The full programme for Defected Croatia 2019 has been revealed, featuring a new Terrace stage showcasing emerging talent, an extended boat party schedule and the return of the daily Wellbeing sessions. The festival will run for its fourth year from Thursday 8th to Tuesday 13th August 2019 at The Garden Resort, Tisno in Croatia.
Building on the success of the previous three years of the festival, tickets for Defected Croatia 2019 have sold faster than ever and are likely to sell out within weeks. The boat parties, which have been increased from 12 to 18 in total across the week due to popular demand, went on sale to ticket holders in early April selling more than 80% of tickets within a week.
The programme announcement reveals how the Defected Croatia site’s main stage will be hosted in turn by Glitterbox featuring Armand Van Helden, John Morales and more, Classic vs Eats Everything’s Edible with Honey Dijon and Folamour and of course Defected with the full might of the label’s roster – Roger Sanchez, Masters At Work, MK, Sam Divine, Low Steppa, Ferreck Dawn and many more.
The Olive Grove will host a series of specially curated sessions, including Afro House, Garage Sessions with Todd Edwards, live acts and 4 To The Floor house classics. The Beach Stage will run through the day with headline sets from Purple Disco Machine, Nightmares On Wax, Dimitri From Paris, DJ Gregory and many more. After parties taking place at Barbarella’s (DJ Mag’s #29 club in the world for 2019) will feature Spen & Karizma, Riva Starr, Mike Dunn and many more. In total, over 90 world-class DJs and live acts will perform over the six-day festival.
This year the festival will have a brand new ‘community’ stage populated throughout each day with only emerging DJ talent, personally selected by Defected’s Managing Director Wez Saunders and the A&R team. Part of an initiative to find and nurture new DJs, in early 2019 an invite was extended to all ticketholders to submit mixes for a competition to earn a coveted spot at the festival. With so many outstanding entries sent in, a whole new DJing space was devised, to host over 30 of the best entrants. Going a few steps further than the previous DJ mix competitions that have run every year since the beginning of the festival, the Terrace will give a well-deserved platform to promising mixers from around the world. The Terrace will have a mellow daytime vibe and is close to The Garden resort’s restaurant, providing a soundtrack for festivalgoer’s more relaxed moments away from the hub of the festival site.
Returning after the success of last year’s Wellbeing programme, Defected Croatia’s alternative festival sessions will again run every morning. Led by highly qualified practitioners, the sessions will include meditation with the makers of the Samten app, yoga with Smokin Jo, the Karavan spiritual journey with Pierre Ravan and Shovell celebrating the power of silence. Offering festivalgoers a moment of restoration after days and nights of partying, the Wellbeing programme is becoming a key part of the festival’s identity, balancing the infectious energy of house music with the chance to truly relax, providing attendees with a uniquely well rounded holiday experience on the stunning shores of the Adriatic.
TICKETS & ACCOMMODATION
Final Release Full Festival Day & Night tickets are available at £229+BF, with day tickets at £49+BF. Group tickets and a deposit scheme are also available, see the Defected Croatia website for all details: defected.com/croatia.
There is still a chance to grab on site accommodation. Camping options are available; festivalgoers can book now with The Garden Resort to secure their places onsite. This is booked via The Garden Resort website.
Alternatively, Tisno is a short walk from the festival with plenty of affordable apartments and hotels. Off site accommodation is booked via Love Music Travel.
DEFECTED CROATIA 2019
AUGUST 8TH – 13TH 2019
THE GARDEN RESORT, TISNO, CROATIA
ARMAND VAN HELDEN / CLAPTONE / DENNIS FERRER
DERRICK CARTER / DIMITRI FROM PARIS / EATS EVERYTHING HONEY DIJON / HORSE MEAT DISCO / JOEY NEGRO
MASTERS AT WORK / MK / NIGHTMARES ON WAX
PURPLE DISCO MACHINE / ROGER SANCHEZ
SAM DIVINE / TODD EDWARDS / TODD TERRY
AMINE EDGE & DANCE / BEN WESTBEECH / DAN SHAKE
DANNY HOWARD / DENNIS CRUZ / DJ GREGORY / DJ SPEN
FOLAMOUR / JELLYBEAN BENITEZ / JOHN MORALES
JOSH BUTLER / KARIZMA / LATE NITE TUFF GUY
LOW STEPPA / MAMBO BROTHERS / MATT JAM LAMONT MONKI / RIVA STARR / THE SHAPESHIFTERS / SHIBA SAN
ALAIA & GALLO / ANGELO FERRERI / AUSTIN ATO / BLACK LOOPS BWI-BWI / COPYRIGHT / DARIO D’ATTIS / DAVID PENN
ELI ESCOBAR / FERRECK DAWN / HATCHA / JACKY / JESS BAYS KON / KORMAK / LUKE SOLOMON / MARCEL VOGEL / MARK FARINA / MAT.JOE
MELVO BAPTISTE / MIKE DUNN / MOBLACK / NASSER BAKER / OFFAIAH / PEZNT QUBIKO / QWESTLIFE / ROBOSONIC / SOPHIE LLOYD / WILL CLARKE / YUKSEK
ANDY DANIELL / ASTON MARTINEZ / BLACKSOUL / CAMERON / GLEN HORSBOROUGH / JAS P / KASSIAN KATIE GOODMAN / KRISTEN KNIGHT / OLI WELCH / SEBB JUNIOR / SEF KOMBO / TECH SUPPORT
AMP FIDDLER / DAMES BROWN / DAVE & SAM / FIORIOUS
JULIE MCKNIGHT / LORENZ RHODE / TENI TINKS / THE VISION / SHOVELL
STAGE & BOAT PARTY HOSTS A-Z:
4 To The Floor – Café Mambo – Classic Music Company – Defected – DFTD DVINE Sounds – Edible – Glitterbox – Let There Be HouseRelease Yourself – Snatch! – Wax Da Jam
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL SITE
With its superb sunshine record and a wide range of accommodation options from on-site apartments to DIY campsite, The Garden Resort is a truly unique setting. More than a music festival, Defected Croatia is a holiday in itself, with a range of venues running across the 6 days.
Nestled directly on the Adriatic at the end of The Garden’s beach, this is the ultimate spot for soaking up Defected Croatia’s stunning setting. During the day, the Beach Stage offers uninterrupted views across the bay and crystal clear waters. The music kicks off here in the early evening, soundtracking the last hours of sunshine until dark, when flooded with multi-coloured light the stage really comes into its own. The Beach Stage is the festival’s tucked-away party piece.
Kicking off every evening with performances from the festival’s headliners including live acts and superstar DJs, the Main Stage is the centre of attention after dark. The largest at the site, the Main Stage is at the heart of The Garden, surrounded by the bars, food shacks and facilities. Expect to see all your favourites of the world’s biggest DJs on their very finest forms.
The Main Stage’s sidekick is the Olive Grove with its large canopy, making it perfect for daytime raving. Beautifully shaded and surrounded by trees, it’s a picturesque spot in the heart of the festival site. Just a couple of minutes from the beach and close to the bars and amenities, this is your first place to head when arriving at the site.
There are up to two boat parties every day during the festival, setting sail from the site’s jetty on The Garden’s famous boat The Argonaught. With an upper and lower deck, a top quality soundsystem and its own bar, The Argonaught is the ultimate party-equipped vessel. Boat parties last for two hours and venture out into Tisno’s calm coastline, returning to the festival in time to continue the party on site.
Barbarella’s discotheque is without doubt one of the most unique nightclubs in Europe. Harking back to the original days of clubbing in Europe with its open-air setting and breath-taking location, Barbarella’s invites you to dance all night under the stars. Like all the most magical parties, nights at Barbarella’s are rarely over until 7 or 8am in the morning. Reach the club via a short ride on a shuttle bus, taxi, or water taxi from the main site.
If the day-to-night-time festival programme and after-partying until sunrise wasn’t enough, ‘Sunrise Sessions’ down at the beach pick up where Barbarella’s leaves off. Located at the Beach Stage and kicking off around dawn, the Sunrise Sessions were an impromptu introduction to the festival in its second edition. The sessions created some memorable moments for DJs and festivalgoers alike, while the sun came up on a new day at Defected Croatia.
Located just a short walk or water taxi ride from the historic old town of Tisno, with its waterside bars, cafés and restaurants, the Defected Croatia site has both a true festival ‘feel’ and retains an intimacy so often missing from many contemporary electronic music festivals.
For more information regarding location, accommodation and travel, head to defected.com/croatia.