Review : Hideout Festival Croatia 2018

Another instalment of Hideout thrills hit Zrce Beach

Last month, Croatia’s leading electronic music festival returned to it’s spiritual home. Ready for it’s annual instalment of 5 days and 5 nights, bringing the biggest DJs in the dance scene to the island of Pag. Thousands of eager ravers descended onto Zrce Beach, where five of the world’s top rated venues were taken over for a week of rave paradise.

For more info on Hideout itself, including drink prices, production, sound and everything in-between, check out our review from Hideout 2017.

This year we caught some very special moments, including a challenge for the world’s biggest b2b performance, dance music’s wildest Australian DJ/producer and a duo with some of the quickest hands in the game.

DJ Sets

The first official night of the festival had arrived and Fisher was headlining the main stage; Papaya from 1-2:30 – a set we were craving to see. Australian born Paul Fisher began his musical career six years ago, when he alongside Leigh Sedley formed the established duo; Cutsnake. Having both previously been pro WQS surfers, the pair grew a passion for underground music, leading to their introduction to the scene. After 5 years in the business Paul opted for a solo career, under the new alias of Fisher. His solo EP “Oi Oi” released on Dirtybird in June last year was an instant hit. “Ya Kiddin” became one of the most sought after tracks of the summer and slingshotted his career to underground stardom. Aside from his stand-out production, the artist has become commonly known for his energy, charisma and downright comical brilliance.

Taking over from warm up act Nicola Bear, the Aussie leaped towards the decks with enthusiasm, hugging Nicola as she stepped back to let the fish loose on the decks. Opening up with Erik Hagleton’s remix of Basement Jaxx’s “Jump N Shout” had the crowd doing just that, as the track’s massive train horn bellowed out of the venue’s powerful sound system. Determined to keep the energy flowing, Fisher dropped GW Harrison’s most recent floor shaker titled “Spaceman”. The powerful tech house drop sent the packed out Papaya into a frenzy.

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