Taking place in a sunny and stunning setting of a hidden cove on Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast, Soundwave Croatia returns, bringing an eclectic and intriguing lineup to what promises to be a mammoth European celebration in the Garden Tisno resort. Taking place across five days, the unique festival provides a beautiful coastline location of crystal blue waters and three venues hosting some of the best live and electronic music acts on offer, while the secluded environment gives an opportunity to relax and unwind, this year’s incomparable lineup is the energising summer soundtrack of Roy Ayers, Gilles Peterson, GoGo Penguin, Egyption Lover, Laura Mvula, Horse Meat Disco and so much more.
While the lineup is enough to keep anybody occupied, Soundwave are also to showcase creative work from the best in local, up and coming and established artists in their installations, dotted around the festival site and matching the visual stimulus with that of the audio. If staying on land doesn’t float your boat, on top of all of this, boat parties hosted by various artists and brands will take place throughout the five day duration. Whether you want to lie on a beach while listening to the smooth tones of Laura Mvula, or dance into the cool evenings to the jazz and electronica blend of GoGo Penguin, Soundwave has so much on offer.
Ones to watch: The Pharcyde
Having just celebrated the 25th anniversary of one of the most influential hip hop albums in history, The Pharcyde are to headline this year’s festival. The album, which the legendary Kanye West cites as his favourite of all time, combines witty diss style lyrics (see: ‘Yo Mama’, the ridiculous yet genius take on the infamous insult jokes) with jazz influenced production, creating an alternative to the West Coast rap scene of g-funk and gangsta rap. Witnessing this iconic collective live is a must for any old skool or modern day hip hop fan.
One to watch: Yussef Kamaal
The jazz and bass driven project from the creative minds of Kamaal Williams (aka Henry Wu) and drummer Yussef Dayes (of afrobeat outfit United Vibrations) offer a unique sound taking influence from a number of genres and styles originating from their hometown of East London. Tinted with jungle, broken beat and grime, Williams’ chord structures of keys and synths display a distinctive take on the electronic genre, while Dayes’ skilled powerhouse rhythmic drumming and both of their self-taught approach to jazz completes the sound. The live sets from the two creative masterminds are definitely ones to catch for fans of the quirkier of sounds.