Here I was sitting and thinking, age 30, that I’d hung up my bikini top, denim sorts and desire to attend another festival in my life. The truth is, I’d spent a good chunk of my twenties festival hopping from Future Music, Creamfields, all the parties on Zrce Beach (long before Zrce beach was what it is today), I even always managed to get my hands on those difficult Harbourlife tickets- to name a few.
I’d seen every prominent international Dj at least once either at a festival or from VIP at Sydney’s Marquee Nightclub. I was one of those girls, chasing djs and nightlife. My life was a series of epic sets and I knew each new EDM hit by heart. I was there front row a year before Swedish House Mafia was that memorable trio it became a year later. I still remember hearing Tiesto drop Traffic in front of 20,000 people- you couldn’t move, you just stood and watched in awe. Those were my days.
You can imagine my surprise to be invited to attend Sea Star Festival, held in Umag Croatia at Stella Maris Resort. Sea Star Festival is run by the same guys who have successfully turned EXIT into the monster festival it is today, attracting party goers from all over the world for the best 4 days of their life. Exit festival is 5-9th July this year, if you’re interested in attending.
I had my reservations though, despite plenty of experience. It would be my first festival ever, drug and alcohol free- How would I survive? Could I even survive? Would it be the same?
You know me hashtag YOLO.
Andriana and I travelled to Umag via Slovenia & Italy Saturday morning, arriving around midday. Our bus tickets were sorted by Črnja Tours via Vollo.net so a special shoutout and thank you to both companies. Vollo is actually the only website I use to book my bus tickets in Croatia because their system is easy to use, reliable and efficient.
Taxi’s were scarce in Umag meaning we had to walk 2.5km into the centre and closer to the festival. Moments like that we wished we’d hired a car. We collected our vip wristbands from Hotel Sol Garden Istria and decided to spend a few hours being lazy under the sun. You can watch the full vlog here.
En route to get ready for the night ahead, Andriana and I got lost around Stella Maris and suddenly caught ourselves staring at the most breath taking sunset.
Headlining Sea Star Festival for it’s first year was The Prodigy, talk about taking me back to my childhood. Sadly, we weren’t able to see them live as we arrived the following day but the word on the street was that the show was one to remember.
Andriana and I buzzed around the festival which was divided up into 6 stages, offering a variety of music from progressive house, latino beats, indie to dubstep. I’ll stick with my deep underground music, good enough to roam drug-free. FatBoy Slim, a legendary showman in his own right tore the main stage apart on Saturday night. We watched the beginning from up in VIP but decided life was always more run down and deep in the crowd.
The following and final day was catered for those brave enough show their strength and faces for the afterparty by the pebbled bay at Stella Maris. Mahmut Orhann was meant to begin his set at 4pm but his delayed flight had him begin long after we’d left for Zagreb at 7pm. Better luck next time. Watch the full vlog here.