Croatia’s Hideout Festival
It was the seventh edition of the Hideout Festival this year, the marathon seven day party-to-you-collapse event set in the beautiful beach setting of Croatia. Around 20,000 electronic music fanatics arrive on the Island of Pag with one thing on their mind; to dance. 150 artists had been lined up to serve the legions of dance music hungry fans and they sure as hell didn’t disappoint.
What happened this year
Scattered across Zcre beach as usual were the big open air clubs; Papaya, Aquarius, Kalypso, Euphoria and Noa, which also hosted some pretty sweet pool parties during the day. You could also get involved with the boat parties (there were 18 in all during the week), where you might have found the likes of Solardo and Denis Sulta popping off on-board. And, if you asked around, you got the chance to check out the secret rave events that popped up throughout the day too. For example, Basement Jaxx hosted a secret beach party and even Radio 1 muscled in to broadcast it, covering sets from Skream, Eats Everything, Danny Howard, Dusky and B.Traits.
Which such a broad range of music being played across the festival it’s hard to stay on top of everything but you won’t leave the island thinking that you’ve missed out. We managed to make two of the sunrise raves that were both truly special. Alan Fitzpatrick let off beautiful early morning vibes at Noa and Heidi raised thousands of smiles along with the sun at Papya. The crowds were loving the energy they were both giving off, making the all-nighter feel more than worth it.
The impeccable Martinez Brothers were once again on point at Noa, playing alongside the other big hitters Marco Carola and Joey Daniel. The Martinez Brothers never disappoint and their Thursday spot was no different, leaving everyone’s head spinning by the end. The back-to-back set by Steve Lawler and Darius Syrossian threw it down in style on Thursday and you could feel the energy in the rave burning up behind the decks after all-day rain led to the cancellation of his VIVA pool party.
The Rowlympics spectacle by elrow, which everyone has been talking about for the past 12 months, brought a lot of colour and fun to the place. Every day and night they took over Kalypso showcasing people like Patrick Topping, Waze & Odyssey, Lord Leopard, Andres Campo and Jasper James, amongst others.
Its seven days of pure rave bedlam at Hideout, with everyone getting into the hedonistic swing of things. Sun (and a bit of rain), liquor, dancing and a whole lot of great music. We can’t wait until next year.
April is usually the period when the full line-up for the festival is announced, so we’ll have to hold tight until then. In the meantime you can register on their site in preparation for the release of tickets next year. You’ll get a 72 hour heads up before everyone else, so it’s well worth signing up for. Registration closes on the October 26th 2017, so you don’t have long to beat the rush.