Zrce Beach, Island of Pag, Croatia | June 29th – July 1st
Let’s be having it straight. Hideout is like a very compact Ibiza for three solid days of partying, and if you don’t like scantily clad people, boat parties and a wide range of electronic music in your ears with the backdrop of the quite frankly stunning Adriatic, then jog on back to Ed Sheeran fest, Sludgeville.
With everyone staying in accommodation in the picturesque Novalja, the town adjacent to Zrce beach where the action takes place, you’re never far from the party, whether that be the series of beach nightclubs that make up the evening’s entertainment, or the departure point for daytime boat parties. It was on one of these aforementioned vessels where Crack got a bit more closely acquainted with team Dirtybird on an unforgettable afternoon of merriment with Claude VonStroke and Bristol boys Eats Everything and Bowski. The excursion showcased one of Hideout’s most attractive traits – getting up close and personal with some of dance music’s finest. So many faceless venues don’t allow these characters to project their full personalities, and none are bigger than those supplying the music on this boat. It was four hours of whiskey, bassy house and bounce from Claude et al that will live long in the memory.
Despite the purpose-built beach club becoming somewhat overrun with bottles, burnt bodies and Brits, Hideout somehow managed to avoid descending into Club 18-30 hell, a testament the organisers. If you wanted to listen to music for 72 hours straight you could with sets from Soul Clap and Scuba providing a great soundtrack to the early morning oddness on the effervescent Calypso stage. The Aquarius club provided the setting for daytime pool parties, with the Mulletover event featuring Nina Kraviz and Seth Troxler standing out.
The bass community was certainly catered for, with a comical performance from Skrillex making those sub 20-year-olds positively lose their shit and others gaze on in utter amazement at what is one of dance music’s most bizarre phenomena. Festival highlight for Crack came in the form of a bungee jump over the sea with the sun rising and the very special Ricardo Villalobos making weird and wonderful noises on the main stage. Calypso’s closing hours were a DJ free for all that ran and ran till the middle of the afternoon, seeing impromptu performances from Damian Lazarus, Skream and Subb-An while Crack splashed around in the pool soaking up the heat. A suitably hedonistic way to finish off a pretty special holiday.
Words: Thomas Frost