Five of the best: Hideout Festival

We've handpicked five acts that we think you should make time for at this year's Hideout in Croatia.

Skiddle Staff

Date published: 19th Mar 2018

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This year's Hideout Festival once again sees the creme de la creme of electronic music descending upon the Croatian Isle of Pag for six days of hedonistic bliss.

With pool parties, boat raves, arena sessions and so much more planned, the only difficult thing is working out who to see. The Hideout line up boasts the likes of Bicep, Andy CJackmaster and AJ Tracey, each dotted around the festival's various different attractions.

As such our staff have picked five must-see artists amidst the madness in Croatia this summer. Do you agree with our selections?

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Peggy Gou

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One of the breakthrough acts of recent years, Korean chanteuse Peggy Gou has been putting Seoul on the electronic map with her signature take on house and techno.

What makes her so interesting is the ability to transcend eras beyond the standard four-four club culture, her landmark Dekmantel Boiler Room proof of this leftfield approach to dance music which couldn't be any more on point in the modern climate.

Jimmy Coultas 

Or:la

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Or:la was without a doubt one of 2017's biggest breakthrough acts, a statement cemented by her winning of the DJ Mag Best Of British award in that category and also being named as one to watch by Mixmag.

The Derry-born, Liverpool-based career really kicked off in 2016 after productions picked up on Scuba's Hotflush, playing at, a unqique blend of breaks, classic house and UK bass, a fresh face with an approach and knowledge that matches peers twice her age.

Becca Frankland

Patrick Topping

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Alongside the likes of Denis Sulta and Mall Grab, few acts in dance music are as hot as Patrick Topping right now. Selling out venues UK-wide, the Geordie lad has secured a special spot in young ravers' hearts with his straight-up party sets and house-meets-tech sound. 

The hype is more than justified, with his own productions on the likes of Hot Creations and Relief powering his own sets and those of DJs around the globe. 

BF

Claptone

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House music comes in many shapes and guises, but whilst Claptone's image drapes the man in mystery, what makes his grooves so appealing is their grasp on the classic hallmarks of what has made the genre so enduring over the past thirty years. Take his rework of George Kranz's 'Din Daa Daa' from last year, setting the infectious gibberish of the eighties original above a gilt-edged groove perfectly placed on the modern dancefloor.

His DJ sets consist of much of the same, hip shaking sounds attached to a raft of oddball source material that enables him to stand out so effortlessly.

JC

Special Request 

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Special Request, the bass-heavy alias of Paul Woolford, has allowed him to explore first generation rave, jungle and hardcore, releasing weighty LPs and playing sets which just wouldn't suit his other guises.

Big on nineties flavours, but sitting separately to his piano-fulled Woolford work, the sound of Special Request is an ode to rave culture, and the atmosphere and energy created during his sets matches exactly that. 

BF

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