Sea Star Festival

The best of Exit in Istria: Sea Star Festival in Umag!

When it was announced that EXIT, one of the biggest festivals in Europe, would be coming to Croatia as the Sea Star Festival from 25 to 28 May at the Stella Maris complex in Umag, the news echoed throughout the region, even reaching international music outlets such as Billboard, IQ and Resident Advisor. One leading electronic music magazine even went so far as to say that the seaside editions of EXIT in Croatia and Montenegro had “become more than a festival, a movement, a brand... EXIT is a culture in and of itself.”

The excitement and anticipation was justified: Sea Star festival wildly exceeded all expectations.

Around 50,000 people from a total of 70 countries visited Umag during the festival, and 220% more foreign guests visited the town during the festival weekend than the weekend before.


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The festival featured more than 70 performers on 6 stages, including the legendary Prodigy and Fatboy Slim. There were also performances by drum & bass attraction Pendulum (DJ set), Modstep live, Berlin techno producer Paul Kalkbrenner, and several regional house & techno stars featuring, among others, Petar Dundov, Marko Nastić and Umek. In addition to local acts Rambo Amadeus, Sassja, Kiša Metaka and Brkovi, the festival hosted top regional acts Dubioza Kolektiv, Pips, Chips & Videoclips, S.A.R.S., Beograd hip-hop act Bad Copy, Elemental, Kawasaki 3P, and many others.

Sea Star Festival delivered the unrepeatable spirit of the authentic Exit festival combined with the original, coastal vibe of Istria.

Sea Star festival also offers its visitors a constant sense of community, as the nearest accommodation facilities are right on the coast and just 100 metres from the festival entrance, while the furthest are just a 15 minute seaside stroll away!

Considering that the premiere edition of Sea Star festival was a smashing success with no incidents, issues or problems, and that its performances by renowned stars like Prodigy and Fatboy Slim garnered wild applause and rave reviews, it has been officially confirmed that the festival is in the running for Best European Festival in the next cycle of EFA awards.

There’s nothing left to do but wait for the official announcement of the second edition of the festival. We’re certain the line-up and atmosphere will be thrilling the second time around!


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The best of Exit Festival in Istria:

  • The Prodigy
  • Fatboy Slim
  • Paul Kalkbrenner
  • Dubioza Kolektiv
  • Urban & 4
  • Modestep
  • Pendulum
  • Elemental
  • Bad Copy
  • Brkovi
  • Artan Lili
  • Jonathan
  • High5 & Kukus
  • Kiša metaka
  • Krankšvester
  • Matter
  • Sassja