Growing psychedelic scene in – Croatia

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Psy trance in Croatia is still somewhat of an underground movement. Croatia is a
small country situated on the eastern shores of the Adriatic sea, with prestine
nature landscapes and beautiful seashores. Our economy is not on par with the
beauty of our nature, so we can say there is no large profit in the organisation
of psy trance festivals. The scene is relatevly small, if we compare it with
other, larger countries. The scene is being led by enthusiasts from Osijek,
Zagreb, Rijeka and Pula.
Somewhere in the middle of the nineties new djs appeared on the scene
(Marino,Ganesh,Val Vashar,Kobayagi,Bifel,Nesho,…), bearing gifts in form of psy
sounds. Some of the major productions of that time were Mokk, Shuma, Vox and
Parrket. Several years later, new names appeared and the developing scene, namely Plasma Corp, Psilocybian, Hotep, Deimos, Koorie, Neonsky, Riodario and others.
The first psytrance festival was Media Mediterranea which was held in sites
around the city of Pula (Barbariga, Marlera, Levan Island) whose driving force
and main organiser was Dj Marino, the reveared founder of the Psytrance scene in these regions.
Later came festivals as Future Nature (also in Pula), Free Spirit (the island of Cres), Underwater Overground
(Šibenik, Hvar, Pula – RIP brother Sheky), Life Celebration
(Pula), Lost Theory (Deringaj), Modem (Primišlje), as well as some smaller festivals in Osijek, Knin, Rijeka (Mune),between those named before.
The organisers of the oldest ongoing festival in Croatia, Future Nature, decided
to take a break this year, and the other major 3 festivals are held one after the
other in the following order:
Life Celebration festival, from 10. to 14. July (with Cosmosis, Quantica, Zyce, Aes Dana, Journey, Sonic Wave Control, Vertex, etc.)… it takes about 200km and 1&half day to the start of Modem festival, starting 15. and finishing 21. July (with EVP, Reality Grid, Tron, Grouch, Malice In Wonderland, etc.), and about 100km and 1 day till the start of Lost Theory festival, which lasts from 22. to 28. July
(with Koxbox, Rastaliens, Laughing Buddha, Hux Flux, Ajja, Braincell,
Earthling, etc.).
When we’re talking about Croatia’s club scene in the last 20 years, we can say
party events are fairly regular. We must aknowledge Rijeka’s young and growing
psy trance scene, as in the last couple of years we’ve seen a rise in psy trance
Dj’s and events.

Text by:
Rio & Zeko (Riodario,N.S.,LCF,..)

Live acts;




Ministrstvo Psihodelije, Oddvod, Pistolero, Soundforms, Psyebancia, Regeneration,
Momento Demento, Marsroom, Psycordia, Trance Teleport, Tamna Tvar, Tripping