Ditch the willies, the tents and the mud and pack your trendiest bikinis and flip flops to Europe’s premier urban beach festival —Fresh Island Festival. A haven for any trap, R&B and grime fan, and with headlining acts such as French Montana, Rae Sremmurd and Giggs, no urban music lover will want to miss this festival.
Fresh Island Festival is Europe’s leading hip-hop and urban music festival, set against the backdrop of the stunning Island of Pag in Croatia. Since its opening 6 years ago, the festival has welcomed the best in international talent, new and old, to play across its three open-air superclubs, which have seen artists such as Chris Brown, Wiz Khalifa, Migos, Snoop Dogg, A$AP Rocky, Nas, Rick Ross, Kehlani, Ty Dolla Sign, Stormzy, JME and many more grace the stages.
For those seeking the ultimate hip-hop holiday, roll up to Zcre beach between 11th – 13th July to enjoy the best in urban music. Forget about the hassle of putting up a tent – Fresh Island is the festival where you can rest your head on a comfortable bed after all the fun.
Covering everything from what to do, where to go, through to the best food to feast on and the acts you can’t afford to miss, consider this your need-to-know Fresh Island Festival forecast.
The line up
For rap and trap listeners, Fresh Island Festival has a starry lineup featuring the likes of Rae Sremmurd, Young Thug and French Montana. Sean Paul, whose ‘No Lie’ single debuted at number 10 in UK Charts will also be headlining the festival. Grime prodigy Giggs is also onboard for Fresh Island 2017, alongside award winning duo, Krept and Konan as well as Lady Leshurr.
Mike Skinner & Manchester’s Murkage bring their party bass machine TONGA to Zrce beach this July. Renowned for their wild party nights across the UK, TONGA will deliver some seriously banging tunes for the whole festival to get down to, while Tim Westwood hosts the best pool parties.
Maya Jama will be presenting the festival, returning for her fourth festival, guiding Fresh Islanders through what is shaping up to be another unmissable year.
MORE ACTS ON THE LINE UP: 2 CROOKZ / DJ ABUZE / BIG BOYS / CHEESE ON BREAD / FADED / GOLD TEETH / ILLICIT / DJ J BOOGIE / DJ JEAN MARON / MAHREEN LUV / MISS DJ CANDY / MR PLAY / DJ PFUND 500 / RAWLAND / RILLA / ROMPA’S REGGAE SHACK / DJ SHADE & DJ MK / SHOREBITCH / SO FRESH SO CLEAN / STAMINA / SWISSIVORY / TEDDY LEWIS / DJ TRAUMA / URBAN FRIDAY + MANY MORE
What to do
Fresh Island isn’t just about seeing your favourite urban artist underneath the blazing hot Croatian sun, there’s also a wealth of activities happening before the festival. The action starts on the 11th but those that know come for the whole week – Start as you mean to go on with the Zero Day party, get wavy with your favourite crew on Fresh Island’s notorious boat parties and make sure gun fingers are primed for the hypest pool parties. Boat parties, a BBQ party, open air cinema, Soundclash and VIP Pool party parties are all planned for the first three days.
Musical performances take place at night 11th – 13th along with boat parties and pool parties during the day and pre and after parties throughout the rest of the week.
The festival will take over the open air clubs of Aquarius, Kalypso, Papaya and Noa on Zrce beach against the stunning backdrop of the Adriatic coast.
Where to stay
Fresh Island Festival is all about keeping it trendy and stylish. Unlike any other festival, you can book yacht accommodation for the duration of your stay. Choose to party all night, cruise around on a yacht with Fresh Island Sails – a festival sailing cruise that combines Fresh Island Festival’s program with sailing and island hopping in Croatia. You can make the most out of the summer days by the sea, explore, enjoy and really live the sea. By day you’ll be spending time on a yacht, sailing and chillaxing on the deck with your friends. By night, you’ll emerge fresh and ready to rule the Zrće beach dancefloors. Highlights include secret beaches, dolphin spotting, scuba diving and snorkelling.
You can also check out their selection of sailboats; monohulls and catamaran or book a cabin.
If you’d like to some peace and quiet, simply book a hotel via the website – they have package deals for whatever your needs.
Where to eat
Zcre Beach has an array of restaurants for you to indulge in – from alfresco beach dining to hot dog stands.
Fresh Island is the only beach Festival in Europe where you’ll see DJs, MCs, boat parties and more representing the absolute best in urban music. Make sure you don’t miss out.
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