Festivals can feel like cramped cities, with concrete paths connecting areas heaving with human traffic, giving endless options competing for your attention but minimal charm in how they are presented. Since 2016, our Croatian get-together Dekmantel Selectors has operated like an end-of-summer camp instead.
The attendance is capped at 2500, prioritising room for people to relax, converse, dance, and otherwise express themselves. The festival spreads out over a leisurely Thursday to Monday: the Beach Bar has music from midday at the water’s edge, three stages run from afternoon to evening, and a handful of boat parties sail out per day.
The guests we bring receive extended sets, so pressure to sprint around in order to catch everything is reduced. If you feel tender, our indie cinema (two years ago in collaboration with Amsterdam's FC Hyena) showcases film screenings in a softly-lit enclave off the beaten path, or there is of course the beach. Once the action on the main site wraps up, Tisno’s infamous club Barbarella’s hosts just two or three performers from midnight to 6am.
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