Top 10 Festival Boat Parties 2019


The music listening experience is malleable; it can and should be appreciated everywhere. Different settings provide different contexts which allow the listener to connect with songs in a myriad of ways.

Live music is all about taking the relationship between setting and sound to a new level, showcasing artistic creations in ways that ensure the most enjoyment possible for everyone in attendance.

Bodies of water have always been a source of inspiration for artists and thus it only makes sense that rivers, lakes, and oceans would make great settings for concerts.

Certainly the festival world thinks so, as there are a host of festivals that use these scenic settings to their advantage. Here are the best of the best. 


Annie Mac Presents: Lost & Found Festival


Festival lineup: Annie Mac, Patrick Topping, Skream, The Martinez Brothers, Peggy Gou, The Black Madonna, Chase & Status, Richy Ahmed

In the festival world, making it to your fifth edition is a big deal. Reaching that milestone this year, it's not hard to see why people have fallen for Lost & Found. Taking over beaches, pools, clubs, seas, and even castles in Malta, this year's boat party features sets from My Nu Leng, Oneman, and Alexis.

When & where: 2-5 May 2019, St Paul's Bay, Malta

Lost & Found 2019 Guide / Book Lost & Found 2019


Secret Solstice 


Festival lineup: Martin Garrix, The Black Eyed Peas, Rita Ora, Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters, Patti Smith, The Sugarhill Gang and Melle Mel & Scorpio

Featuring some of the festival world's most unique events, there's never a dull moment at Secret Solstice. Bringing their magical surroundings into the experience for years, the festival's partnered with local tour companies to step up their game this year. On the boat side of things a few highlights are whale watching tours and northern lights tours, as well as tours that cover both whale watching and northern lights.

When & where: 21-23 June 2019, Reykjavík, Iceland

Secret Solstice 2019 Guide / Book Secret Solstice 2019


Hideout Festival


Festival lineup: Jamie Jones, Hannah Wants, Bicep, Richy Ahmed, MK, Eats Everything, Charlotte de Witte, Claptone

Certainly no afterthought, if there's one festival in the world that has mastered the boat party, it's Hideout. With 17 different boat parties at this year's edition, it's not a proper Hideout experience until you've grooved to the beat on the high seas. They come in all shapes and sizes, setting sail in the afternoon and evening, with lineups of artists that cover a wide range of sounds. No excuses. 

When & where: 1-5 July 2019, Novalja, Croatia

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Balaton Sound


Festival lineup: Tiësto, Marshmello, The Chainsmokers, Armin van Buuren, DJ Snake, J Balvin, Future, Timmy Trumpet

The two countries that seem to fully understand the appeal of the boat party are Croatia and Hungary. The latter's biggest electronic music festival, Balaton Sound, takes to the seas once each day, with a lineup of heavy hitters led by Monika Kruse, Matador, Alle Farben, and Dubfire. 

When & where: 3-7 July 2019, Zamárdi, Hungary

Balaton Sound 2019 Guide / Book Balaton Sound 2019


Barcelona Beach Festival


Festival lineup: David Guetta, Armin van Buuren, Alesso, W&W, DJ Snake, Steve Aoki, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Don Diablo

Claiming to be the first beach festival, BBF is a rite of passage for Barcelona's dance music lovers. Annually curating a lineup of the biggest names in EDM, you can get ready for this all-out rager of a party with a couple different boat parties traversing the Mediterranean. 

When & where: 13 July 2019, Barcelona, Spain

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Sziget Festival


Festival lineup: Foo Fighters, Martin Garrix, The 1975, The National, Ed Sheeran, Florence + the Machine, Post Malone, twenty one pilots

Hungary's main music festival and one of the world's biggest, Sziget has been growing their boat party offerings for the past three years. Now featuring six boat parties over the festival's seven days soundtracked by DJs on from this year's lineup, what's cool about these is they travel up and down the Danube, offering great views of the famed city's skyline. 

When & where: 7-13 August 2019, Budapest, Hungary

Sziget 2019 Guide / Book Sziget 2019


Sonus Festival


Festival lineup: Rødhåd, Chris Liebing, Amelie Lens, Richie Hawtin, Ricardo Villalobos, Seth Troxler, Len Faki, Solomon

The techno heavyweight in Croatia, Sonus has been putting on booming sets at Zrce Beach since 2013. The heavier sounds on display at Sonus add a unique element to their vast array of boat parties, with open waters and coastal hills acts as a truly epic backdrop for thunderous kick drums and atmospheric synths.

When & where: 18-22 August 2019, Novalja, Croatia

Sonus 2019 Guide / Book Sonus 2019


Dimensions Festival


Festival lineup: Jeff Mills, Blawan, Nina Kraviz, Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, Helena Hauff, Peggy Gou, Hunee, Craig Richards

The underground music nerd festival in Croatia, Dimensions runs over 20 boat parties each festival, teaming up with some of the scene's finest labels and selectors to create unforgettable experiences for three hours at a time out on the Adriatic.

When & where: 28 August - 1 September 2019, Pula, Croatia

Dimensions 2019 Guide / Book Dimensions 2019


Budafest


Festival lineup (2018): Artwork, B-Traits, Camelphat, Novelist, Richy Ahmed, Solardo, Donny Fodera, Dusky, 

Like Sziget's offerings, Budafest's boat parties traverse the Danube for a distinctly urban experience. With the city's famed parliament, thermal baths, foothills, and bridges acting as a background, these 1000 person capacity parties are a unique way to get to know the Hungarian capital. 

When & where: 1-3 September 2019, Budapest, Hungary

Budafest 2019 Guide / Book Budafest 2019 


Outlook Festival


Festival lineup: Andy C, Chase & Status present RTRN II Jungle, Loyle Carner, SHY FX, Bugzy Malone, Goldie, Ghetts, Mala

A Croatian festival staple for a decade now, Outlook is tragically calling it quits this year, after one final blowout. Like Hideout, the boat party element is certainly no afterthought, with the festival finding partners in major labels and promoters for over 40 events on the crystal clear Croatian waters. 

When & where: 4-8 September 2019, Pula, Croatia

Outlook 2019 Guide / Book Outlook 2019

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