This time two weeks ago I was in Croatia at Ultra Europe which was fantastic, unfortunately it now seems like a distant memory now.
Ultra Europe is the ‘little sister’ of the annual dance music festival, Ultra Music Festival which takes place in downtown Miami. A hugely popular festival which we were lucky enough to go to two years ago.
I’ve been to a lot of dance music festivals over the years and Ultra Europe was up there with the best.
It’s smaller than the likes of Creamfields which meant all the headline acts I wanted to see were on the same stage so there were no clashes. There’s nothing worse than finding out two big name DJs you want to see are on at exactly the same time.
Unlike many UK festivals Ultra Europe took place inside the Poljud Stadium, home to Hajduk Split football team. The stadium setting of the festival was a real bonus with the main stage situated at one end of the 35,000 capacity stadium.
We had two options, if we wanted to get in with everyone and jump around madly we could stand on the pitch, or if we wanted a bit of time out to watch the action from afar we could take a seat up ‘in the gods’. My feet were particularly happy for the second option after hours of dancing.
The unusual design of the stadium meant it was perfectly set up for fireworks which rocketed across the seashell-shaped roof several times a night. It seems they love to party in Croatia.
Ultra Europe may be the little sister but it was a full three days of raving and attracted headliners such as the former Swedish House Mafia ‘components’, Axwell Λ Ingrosso and Steve Angello as well as David Guetta and The Chemical Brothers.
It also attracted festival-goers from all over the world, we met Aussies, Yanks, Brits and there were hundreds of flags I didn’t recognise being held up in pride every day of the festival.
Outside the stadium there were fairground rides, merch stalls and food outlets. The festival also utilised the NFC wristbands given to every festival-goer for contactless payment. By simply topping up your wristband you could pay for food, drink, rides and merchandise.
The festival was reasonably priced and the accommodation we booked through Festicket sufficient for our needs, albeit it about 40 minutes away by bus. Having spoken to others we had the best for the price as others had spent £250 a night in Split itself.
Given the opportunity I wood definitely go back, but a flag is a must. There are over 100 countries represented and most have flags.
While we were in Croatia we ate at an amazing restaurant in Split called Perivoj and you can read my review on Tripadvisor here.