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Love International is incredibly proud to reveal its latest line-up for summer 2018.
The festival’s bold sense of ambition continues to flourish as it returns for its third year, embracing a philosophy fashioned around bringing some of the world’s best DJs, producers, labels and collectives to Croatia, rather than the more obvious biggest.
The team have curated one of the region’s most inspired range of artists to date, for 2,500 like-minded music and adventure lovers from across the world, converging on a beatific slice of Croatian paradise in Tisno.
First up, there are three incredible DJ set debuts to savour. Four Tet is quite simply one of the world’s finest electronic musicians, spanning pure formed dance music to the scintillating eclectic strands which surround it. Fellow aural experimentalist Floating Points also transcends genre, weaving through jazz, classical, soul and broken-beat influences into house and techno, a cerebral sound scientist who enervates, educates and entertains in equal measure.
Then there’s Hunee, one of 2017’s most in-demand DJs, who segues through delectable disco and soulful to jackin’ house excursions, infused with fizzing energy and the mark of crate-digging endeavour.
Bicep know a bit about crate-digging, too; the mercurial duo are widely regarded as two of the finest DJs and producers of the electronic era.
Next up is Love International regular Midland, who of late has been exploring a much wider soundscape to his sets, and he lights up the festival each and every time. Then there’s three of the finest exponents of house and disco, with Gerd Janson, Young Marco and Horse Meat Disco epitomising the sunshine energy of the festival.
Life and Death founder and Love International debutant DJ Tennis is next, the Italian icon working with Tale of Us and Mind Against and he is an esteemed label A+R, producer and DJ. Then Palms Trax makes a very welcome return after last summer’s scintillating boat party, the Berlin-based artist a regular at Panorama Bar, Concrete and De School.
Fellow Berliner Call Super is another outstanding young DJ and producer, linking together cultured house and techno.
Crazy P Soundsystem are perennial fixtures at the festival and bring a lovely touch of gravitas and warmth; occasional regulars Paranoid London check in with a DJ set; and revered Dutch selector Job Jobse played Trouw’s last ever set, a huge honour bestowed on the feel-good young spinner bringing hands-in- the-air energy to the Adriatic.
Two inspired duos also touch down -disco deviants Rub and Tug weave across Italo to acid via post-funk rarities, and Electric Chair’s The Unabombers, much-loved and long-seasoned Tisno heads, return to Love International.
The festival’s co-founder, Tom Paine, explains: “We are feeling really happy with the lineup for 2018 which features many brilliant debuts and some very welcome friends and family returning. Our third year is going to be very special indeed for everyone and we can’t wait for the summer!”
The latest wave of artists further illuminates the festival’s broad musical scope and takes in an even wider range of sounds and styles, from sunshine reggae and seductive soul to rare funk, cosmic disco and all-out 4/4. This includes everyone from the genre-skipping Artwork to San Fran disco artisans Honey Soundsystem, from electronica’s creative force Moscoman to esteemed Italo exponent Intergalactic Gary, from Space Dimension Controller’s vast musical tastes to the Secretsundaze’s crew and their acclaimed house and techno-inspired events, and from Moxie’s eclectic vision on NTS, Marvin and Guy’s genre-defying 70s and 80s party sets and the truly unique Rebolledo.
Further highlights include techno-rock hybrid Zombies in Miami, the legendary founder of the hugely influential Robert Johnson club, Ata, and intoxicating boogie, pop, house and disco from Francis Inferno Orchestra. Berlin’s Wilde Renate resident Paramida has shaken up the city with her DJ sets and revered label, Love on The Rocks, whilst there’s a very welcome return from Tisno perennials, PBR Streetgang, having just release their debut album, and genre-bending Rinse FM star Josey Rebelle brings house, techno, boogie and much more.
Then Heidi Lawden’s Magic Roundabout radio show reflects her taste-making and genre-skipping delight, Panorama Bar’s resident Roi Perez also weaves across many styles, Metro Area’s deep disco king Darshan Jesrani returns to Croatia and Ray Mang performs a rare set away from his always estimable studio work.
There’s much more to savour from Man Power, Adam Shelton, Tristan da Cunha, Bradley Zero, Fantastic Man, Felix Dickinson, Gatto Fritto, Gideon, Hammer, Lauer, Love Fingers, Octo Octa, Eric Duncan, Powder, Saoirse, Telephones, Tom Of England, Lexx, A Sagittariun, Alex Dallas, Andy Blake, Jonny Rock, Jan Schultze, Jane Fitz, Sean Johnson, Solar and Galen, Jaime Read, Jamie Blanco, Nick The Record, Kiwi, Krysko, Moonboots, Apiento, Benedikt Frey, Bill Brewster, Dan Beaumont, Peak & Swift, Ilija Rudman, DJ Die, Geddes, Dave Harvey, Christophe, Bad Passion, Balearic Mike, Banoffee Pies, Begin, Bobby Beige, Dean Smith, Il Bosco, Jason Boardman, Kelvin Andrews, Kenneth Bager, Kickin Pigeon, Neil Diablo, Dicky Trisco, Igor Tipura, Phat Phil Cooper, Astrocat, Jamie Bull, Will Tramp, Gina Breeze and Mr Price, plus many more.
Weds 27th June – Weds 4th July 2018
@ The Garden Resort, Petrica Glava 34, 22240, Tisno, Croatia
Standard tickets are £135 + booking fee for the week
Club nights and boat parties are extra
www.loveinternationalfestival.com / @LoveIntFestival