Wake the Lake Festival Coming to Lake Lokve Next Month!

Daniela Rogulj

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From August 4 to 8, on three stages (two on the lakeshore and one in the woods), the festival will host 45 contemporary house and techno DJ names, although there will also be drum & bass, disco, funk, and plenty of great electronic fusion. Previously announced performers, led by Cinthie, Petar Dundov, Umek, and La Fleur, are joined in the second wave by Gerd Janson, Bradley Zero, Dr. Rubinstein, and Elado. In addition, from regional and domestic names, Dejan Milićević, Marko Milosavljević, Andrea Ljekaj,  Boo Dale (Dražen Baljak from LET3), Hibou, Maraya Angela, Krešo Jurina & Mrle, Rinma, Time To Sleep, and Venom have also been announced in this phase. 


Gerd Janson (DE) is one of the most respected DJs in the world of house and techno. This is what not only the audience around the world thinks, but also his colleagues, so he is often called the “DJ’s DJ.” House and techno are the basis of his sets, which are always intertwined with many other genres such as the UK funk, synth-pop or industrial. Janson is a DJ who, unexpectedly, reconfigures classics you already knew and introduces you to new ones, months (or years) before you hear them anywhere else.


Bradley Zero (UK) is, for many, a “Boiler Room character” (one of the program’s founders and host of the cult show), but if you dig a little deeper, you’ll find that Bradley Zero is so much more! He is the original creator of the musical style of his generation, a respected music selector, and the founder of Rhythm Section International, one of the strongest British record labels. In addition, Bradley is a DJ with an insatiable thirst for new sounds and a constantly growing collection of vinyl, which is why he uncompromisingly launches dance floors in the UK, Europe, and beyond. His DJ sets can never really be defined by just one sound, but they are quite worldly.


Dr. Rubinstein is the stage name of Marina Rubinstein, who is really “something different.” Born in Russia, raised in Israel, based in Berlin, Marina stood out with her specific character on the scene. The rave culture of the 90s inspires her unique style and performance. The result is her addictive energy and impeccable musical selection spanning multiple genres and decades and lots of fatty acid bass lines. Dr. Rubinstein is known as a big fan of vinyl and an icon on the underground music scene, attracting many fans without the support of the media or publishing houses.


In addition to a strong music program, Wake The Lake Festival, especially because of its location, offers much more. Located in the heart of the breathtaking nature of Gorski Kotar on the shores of Lake Lokve, the festival celebrates the pristine ecosystem and Illyrian mystique.

In addition to hot dancing nights with superb electronic music on the main Water stage, visitors can expect unprecedented relaxation and adventure through an attractive daily program. Fun in the middle of the lake on a party boat that sails twice a day, chill in the natural amphitheater of the forest stage with a mix of funky and disco sound and afterparty on The Rising Sun stage, are just part of what the festival organizers have prepared.


In the breaks between the parties, visitors can join festival workshops, trips to beautiful corners of Gorski Kotar, or one of the many seminars, such as the seminar on afforestation and environmental protection. Deeply inspired by untouched nature, visitors can join one of the guided tours, explore hidden green oases with organized guided excursions, such as Lokvarka Cave and Golubinjak Forest Park, or experience an adrenaline rush off-road adventure and rafting in Brod na Kupi.


Visitors can also expect chillout zones with massages, competition games, treasure hunts, art and photo exhibitions, a visit to the local market, and other activities by which the organizers encourage positive changes in the neglected area of ​​Gorski Kotar.


The festival will be held following the law and epidemiological measures. Festivalgoers can enter with a digital COVID certificate, i.e., persons who have received at least one dose of vaccine against COVID-19, persons who have recovered from COVID, or have a negative PCR or antigen test. At the festival site itself, the organizers will also provide medical staff so that visitors can take a quick on-site test valid for 48 hours, in case they have not done so before.

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