A man made lake in Zagreb, purpose built for professional water sports to take place, isn't the kind of place you initially look at and think "Festival" but that's precisely what InMusic have managed to pull off at this unique venue for the last decade.
up might look like it should be circa Reading 98' with a dash of modern
influence but InMusic doesn't seem to want to weigh heavily on the New
Music side of things anyway and who can blame them when seasoned Pro's
are still going strong belting out guaranteed anthems?
Up - Paolo Nutini, Rudimental, Placebo, FFS, Frank Turner, Of Monster
and Men, La Roux, Eagles of Death Metal, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club,
Death Cab for Cutie, Future Islands, Kate Tempest. (Florence and the
Machine were meant to be headlining but pulled out due to her foot
The only weird thing was that the European
advertising had billed Nutini and Florence as the headliners but upon
arrival in Croatia it quickly became apparent that actually Placebo and
FFS were the main draw for the locals as it was their names at the top
of the posters.
Highlights for me: Nutini
was sheer class through and through, Rudimental had a party (standard),
Placebo played pretty much everything they've ever written, Of Monsters
and Men soundtracked a sunset facing the stage they were playing and it
just felt like a dream to listen to.
Frank Turner and
The Sleeping Souls killed it! The man just oozes talent and even sang a
song in Croatian, loosely translated by a roadie which for me perfectly
summed up being abroad as a gentleman rather than a "Brit".
whole week was full of sun, cider and sexual innuendo... but in
fairness that could easily just have been the Eagles of Death Metal set!