02 September, 2015

[FESTIVAL REVIEW] InMusic Festival, Zagreb, Croatia, 22nd 24th June 2015

 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.

The line 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?

Line 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 operation).


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".

The 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!