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History Saves The Day

The Garden Festival casts a long, glittering shadow over the European festival scene. Over the course of its ten-year lifespan it brought tens of thousands of people to Croatia's Adriatic coast, and paved the way for the future success of Hideout, Dimensions, Outlook, Electric Elephant and plenty more besides.

Dave Harvey and Tom Paine booked the lineups and when The Garden Festival finished in 2015 they announced their own week-long event, Love International, with the same commitment to music, escapism, hedonism and, of course, love.

The festival's debut sold out and was feted by all as a more-than-worthy successor. It had a head start by being in the same idyllic coastal location, just outside the town of Tisno, with its natural amphitheater surrounded by teal blue Dalmatian waters.

Tisno is within an hour's drive from Zadar and Split airports, whilst you can access The Garden Resort itself (where Love International takes place) by the boat from Tisno. Festival-goers can either choose to stay in Tisno or onsite with a range of options running from the fairly rudimentary (camping) to the frankly outlandish (yacht). Wherever you choose to stay, its clear that you are taking part in an event with a rich legacy of getting everything right. So pack sunscreen, flip-flops, some natty glasses, and prepare for seven days of sonnet-worthy festival love vibes.

Barbarella's And Beyond

For a 2,500 capacity event, Love International offers a wide selection of party locations and stages. You have the Main Stage, just a short walk from the ocean, in tree-lined parkland. But for those keen on a more intimate experience, jump on a party boat to the Secret Island, where afternoon parties lay on hangover-busting barbecues and get everyone back on point for another night's love fest under the stars.

Elsewhere there's the Beach Stage, where the waves actually kiss the dance floor, and the Olive Grove which – as the name would suggest – is set amongst olive groves and offers a more shaded area in which to kick up some dancing dust.

For early risers, or those who view sleep as an unnecessary luxury, the Sunrise Sessions are hugely popular. Underneath a cluster of trees by the ocean, the best DJs play soothing and ambient music until midday to bring all the love astronauts back to earth.

And then, of course, there's Barbarella's. Every festival has a secret weapon, a USP that sets it apart and keeps tongues wagging when everyone returns home. The Garden Festival's was Barbarella's, and so it remains with Love International. This fully open-air club features the world's best DJs playing until 6 am, and is the big, beating heart of Love International,

Love On The Water

For newcomers it might be tempting to think of boat parties as subsidiary fun; yes, you're on a boat and what a novelty that is. But the main vibes are all going down back on land, right? Wrong. Each one is crammed to the gills with beers, beats and bodies, and offer the perfect chance to do some dance floor cozying with the sweet soul you met in Barbarella's the night before.

Love International has two dedicated party boats; Martine and The Aeronaughty. They complete 25 voyages, most of them four hours long and featuring sets from the likes of Craig Richards, Dixon and more, with hosting duties undertaken by the likes of Ransom Note, Resident Advisor and Studio 89. Only fools and landlubbers need not get involved.

Love Their International Lineups

As befitting a festival curated by two men who have run stages at Glastonbury, Secret Garden Party, The Big Chill, and, of course, The Garden Festival, Love International's lineups are reliably on-point. Merging those divine worlds of house, techno, disco, funk and everything in between, past headline sets have included Bicep, Eats Everything, Jackmaster, Joy Orbison, Midland and more.

Of the annual lineups, Dave Harvey says: "We have wanted to bring in a lot of new faces but also bring back some friends who know how to do it properly here, so it's a really strong mix of established names and brand new faces."

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