It’s no surprise that Ultra Europe organizer Joe Bašić is thrilled that one of the world’s largest electronic music festivals is back and better than ever in the Dalmatian capital.
“We are back where we were before and are even better. I’m getting comments from all over that Ultra Europe is stronger than ever. The most important thing is that everyone felt the vibe of the hospitality of the citizens of Split,” Joe said after the festival’s first day.
40,000 ‘Ultranauts’ from 140 countries visited the festival’s first day, which brought out big names in the EDM scene like Armin Van Buuren and Afrojack.
One of the main stage acts on Friday was Sofi Tukker, a US-based musical duo playing their first-ever Ultra main stage show.
“It’s also our first time as a band in Croatia,” said Sofi, who had only visited Pula in Croatia before while living in Trieste.
“My experience so far of Split has been heavenly. We got here and jumped in the sea. We had lunch. We walked around the old town and saw the palace. My mom saw our Instagram stories and said, ‘you know that was built in 300 AD, right?’ added Sofi.
“We had pršut, too!” Tucker said.
Sofi Tukker is also coming off a performance at Ultra Miami back in May.
“It was amazing, but a totally different experience as we did our live show there, and this time we are playing the Ultra main stage – which we haven’t played before,” Tucker said.
“Our performance tonight at Ultra will be a bit of a hybrid performance because we still sing live, but our DJ sets are different in that it is a continuous dance party. It’s really fun!” added Sofi.
The musical duo was also nominated for two Grammy awards shortly after they joined forces.
“We were nominated for our first song, which was insane. Our first album also got nominated. The first nomination was especially shocking because we didn’t even know we were up for the award, haha.”
The duo is based between New York and Miami and is embarking on shows worldwide this year.
“We just put out an album and are touring it. We just finished the first part of our North American tour. We are going to Barcelona tomorrow; then we are going to Australia to play Splendour in the Grass. We’re back in Europe in August!”
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