Remember when UK Promoter Sound Channel purchased an ENTIRE Croatian island with the intention of throwing a month-long festival event on its premises?

Yeah, well, that island (named Obonjan and located near Sibenik on the Dalmatian coast) was scheduled to launch its event this week, but has been forced to push its opening back to August 3rd due to a lack of electricity and running water. The kick off event, which was to go down 29 July and feature DJ Shadow and Machinedrum, is now in need of a replacement event with the Sound Channel team assuring they are doing everyhting to find. Regardless, with holiday season in full swing and only days before the scheduled opening was set ti take place, the news of the postponment is surely to be salty to many. Now, Sound Channel is advising patrons to arrive after August 3rd, essetially nullifying those who scheduled their plans between 29 July – 2 August.

Over the course of the season, Obonjan is scheduled t host the likes of Secretsundaze, Floating Points, Four Tet, Matthew Dear, Mr Scruff and more, so let’s see what the rest of the month brings.

Below, you can find the full statement:

Obonjan Riviera Limited regrets to inform that we have had to take the difficult decision to postpone today’s opening until at least August 3rd, as the island is currently without running water or electricity. We sincerely appreciate the disappointment this causes to our early customers travelling out to support our opening, and the inconvenience to your holiday plans.

Please be assured that are working tirelessly to resolve the operational issues on the island to open as soon as possible but, in the meantime, are contacting everyone confirmed to stay with us for the opening week, personally, to assist with alternative arrangements and process refunds as quickly as possible.

For those already in Croatia, we understand this news is reaching you incredibly late and during your precious holiday time. Please contact our Croatian team (+385957332212 / +385957331671) who are working to secure alternative accommodation locally and can assist with rearranging any travel plans. We also have representatives at Split airport to assist with this.

We are advising all customers due to fly to Croatia between today Thursday, July 28th, and Wednesday, August 3rd, not to travel, but instead to liaise with our UK team (+442038087333 / to reschedule for later in the season or else process a refund for you. We sincerely apologise for the disruption and thank you to all those who have been so understanding and supportive.