This summer I got the opportunity to explore Croatia before I attended a true music lover’s festival. I am of course talking about Dimensions Festival. It was my first ever year so I had literally no idea what to expect. I survived the week of performance, boat parties, thunder storms and silly mistakes (barely) so I created this Dimensions Festival survival guide, to help all those who intend to rock out at Fort Punta Christo in my wake.
Go to the opening party
Held in a 2,000 year old Roman amphitheatre this is a performance venue like no other. Booming acoustics, incredible light performances and some of the best dance acts performing all night. You literally would have to kick yourself for missing this.
Camp in the shade
It gets hot in Croatia. So hot that being inside your tent is like entering a hot yoga class in an elevator, except with much more sweat and less room. Get to the festival as early as possible to save your spot under the leafy shady trees. They are a godsend in the hotter weather, use them if you can.
The beach is pretty rocky, and at some points can be a bit sharp. Save yourself the embarrassment of going to the doctors for a bandage and get yourself some of those really cool jelly shoes you had as a kid. While your at it bring real shoes and not just flip flops as your not allowed in the main area without them.
Don’t drink all day and get sunstroke
Ok, so I have to be honest, I am guilty of this one. At around 12pm I would lather myself with sun lotion and lay in the sun until it went down. That’s hours and hours of sitting in the sun, drinking only alcohol; not a clever option. Get yourself some shade, hide away like a vampire for a while, or turn up at the beach a bit later in the day, when the sun isn’t so hot. I wrote off a whole evening by getting sunstroke so heed this warning!
Bring a shit phone
This one is pretty simple. Do you know how many times I charged this phone the week I was in Dimensions? Once, before the festival.
Buy a mattress or padded cushion to sleep on
Don’t be this guy, fork out a few quid for a comfortable blow up mattress or padded cushion to nap on.
Only change up the tokens you need for the last night
Because then you will feel like this guy; a winner.
Don’t miss the boat party
So amid the festival madness you can quite easily forget that you brought that last minute Body Tonic boat party ticket. Cue mad rushing to the dock, realising you didn’t bring your ID (sometimes they won’t let you on without one) or worse, that the party is actually tomorrow. The important lesson here is arrive early, bring an ID and some Kuna for drinks on board, you’ll have a smashing time.
Hang out at the beach
Spending time on the beach is a must. It’s not only a great place to sweat out the night before, but you can enjoy some wicked cocktails, swim in the cool water and dance on the beach-side stage. Some big artists, like the incredible Kwabs and Mercury Prize best album winners Go Go Penguin, performed on this intimate seaside stage to a much smaller crowd than usual. Don’t miss out on the beach vibes by staying in your tent all day, it would pretty much be sacrilege.
Prepare for storms
It’s no secret that Pula can be a stormy destination. The festival can get washed out if the worse happens, but this year it only went to show the true spirit of the festival. Trapped in Fort Punta Christo with the rain chucking down and the generator zapped by lightning on the Clearing, revellers started to sing out Robbie Williams numbers to keep everyone entertained. One of my favourite moments in the festival was emerging from the portaloos with three friends once the rain has subsided and running to join in with a load of crazy guys moshing to Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit. It was a moment of pure joy that summarised the festival’s unshakable party spirit.
If you’re heading to Dimensions, you’ll have an amazing time. You will feel pretty rough for a while afterwards, but hey, some things in life are worth the punishment! If you can think of any tips I might have missed, feel free to share them below, I’d love to hear some Dimensions stories.