Taking place at The Garden Resort, Tisno, in the most idyllic corner of Croatia’s beautiful Adriatic coast, Defected Croatia 2016 is a five-day event featuring the world’s finest house music talent playing both beach and main stages, with daily boat parties adding to the unique outdoor clubbing experience. Within easy reach of airports across the UK, Europe, and beyond, Defected Croatia is one of the most affordable festival options you’ll find this summer.

The Beach Stage will present sets from FCL, Atjazz, Karizma, Black Motion, Joeski, Adam Port and countless others across the week, with festival partners Soul Heaven, Point Blank, and Soundwall presents Keinemusik hosting this beautiful waterside dancefloor. Full listings information across the 5 days continues below.

A moment’s walk from the beachside area lies the impressive main stage and its sizeable open-air dancefloor. Again, spectacularly lit, this will be the performance area for some of the dance world’s biggest acts such as Basement Jaxx, Dennis Ferrer, Kenny Dope and Roger Sanchez. Accompanying these legends is a selection of the freshest, most forward-thinking names in contemporary house music – including Lee Walker, Josh Butler and Sonny Fodera. Full listings information across the five days continues below.

On the opposite side of the bay, and two minutes’ walk from the beachside stage, lies a jetty from which the Argonaughty boat sails twice daily, transporting festival goers around a thrilling tour of neighbouring islands, each trip soundtracked by specially curated line-ups. Lasting between four or six hours, these 10 boat parties are hosted by handpicked friends of the label – from the Osunlade-owned Yoruba Records to Belgian club La Rocca, and Defected’s own Glitterbox to Jimpster’s legendary Freerange Records. Full listings information on the boat parties continues below.

The final performance area is the stunning outdoor club Barbarella’s, located in a countryside area, 10 minutes’ drive by car from the main site. Regular coaches or taxis will spirit festivalgoers the short ride to (and from) this much-loved afterhours spot which has, in recent years, been voted one of Europe’s best clubs. This is one of the finest spaces in the world in which to dance under the stars. Each night Defected will be there until dawn, providing a unique open-air clubbing experience with performances from Guti (LIVE), Noir, Kings of Tomorrow, Honey Dijon and plenty of others playing records into the early hours of the morning. Full listings information across the 5 days continues below.

Defected Croatia 2016 presents a dream line-up of both established artists and emerging underground names including Basement Jaxx (DJ Set), Dennis Ferrer, Julio Bashmore, Kenny Dope, Roger Sanchez, Guti (Live), Nick Curly, Osunlade, Noir, Riva Starr, Sandy Rivera, Tube & Berger, Sonny Fodera, Sam Divine, Franky Rizardo, &Me, Adam Port, David Mayer, Purple Disco Machine, John Morales, ANOTR, Dario D’Attis, Eli Escobar, Fred Everything, Worthy, Luke Solomon, Crookers, DJ Spen, Karizma, Atjazz, FCL, Nightmares On Wax, Honey Dijon, Red D, San Soda, Low Steppa, Black Motion, Lee Walker, Adesse Versions, Kai Alcé, Dr Packer, Joss Moog, Studio Heist, ATFC, The Shapeshifters, Simon Dunmore, and Andy Daniell.

Defected In The House, Glitterbox, Classic and DFTD will host a range of different stages and events throughout the festival, boasting the finest superstar house artists, underground DJ talent and the highest standards of production that have been a staple of Defected parties across the world.


With its superb sunshine record and a wide range of accommodation options, 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 5 days.

The Main Stage will showcase headline artists from around the globe and is set in a tree-lined area of parkland just a short stroll away from the shores of the Adriatic. With waves lapping right up to the dancefloor and stunning views out to the islands, the Beach Stage provides a magical experience for DJs and festival-goers alike.

The legendary outdoor nightclub Barbarella’s Discotheque gives revellers the chance to experience what is today an almost unique opportunity: to dance under the stars until sunrise. Finally, twice-daily boat parties will be hosted aboard the good ship, Argonaughty, an infamous old wooden vessel that will play host to unforgettable parties afloat.

A true slice of paradise in Croatia, the Garden Resort in Tisno combines azure Adriatic waters, shimmering sandy beaches, guaranteed sunshine, exquisite sunsets and star-lit night skies that make for a fantastic festival setting as well as a completely viable summer holiday alternative.

Beyond its outstanding beauty, Croatia is also extremely affordable – accommodation, food and drink represent excellent value for money. Served by two airports with flights originating from over 50 cities around Europe, the Garden Resort is also highly accessible and there’s an extensive range of on-site accommodation from the more exotic – luxurious Airstreams, traditional Shikar tents or even yachts – in addition to well-presented apartments and DIY camping facilities. There’s also varied offsite accommodation options to suit all budgets.

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 the full festival programme, head to www.defected.com/croatia