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Defected Croatia reveals new world-class artists for 2018

Defected Croatia adds Dennis Ferrer, Soul Clap, Riva Starr an many more to their line-up.

Defected Croatia has revealed their Phase 2 of world-class artists for 2018, including Dennis Ferrer, Soul Clap, Riva Starr, Dan Shake, DJ Gregory, Black Motion and more, joining an already comprehensive billing of international house greats, underground heroes and disco masters. Returning to The Garden, Tisno on August 9th-14th for six days of incredible house music and sunshine, the festival’s third yearly instalment is shaping up to be the biggest yet.

Making their Defected Croatia debuts alongside Phase 1 headliners Dimitri From Paris and Masters At Work are artists from across the board of international talent, including French house legend DJ Gregory, Mahogani Music prodigy Dan Shake, breakthrough kid DJ Boring, Soulfuric head Brian Tappert, Crazy P co-founder Hot Toddy (playing solo as well as with the Crazy P crew) and Glitterbox hit-maker Sophie Lloyd, to name only a few. Back by popular demand, New York maestro and Defected favourite Dennis Ferrer joins the headliners, returning to Defected Croatia for his third year after a memorable performance to close out proceedings at the beautiful Olive Grove last year. South African duo Black Motion will be bringing back their tribal house sound, making the trip to the festival once again after tearing up the Main Stage in 2017 with their explosive live set. More acts now added include Angelo Ferreri, Lorenz Rhode (live), Armless Kid, Copyright, Fred Everything and Jamie 3:26, covering the whole spectrum of house flavours across the festival week.

Back by popular demand, New York maestro and Defected favourite Dennis Ferrer joins the headliners, returning to Defected Croatia for his third year.

Like all Defected events the festival is a family affair; house heads of all generations and their favourite DJs united on the shores of the Adriatic. Please see the Defected Croatia website for all details:


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.

More than a music festival, Defected Croatia is a holiday in itself, with a range of venues running across the 6 days.

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.

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Beach Stage

Defected Croatia - Beach stage
Flooded with multi-coloured light the beach stage really comes to life.

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.

Main Stage
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.

Olive Grove
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.

Boat Parties

Defected Croatia - Boat party
An upper and lower deck, a top quality soundsystem and its own bar for a top notch party.

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 sound system 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.

Sunrise Sessions
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 festival-goers alike, while the sun came up on a new day at Defected Croatia.

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