Dimensions Festival, Croatia: The best underground music in an abandoned fortress at sea

This year, the ruins of a 19th century Austrian fortress overlooking the Adriatic Sea will play host to the first ever Dimensions Festival, featuring a jaw-dropping lineup including Nicolas Jaar, Moodyman, Four Tet, Joy Orbison, Kode 9, Shackleton, Theo Parrish and many, many more

Dimensions main stage / Photo: Marc Sethi

The new event (Sep 5-9) is being organized by the same team that has been doing the acclaimed Outlook Festival (voted “Best Overseas Festival” last year in the UK) since 2008, so you can expect quality. Like Outlook, Dimensions will takeover Fort Punta Christo’s abandoned tunnels, moats, and dungeons, as well as several nearby beaches and boats along the Istrian coastline.

While Outlook has historically focused on bass-oriented sounds, Dimensions will explore house, techno, and deeper end of the electronic music spectrum. It boasts “a higher technical specification of sound systems” than any other festival of its size, tailored to fit the acoustics of each stage inside the fortress.

The line-up presents a staggering array of the very best of what the electronic music world has on offer today: from Detroit legends like Moodymann and Carl Craig to London prodigy Joy Orbison to behemoths like Four Tet and the most wanted live act at this point in time – Nicolas Jaar band. More than 130 performances will fill four festival days. Alongside the foreign imports will come some important regional representatives with international recognition, like Croatian techno producer Petar Dunov and Serbian DJ Marko Nastic.

Headliner: Four Tet

Boat parties will launch each afternoon at 1 pm, with hosts like the UK-based dubstep label Tectonic Recordings and music and dance music magazine Resident Advisor (already sold out). The beaches outside the fortress will offer music during the day, along with bars, food, and opportunities for a hangover-soothing swim in the Adriatic.

While the new festival is attracting attention from people across Europe, many attendees of Dimension’s brother Outlook Festival are from the UK, and as such, the festival is organizing its own bus rides from London and Manchester to Pula. Before booking fees, a round trip Dimensions bus ticket to Pula will cost £165 from London and £175 from Manchester; quite a deal considering the fact that flying with Croatia Airlines on the same dates will cost you at least twice as much, and unlike the Sunshine Bus, probably won’t allow for much pre-festival bonding. Once you’ve arrived, there are a number of accommodation options, including campgrounds and onsite hostels. Tickets for the festival are £120 (€145) which is excellent value considering you’ll be treated to four nights of world class electronic music in an abandoned Austrian dungeon on the Adriatic Sea.

*More info: dimensionsfestival.com