Dimensions Festival 2019 - Credit: Callum Chaplin

All star line up for Dimensions Festival 2019

This year’s Dimensions Festival (28th August – 1st September 2019) will be its last to take place at the wonderful Fort Punta Christo site near Pula in Istria. And Dimensions’ organisers have announced an amazing all star line up for this final year – its eighth, no less – at the fort!

Dimensions Festival 2019 - Credit: Callum Chaplin
Credit: Callum Chaplin

Another 7,000 ravers will unite at Fort Punta Christo this year to enjoy some of the best names from the electronic underground. This spectacular abandoned fortress offers up plenty of unique arenas – Noah’s Ballroom, The Void, The Garden, Subdub Arena and of course the 80-foot Moat, stacked high with speakers. Not forgetting the seaside chilling during the day and sunset beach sessions available at Dimensions too.

Names on the bill this year include Jeff Mills, Omar-S, HuneePeggy GouLarry Heard aka Mr. Fingers live, Nina Kraviz, Paula TempleJoy OrbisonGilles PetersonCall SuperZipMr.Scruff, Andrew Weatherall, Craig Richards amongst many others – Dimensions Festival 2019 is sure to be an excellent send off for Fort Punta Christo.

To get a feel for the event, check out the line-up announcement video below:

Dimensions Festival 2019 Line Up

As ever, Dimensions will kick things off with an opening concert on the first night (28th August) in the gorgeous 2000-year-old amphitheatre in Pula, the Area. Setting the tone for the weekend, one of electronic music’s most notable names, Jeff Mills will be performing, joined by one of the most iconic drummers from the past century, Tony Allen. Joining them on the bill is Objekt, who will perform tracks from his critically acclaimed album with a new live show. Hunee also joins providing his perfect blend of soulful house and disco.

Dimensions Festival 2019 - Credit: Callum Chaplin
Credit: Callum Chaplin

The festival itself will continue to span house, electro, techno, acid, DnB, ambient and jazz, bringing together artists from all over the globe. Joining for each outing since its conception, Hessle Audio are back in the Moat with Ben UFOPearson Sound and Pangaea. Following stand-out appearances at last year’s festival, fellow electronic enthusiast Batu is also along for the ride showcasing his Timedance sound. Korean-born, Berlin based selector Peggy Gou will also be making a return to the festival, not forgetting Nina Kraviz who is an essential booking for the final send off following b2b performances in the Moat and Clearing for the last two years. Staple selectors Andrew WeatherallVladimir Ivkovic and Identified Patient will be providing selections in the weird and wonderful, with sounds connecting everything from post punk and ebm to breaks and techno. Returning to Dimensions after a short hiatus, techno pioneer Blawan joins for the final outing as well DVS1, making a debut appearance at the fort. London born, Berlin based Call Super is also on hand to take ravers on a journey til the early hours, as is Joy Orbison.

Dimensions Festival 2019 - Credit: Dan Medhurst
Dimensions Festival 2019 – Credit: Dan Medhurst

Red Bull Music Academy alumni and Apeiron crew member Courtesy will be returning, alongside fellowalumni and label partner Solid Blake. Long term Fabric resident Craig Richards will be providing the late night arm raisers with an epic b2b with Nicolas Lutz whose taste revolves around the outskirts of dance floor culture. Elsewhere Stones Throw’s epitome of good times and lord-of-funk, Dam-Funk is welcomed back with open arms.  

On a darker tip, is the return of DnB pioneer dBridge, joined by fellow peers FixateSkeptical andSP:MCMumdance is also on duty drawing from grime, techno, hardcore and more. Bass weight and dub-heavy selections come from Deep Medi label boss and DMZ co-founder Mala alongside Commodo –known for pushing the boundaries in post-dubstep.

Not forgetting electro, Dimensions welcome back DJ Stingray, one of the champions of the Detroit sound, while DJ Bone demonstrates a rare insight into his collection of electro records. An ever-popular choice for fans of the sound, DMX Krew performs live electro with a twist, who will grace the festival alongside electro pioneer Radioactive Man, also performing a special live show.

House heads are in for a treat, as Chicago house legend Larry Heard aka Mr Fingers joins the final fort send-off. It doesn’t stop there, dancers can move to the eclectic, soulful sounds of music counessioursHunee and Brownswood label owner Gilles Peterson, with Omar-S delivering that signature Detroit sound. Elsewhere, body-moving selections are guaranteed from two of London’s indomitable DJ’s Jane Fitz and Josey Rebelle, who earned her stripes at the infamous London club Plastic People, while two of Canada’s finest house exports Ciel and feel good selector Jayda G join for debut appearances. Brothers and Detroit techno legends Octave One bring their live set to the festival, while self-confessednoisician Paula Temple and one of the people’s favourites from 2019, Croatian legend Petar Dundov andSkee Mask are on hand for a voyage in techno, as is Peach Discs’ label boss Shanti Celeste and Canadian ball of energy Peach. Outer limit techno advocate Karen Gwyer is set to surprise fans with her live set, whilst woman of the hour Object Blue makes her Dimensions debut. Genre-bending Saoirse, whose selections span electro, house, dub, jazz and everything in between, will be joined by Swedish native SPFDJ who merges the fringes of techno, acid, hardcore and trance, alongside Manchester noise electro artist Afrodeutsche.   Very rare appearances come from two of the Perlon family as label boss Zip, who has been educating ravers since the 80s, joins Tokyo based Fumiya Tanaka alongside label-mate Binh for a special Perlon showcase. An unmissable stop for fans of the deep, dubbed-out, house-sound synonymous with the label. On a Northern soulful tip are Manchester hip hop stars Children of Zeus, who areheading back to Dimensions with vinyl aficionado Mr. Scruff. The festival is excited to welcome Sadar Bahar whose taste spans gospel, funk, disco, jazz and soul. Also on hand are NTS’ Donna Leake and Melodies International label head Mafalda. London’s hotly tipped jazz crew Steam Down Orchestra are making their first appearance at the festival with a live performance while West African disco and soul enthusiast Awesome Tapes From Africa returns to the fort.

Dimensions Festival 2019 - Credit: Danijel Bartolic
Credit: Danijel Bartolic

Tickets for Dimensions Festival 2019

Early bird tickets for the event cost £120 (+ booking fee) and can also be purchased via a payment plan.

For £160 (+ booking fee), you will get a full festival pass, access to the Dimensions campsite and a ticket to the opening concert.

Tickets to the opening concert can also be purchased separately.

All tickets can be purchased at http://bit.ly/Dim19_tkts. Be sure to snap them up soon!

Dimensions Festival 2019

More info on Dimensions Festival

See our guide to Dimensions Festival to find out more details of how to get to the festival and where to stay.

Full information on the festival can also be found on the official website, with all the latest updates on their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.

Outlook Festival 2019 Credit: Dan Medhurst

Outlook Festival 2019 announces first names for final year at Fort Punta Christo

Outlook Festival (4th – 9th September 2019)  – one of the longest running festivals in Croatia – has announced some of the first names that will be appearing at this year’s event. Now in its 12th year, this will be the last festival to be held at Fort Punta Christo near Pula.

Amongst the names to appear at Outlook this year include Chase & Status, Bugzy Malone, Goldie (Live), Ghetts, Andy C, Shy FX and Mala.

Check out this video to see for yourself some of the names appearing at Outlook this year…and to get a feel for the festival!

With a deep admiration for sound system culture, Outlook festival champions the scene’s hottest talent and newcomers alike – uniting thousands of bass lovers for four days and nights soundtracked by high grade sound systems channelling dubstep, house, bass, garage, grime, hip-hop, DnB and everything in between.

Waving goodbye to Fort Punta Christo, Outlook is making sure its final year at the fort will be one to be remembered.

Outlook Festival 2019

Outlook Festival 2019 Line Up

As ever, the opening concert that kicks of the proceedings of Outlook will be at the stunning Arena – the Roman amphitheatre – in Pula. This year, Ram records label boss Andy C, South London rapper Loyle Carner, drum and bass master Shy FX performing live with his Ragamuffin Soundsystem, festival stalwarts Gentleman’s Dub Club and rising vocal talent Flohio will all join the final show in the stunning 2000-year-old amphitheatre.

But the rest of the festival is just as thrilling. This year sees some of the most exciting talent head to the fort including drum and bass duo Chase & Status making their debut with a RTRN II JUNGLE dj set, Manchester’s quick fire rapper Bugzy Malone, and DnB royalty and MBE holder Goldie performing live celebrating 25 years of Metalheadz.

Outlook Festival 2019 Credit: Perry Gibson

Credit: Perry Gibson

A solid crew of grime & rap talent joins this year’s edition, with figureheads Ghetts and D Double E representing East London. North Manchester’s hardest barrer Aitch and rising rapper Unknown T will be playing this year’s edition, whilst MCs Killa P, Irah and Flirta D are not to be missed. With beginnings in jungle/DnB and now firmly representing the grime scene, President T will be back at Outlook, alongside West London’s Big Zuu. On a hip-hop flex, DJ Amy Becker will be bringing her selections to the Adriatic coast, championing the new gen sound, elsewhere Estonian rap prince & rising star Tommy Cash will be sharing to the stage DIY popstar Jimothy Lacoste. Northern heroes Children of Zeus return to Outlook with their genre-spanning jazz infused hip hop whilst, soulful singer Eliza and South London’s Flohio and Sam Wise will touch the mic with their raw and poetic bars.

Supporting music from grassroots up, Outlook showcases some of the most notable names the drum and bass scene has to offer and this year is no different, inviting founding father Grooverider. Shy FX, a regular to the festival is also billed to play, alongside intelligent drum and bass stalwart LTJ Bukem. Calibre will also be bringing his signature liquid DnB sound. Take a trip down memory lane with Randall who will be joined by dBridge, championing the low frequency sound and The North Quarter label boss Lenzman.

Repping the roots and dub is reggae’s finest Sister Nancy & Legal Shot Sound who will be joined by Iration Steppas, Channel One and Mungo’s Hifi. Standout vocalist Eva Lazarus will make her return to Outlook alongside dancehall mainstay Seanie B.

Dubstep pioneer and Deep Medi boss Mala returns alongside Tempa affiliates Youngsta and Hatcha. Elsewhere Rusko, Joker, V.I.V.E.K, Commodo and Truth are joined by dubstep duo Sicaria Sound.

Expect sonic explorations from Holy Goof, who will be taking things darker and deeper, meanwhile innovative producer Alix Perez heads back to the festival – not to mention Ninja Tune veteran The Bug. Sound system dons O.B.F will be bringing along The 1 Crew whilst staple figure to the scene Zed Bias will provide non stop bass heavy anthems. Veteran Paradox will perform live, as well as Sam Binga – an unstoppable force in the bass music scene. On MC duties expect none other than Sgt. Pokes and SP:MC, Blackeye, Tempza & Pean.

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Credit: Callum Chaplin

Making their return to Outlook, Kurupt FM’s very own Decoy & Seapa (MC Grindah) join a number of artists making a nod back to the old school days of pirate radio with plenty of selections coming from Matt Jam Lamont, Hollie Cook and Outlook mainstays 24 Hr Garage Girls. Known just as much for shelling out house & bassline as much as 2-step & jungle Jossy Mitsu – Astral Black affiliate rounds of the bill.

Getting to Outlook

Pula Airport is the nearest to the festival site, and there’s plenty of flights to here from the UK, Ireland and elsewhere in Europe – see our Getting to Istria page for more details. That page also gives you details of flying to other nearby airports such as Trieste, Venice Treviso or Venice Marco Polo.

Outlook Festival site Credit: Digital Anthill

Credit: Digital Anthill

Outlook Festival also organise coach packages and flight packages – see outlookfestival.com/travel for more details.

Tickets for Outlook 2019

Tickets for the festival cost from £120 and can be purchased online at bit.ly/Out19_tkts. You can also get a festival and opening concert ticket and camping pass together and save over £30!

Tickets are selling fast, so act fast to snap some up for an exciting final year at Outlook’s stunning Fort Punta Christo location!

Outlook Festival 2019 Credit: Dan Medhurst

Credit: Dan Medhurst

More on Outlook Festival 2019

Find out all the latest news and info on Outlook at outlookfestival.com, and seek them out on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

Outlook Festival
4th – 9th September 2019
Fort Punta Christo
outlookfestival.com

Love International 2019

Love International 2019 – First artists revealed

Hot on the heels of another glorious outing on the Croatian coast, Love International 2019 has already revealed the first wave of acts that will be appearing during their magical week next year – 3rd to 10th July 2019 in Tisno.

Now in its 4th season, Love International 2019 will continue to embrace a peerless array of sounds and styles across a scintillating spectrum, from disco, house and techno, through to dub, reggae, funk and Balearic. All the most brilliant parts of the festival will be present – from the pulsating boat parties to intimate beach-side dancing, the main Garden Stage to the the mesmeric Olive Grove and definitely not forgetting the iconic open-air club, Barbarella’s.

Love International 2019

Love International is a holiday and a festival merged into one – set in a gorgeous location on the Adriatic coast in the picturesque little town of Tisno. It is no wonder that music lovers and adventure seekers from all over Europe and even further beyond descend for a truly magical week under the sun and stars, weaving together a genuine sense of community, kinship and connection into all who attend.

Love International 2019 – First artists revealed

Outright electronic music pioneer Ben UFO is one third of Hessle Audio and an annual Love International fixture, with intimate knowledge of the festival. A legend in every sense, Andrew Weatherall, will be playing for the first time at the festival. From Boys’ Own to Shoom filtered through Two Lone Swordsmen, he has worked with everyone from New Order to Primal Scream to Villalobos. His extended sets capture a deeper and more spiritual experience. Next up, Harry – aka Midland – is a Love Int icon, with his genre-weaving and joyous back to back sets bring a raw sense of abandon each time, whilst Shanti Celeste is a veteran in four to the floor dance music, cultivating house, techno, garage and electro classics. Beautiful Swimmers’ cult following savours their richly textured odysseys, through to Love Int faves Horse Meat Disco bringing buckets of dazzling disco and amped-up house, to a techno innovator of sublime electronic beauty, Call Super. There’s a debut from Nicolas Lutz, whose sets deep with rich detail, and Ivan Smagghe is a DJ’s DJ pure and simple, making a very rare Croatian appearance.

DMX Krew has over twenty-five years of electronic music innovation, a prominent artist on Aphex Twin’s legendary ‘Rephlex’ imprint and also the founder of both Breakin’ Records and Fresh UP. NTS’s Moxie is champion of independent dance music, and Ruf Dug brings the leftfield – expect dusty analogue disco dreamers and poolside Balearic belters. Saoirse is one of the most revered spinners around, whist co-founder of Red Light Radio, Orpheu The Wizard, is a key figure in Amsterdam’s underground music and makes his debut.

Rinse FM’s Josey Rebelle is a Sunday morning purveyor of quality electronic music and hangover; she joins the dots between house, techno, disco and more. Powder is a Love Int legend in the making after her boat party performance. Then four further debutants line up: Lithuanian native Manfredas is behind the seminal Smala party at Opium Club; CC:Disco is a Melbourne native channelling modern soul, house and boogie; Ciel is a DJ, producer, radio host, creator of Toronto’s Work in Progress party series, and co-founder of collective It’s Not U It’s Me; Justin Cudmore is a stalwart of the Wrecked, Queen!, Horse Meat Disco, Hot Mass and Club Toilet parties, and a member of the NYC Bunker Crew; and Willow is one of the most compelling producers to arrive in the last few years. Finally Gatto Fritto is back, the esteemed curator of the first Sound Of Love International compilation released earlier in the year.

Tom Paine, one of the festival’s co-founders, explains:

“We are all immensely proud of our first names for summer 2019 in Tisno. It’s a really great mix of debutants, old faces and new friends coming to join us for our 4th year. We also are fully committed to developing the sense of community which really bloomed this summer, we want everyone who comes to feel unity and to feel free. It’s really important for us to keep exploring new sounds at the festival – for example the dub, reggae and Sunrise Sessions will be enhanced again for 2019. This year we invested more in the production too, especially at the Beach Stage where we moved the booth down to the water level, making it much more intimate. We also enhanced the Garden Stage and added extra detail across the whole site. We will be enhancing this even further next year.”

Tickets for Love International 2019

Tickets are currently on sale at www.loveinternationalfestival.com. A 8 day full festival pass costs £135 (boat parties and club shows are extra).

Relive Love International 2018

For anyone wanting to look back – or rather, listen back – on some of the standout moments from this year’s festival, check out these NTS mixes here: www.nts.live/shows/love-international-2018. Sets are from Shanti Celeste, Ben UFO and Craig Richards, Daniele Baldelli, Khruangbin, Begin, Powder and Lexx.

More on Love International

Check out all the festival details at www.loveinternationalfestival.com and also look them up on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news!

Love International 2019
3rd – 10th July 2019
Tisno
www.loveinternationalfestival.com

England and Croatia - Cup of Tea

England and Croatia – A highly scientific and detailed comparison

England and Croatia may play it out on a football field in Moscow tonight, but who wins if we compare the two countries based on other criteria? Check out our highly scientific comparison below, which we spent ages (definitely more than 5 minutes) putting together.

Beauty of the Country

England – green and pleasant land.

Croatia – millions and millions (actually, 1,246) of islands, eight national parks, Istria, Zadar, Split, Dubrovnik… I’m sorry, but just look at this:

England and Croatia

View over Hvar Town

Croatia win

National drinks

England and Croatia - Cup of Tea

A nice combination of England and Croatia in one photo…

England – tea

Croatia – sljivovica

Both very useful for calming nerves. Doling out sljivovica less damaging to the country’s national grid at critical times. But hmmmm, tea.

England win. Hands down.

Not being born yet

England and Croatia - Happy Birthday Croatia

England – Sixteen of the England squad weren’t even born yet when England last played in a semi final at the World Cup.

Croatia – Croatia not even born yet when England last played a semi final.

Croatia win

Despair and triumph at Wimbledon

Tough one, this. To lose three times in a Wimbledon final – twice narrowly – must be heartbreaking. To then win it as a wild card, ranked 120-something in the world, is the stuff of dreams. (And should have been made into a movie, by now.) Step forward Goran Ivanisevic. (Obviously played by Goran Visnjic when the movie comes out.)

But to be the first Brit since 1398 (or thereabouts) to win the glorious title, bettering even Tim Herman’s epic FOUR semi final appearances is absolutely magic. Bravo, Andy Murray!

Draw (And something epic like 4-4)

Football kit

England – white shirt, dark blue shorts, classic. Can’t go wrong. Could wear it to a club, on a date, to work. Whatever, man.

Croatia – red and white checks, nothing else like it. Pros – you can see a Croatian football fan from two miles away; cons – on closer inspection, it sometimes turns out to be a table.

England win

Football Crest

Three Lions on a shirt. No one sings about H N S on a shirt, do they?

🦁🦁🦁

England win

Football songs

No contest. You can’t move in England for hearing Three Lions every two minutes; if it’s not blaring out of someone’s car it’s the tenth version of the meme you’ve seen today. And to have World in Motion as backup (which has surprisingly been under played this time round) surpasses everything else.

England win (Croatia haven’t even entered the stadium)

Passports

England and Croatia - Croatian passport

England – Reverting back to beautiful blue!

Croatia – always have been blue, despite being in the EU. (UK – “Wot??”)

Croatia win

The EU

England – leaving

Croatia – joining (well, in 2013)

Croatia win
(Sorry Brexiters. But you’re probably not reading this anyway.)

Captain Fantastics

England – Harry Kane. Scores without even being involved in a goal. (See his third goal against Panama.)

Croatia – Luka Modric. Ridiculously talented, despite being no taller than Ant or Dec. (Which is weird, considering Croats are officially amongst the tallest people in the world. If they hadn’t counted Modric, Croatia would actually be in first place.)

England win – with a goal scored off Harry Kane’s nose

Best male pundit on UK TV

England – erm…

Croatia – Slaven Bilic. Hands down.

Croatia win

Best World Cup 2018 performance

England – six past (ahem) Panama! Get in!

Croatia – 3-0 against Messi and Argentina. Ajmo!

Croatia win

Winning a World Cup match on penalties for the first time ever

England – ✔️

Croatia – ✔️ (and then ✔️again)

Draw

Fan parks shown on TV

Croatia – thousands and thousands of people in the main squares of Croatia; letting of flares in Trg ban Jelacic in Zagreb; singing at the top of their lungs by the Riva in Split beside the beautiful Adriatic sea; packing out the gleaming Stradun in Dubrovnik

England – spilling warm beer over each other beside some stairs in Croydon

England win

Result

8-8 after extra time.

It’s going into penalties…

*deep breath*

Dimensions Festival

Dimensions Festival reveals stage breakdowns and takeovers

News is in from this year’s Dimensions Festival (29th August – 2nd September 2018) – a full run down of all the stage sets and takeovers has been revealed.

The day to day breakdowns for the ten stages have now been revealed – with takeovers from Hessle Audio, Zeezout, Resident Advisor, Stamp The Wax, Make Me, Electrix, Exit Records, JAW Family and more. Hosting acts include Underground Resistance, Peggy Gou, Nina Kraviz, Bonobo (All Night Long), Hunee, Jon Hopkins, Ben UFO, Saoirse, Maurice Fulton, Helena Hauff, DJ Stingray plus over 100 more acts.

About Dimensions

With no less than ten (ten!) stages at the Festival, Dimensions has fully confirmed its places as one of the most forward thinking electronic parties, bringing together the underground’s most dynamic, thoughtful and innovative artists.

Taking place over five days, the seventh Dimensions Festival will once more return to its idyllic abandoned fortress spot outside Istria’s main town Pula. All the old favourite Festival areas return, from the iconic Moat area through to the sun-kissed Beach stage. Attendees can discover fresh new breakout acts, or revisit classic talents that have laid the foundations.

As well at the main festival, Dimensions will also see a fantastic opening concert on the evening of Wednesday 29th August with Kraftwerk, Nils Frahm and Moodymann all performing.

Dimensions Stage Breakdowns

The Clearing

The Clearing will once again be delivering a quality set of names for 2018. Opening with a solid start, embrace the sounds of the motor city with Underground Resistance presents Depth Charge, plus electronica institutions Jon Hopkins and Petar Dundov. The Clearing starts as it means to go on with techno’s leading ladies Volvox and Nina Kraviz spinning all-encompassing electro, acid and beyond. Don’t miss mind live performances from Azymuth & Marcos Valle, The Comet is Coming andJames Holden & the Animal Spirits as well as angular beats from Avalon Emerson among Friday’s offerings. A testament to Dimensions’ diverse programming, catch DJ’s DJ Jon K, MXMJOY:[maximumjoy] and Rush Hour legend, Hunee, bringing those unforgettable, magic sunrise moments as well as Joe Claussell. The soundtrack to the final evening comes courtesy of Bonobo, playing all-night-long from soul and jazz, disco, house, electronica and beyond – in a way only he can.

The Garden Stage

The leafy GARDEN STAGE is another world within the festival. Lush green surroundings host an impactful set of names; starting with a journey through house, jazz and feel-good vibes galore straight from the Motor City, enter the Mahogani music godfather, Moodymann and vibe purveyors Amp Fiddlerand Marcellus Pittman. Eddy Ramich and legendary Leeds party crew, Cosmic Slop also join on Thursday. Friday we celebrate 30 Years of French institute, Rex Club with stellar selectors rRoxymore, Ash Lauryn, Gabriella Vergilov and Peggy Gou, while Saturday is and all-night affair on a cosmic tip with Margaret Dygas, Sonja Moonear, Ste Roberts and more on board. Finishing proceedings, rising talent and DJ Directory member Alex T and Mexico City’s underground hero, Leo Leal spin on Sunday night. A final treat for those in the know fabric kingpin, Craig Richards and wax wizard, Nicolas Lutz join forces to close the Garden with an over 5 hours of seam B2B blends.

The Void

A much loved zone with a mammoth sound system, The Void is a Dimensions arena that is loved by the masses, catering to the deeper, darker electronic palettes. First up to host is Resident Advisor, whereWillikens & Ivkovic go head to head with a genre-defying b2b session ahead of John Talabot. Hands in the air for Kuniyuki, and DJ Python’s reggaeton, deep house and breakbeat fusions. Catch Disco’s sweetheart IIl Bosco (Red Laser Disco), J.A.W. Family, Alexander Nut, Red Greg and Maurice Fultongracing the booth on Friday. A real underground affair is set for Saturday, one for electro aficionados, catch Chris CPU, Billy Nasty and Drexicyan explorations from the don, DJ Stingray, plus live sets for the modular heads; London Modular Alliance, Carl Finlow aka Silicon Scally and DMX Krew. Rounding off the weekend, is Dutch dream team, KAMMA and Masalo, local spinner, Ilija Rudman plus revered selectors, Palms Trax and Josey Rebelle.

The Moat

One of Dimensions most iconic arenas is The Moat; a 70 foot deep stage that is home to sounds that shake Pula to it’s core. With TRIP hosting first. Expect thundering techno and intergalactic explorations from Nina Kraviz. Joined by Detroit’s K-Hand, Bjarki and Volruptus (live), it’s Alien boogie from the off. Friday’s flavour electro and acid from old skool to new from Zeezout crew. Beat commander Helena Hauffheadlines, following Detroit In Effect, electro legends The Exaltics plus Courtesy and Daan Donk. JoinMassimo Mephisto and the festivals very own Dimensions Sound system, before a triple treat of rave obscurities, jagged beats and flat out belters from Discwoman’s Umfang and Anastasia Kristensenbefore high octane NRG from Paula Temple. Closing out on a high, embark on a final genre defying journey Sunday with the Hessle Audio power crew – Ploy, Pearson Sound, JLIN, Pangaea and the mighty, Ben UFO.

Stables

In the heart of the Dimensions Fortress, the vast STABLES boast another anticipated set of names, venturing through left-field rarities and body-moving beats with Dark Entries’ Josh Cheon, electronic explorations from Alessandra Adriana and more oddball grooves from Jon K, Heinrich Dressel & Teslasonic and Pierre. Stamp the Wax and DJ Directory venture from the ballroom bringing afro-beats, and sunshine sounds with Sean OD, Born Cheating, STW head honcho Aaron L and emerging talent,Will Lister. Embark on a journey through sonic explorations and darker persuasions start to finish from directory members Kiara Scuro, Batu, Skee Mask and Lee Gamble. Then soothe your soul with Music is my Sanctuary hosting Chicago hip-hop icon, Open Mike Eagle, Stones Throw founder, Peanut Butter Wolf and Milo, not forgetting bound-breaking crew Darker Than Wax.

Ballroom

The intimate 100 capacity BALLROOM is a firm favourite, giving way to hedonistic house, and far-flung oddities. This year, Stamp the Wax take the reins on Thursday and Sunday presenting the Dimensions DJ Directory – a motley crew of underrated and breakthrough selectors from across the Globe including the likes of Heels & Souls, Harri Pepper, Molinaro, Aaron L and Sam Hall. Friday’s flavour is hot house heat from RuDan, Ste Roberts, ASOK and more, while Saturday shines a light on Croatia’s emerging scene and it’s key players.

Arija & Courtyard

Offering local artists an international platform, ARIJA hosts both Croatian selectors with a full day takeover alongside discerning DJ’s and underground talent. Another spot for aficionados to find something new,Saoirse, Lady Blacktronica, San Soda and Sheridan are just a few names hitting the much loved COURTYARD this year, with respected party purveyors Journey Of Sound, Make Me and Love Muscle on takeover duties.

Subdub

MUNGO’S COURTYARD has been part of Dimensions since day one, the heart and soul of the festival with a system to reflect that. Dimensions mainstay and Deep Medi boss Mala heads up the Thursday bill, following DJ Lag, The Bug and Simon Scott (Muslimgauze Set). Friday is an exploration through bass with live sets from Bluetrain and Upwellings, plus a dub special from man of the hour, Skee Mask. An annual highlight, Saturday’s Exit Records takeover hosts DnB’s finest, with imprint founder dBridge as well as Steve Spacek, Skeptical and Fixate aboard. High-energy old skool sounds marry deep, off-kilter dub and bass with a vintage special from Dispatch x 1985 with Alix Perez, Ant TC1, Kid Drama, Amoss plusSP:MC & Fokus and more on board.

Beach

The spot to catch sets in the most idyllic of settings whilst relaxing on the Croatian shores, Dimensions’ BEACH STAGE sees acts wander through funk, world, soul, disco and more, with unmissable live shows. Thursday’s all about chilled beach vibes with Alfa Mist, Ariwo and the festival’s very own Dimension’s Soundsystem. Repping London’s free-form and jazz scene it’s Total Refreshment Centre and Ezra Collective, plus Sons of Kemet. Don’t miss Children of Zeus, Darkhouse Family and Palms Trax on Saturday, while the Sunday promises feel good vibes from Eglo Records familia with Fatima and Alexander Nut. Hunee soundtracks the final Adriatic sunset, the ideal end to Dimensions 2018.

To check full day-by-day stage breakdowns, head to www.dimensionsfestival.com.

Dimensions Festival

Tickets for Dimensions Festival

Only final tier tickets – priced at £141 – remain, so be sure to snap them up fast! Buy online at bit.ly/2FszVGR.

More on Dimensions

For all the latest news, be sure to check out the official website as well Dimensions on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Full Love International timetable revealed – find out who’s playing where and when!

We’re just over a week away from the third Love International Festival (Tisno, 27th June – 4th July 2018) and the full Love International timetable has been revealed. Check out the listings on the link below to find out where and when to catch all your favourite bands, DJs and performers.

Love International Timetable © Photography by Khris Cowley for Here & Now (www.fb.com/wearehereandnow)

© Photography by Khris Cowley for Here & Now

Love International 2018

The completely sold-out festival will feature a fantastic line-up, and it’s the perfect way to kick off the festival season in the idyllic Tisno this year. Artists appearing at Love International 2018 include Four Tet, Floating Points, Hunee, Bicep, Ben UFO, Midland, Optimo, Joy Orbison, Craig Richards, Roman Flügel, Gerd Janson, Young Marco, Horse Meat Disco, DJ Tennis, Palms Trax, Move D, Avalon Emerson, Call Super, Shanti Celeste, Octo Octa, plus many, many more.

Love International has cultivated its own unique path on the Adriatic coast, charting a journey which has seen it evolve into one of Europe’s finest music events, sound-tracked by some of the best artists from across the electronic music spectrum. As ever, this year will see 2,500 dedicated souls from Europe and further afield converging for a magical week in a truly breath-taking setting.

Tom Paine, one of Love International’s co-founder, says:

“We can’t believe it’s almost time to pack our bags and head back to Tisno. It will be our third year for Love International and we really feel we have created our best festival to date. Selling out back in April was really great, and we have since been focused on refining everyone’s experiences for the week across the entire site. It’s also a real honour to open up the festival season in Tisno and we really can’t wait to be back. This one is going to be very special indeed.”

Love International Timetable 2018

A big part of any festival is knowing where to be when, making sure you don’t miss a second of your favourite acts. So if you’re heading down to beautiful Tisno next week for Love International, check out the full timetable here: loveinternationalfestival.com//app/uploads/2018/06/Love-International-2018-Programme.pdf.

All performances at the different stages and areas (Garden Stage, Beach Stage, Olive Grove, Terraza and Barbarella’s club) and on the boats for the boat parties are listed.

Love International Timetable

More on Love International

Check out the official website or look them up on Twitter or Facebook.

To all those heading down to Love International – have a brilliant time, you lucky festival-goers!

Love International
Tisno
27th June – 4th July 2018
loveinternationalfestival.com

Pop Up Summer Garden

Enjoy summer in Zagreb at Pop Up Summer Garden – starting today!

The second edition of the beautiful Zagreb summer-long event, Pop Up Summer Garden, starts today, 7th June 2018. Located just a few minutes away from Ilica Street in the centre of Zagreb, the event fits perfectly into its wonderful surroundings, the beautiful Tuškanac woods. Pop Up Summer Garden is one of the best ways of relaxing in the heat of the city!

Pop Up Summer Garden

Following last year’s successful inaugural event, Pop Up Summer Garden brings together summer refreshment and entertainment for both locals and visitors to the city. There will be plenty of music, events, creative art and floral installations as well as a large selection of tasty food and drinks. Guests can expect performances by numerous DJs and acoustic bands of all genres; a varied programme of films; plus activities such as workshops, themed weeks, special guest appearances and other interesting events. Top-notch cocktails will be prepared by renowned barmen from one of the most popular bars in Zagreb, Swanky Monkey Garden, and Spizza restaurant will be making delicious snacks.

Pop Up Summer Garden

Pop Up Summer Garden

Films at Pop Up Summer Garden

Film lovers in particular will be given a special treat with a film festival organised by the Summer Stage Tuškanac; a perfect complement to Pop Up Summer Garden.

The film program on Summer Stage Tuškanac, organised by the Centre for Culture and Film Augusta Cesarca, starts on Saturday, June 9th with a screening of the animated film “Isle of Dogs”. This particular production comes from the world animated Zagreb film festival, Animafest.

Live music at Pop Up Summer Garden

At the opening of Pop Up Summer Garden today, 7th June, guests can dance into the night to the sounds of the best soul / r’n’b / funk musicians of the Croatian band SoulShadows SoundSystem. Dance rhythms continue with DJ Fiddly Digits & Nobs performing as Filthy Dancing Live. Friday 8th June is reserved for the Croatian band Ljetno Kino and DJ Oberan.

Pop Up Summer Garden

Pop Up Summer Garden

Summer in the City

Escape the concrete jungle and the heat of summer by heading to the green oasis of Pop Up Summer Garden. The event will be open until mid-September, so guests can cool down in the Tuškanac woods with cocktails, music, movies and lots of fun almost all summer long.

Pop Up Summer Garden

More on Pop Up Summer Garden

Full details of Pop Up Summer Garden, including the complete programme and event announcements, can be found on the official Facebook & Instagram accounts. Check them out, and start planning your summer in Zagreb!

Goulash Disko

Goulash Disko Festival returns to Vis island this September

Amongst the many music festivals and events held in Croatia every summer, here’s one that’s rather unique! Goulash Disko, taking place on the island of Vis (12th – 16th September 2018), is the first crowd-funded music festival – 100% independent and sponsor free!

Goulash Disko

Held in the beautiful little town of Komiza on the amazing island of Vis (one of our favourites – and that of almost everyone else that’s been there!), the five day festival in fact also includes an opening concert on day zero, and and extra Day+1 to help extend the party. There will also be before and after parties held in Split and Zagreb, so if you want to experience a island festival and combine it with the delights of these two cities, this is just the thing.

About Goulash Disko

As mentioned, Goulash Disko is an entirely crowd-funded music festival. They aimed to raise €25,000, with all money going towards attracting a stellar line up and building the best possible infrastructure. And as of 30th April, they are fully funded (and then some) – congrats to them!

The festival knows no limits and loves to explore new sounds and genres rooted in the Global Underground. Expect world infused and eclectic music styles! There will also be performers and workshops of different kinds – non-music related – that will spice up the whole program of the festival.

Iva and Yves are the duo behind Goulash Disko. Having started the night 7 years ago when they lived in Dublin, they settled in Croatia and came up with the idea of organising the first ever crowd funded music festival in the world. The rest, as they say, is history! (And what an excellent choice of location for such a festival!)

Since then, the community has grown even more. There are regular Goulash Disko events that take place in Croatia and Slovenia, and you may even have come across happenings in Berlin, London, Paris or Vienna. Hundreds of artists are now part of the movement.

Goulash Disko

Goulash Disko

Goulash Disko

Goulash Disko Line Up

Among the first names that have been added to the bill are Channel One (UK), of the world’s greatest and best known dub reggae sound systems, run by legendary selector Mikey Dread, and featuring MC Ras Kayleb. Those in London will surely know them – they’re one of the main sound systems at the Notting Hill Carnival each year.

Guts (France) is one of the main producers on the French hip hop scene. His set will be eclectic, dynamic and highly danceable.

Mop Mop Trio ft. Anthony Joseph (UK/Italy) are one of the most interesting percussion based acts in the current world-jazz scene. Mop Mop will perform as a trio, and will team up with Trinidadian poet Anthony Joseph, who conjures up echoes of Gil Scott Heron and Isaac Hayes.

Cigarra (Brazil) is a DJ, producer and label manager of Tropical Twista Records. She grew up in the dense underground scene of São Paulo, and participated in the effervescence of its parties and festivals as well as in the original formation of the renowned Voodoohop.

Habibi Funk (Germany) is a label dedicated to reissuing stereotype-busting sounds from the Arab world; label owner and DJ Jannis Stürtz comes to Goulash with his crate full of records.

Other names on the bill include Kognitif (France), Bwoy De Bhajan (Denmark), Mr Raoul K (Ivory Coast), The Freeborn Brothers (Poland), Barrio Lindo (Argentina), Martha Van Straaten (Germany), Thomas Von Party (Canada), Dreems (Australia), Ko Shin Moon (France) and Jhon Montoya (Colombia), with more artists also being announced soon.

As you can see from the list above, Goulash Disko is truly a world music event!

The island of Vis

Those of you who’ve been to Vis know how wonderful this island truly is! With a fascinating history (the island was closed to foreign visitors until 1989), Vis is also the furtherest (large) island away from the Croatian mainland and has something of an untouched and very relaxed vibe.

Check out this stunning video to get an idea of the beauty of Komiza and Vis:

Komiza, Island of Vis – Aerial film from Istvándi Botond on Vimeo.

Getting to Goulash Disko

Split is the best airport to fly to – see our Getting to Split page for details of flights from the UK and Europe. From there, there are daily ferries and catamarans to Vis Town – see more on our Getting to Vis page. From Vis Town, there are buses across to Komiza.

Goulash Disko - Vis Island

Tickets for Goulash Disko

Early bird (i.e. crowdfunding) tickets have sold out, but regular tickets are available. These cost 1,000 Kunas (approx. £120/€135/$158) and can be purchased here.

If there’s a group of you, you can buy 5 tickets for the price of 4!

Accommodation for Goulash Disko

A temporary campsite will be set up for Goulash Disko attendees, open from 11th to 18th September. Situated on a protected piece of land and shaded by palm trees, the campsite will be accessible by both cars and camper vans. In order to cover costs, use of the campsite costs 200 Kunas for the 7 days. (An additional €15 is payable to Komiza Town for parking if you have your own car or camper van.)

There are plenty of private accommodation options as well – rooms and apartments in Komiza, with something for every budget. Check out our Accommodation on Vis page (which includes options in Komiza).

Goulash DIsko

Goulash Disko - Accommodation

Goulash Disko

More on Goulash Disko

Check out all the information on the festival on the official website www.goulashdisko.com. Do be sure to also look them up on FacebookInstagram and Soundcloud for all the latest festival news.

Goulash Disko
Komiza, island of Vis
12th – 16th September 2018
www.goulashdisko.com

Love Stories Museum in Dubrovnik

Love Stories Museum in Dubrovnik – the world’s first museum dedicated to love and romance

The wonderful city of Dubrovnik received a brand new museum earlier this month, and it’s the first museum in the world dedicated to the charming subjects of love and romance – the Love Stories Museum.

Love Stories Museum in Dubrovnik

Romance and Love in the Love Stories Museum

The Love Stories Museum collects and displays unique personal love stories and items of great sentimental value from around the world. You’ll see items such as a coffee mug from Sweden that got together an American woman and a man from France, and experience stories such as the emotional tale of a couple going through a divorce that decided to give their marriage one last try.

And you, the visitor, can also help expand the collection! You can donate your own personal love story which could end up part of the global love stories collection.

Love Stories Museum in Dubrovnik

Love Stories Museum in Dubrovnik

Love Stories Museum in Dubrovnik

The Love Stories Museum also focuses on local historical and mythical love stories from old Dubrovnik, so there’s a chance to learn more about the city in this respect. And there’s also a display dedicated to romantic plots from films and TV programmes that have been filmed in Dubrovnik in recent times – well known shows and cinematic features such as Game of Thrones, Robin Hood and Star Wars. The Museum also features a music section, introducing visitors to the people that have inspired some of the greatest love songs of all time.

Love Stories Museum in Dubrovnik

Leave your mark on the Love Wall!

Once you’ve rejoiced in all the romantic stories the museum has to offer, leave your mark on the Love Wall. Sign it, doodle a picture or pin a couple selfie to it – it’s up to you to help create ‘the most romantic wall in the world’!

Love Stories Museum in Dubrovnik

Location and Tickets

The Love Stories Museum is located right by Pile Gate, just outside the Old Town. You can see a map of its location here.

Tickets cost 50 Kunas for adults and 35 Kunas for children (aged 10 – 18). Children aged 9 and below go free.

Love Stories Museum
Od Tabakarije 2, Dubrovnik
lovestoriesmuseum.com

Interview with Soundwave Festival founder, Noah Ball

Interview with Soundwave Festival co-founder, Noah Ball

One of the top events on the Croatian festival scene this year (and all preceding years!) is the excellent Soundwave Festival. Although the event will be celebrating its 10th birthday this year, sadly 2018 will also see the very last Soundwave Festival take place. But don’t be too sad – instead, snap up some tickets and join the party to say farewell to Soundwave!

Concluding what has been an epic odyssey on its tenth birthday – making it one of the longest running festivals in Croatia – the sublime Soundwave has very much always taken its own adventurous path, staying true to its original roots built across a beautifully diverse music spectrum whilst weaving a mesmeric holiday and festival into a glorious weekend. The last Soundwave is an opportunity to return to the idyllic Dalmatian coastline one more time and savour some of the world’s finest live artists and DJs from across broken beat, reggae, afro, acid jazz, hip-hop, soul, funk, drum and bass and much more.

Here we have an interview with Soundwave Festival co-founder, Noah Ball, to discuss the reason behind calling time on Soundwave, what drew them to start a festival in Croatia in the first place, and what they’ve experienced in those ten years in Croatia.

Interview with Soundwave Festival founder, Noah Ball

Soundwave Festival co-founder, Noah Ball

Interview with Soundwave Festival co-founder, Noah Ball

1. We’re so sad to hear next year will be the last ever Soundwave! What was behind the decision for calling time on the festival?

It is sad isn’t it! We’ve had the most amazing ten years out in Croatia and it’s been a dream come true to see Soundwave grow, exceeding all expectations in the process. I think anyone who has ever attended the festival, ourselves included, look back on it with very fond memories and this is the main reason that we’ve decided to make the tenth event the final one.

There is always a temptation to keep pushing these things once you have built them up over such a long period of time and invested too much into them. We imagine it’s like a child you who have bought up and invested huge amounts of love, time and money into – once they reach a certain age and are ready to leave home, you don’t want to see them go!

But Soundwave has been so special, so it would be criminal of us to squeeze everything out of it and be left with something only half as special as it once was. Instead, we feel it’s time to say farewell and keep those amazingly fond memories., and to finish on what is going to be an amazing high.

2. Can you share any highlights (we’re sure there will be many!) that will be taking place at Soundwave in 2018?

We won’t be doing anything too different for the final Soundwave as we’ve had a winning formula since day one – lovely people, lovely music and a lovely location – we’ll have this in abundance again this year.

One thing that will be very special, is seeing both the original Soundwaver’s (the ones who were there 10 years ago who have many more responsibilities these days!) come back and join the new wave of soul music lovers. We’ve always had a fairly diverse age group, but this year it’s going to be the broadest, which in our opinion makes for a pretty special event!

As always, we’ll have those idyllic boat parties and the hedonistic late night after parties at Barbarella’s which are always stand out moments, and having recently finished booking in the full line up, we anticipate a few performances being big highlights – especially from Loyle Carner, Submotion, Riot Jazz, Jordan Rakei, Calibre, Scruff, Marky… the list goes on!

3. The boat parties! What stories can you tell us from the boat parties?

Over the years we’ve had some incredible DJs play on the boats including Mr. Scruff, Channel One Sound System, Bonobo & Craig Charles, but occasionally we also manage to cram on bands such as Riot Jazz and Quantic and his Combo Barbaro. These ones were pretty special as you can imagine! The boat parties are an essential part of any visit and really help form a big part of the festival’s experience.

Soundwave Festival - Boat Parties

4. What are the differences between the festival site today in Tisno, and the site (in Petrcane) where Soundwave was first held?

Both are magnificent locations. Petrcane was a beautiful place, but The Garden is perfectly suited for Soundwave. It’s located far away enough from residential areas that we don’t have to worry about sound limitations (something that we experience at Petrance) and is bigger than Petrcane, so we can get more people on site, plus there are nice places to eat, drink and stay in.

Beach at Soundwave Festival

The gorgeous beach at Soundwave

The Garden boasts a beach unlike Petrcane, which has become a key area of the festival and is where most people like to relax during the mornings and early afternoons before they reach party mode. It’s pretty idyllic and the water is crystal clear and a perfect remedy for those sore heads.

We’ve had great times at both venues, but it’s right that we enjoy the final ever Soundwave at our home of recent years, The Garden in Tisno.

5. What drew you to head to Croatia to start running a festival?

I was asked by the owner of The Garden (who was leasing the site at in Petrcane at the time) if I would like to put something on there which was more of a mellow vibe than the other festivals happening at the site. Both myself and Rob Waller (Soundcrash) were regularly booking soul, hip hop and jazz artists such as of Bonobo, Cinematic Orchestra, Mr Scruff and more for our respective parties in the UK, so we got our heads together and came up with Soundwave. We haven’t looked back since the first event, and it has run all the way through to the 10th anniversary this summer.

6. How does running a festival in Croatia today (in 2018) compare to when you started out?

Things are more organised – back in the day we’d be driving up and down Croatia picking up artists from various airports miles away from each other! There’s obviously a lot more competition and choice – there are lots of festivals here now through the summer.

We have got a lot more of experience now which helps in the general running of Soundwave, every year things get easier. And it is still exciting when you put the line up together and see it build up over the year, especially as this is the last one! Croatia is a beautiful place and attracts great music minded people, it is hard to imagine this being anywhere else.

Soundwave Festival

7. How does it compare running three different festivals in the country, in two quite different locations (The Garden Tisno, and Fort Punta Christo near Pula)?

It’s interesting as Tisno is a much smaller place than Pula and the size of the festivals reflect this. Soundwave is 2,500 people vs. Outlook and Dimensions which are 15,000 & 10,000 respectively.

It’s nice to experience both – Outlook and Dimensions are bigger productions so you see huge international acts play to huge audiences which is always spectacular. Soundwave is special in different ways as you get to see amazing artists and bands play in a beautifully intimate setting to a couple of thousand people, so they are very different experiences.

Tickets for Soundwave Festival

Tickets cost £129 for 5 days (club and boat parties are extra) and can be purchased at www.soundwavecroatia.com.

Soundwave Festival 2018 Line-up

Artists revealed include Loyle Carner, Mr Scruff, Romare (full live band), Jordan Rakei, Calibre, Submotion Orchestra, Horse Meat Disco, DJ Marky, Sons of Kemet, Channel One, Josey Rebelle, Alexander Nut, Mahalia, 22archestra, Children Of Zeus, Anchorsong, Riot Jazz, Yazmin Lacey, Al Dobson JR, Tenderlonious, Kaidi Tatham, Chunky and many more. For more details on the line-up, please see: Soundwave 2018 Line-up Announcement in Full.

And don’t forget to check out who’s playing when at the legendary boat parties!

 

Soundwave Festival – the 10th and final edition
Thursday 26th – Monday 30th July 2018
@ The Garden Resort, Petrica Glava 34, 22240, Tisno, Croatia
www.soundwavecroatia.com

Soundwave 2018 Line-Up