THE STORY

Taking place in the most idyllic corner of Croatia’s beautiful Adriatic coast, Defected Croatia 2016 will see main stage house superstars to disco icons and underground heroes play all-day beach sessions, with daily boat parties all adding to a unique outdoor clubbing experience. And when combined with great food and the chance to genuinely relax, we’ve found the perfect spot for our very own music festival come holiday in the sunshine.

VENUES & PARTIES

Amongst the full festival programme, Defected In The House, Strictly Rhythm, 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 our parties over the years.

LINE-UP

  • It’s safe to say that Croatia is one of my favorite destinations: great spots, splendid islands, weather, food and WINE! Also, they all say it’s the next Ibiza and I couldn’t agree more. You get an AAA holiday location and top notch lineups at parties and festivals, and it’s way cheaper than Ibiza… do you need any more?

    Riva Starr

  • While the world is fast becoming ‘more of the same’, a few places manage to remain authentic. Croatia is one of those places. It should be on everyone's bucket list for more reasons than one. My personal reason? Music just sounds better in a setting like this and I never miss a chance to play there. See you in August, party people!

    Dennis Ferrer

  • One of my favourite DJ experiences of last year was playing on a boat party in Tisno, so to be returning this summer along with the Classic family is beyond exciting.

    Luke Solomon

  • The sheer value for money stakes makes Tisno an attractive holiday option, your money goes further! Food is simple but wonderful and the local hospitality is unlike anything I’ve witnessed in recent years. Add to that a diverse choice of musical programs over the summer and you’ve got one hell of an alternative summer destination.

    Mark Broadbent

  • Croatia is one of my favourite places to play next to Ibiza! The scenes from the moment you touch down are breathtaking with undisturbed islands for as far as the eye can see. Once you hit the party island you can feel the vibe almost instantly. I can’t wait to play for Defected Croatia 2016, it really is going to be 5 days of House music hedonism.

    Sam Divine

  • Croatia is one of my favorite places to play: the country is lovely and the crowds are true house music lovers! I can't wait to return this summer to play the Defected Festival.

    Roger Sanchez

  • My experiences in Croatia have always been great. It’s one of these places where you can easily lose time and space. It’s a place like nowhere else, with great people and amazing nature. It’s definitely in my top ten places to visit!

    Nick Curly

  • Croatia is the new Ibiza: beautiful people, stunning landscapes, great parties set in the most calm surroundings of nature. You can’t really ask for much more. Definitely some of the best festivals and parties around.

    Osunlade

  • I have fallen in love with Croatia. I found an innocence there that I’ve not witnessed in any other holiday destination past or present. People genuinely want you to have a nice time whilst enjoying their hospitality. It’s not unusual to be asked “can I help you in any way?” if you're looking a little lost... which happens!

    Mark Broadbent

PROGRAMME

Festival Programme

Boat Parties

Running away to sea takes on a whole new meaning with the twice-daily boat parties planned aboard the good ship, Argonaught. This famous old wooden vessel is simply fabulous for unforgettable parties afloat.

Venues & Parties

Main Stage

The Main Stage showcases 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.

Beach Stage

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.

Barbarella’s

The legendary outdoor nightclub ‘Barbarella’s Discotheque’ gives all revellers what is today an almost unique opportunity to dance under the stars until sunrise.

Activities

Sailing

Charter your own boat from Tisno and sail around the numerous islands scattered along the coast. Boats are usually rented for 1 week, and comes complete with skipper so you can remain fully relaxed and carefree. Head here for more info.

Massages

Massage is offered at various locations in Tisno, with full body massages and other treatments guaranteed to fully relax you on this festival come holiday. Just ask on site and at selected hotels and guesthouses, and let the experienced masseurs soothe away the excesses of the night before.

Yoga

Held at the Tiki Bar on the pontoon, this location of the previous night’s revelry and decadence transforms into one of absolute serenity. Starting your day with our yoga sessions blows away the fog from the night before and prepares you for another full day of all the delights Defected Croatia has to offer.

Excursions

For those seeking adventure further afield from the festival site there are various things to do in the local area. Head here for more info.

Location

The Garden Resort, Tisno is a true slice of paradise in Croatia, home to some of the most beautiful and unspoilt coastline in Europe. Azure Adriatic waters, shimmering sandy beaches, guaranteed sunshine, exquisite sunsets and star-lit night skies make for a fantastic festival setting where The Garden’s natural amphitheatre rolls gently into the surrounding forest-covered hills. Located just a short walk or water taxi ride from the historic old town of Tisno, which has many waterside bars, cafés and restaurants, the site itself not only has a true festival feel but retains an intimacy so often missing from many modern-day electronic music festivals.

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PURCHASE TICKETS

Full five day pass tickets to the festival are available now. Head over here for the full range of ticket options.

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TRAVEL

The Garden resort in Tisno is conveniently located halfway between the cities of Zadar (45mins) and Split (60 mins), which are both served by international airports. Low-cost airlines such as Croatia Airlines, British Airways, Eurowings, EasyJet, Monarch, Jet 2 and Ryanair fly in from over 50 destinations across Europe. Full airport transfers will also be available. Check www.skyscanner.net to find your most appropriate flight from multiple carriers.

Flights

Lots of you will now want to book your flights as Croatia Airlines, British Airways, Eurowings, Easyjet, Jet 2 and Monarch (from all over Europe) are at ideal prices for the festival dates to both Zadar and Split airports. Also, Ryanair have a couple of new flight routes (all direct to Zadar) from Manchester, Dublin (IRE), Dusseldorf/Frankfurt/ (Germany) - Paris, Marseille (France) – Billund (Denmark) – Brussels(Belgium) – Oslo and Haugesund (Norway) – Stockholm and Gothenburg (Sweden). Check out some of the tips here to ensure you’re getting the best deal on your flights here.

Airport Transfers

We recommend that you book an organised airport coach transfer through Shuttle Tours, who will bring you from Zadar or Split airport with lots of other festival revellers direct to Tisno. Their website is www.shuttletours.net

Alternatively you can make your own way to fit in with your travel plans. There are airport buses from all airports to the main centre bus terminals, and from all cities you will find regular buses to Zadar or Sibenik. Once at Zadar / Sibenik main bus terminal take a local bus to Tisno.

For details on how to get from Zagreb airport to Tisno by public bus email info[at]thegardenzadar.com and they will help with bus times.

Ferry from Ancona Italy to Zadar

This is a popular way of travelling to the festival site from Italy. More information and timetables can be found here.

Food & Drink

Croatia is home to some incredible cuisine with speciality Dalmatian seafood and steak dishes plentiful across both the Festival site itself and in the town of Tisno.

The Festival Site

On the site itself there is a restaurant as well as various different food outlets, so you won’t have to go far to find something delicious to satisfy your appetite.

Drinking

From cracking open that first beer of the day, to getting the party started with one of the many cocktails available on-site, a plethora of both alcoholic and non-alcoholic options are available from the many bars at Defected Croatia. Sipping in the sun has never been this fun...

Off-site

There’s a great selection of restaurants serving both international and local fare in Tisno. Here’s a selection of some of the them.

Traditional Restaurants

Carmen – Beautiful sea views and a traditional atmosphere awaits. Address: Pod Garmom 33, Tisno

Tavern Broscica - Famous for their black risotto and grilled steak speciality served in a traditional tavern setting. Address: Obala Sv. Put Brošcice 12, 22240 Tisno

Toni – The steaks at this seafront restaurant are not to be missed! Address: Put Broš?ice 13, Tisno

Kapela – A relaxed traditional restaurant with an outdoor terraced area. Address: Dubrava kod Tisnog 60, Tisno

Martin Pizzeria – Serves delicious and reasonably priced stonebaked pizzas late into the night. Address: Obala svetog Martina 3 Tisno, 22240, Tisno

Banovi Dvori – An unassuming but highly recommended restaurant serving a huge variety of local Croatian dishes. Address: Biograd na Maru, Tisno

Seafood Restaurants

Antonio – A very popular seafood restaurant with a buzzing atmosphere. Address: Put Jazine 37, Tisno

Prova – A beautiful and relaxing dining experience with international and Mediterranean dishes to suit any palette. Address: Fut Jazine 41 22240, Tisno

Ferali – Try the famous seafood platters for a true taste of the Adriatic. Address: Obala Sv.Martina 5, Tisno

Accommodation

The Garden Resort offers a range of on-site accommodation options to suit all budgets. Wherever you choose to stay, you’ll be surrounded by like-minded souls, all just seconds from the action. A variety of off-site accommodation is also available.

Onsite Accommodation

The Garden Resort offers a range of on-site accommodation options to suit all budgets.

Onsite Apartments

The main festival site boasts 80 air-conditioned apartments, all of which come with their own private balconies or terraces. With all the apartments located only a short stroll from both the main and beach stages, these are perfect for those coming with a group of friends who want to stay as close to the festival action as possible. The onsite apartments all have air conditioning, a small kitchen and a bathroom with shower and WC. Towels are provided for the bathroom but please bring your own beach towels.

Type A: 2 to 3 persons – 7 nights 525.00 GBP (2 x single beds in bedroom and sofa bed for extra 3rd person) – £75 / additional night.

Type B: 3 to 4 persons – 7 nights 672.00 GBP (3 x single beds in bedroom and sofa bed for extra 4th person) – £96 / additional night.

To book, visit the Garden Resort website here

Airstreams

Also available on-site are five original and refurbished Airstreams. Inside you’ll find abundant storage, elegant design, private sleeping quarters, and spacious living areas, with each trailer sleeping up to five people in comfort. They have their own capsule shower and WC and are air conditioned. Outside your trailer, you can relax in the shade under the awning – outdoor furniture is provided along with a couple of deckchairs for those who want to completely unwind. The price of the Airstreams are £130.00 per night. To book, visit the Garden Resort website here

Yachts

For those seeking the ultimate in chic, luxurious accommodation, three stunning wooden yachts - moored up in the festival bay – are available to hire. Each yacht sleeps up to eight people, giving you the option to lounge on deck and enjoy the music from the beach stage, pop back and forth to the site whenever you like and even take a trip around the nearby Kornati islands. To book, visit the Garden Resort website here

Shikars

Offering first-rate luxury camping, Camp Shikar is a beautiful area comprising just 10 authentic Shikar tents direct from Jodhpur. Each Shikar is incredibly spacious with a floor area of 40sqm and loads of ceiling height for the tallest of people to stand up in comfortably. Crafted from a cotton canvas exterior with individually handprinted, unique interiors, each Shikar can comfortably sleep 4 people and the space can be easily adapted depending on the number of people. They have an open porch living area with table and chairs under the veranda canopy, and come fully furnished with 4 single beds (bed-linen provided), bed side tables with electric lights, dressing table with large mirror, electric fans, separate dressing room area for clothes and suitcase storage. Towels for the showers are provided, but guests are asked to bring their own beach towels. There are plug sockets for charging your mobile phones, but don’t forget your adaptor. The price of the luxury Camp Shikar for 7 nights is £560.00 – and the tents sleep a maximum of 4 people. There is a minimum stay of 7 nights at Camp Shikar and a 50% deposit is required to confirm the booking, with the balance payment due 8 weeks prior to your arrival. To book, visit the Garden Resort website here

Camping Pods

Podpads are small but perfectly formed lockable wooden structures with a solid floor and solid raised beds, supplied with inflated air mattresses and fitted sheets for an incredibly comfortable Defected Croatia experience. The podpad comes carpeted with a shelf, mirror, 3 windows for ventilation, and a solid front door with Yale lock providing security. Solar powered LED lighting and 12v car dashboard sockets are fitted inside, providing mobile phone and iPod charging.

DIY Camping

For those of you who want to go back to festival basics, DIY camping in the serene surroundings of The Garden’s olive & fig tree groves is a great option. There are proper toilets for campers and hot showers, with a separate block for girls and boys. Getting this close to nature during your stay is an incredibly rewarding way to experience Defected Croatia – there are few better feelings than waking up in the morning and having a refreshing swim in our private bay followed by fresh coffee and breakfast at Trattoria Magnolia onsite. The price per person is £12.00 (plus booking fee) night and the minimum stay is 5 nights. To book, visit the Garden Resort website here

OFFSITE ACCOMMODATION & TICKET PARTNERS

We’ve linked up with several partners to facilitate you in booking your trip. Tisno and its surrounding areas has an array of offsite accommodation ranging from budget apartments for you and your entire crew to luxurious villas for you and your family. Check out their offers to find one that best suites your accommodation needs. We want to make sure that your experience is as enjoyable and hassle-free as possible.

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FAQs

The bars have not fixed their prices for this season yet, but last year a 1/2 litre of draught beer was 30 kn and cocktails 30 kn – 70 kn. Wines, spirits and soft drinks are of course available too.

Onsite at The Garden Resort there is the trattoria Magnolia which is open from breakfast till late and also wraps and sandwiches at the beach food area. In Tisno village there are lots of konobas to choose from, serving a selection of local and international cuisine.

No, you can’t, but there are plenty of bars selling cocktails, beers, wines and soft drinks and also food is available too.

Just bring your Eventbrite confirmation and ID to the box office to collect.

We do not post any tickets, but ask that you print off your Eventbrite confirmation and bring to the box office with valid ID to collect.

Yes, a friend can collect your tickets if you are no longer able to attend. Just email laura.gravenor[at]defected.com with your details and the new ticket holders name and email address. We will then send a confirmation to both parties confirming that the tickets will be ready to be collected under the new name. There is a 10 GBP charge for this (to the owner of the ticket), but please note that we cannot offer this service after 15th June 2016.

Unfortunately not. However, you can pass the ticket onto a friend. See previous question on how to transfer the name on the ticket.

Basically, forget trains! The buses are altogether quicker, cheaper and connect all cities with a regular service. You can buy tickets on board the bus, but you should get a receipt. Longer journeys have service stops included in the travel time.

Yes, so long as you are over 21 years old and have held a licence for minimum of 1 year.

No – tickets for these are sold separately.

In the main reception for the apartments or info point of The Garden Resort.

There should be plenty going on at the festival to keep you entertained, but if you’re in need of some further culture, head over to Tisno’s tourist site here

Recreational drugs are as illegal in Croatia as they are in most places around the world and their use will be looked upon very seriously by the Croatian Police.

There is an ATM machine on the festival site, in the main reception area of the apartments. In addition there are 8 other ATMs in the centre of Tisno, which is about a 10-15 minute walk from The Garden Tisno.

Metered taxis can be found at the entrance to the festival site in the main car park.

TISNO & CROATIA

Tisno Town Centre

The Garden Tisno is a true slice of paradise nestled on the Dalmatian coastline blessed with crystal clear azure Adriatic waters, sizzling sunshine, and star-lit night skies, where you are so close to the sea you are almost dancing in it. The old town of Tisno is charming and picture-perfect with a host of restaurants, cafes, apartments.

Croatia Sunsets

Croatian sunsets are celebrated as some of the most beautiful found anywhere in the world, comparable with those seen at the legendary Café Mambo in Ibiza.

Plitvice Lakes National Park

Just a short drive away, Plitvice Lakes National Park is one of the oldest national parks in Southeast Europe and the largest national parks in Croatia. This beautiful site was added to the UNESCO World Heritage register in 1979.

Kornati Islands National Park

The nearby Kornati National Park is often mentioned as "nautical paradise" in tourist publications. And really, in "slalom" sailing through the 89 unforgettable islands, islets and reefs in the Kornati National Park, you will test all of your nautical skills, particularly if the weather puts in some effort.

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