The organisers behind the wildly popular festival SunceBeat (20th – 27th July 2023) – the longest-running festival in Tisno, now in its 14th year – have just announced that this year will likely be the last time the festival will be held in Croatia. SunceBeat will definitely not return in 2024, and the team are still deciding on the future – whether to return to Croatia or to continue in a new location in Europe. This is down to a combination of factors, and the SunceBeat team need to take a break after 2023 and develop other ideas. The festival’s big sister event, The Southport Weekender, will continue each Spring in the UK, however.
All of this means that this year’s SunceBeat will be an absolute blast! Festival founders Alex Lowes and Nick Connolly plus the whole extended team will be sure to put on an absolutely memorable event, celebrating SunceBeat’s enduring legacy with one final get-together this summer. Some of the seminal artists that have played a part in the festival’s identity as well as debut sets from Body & Soul NYC: (Joe Claussell – Danny Krivit – Francois K), Kruder & Dorfmeister (DJ SET) and DJ Spoony plus Kenny Dope, David Morales, Danilo Plessow (MCDE) and his live band Another Taste, Hunee, Antal, Osunlade, Tony Humphries, Children of Zeus (live) and many more.
We’ve made some brilliant friends on this journey which has taken us from the early Petrcane days when the whole idea of festivals in Croatia was in its infancy to the more recent years in Tisno where we’ve amped up our ambition and scale. Throughout this we’ve always kept to our roots in the artists we’ve booked and the amazing and loyal crowd we’ve cultivated through the years, essentially a distillation of The Southport Weekender in terms of our ethos and musical scope. Making so many friends, building these relationships and being lucky to come to this gorgeous part of the world each year has always been the highlight for myself, Nick and the wider SuncéBeat team, and not coming next summer is going to hurt us all. We will dearly miss Croatia’s warm welcome, Tisno’s intimacy and the fantastic festival site at the Garden Resort, the boat parties and of course Barbarella’s.
So this summer is going to be all about celebrating the good times we’ve had – and we have had many – and to party with all of our favourite guests day and night. We know SuncéBeat’s made an indelible imprint in the history of Croatian festivals and the memories will last long, and we expect July to be extra special and a chance to say goodbye to what we have created here in a suitably fitting style.Alex Lowes, SunceBeat co-founder
Be sure to join the global partygoers at this intimate festival in beautiful Tisno for one final spectacular event – you’ll want to be there as the crowd doubtless sheds a tear or two when dawn rises for the final show at legendary open-air club Barbarella’s.
We’ve thought long and hard over this decision and we have to be realistic – myself and Nick have faced many challenges in the last three years running SuncéBeat and ever more so as we now approach this 14th and final edition. Being independent is an integral part of who we are and always will be, but it adds to all of the other factors you need to go well for any event on our festival’s level to work. It’s not been an easy decision – it’s frankly been very painful to come to – but also we know it’s the right one and the essence of SuncéBeat will continue in a new guise elsewhere in Europe. And whilst I would always say you never know, I do feel that this is our last Croatian odyssey. So we’re going to conclude SuncéBeat with as big a bang as possible for everyone and make a memorable last party which will have Tisno rocking. We want to give everyone the best memories and something to cherish. It’s been a wonderful, bonkers and love-filled journey.Alex Lowes, SunceBeat co-founder
Tickets for SunceBeat can be purchased at suncebeat.com. They are priced at £255 (plus booking fee) for the entire 7-day long festival; you can also buy a 4-day weekend pass for £200 (plus booking fee).
Additionally, day passes are also available, priced at £30, £55 or £60 (plus booking fee) depending on the day you choose to attend.
20th – 27th July 2023
The Garden, Tisno