Promoter buys entire Croatian island to turn into new festival location

Unknown Festival bookers launch curated events in the island of Obonjan

Sound Channel, the promotion company behind Croatia’s Unknown Festival, have announced that they’re acquired the island of Obonjan, unveiling plans to turn it into a new festival location.

The UK-based promoters previously hosted Unknown Festival in Rovinj, Croatia in 2013 and 2014, taking this year off to work on what they previously teased as a “very exciting” project.

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Now, the company’s Dan Blackledge has confirmed to Music Week that he intends to turn Obonjan into a curated tourist destination. “We’ve been working on this project for three years which has given us time to carefully refine our ideas,” Blackledge said. “Our vision for the island of Obonjan is to regenerate the island and turn it into a truly unique concept, combining art and music, wellness, sustainable living, amazing food and drink and fun and creative accommodation, all on an idyllic island paradise.”

Record Of The Day report that the festival’s concept “will evolve year on year, hosting hundreds of musicians, artists, philosophers, chefs and more”. Entertainment events will begin on the island from summer 2016.

Obonjan is situated just off the coast of central Croatia, near the city of Sibenik. Sound Channel will operate on the island alongside Croatian company Gratiosus.

Unknown Festival hosted the likes of Nile Rodgers, Disclosure, Jessie Ware, Four Tet, Chvrches, Jungle, Kindness, London Grammar and more at their 2013 and 2014 events.