Oh, Croatia. Look at how you’ve matured into a teeming hotbed of summery music festivities. With the summer teasing us with its sunburnt derriere, we impatiently count down the days until June and beyond. The Adriatic region has developed affection towards bassmongers in particular, with parts of the country teeming with bodies looking for a fix of electronica sans Wellington boots.
Echo Festival is one of the babies within the bass fest dynasty. Last year’s maiden appearance took folks to the beach town of Makarska where names such as Koreless, S.P.Y and Spectrasoul warmed skin and feet trapped between the Dalmatian coastline and the Biokovo mountains. For 2013, the site has moved to Kanegra, a Mediterranean retreat near the town of Umag surrounded by deep woodland and another pristine bay. From June 6th-9th, Echo promises a four day montage of jungle, garage, house and techno backed by sun and sand.
Echo Festival’s ethos has already shown a preference for well thought out line-ups over buzz names. It means that the strew of names penned on the line-up is a heady brew of talent jigsawing familiar names from the UK scene with some of the world’s finest DJs. Detroit-raised Magda will be wielding her brand of minimal house and mystical techno alongside dBridge’s D&B. It also forebodes the skippy house of xxxy causing a beach ruckus while the sensuous house musings of Fred P accompany your twostep. Also billed are Petre Inspirescu, Delano Smith, Fred P and Nick Höppner rubbing shoulders with British names like South London Ordnance, Synkro and Lorca.
This year also welcomes the presence of a number of four, five and six bedroom housing options providing grateful partygoers with a sheltered haven from the sun without throwing them too far away from the action. It also means that even when the stages go quiet, the partying can keep on rolling for as long as people wish.
Add to its charm a very affordable ticket rate of £65 + booking fee and the potential lure of boat parties and Echo is well on its way towards becoming the young cool cat amongst its older, bass-bashing brothers.
Words by Errol Anderson