One of the most popular rock festivals in the region, INmusic has put Croatia definitively on the music map
PJ Harvey, Florence + The Machine, Yeasayer, The Heavy, Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band + more TBA
InMusic festival has been at the forefront of Zagreb’s transformation from overlooked tourist backwater to buzzing hive of arts, culture and summertime high jinks. More than just a load of bands playing in a field, InMusic has prospered by offering a consistently shrewd choice of indie-through-to-mainstream music, an inspired location beside a lake on the outskirts of the city, and that intangible quality of take-it-easy informality that makes Croatian events subtly different to the ones you’ve been to back home.
What else is there apart from the bands? Plenty of after-show DJ action, Balkan beat parties, hookah-smoking tents, and lots of decent, far from overpriced, food and booze. The festival campsites, equipped with Wifi and laptop/phone recharging points, are located on two nearby islands, connected to the main festival site by pontoon bridge. However, the fact that it’s an urban festival means that the vast majority of ticket-holders sleep off-site and only roll up to the festival grounds in the evening. Indeed, the live music programme doesn’t get going until 5pm, and the festival site can be extraordinarily quiet before this time – so you’re best advised to spend your afternoons looking round Zagreb, or cycling/strolling your way around Lake Jarun. As a three-night sequence of gigs and after-partying, however, InMusic remains one of the best-value events in Europe.