With a setting like this for a festival, dancing in a muddy field starts to seem like a silly idea. Zcre Beach on the Island of Pag, just off the coast of Croatia, is home to an incredible, fairly new, music festival called Hideout. For the first week of July, the weather is perfect to spend all day and all night dancing to mind-blowing sets from big name Dj’s such as SBTRKT, Justin Martin, David Rodigan, Loco Dice and Bondax.
Hideout’s first year being 2011, it has already managed to easily put together one of the best line-ups attracting Electronic and Bass music lovers from all over the world, groups of friends even travelled from New Zealand and Australia to experience this five day blast.
Croatia is gaining more and more attention on the Music Festival scene, down to perfect locations and soaring temperatures. Taking over the Island of Pag, the festival site is away from most big cities and towns therefore no curfew for music, carrying on until half 6 most mornings. More festivals in this beautiful country include Outlook and Dimensions, Sonus and brand new festival Unknown. Hideout being organised by the people at Manchester’s Warehouse Project already ensures the same energetic audience are attracted.
Setting up the tone for the week Hideout Festival resident DJ Jack Swift created a mix; Journey to Hideout, and Subculture contributer Gemma gave her review having spent a week checking out the hottest acts under the Croatian Sun.
'On the first night, having only arrived at the campsite a couple of hours earlier, not knowing what to expect, a friend and I hopped on to the bus taking us to the festival site, eyes wide with anticipation. The beach is lined with clubs and stages all open air of course, you can hear the bass from different stages already being blasted out onto the open sea. We headed straight to Kalypso for Youandewan a regular guest at Wax: on who was sure to be a winner.
TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY
On our second night we managed to catch David Rodigan MBE at Aquarius, dancing in a drained swimming pool for some Heavy Bass and Reggae Dub. He didn’t fail to impress with his stage presence and energising sets. The next day we returned to Aquarius and ventured into Pool Party territory, it had to be the Dirtybird with Justin Martin. Finding a spot in the beaming sunshine as close to the stage as possible we managed to get some of the Jungle and Hip-Hop inspired House we were hoping for from Justin Martin.
Listen out for Little Dragon- Little Man (Marcus Intalex remix) about half way through this mix, definitely a Summer Festival tune.
That night one of the most anticipated acts of the week was the man behind the mask, SBTRKT. I was thinking this week could get no better. Playing his usual beats from his album ‘SBTRKT’ and injecting the odd newer track such as GLOSS, he gained a huge bustling crowd, and with just him behind his mask on stage the audiences were in awe. The set took a more peaceful turn as he dropped ‘Reach for the Dead’ by Boards of Canada which definitely made my night.
After the striking light show and incredible blending electronic mixes from SBTRKT. We headed to Kalypso for Bondax, the Lancaster duo who have been booked out for nearly every festival you can think of this summer- you can head to our page on them for more. Mixing garage beats with softer tunes such as Rachel Row – Follow the Step (Justin Martin Remix) making the crowd feel right at home bouncing around on this seemingly magical beach. The pair played an interesting set, which developed and became more and more upbeat yet keeping their solid house synths throughout ensuring the crowd never stopped moving.
THURSDAY & FRIDAY
A huge highlight on the Thursday night of the Festival was witnessing Loco Dice playing a sunrise set at club Papaya from the balcony looking down on hundreds of people still wide awake and full of life. A talented German DJ based in Dusseldorf, he produces lengthy progressive house and techno music to listen to for hours on end. With repetitive beats and chiming clean sounds throughout his music is unique and not something which you can section into a particular genre.
Although there are too many talented DJs and producers to mention, however finishing our week at Aquarius 2, an interesting Stage/Club built on many different levels, finishing with Dusky made the trip complete. Here’s a new track by the duo – Mr Man.
I will definitely be visiting again, Hideout Festival in Croatia should be made number one on your list of festivals to attend next year!