sore the next day.
Skream & Artwork
So is it true that everyone’s ripped and look like models? Well……yes! Most people have been smashing the gym since the last Hideout and girls are rocking a thong 24/7 but don’t let that put you off!
Top tips for surviving Hideout
Always carry cash as most bars don’t take card.
Head down to Euphoria stage for cheap drinks, for some reason they are cheaper there….I don’t know why.
Try and stay close to the site otherwise you might find yourself spending loads on taxis.
On the last day (Friday) hang back for the afterparty, this year it was at the Kalypso stage with Elrow and went on until around 9am!
If you get time after the festival then head to Krka National Park which has incredible waterfalls you can swim in. It takes around 1 hr 40 mins to get there but it’s totally worth it.