This summer in Croatia will herald the final ever Soundwave Festival, concluding what has been an epic odyssey on its tenth birthday. As one of the longest running events in the region, the sublime Soundwave has very much always taken its own adventurous path, staying true to its original roots built across a beautifully diverse music spectrum whilst weaving a mesmeric holiday and festival into a glorious five days and nights.
It’s a momentous and emotional conclusion for one of the region’s finest and most respected Adriatic adventures, with Soundwave a celebration of doing things a little bit differently, from lazy sun-kissed days by the glittering sea to balmy nights sound-tracked by an effervescent range of artists and DJs, some making their long-awaited debuts and others returning for the final instalment from 26th-30th July.
The last Soundwave is an opportunity to return to the idyllic Dalmatian coastline one more time to savour some of the world’s finest live artists and DJs from across broken beat, reggae, afro, acid jazz, hip-hop, soul, funk, drum and bass and much more.
Headliner Loyle Carner is the sensitive, seductive and soulful rapper who captures much of life’s magic through his beautiful vocals; he is one of the most intriguing figures in music and makes his scintillating debut at Soundwave. Then next up there’s Mr Scruff, a long-time friend of Soundwave and a revered genre-skipping genius whose musical knowledge has no rival. Segueing from jazz and blues to disco and psychedelic sounds, Romare touches down in Tisno with his full live band, and Jordan Rakei has a soulful, jazz and hip-hop driven sound – the multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and producer is a rare talent who continues to transcend genres.
In demand the world over, but elusive and selective in his bookings, Calibre simultaneously captivates a crowd and moves every dancefloor. Submotion Orchestra cover a kaleidoscope of electronic bass music, entrancing vocals, ambient, jazz and dub that sits somewhere on an axis between Bonobo and London Grammar. Delectable disco kings and Croatia stalwarts Horse Meat Disco bring the hands-in-the-air classics, whilst DJ Marky’s hi-energy drum and bass is a bastion of body-rocking sets. Progressive 21st-century talents in British jazz Sons of Kemet debut at Soundwave, and Channel One present their epic roots, rock and reggae show, with dubplate classics, driving steppas and bucket loads of positive vibes.
One of Rinse FM’s most prized presenters, Josey Rebelle, also signs on for the final Soundwave, and perennial artist and Eglo Records’ main man Alexander Nut embodies late night futurism, broken beat and soul, and debutants 22archestra are a rhythm driven ensemble taking influences from 70s jazz funk explosion and 90s hip-hop. Manchester soul duo Children Of Zeus make a very welcome return, as does Anchorsong who crafts his beguiling electronic music completely live. Riot Jazz love to stir up a hot-pot of peace-lovin’ aggro-jazz and re-interpreted dancefloor bangers, and the honey-voiced Yazmin Lacey has been fusing her love of hip-hop, jazz, Motown and electronics to sublime effect.
Further guests joining the final Soundwave include Al Dobson JR, Tenderlonious, Kaidi Tatham, Chunky, Agbeko, SNO, Desta Haile, J-Felix, The Natural Curriculum, Rhi, Jonny Dub, Rich Reason, Loz Goddard, Mica Millar, Church Of Sound, Total Refreshment Centre, Cheeba, Trout, Rogan, Harri Pepper, OnTheCorner Soundsystem, Pareidolia, Bane, Danny Drive Thru, DJ Gilla, DJ BobaFatt, Paul Jonas, DJ Mo Fingaz, Danuka, Carlton, Siofra McComb, Jamie Nelson, Ruari TT, Capitol 1212, Crums, Miguel E, Tappa, Manu & Ando, Tripitaka, Defenders Of Style, Reform Radio DJs, Gerard C, Chris BusyFingers, Bloom, DJ Dirty Freud, Chris Welch, Tom Central, Mikey J, Boston, BT3K, Budrat Records, New Era Reggae Sound System, Origin One, DJ Sherrine, Dru Skillz, Tim Hinson, Catching Flies, Binks & Lize, Barry’s Here, Flow Theory, Indus Traps, Kin Klave, Lausse The Cat, Si Tew, Lou Ellis, Dragana and Spider Jaroo.
One of the festival’s co-founders, Rob Waller, explains: “It’s already been an emotional journey to get to this point, and as we are now fully into 2018 and very much looking forward to the final Soundwave, we are feeling really proud of our last ever line-up. There has been a lot of support for us and this decision, and it sounds like a lot of the old heads will be coming out to join us in saying farewell to the festival in fine style. We are working hard to make it the best Soundwave ever – celebration of the last 9 years brought together for the final tenth show. It’s going to be really special as we all say goodbye.”
The action takes place at the iconic waterside Beach Bar, the stunning shaded Olive Grove, the larger Main Stage in the centre of the site, the incredible boat parties, and of course the incredible fully-open air club Barbarella’s. Tisno features lots of great food and drink in wide variety of restaurants and bars, along with lots of accommodation options. There are secluded places to relax by the crystal-clear waters dotted around the town and along the coast. The historic cities of Zadar and Split are close by, as are the stunning Krka National Park and a whole world of islands to explore too.