Love International is swiftly dusting itself down after the festive action, and now fully looking ahead to its second season in beautiful Tisno this summer, the idyllic coastal hideaway nestled along the Adriatic coastline.
The festival is already seen as one of the region’s most revered; not only following on in the illustrious footprints made by The Garden Festival, but having already crafted its own unique sense of magic in Croatia, the sold-out debut in 2016 attracting 2,500 like-minded music and adventure lovers from across the world for a mercurial week of inspiration, escapism and fun.
Weaving together a festival and holiday into one unique odyssey creates something truly special at Love International, from the raucous boat parties, stunning Barbarella’s dawns and sublime Sunrise Sessions, to intimate moments of magic shared with friends old and just found; from dancing in the crystal-clear sea, lounging around under the sizzling sun and dancing at the relentless Olive Grove, to exploring the picture-postcard village of Tisno. It’s a voyage of discovery in more ways than one, with like-minded people uniting for one glorious week.
Some amazing names from across the electronic music spectrum have already been revealed, with The Black Madonna, Ben UFO, Palms Trax, Optimo, Craig Richards, Paranoid London, Jazzanova, Horse Meat Disco, Leon Vynehall and Mood II Swing covering everything from house, disco, techno, electronica, Balearic, funk, acid, Italo and much more. Now the next wave of names are proudly revealed, including more debutants and some familiar faces. Tony Humphries has got close to 4 decades worth of experience to call upon, from an original Kiss FM pioneer to holding down a residency at one of the USA’s most legendary clubs, Zanzibar, to creating one of the early classic Fabric mixes and remixing everyone from Soul II Soul to Janet Jackson. Tony is a true house music master and brings a touch of mercurial class to Love International. Next up, Heidi brings her house and techno to Tisno; as one of the most feted DJs and producers on the scene, she continues to illuminate clubs and festivals across the world, just as Midland enjoyed his own incredible 2016, with his Final Credits one of the tracks of the year. Then two long-standing icons of the region are returning – Prosumer and Gerd Janson. Both crate-dig for all kind of delectable disco, electronic oddities and party classics, playing them at sultry dusks at the Beach Bar or rocking Barbarella’s deep into the night – expect plenty of fun from them both. One of Europe’s hottest names, Job Jobse, steps up; he has played at everywhere from Burning Man to Panorama Bar, as well as managing the Life and Death label, and is one of the scene’s fastest rising names. Then Axel Boman brings his full Studio Barnhus crew to Love International: the trio of Axel, Kornel Kovacs and Petter Nordkvist are a label and studio turning out esteemed music both seriously fun and utterly danceable, just like Young Marco’s own playful invention behind the decks.
Lots of further new artists have been announced. With over twenty years of parties via NYC to London, Bill Brewster and Frank Broughton know a thing about how to work a crowd; they make their Tisno debut at Love International, the acclaimed DJs, writers and cultural reflectors bringing an abundance of disco. Manchester’s long running duo the Unabombers also join up with Love International, bringing their eclectic souls to the festival, and fellow Northerners Jason Boardman, Moonboots and Balearic Mike join them; Metro Area’s Darshan Jesrani makes a very welcome return, as does Leeds legend Tristan Da Cunha; there’s plenty of the new wave of electronic artists at the festival too, from Moxie, Saoirse, Man Power and Krywald & Farrer each bringing their take on the electronic sphere, all prime selectors in their respective pomps. Croatia’s own legend Illija Rudman drops in, then it’s over to some of Love International’s and The Garden’s family and friends, including PBR Streetgang, Maxxi Soundsystem, Dan Beaumont, Krankbrother, Peak & Swift, Lord Of The Isles, James Holroyd, Justin Van Der Volgen and Medlar. Further brilliant additions across a wide range of sublime sounds include Alex Dallas, Andy Hart, Apiento, Beautiful Swimmers, Christophe, Dave Harvey, Ess O Ess, Gatto Fritto, Glowing Palms, Harvey Sutherland, Heidi Lawton, Hodge, House of Traps, Heurta, Ian Blevins, Jaime Rad, Kelvin Andrews, Last Waltz, Lauer, Lexx, Loverfingers, Mark Seven, Moscoman, Mudd, Mr Price, Paramida, Phil Mison, Red Rack Em, Ron & Neil, Rug Dug, Steve Kotey, Tornado Wallace and Waifs and Strays for lots of dancing under the sun and stars.
Love International’s esteemed partners for 2017, a collection of leading labels, collectives, media and parties, will host stages, boat parties and Barbarella’s across the festival week. They are Aficionado, Banoffee Pies, Beats In Space, Crack Magazine, Disco Knights, Dirtytalk, Down To The Sea and Back, ESP Institute, Firecracker Recordings, Flux, Gottwood, Electric Chair, Futureboogie, Infolk, Just Jack, Krankbrother, Leftfoot, Lowlife, Magic Door, Not An Animal, Percolate, Ransom Note, Resident Advisor, Rhythm Sister, Ruff Kutz, Road To Nowhere, Shapes, Stevie Wonderland, Studio 89, Test Pressing, Tief, Trouble Vision, Warm and Wolf Music.
Harnessing a unique sense of intimacy and inspiration, Love International is set in beautiful Tisno, surrounded by verdant pine forests and the glittering waters of the Adriatic Sea, hidden away with its own secluded beach and bay. By day a beatific chill-out under the sizzling sun, then as the evenings gather pace the stars come out and the enchanting site transforms; as night closes in it becomes a pulsating festival which looks out across the sea. The festival draws music lovers and adventure seekers to Croatia for a mesmerising holiday and festival odyssey.
Weds 28th June – Weds 5th July 2017
@ The Garden Resort, Petrica Glava 34, 22240, Tisno, Croatia
Headliners include: Ben UFO, The Black Madonna, Craig Richards, Gerd Janson, Heidi, Honey Dijon, Horse Meat Disco, Job Jobse, Jazzanova, Leon Vynehall, Midland, Mood II Swing, Optimo, Palms Trax, Paranoid London, Prosumer, Tim Sweeney, Tony Humphries and Young Marco
Further headliners include: Alex Dallas, Andy Hart, Apiento, Axel Boman, Balearic Mike, Banoffee Pies, Beautiful Swimmers, Begin, Bill Brewster, Call Super, Christophe, Dan Beaumont, Darshan Jesrani, Dave Harvey, DJ Nature, Eric Duncan, Ess O Ess, Felix Dickinson, Gatto Fritto, Gideon, Glowing Palms, Harvey Sutherland, Heidi Lawton, Hodge, Honey Soundsystem, House of Traps, Huerta, Ian Blevins, Illija Rudman, Jaime Read, James Holroyd, Jason Boardman, Justin Van Der Volgen, Kelvin Andrews, Krankbrother, Kornel Kovacs, Krywald & Farrer, Last Waltz, Lauer, Lexx, Linkwood, Lord Of The Isles, Loverfingers, Man Power, Mark Seven, Maxxi Soundsystem, Medlar, Moonboots, Moscoman, Moxie, Mudd, Mr Price, Paramida, PBR Streetgang, Peak & Swift, Petter Nordkvist, Phil Mison, Red Rack Em, Ron & Neil, Rug Dug, Saoirse, Steve Kotey, Tornado Wallace, Tristan Da Cunha, Unabombers and Waifs and Strays.
And support from: Alfresco Disco, Andrew Hill, Bad Passion, Belfast Music Club, Bobby Beige, Bobby Pleasure, Brian Ring, Charlie McFarley, Chris Price, Craig Christon, Dirtytalk DJs, Dan Wild, Dean Smith, ELA 303, Frank Broughton, Frank Tope, Feel The Real, Flux DJs, Future Garden DJs, Gallegos, Helen Burnip, Hemlin, Hesseltime, Itchy Rich, Jenny Jen, Jess Farley, Joe Lye, Joe Morris, Jukes of Hazard, Katie Barber, Leftfoot DJs, Liv Ayers, Leo Forsell, Lucid Stannard, Michelle Manetti, Mr Paul, Mr Solid Gold, Nadia, Olof Uhlin, Pete Leung, Park Ranger, Pardon My French, Rastanils, Tayo, Thomas Kenyon, Tom Rio, Tosh Ohta, Sebastian Spring, Siandi, Simon Morell, Stevie Wonderland DJs, Wayne Holland, Wild Sirenda and more to be announced
www.loveinternationalfestival.com / @LoveIntFestival
£125 + booking fee for 8 days and nights – boat parties and club nights are extra
Dragana Kostica is the Belgrade-based editor in chief and founder of Still in Belgrade art, culture and club scene magazine. She holds a Master of Arts in Cultural Policy and Management in Arts (MA of Arts) and a Bachelor degree in Archaeology.