Love International Croatia announces Roman Flugel, Move D, Ben UFO, Craig Richards and more

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The mesmeric Love International is back next summer, once more returning to Croatia’s coastal idyll in Tisno and creating an incredible odyssey under the sun and stars.

In just two years, Love International has further refined and honed the concept of a holiday and festival blended together, where one segues into the other and back again, seemingly without missing a beat. As much as the experience is about the music, it’s also about the people too – from those who travel from around the world to attend, to the artists, the crew and the local population – right over to Tisno itself; with its picture-postcard white-washed homes and charm by the bucket load, bordered by the shimmering Adriatic, the days stretch into the nights and back again with beatific ease, everything elongated, nothing hurried. The festival is set right on the gorgeous coast, a little slice of paradise far from the madding crowd, with its own beach and a real sense of intimacy.

The team at Love International are incredibly proud to announce the first wave of artists joining them for the festival’s 3rd year on the seductive Dalmatian coastline. It’s an inspired selection who are all are the fore of their respective fields, from headline names through to the next wave of genuinely exciting DJs and producers. First up is Roman Flugel, who weaves across many styles from ambient, house, techno, electro and leftfield, whilst the sublime crate digger Move D continues to explore and challenge the boundaries of electronic music. And speaking of genre-skipping talent, Joy Orbison’s bouncing garage-house has been celebrated for blending elements of house, two-step, jungle, techno and dubstep has kept him right at the fore of club culture.

Further debuts include Avalon Emerson’s techno and house filtered through the futurism of Detroit techno; and fellow female icon Octo Octa’s melody and vocal-inspired house music, woven with 90s nostalgia and Balearic joy, brings her to the region for the first time. The Idjut Boys have plenty of their own too, with 20 years of throwing parties and DJing around the world between them, and two further acclaimed names also feature; Jane Fitz’s enduring dedication to her craft has seen her wide-ranging sets become the stuff of legend, and newcomer Powder’s music is a blend of rich melodies and dance floor delight.

Love International also features some friends returning, for some now an annual pilgrimage to the coast; Hessle Audio’s Ben UFO is pretty much first on the list, as is Fabric’s iconic Craig Richards – the pair are now further revered for their all night back-to-back sets at Barbararella’s. Glaswegian duo Optimo fuse techno, electro, rock and leftfield, whilst Prosumer is a Tisno face and regular, a disco ambassador of immense stature. Felix Dickinson has been an instrumental part of the UK’s underground dance scene for the last 3 decades whose relevance continues to evolve, and Daniele Baldelli offers a different pace with his chuggy cosmic disco sets. Shanti Celeste has released on Future Times, Idle Hands and Secretsundaze, acclaimed vinyl archivist and musical curator Gideön has many years of experience to offer Love International, whilst whilst Saoirse’s continued rise to prominence stems from her tireless work ethic both in clubs and behind the scenes. Finally, Futureboogie’s Christophe and Dave Harvey – also Love International’s co-founder – complete the first wave of names.

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The festival’s other co-founder, Tom Paine, explains: “We believe we are attracting like-minded people to the festival – that’s the essence of what we want to create here. It’s developing a sense of community which everyone brings with them, and that feeling really comes through during the entire week. We are again working with DJs and live performers who understand this too; many of them stay for as long as they can before and after they play.

We are very proud to be bringing in some debut names to Tisno, as well as our old friends returning, and the first wave of names we feel is a great marker for how the complete billing will be looking early next year. At Love International we are honing our philosophy even further – it’s not always about the biggest DJs and artists, for us it’s about having the best, whether right at the top of their game or part of the next taste-making generation. We can’t wait to have them over in Tisno do to their thing!”

With lots of amazing environments to choose from – from the glorious waterside Beach Bar, the stunning shaded Olive Grove, the larger Main Stage in the centre of the site, the incredible boat parties, the intimate Terraza, the Secret Island Party and of course the incredible fully-open air club Barbarella’s – Love International creates a sublime experience. 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 is the stunning Krka National Park and a whole world of islands to explore, too.

Love International
Weds 27th June – Weds 4th July 2018
@ The Garden Resort, Petrica Glava 34, 22240, Tisno, Croatia

First names revealed: Ben UFO, Craig Richards, Optimo, Roman Flugel, Move D, Joy Orbison, Avalon Emerson, Prosumer, Felix Dickinson, Daniele Baldelli, Shanti Celeste, Octo Octa, Gideon, Idjut Boys, Jane Fitz, Powder, Saoirse, Christophe, Dave Harvey

Standard tickets are £135 for the week
Club nights and boat parties are extra / @LoveIntFestival

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Loves long walks along the beach, holding hands and romantic 80's power ballads, partial to electronic music and likes to make the odd mix or two.