Tuesday, 28 September 2010


Thats it. We've arrived! Stop Making Sense flyposter spotted in Albert Square, East Enders... dont miss Ricky & Bianca back to back sunset special at the beach bar next August

Thursday, 23 September 2010


OK people... here is the SMS 2010 SURVEY... we'd really appreciate your comments so we can make SMS 2011 even better. Four respondents will be drawn at random by mid October and get a pair of tickets each to next summer's SMS fest in sunny Croatia for more musical anarchy. Do you feel lucky punk? Well do you...?

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Well well ... here's a thing ... we've been nominated in the BEST OVERSEAS FESTIVAL category of the UK 2010 FESTIVAL AWARDS ... so please vote for us if you think we deserve it... oh and as a massive carrot, the organisers promise that every voter will be entered into a prize draw to win a dream summer - two tickets to every winning festival at this year's award... blimey...

Thursday, 16 September 2010

Monday, 6 September 2010

Stop Making Sense: "Some kind of perfection"

"As the last slither of sunshine dips behind the islands there is a cheer from the dancefloor and the Icarus-like swimmers give up their quest and return one by one, to carry on dancing. This is certainly some kind of beautiful..."

Read the rest of Chris Coco's report from our first festival here...

Thursday, 2 September 2010

SMS mix 21 - Isa GT (Girlcore)

As a final taster of what you can expect from our very first Stop Making Sense festival this weekend we're super-stoked to present a mix from Girlcore resident and all-round cumbia-bass championing Colombian party girl Isa GT.

Isa will be playing our main stage tomorrow (Friday) night from 6-7pm and then again from 8-9pm, while Girlcore is hosting a beach party on Sunday from 8pm. Be there!

Here are a few words from the lady herself - tracklist below - about her Stop Making Sense mix...

"This is a mix to warm up peeps into what it'll be my set at the fest. A few tracks are from the upcoming Man Recordings compilation Valeu! coming out next week. Also as exclusives there's mine and Christian Castagno rmx of 'Genius of Love' by Tom Tom Club, the latest Waya Waya rmx and a collabo between Toy Selectah and J-Wow from Buraka."

Download: SMS mix 21: Isa GT (Girlcore)

Zombie Disco Squad ft. MC Oscar - Danca Do Zumbi
Tom Tom Club - Genius of Love (Isa GT-Castagno's Natural Fun rmx)
Paul Marmota - Cahuin (Waya Waya rmx)
Tensnake - Coma Cat
Amadou & Mariam - Sabali (Uproot Andy rmx)
J Wow + Toy Selectah - Mo Chaxo
Semtek - Key (Isa GT's Bara rmx)
Schlachthofbronx ft. MC Gringo + MC Nem - Fock Me Avontade
Douster - Colegiala 3Ball
DJ Erick Rincon (Remix Pa' DJ Mouse) - Pompi Cadera
DJ Icon - Audioadiccion Tribal
Lewis CanCut - Egg Yolks (Bert On Beats Remix)
Chief Boima - Techno Rumba (Uproot Andy rmx)

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Dobrodosli! Welcome!

Welcome to this beautiful little fishing village called Petrcane; we hope you enjoy your stay! Below are a few bits of information you may find useful whilst you are here.

A few Croatian phrases for the absolute beginner:

Molim – Please / Hvala – Thank You / Da – Yes / Ne – No / Bok – Hello, hi, bye / Oprostite – Sorry, Excuse me / Dobro – Good / Dobar Dan – Good Day / Dobro Jutro – Good Morning / Dobro Vecer – Good evening / Laku Noć – Good Night / Kako ste – How are you / Ja sam – I am / Kada – when / Račun – Bill / Koliko – How much / Pivo – Beer / Vino – Wine

Money: The Croatian currency is Kuna (eg. 10kn), although you will find that most places will now also accept Euros. The conversion rate is current about 8.5kn to £1, or 7kn to 1€.

Cash Machines (Bankomat): There is a cash point outside Hotel Pinja, next to the festival entrance. But the bars on site take credit cards as well as cash. Other than that, the closest can be found just 5 minutes walk away from Villa Lisica, located round towards Punta Scala. The other one is at the Petrol Station on the main road from Zadar, about 25 minutes walk away.

The cost of stuff: Main dishes in restaurants range from 70kn to 150kn / Pizza – 40kn-65kn / Sandwiches – 30kn-50kn / Beer – 20kn
for 0.5Litre (approx a pint) / Spirit & Mixer – Approx 25kn / 20 Cigarettes – 20kn

Food: The Dalmatian coast is famous for its cuisine and the seafood is without doubt some of the finest in the world. Villa Lisica, nestled in a private bay towards Punta Skala has great music, great food and excellent service. Liburna and Pjeroʼs in the centre of the village are also excellent.

Taxis: Cabs have just been regulated in Croatia and must work to a meter so they are now much more affordable than in previous years. A Taxi to Petrčane from Zadar Airport should cost around 180kn (about £20). A taxi from Zadar town centre to Petrčane should cost between 100-120kn (about £12)
Taxi Numbers: Pedrag – 0914728801 & Josip – 0918935674 Minibus Service: Deni: +385 (0) 98 362 740

Internet Access: In Hotel Pinija they have wi-fi and a couple of computer stations. Villa Lisica also has free wi-fi and a computer that is available to use if the restaurant isnʼt too busy. If youʼve forgotten to print off your boarding card then Villa Lisica is happy to help you try and complete the Ryanair Challenge!

Village Shop: The village shop is called Konzum and is located on the promenade in the centre of the village next to the bus stop and tourist information. Next to the shop is a tobacconist. Both are open until around 8pm.

Tourist Information: This is based directly upstairs from Konzum, although the entrance is on the opposite side. Here you can find bus timetables and information on excursions and attractions in the area.

The Bus Stop: The bus stop is just in front of the tourist information. Buses are inexpensive and run regularly between Petrčane & Zadar from early in the morning until about 11pm. There are also regular buses between
Petrčane and Nin.


- Boat Parties. If you havenʼt got a ticket for a boat party then make sure you donʼt miss out, there are the highlight of many peoplesʼ holiday. The FACT magazine & Bumbumbox boat party is gonna be amazing!

- “The Greatest Sunset in The World.”
According to legendary film director Alfred Hitchcock that is exactly what we have here in Zadar. He definitely knew a thing or two about lighting and once you have experienced it we think you may well agree.

- Walk around the seafront. The short walk round the bay towards Punta Skala is quite beautiful, a great way
to spend an hour or so of your day. The sunbathing spots and water are also much less crowded there.

- Late Nights In Barberellas. The circular, seashell shaped nightclub at Hotel Pinija was designed in the 70ʼs by an Italian architect and it screams 70ʼs Italo-disco.

- Recuperate at Villa Lisica. As well as great seafood, grilled meats, pizza and pastas, Villa Lisica also specialises in freshly made fruit smoothies, super-food salads, vegetarian meals and healthy breakfasts for those looking to revitalise. Throw a Full English, a proper brew and one or two Bloody Marys into the mix and youʼve got the perfect spot for anyone in need of a little post-match TLC!

- Sea Organ & Greeting to The Sun. The Sea organ is an experimental musical instrument that performs music by way of the movement of the tide underneath a set of large marble steps. The waves create somewhat random but harmonic sounds. Next to this is the Greeting to the Sun; both were designed by architect Nikola Bašić and are best seen at night.

- The Garden Bar.
By day, The Garden is a beautiful, tranquil oasis where you can chill reading or playing board games, watching the peaceful waterside world go by. By night, this is one of the coolest places in town with fantastic music and beautiful people having a dance or lounging enjoying one of their many cocktails. The Garden now also serves á la carte meals, which are outstanding.

- The Old Town of Zadar. The old town is quite magnificent and well worth spending an afternoon in for a taste of classic Venetian architecture. The Town Square, the Bridge, the Riva and the Lion Gate are all beautiful places to wander around or relax with a coffee and watch the world go by.

- Islands, National Parks & more. . . If your staying for a week or longer then you should definitely look into exploring a bit further a field. With over one thousand islands and many national parks to choose from Croatia has a wealth of things for you to do and places to visit. Villa Lisica has details of organised tours and boat trips.

P.S. The weather forecast is SUNNY. 27/23 (air/water) degrees, from Friday to Monday!

And there are tickets still available!!! Go here the click on BUY TICKETS!