Last year, we covered the exciting news that Croatia was to be home to a brand new festival. That festival was the Echo Festival, an underground electronic music event taking place in the early part of the season on the Adriatic shores.
After a very successful first year, Echo Festival returns bigger and bolder in 2013…in a brand new home! This year, the festival will be taking place from 6th to 9th June in Kanegra, close to the very pretty town of Umag in Istria, the most northern part of the Croatian coast. Located very close to Istria’s main airport in Pula, and just over the border from both Slovenia and Italy, Echo Festival is easier to reach than ever. The new site is also home to over two hundred festival-managed apartments, meaning over one thousand festival-goers will be able to stay right in the thick of the action…although in enough seclusion so that they can get some recovery time after each hedonistic night!
The Echo Art Network is new for this year, which allows a platform of artists come together to showcase their work, adding to the dynamism and interactivity of the festival – something evidenced in how the festival organisers developed Echo’s woodland area last year.
The fast wave of acts have already been announced, and it’s already looking to be a truly stellar line-up this year. Nick Höppner, one of the backbones of today’s house and techno underground and famous for his monthly residences at the inimitable Berghain/Panoramabar, is one of the top names on the bill. Delano Smith, an early protegee of Motown’s first DJ, Ken Collier, and who began DJing in the late 70s will be bringing his magic to Echo for a unique set. From Bucharest there’s Pedro aka Petra Inspirescu, a pivotal figure in modern electronic music, who’ll be bringing his usual kind of DJ set – one that’s renowned for being as sonically baffling as it’s irresistibly groovy. Fred P, under his Black Jazz Consortium name, and Christopher Rau will be representing the deep house contingent. From the UK, Space Dimension Controller will have a live performance at Echo, fresh off the back of his forthcoming astral album Welcome to Mikrosektor-50. One of Time Out’s ‘DJ Stars of 2013’, South London Ordnance, will treat guests with driving techno sounds.
These names are just the tip of the iceberg – others on the bill include Locked Grove, October, Outboxx, Marcus Intalex, Youandewan, dBridge, Lenzman, Kasra and Stray. There’s also even more acts due to be announced in the next few weeks – watch Echo Festival‘s Facebook page for all of the latest announcements.
We’ve set up our own little guide to the Echo Festival which may well help you in reaching the Festival site and travelling on afterwards – check it out: Festivals in Croatia 2013 – Echo Festival.
Tickets for the Echo Festival cost £65 (plus booking fee).
6th – 9th June 2013