While the country of Croatia is uncharted territory for this squad, Ultra Music Festival is one of the music events closest to our hearts anywhere in the world. We had the pleasure of covering Ultra Miami back in 2013 and to this day it is one of our favorite festival experiences of all time.
Now as Ultra Europe is due back to take over the city of Split, Croatia this weekend we are reeling with excitement with what the festival has in store. To date this will be our first time covering a European music festival and just looking at the set times you’ll notice a stark difference between Ultra Europe and Ultra Miami: the end times. The party goes until 5am whereas Ultra Miami historically wraps just around midnight. We’re okay with this!
To anyone who says nothing good happens after 2am I highly disagree. How about Carl Cox spinning a three-hour closing set from 2am-5am on Sunday night? How about Maceo Plex until 3am? What about Adam Beyer, Richie Hawtin, Marco Carola, and the reunion of Swedish House Mafia all happening after 2am? Sign me up. Oh wait, you already did.
What’s interesting to me is the fact that Ultra Europe only has three stages. We’re okay with this too! Not to keep comparing to Ultra Miami, but one of the big components of the festival is the sheer amount of stages you can bounce between which can be either good or bad depending on how you look at it. For me, three stages is manageable as long as good music is happening on at least one – which looks true on paper. Admittedly the Resistance stage is where I’ll be spending a majority of my time but I will for sure be checking out the main stage festivities for acts like Above & Beyond, Rezz, Armin Van Buuren, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, Tchami x Malaa, and perhaps a tad of Swedish House Mafia. But who I’m really excited for at Resistance includes Jamie Jones, Sasha b2b Nic Fanciulli, Art Department, Dubfire, Joseph Capriati, and the aforementioned artists playing after 2am (Carl Cox, Beyer, Maceo, etc).
Overall I’m excited for the combination of beautiful scenery, top notch talent, Eastern European vibes and the many parties happening throughout the week leading up to the festival, similar to Miami Music Week but with way cooler events happening.
For a full list of events, tickets, and other information head to https://ultraeurope.com/. We can’t wait for our experience in Croatia and we will absolutely be seeing you on the dance floor.