Yet another summer brought a variety of successful festivals that are slowly taking over the Balkan area. Every year, we're discovering new festivals that are spread from Croatia on west till Romania on the east. With beautiful landscapes, crystal clear sea, hot summers and friendly local people, the potentials of this region are countless. If you haven't visited or at least saw a video from famous festivals such as Exit, Sonus, Hideout, Dimensions, ... than it's about time to seriously consider about scheduling a trip in near future to any of this events. We've gathered a list of five festivals that aren't getting the recognition that they should. These are our "Balkans hot picks" for the summer of 2018.


We're starting off our list with a festival that will celebrate their 9th birthday in 2018. SuncéBeat started its journey back in 2010 when they've decided to host their first edition at the breathtaking Garden Resort in Tisno, Croatia. This festival is a proof that expensive lineups aren't a must and that the passion and smart approach gives long-term results. SuncéBeat is a loving, carnivalesque festival with a unique family vibe, a boutique affair that attracts a crowd of like-minded souls who put the party ahead of pretension.

As the organisers statted, they were the first to bring deep house titan Larry Heard to the Garden, the first to invite Berlin powerhouse Prosumer to spin, and the first Croatian festival to secure a date with the semimythical DJ Harvey. The festive happening spans across beach, boat and club parties during seven days in July bringing some of the most prominent house, disco, soul and funk DJ names at the Garden Resort. So far, SuncéBeat hosted artists such as Black Coffee, Jeremy Underground, Kerri Chandler & Louie Vega, DJ Spen, Karizma, Henrik Schwarz, Dennis Ferrer, Dimitri From Paris, Black Madonna and many others. The organisers haven't revealed their 2018 lineup yet, but we're pretty sure it'll be the biggest so far. If you want to combine quality music with superb landscape and great atmosphere, then grab yourself an early bird ticket for 9th SuncéBeat HERE.


The festival's third instalment promises to bring a mesmeric odyssey in summer 2018! The festivities kick off on Wednesday the 27th of June, and will continue for one week until the 4th of July. From the brilliant boat parties, stunning open-air Barbarella’s shows and sublime "Sunrise Sessions", to intimate moments of love and joy shared with friends old and just found; from dancing in the crystal-clear sea, lounging around under the sizzling sun and dancing at the relentless Olive Grove, to exploring the picture-postcard village of Tisno and the beautiful land beyond, it’s a voyage of discovery over one glorious week. The first wave of acts has been announced and it's featuring artists like Avalon Emerson, Ben UFO, Christophe, Daniele Baldelli, Dave Harvey, Felix Dickinson, Gideön, Idjut Boys, Jane Fitz, Move D, Octo Octa, Optimo, Powder, Prosumer, Roman Flügel, Saoirse, Shanti Celeste and more. Head over to their website to learn more about the festival, what will be happening, getting there and where to stay!""


Lovefest is a unique cultural platform from Serbia, aiming to promote music, art and urban culture of youth. The festival started in 2007 as a 'Love Bridge' party and already a year after it made its debut as one of the hottest music events in central Serbia. In 2012 Lovefest got its recognition from the Ministry of Youth and Sports as the biggest youth festival in the country and only a year after it was nominated by UK Festival Awards for the best overseas festival. Their main goal is creating new program areas and expanding festival activities to promote and recognize young talents in the region. The lineup for 2018 Lovefest has not been revealed yet although the organisers are running shows all year round with the 'next big thing' happening on 24th of November at Belexpo Centar Belgrade. For the Lovefest Experience, you can enjoy this event with RTS Simphony Orchestra, Francesco Tristano and Derrick May. Keep up to date with news and ticket info on their official website HERE.


Dakini festival is a one-of-a-kind "PSY Trance" event on the Black Sea Coast, Romania that brings together people who actively pursue a life of spiritual elevation through music, dance and yoga. Dakini aims to inspire active people from Europe and around the world connect in an environment that celebrates life, nature, freedom, tolerance and creativity, and elevate through a better understanding of the world, the self, the nature and the relation between them. Some of the names for 2018: Djane Gabi, GAUDI, AllStars Orchestra Live, Solar Fields, Ace Ventura, Yoni Oshrat, Alpha Portal, Astrix, Petre Inspirescu and more to come. For ticket info, click HERE.


Meadows In The Mountains (MITM) is a 3-day music festival in the beautiful Rhodopian Mountains in Bulgaria. MITM festival is the true gem in the wild. Nestled near Bulgaria’s Greek border the festival is set in an otherworldly and jaw-dropping setting that is unmatched anywhere on the planet. Imagine arriving in a part of the world where the land touches the sky and the sun cuddles nature and where the summer dew against the morning sunrise glistens every colour of the rainbow. The lineup for 2018 has not been announced yet although we can expect a variety of electronic music genres. Some of the artists who were at the festival last year are Valentino Kanzyani, Laylla Dane, Nico Stojan, Saoirse and much more. Tickets and booking are already available for 2018, for more info visit their website HERE.

By Saša, edited on 13 June 2018