So many festivals, so little time! With miles of sun-soaked beaches and stunning scenery, Croatia has fast become the ultimate music getaway – but which one to go for? Follow our guide to the best of the bunch.
The established one: HIDEOUT
Now celebrating its fifth birthday, Hideout is a sell-out out every year. And it’s not hard to see why. Located on the idyllic island of Pag, it offers the best beach and boat parties, this year soundtracked by the likes of Duke Dumont, Sigma and Eats Everything. What’s not to love?
Hideout, 28th June-2nd July, tickets from: £129
The cool one: DIMENSIONS
Boiler Room sets, collabs with Crack magazine and free haircuts from trendy hairdresser Blue Tit – Dimensions brings edge to the Croatian festival scene. This year there’s some real Topshop favourites playing – including Little Dragon and Four Tet. And with stages built inside a 19th-century fort, you won’t find a more unusual setting to party.
Dimensions, 26th-30th August, tickets from 175 euros
The hip hop one: FRESH ISLAND
Croatian line-ups are usually reserved for electronic music, but Fresh Island brings something different. Expect three days of hip hop and RnB, from names like Skepta and Joey Bada$$, plus up-and-coming acts from all over the globe.
Fresh Island, 15th-17th July, tickets from 65 euros
The new one: CROATIA ROCKS
After ten years of parties in Ibiza and Mallorca, Ibiza Rocks has arrived in Croatia! Also found on Pag island, it offers that same winning formula of music, beaches and boat parties, but with the most hit-worthy headliners of the lot. We can’t wait to see Jungle, Rudimental, Clean Bandit and The Vaccines play this time.
Croatia Rocks, 19th-23rd July, tickets from £99
The artsy one: SOUNDWAVE
Located on a small private beach in Tisno, Soundwave is the one if you’re after something more intimate. There’ll be gigs from Mr Scruff and Andreya Triana, as well as an arts programme where you can get involved with live graffiti and street art from cool artists like Will Barras.
Soundwave, 6-10th August, tickets from £132
The techno one: SONUS
After just two years, Sonus is already up there with the world’s best techno festivals. Why? It’s run by the same team as Germany’s legendary electronic festival Time Warp, but with the added benefit of 30 degree heat on Croatia’s beautiful Zcre beach. Count us in!
Sonus, 16th-20th August, tickets from 169 euros
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Self help books: Not exactly a barrel of laughs, right? No… Which is exactly why fashion photographer and lecturer Rory DCS has created Visual Self Help Volume 1: How To Be Fun. Rory injects a much needed dose of humour, beautiful imagery and (not surprisingly) fun into the world of self-help. Useful tips such as ‘Laugh A LOT, a fun accessory for any outfit’ to ‘Always commit to the party’ sit alongside pages full of dreamy girls (and the occasional sunset) – if there was ever a book to get you feeling like you’re more than ready for a summer of fun, this is it. We’ve picked out our favourite pointers ‘n’ pictures below.
Visual Self-Help Volume 1: How to be Fun is available from Bookmarc London now.
Didn’t make it to Coachella? No worries. We sent photographer Laura Coulson backstage to bring you the access-all-areas shots that didn’t make your Instagram feed. Scroll through the gallery below to get inspired for your summer wardrobe.
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Andreya Triana is the London girl whose inimitable voice and stellar song-writing has earned her collabs with the likes of Flying Lotus, Mr. Scruff, and Bonobo. And now she’s back with her second album – ‘Giants’. Want to hear it first? Andreya was kind enough of to share an exclusive stream with us. Play it below and read on as we chat songs and style with the lady herself.
What can we expect from this album?
Big harmonies, hand claps, foots stomps and honest songs.
Your voice is very distinctive. What’s been your favourite description of it so far?
There have been many, any comparison to anything chocolatey is always the highest compliment!
What’s your favourite track on the album and what’s it about?
Giants is my favourite and lyrically it really captures certain situations I’ve found myself in throughout my life.
What do you like wearing to perform?
Fashion is really important to me and I feel it’s important to make an effort for the people I’m singing for. I’m a huge fan of clash prints, bright tribal jewellery, a great fitting suit and a killer pair of heels.
What’s you beauty trick and how can we steal it?
It’s all about feeling good about yourself and your body… then the world’s your oyster!
Giants is out May 4th on Counter Records
The coolest hair trend from the SS15 catwalks? Plaits! From chic French braids at Giorgio Armani to the classic pigtails at Marc by Marc Jacobs and cool ’90s cornrows at DKNY, plaited styles are what you need to stay on point this summer.
And you’re in luck, because the Hershesons braid bar is back at Topshop Oxford Circus! Taking the plait trend to the next level, it offers fast, fun braid styling from £15. But which look to go for? We asked Luke Hersheson to share the best new braids at the bar:
THE BOYFRIEND BRAID
“Relax, this sporty, easy-to-wear braid throws reference to ’90s fashion. It’s soft, not super-strict and perfect for your down-time.”
“Be ready for anything with a braid that will turn heads whatever the agenda. You could rock out on a festival field and still arrive camera-ready for the red-carpet.”
“Not for the faint-hearted, this braid is for the type of girl who likes to really commit to a trend. Give your style some urban edge and pair it with tough-girl attitude.”
Want to get the look? No need to make an appointment – just drop by Topshop Oxford Circus.