The best Zagreb gigs this autumn

Check out our round-up of the best music in Zagreb this autumn
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Zagreb comes alive in autumn, and the gig calendar is always packed. From big-name legends to rising stars, here's our pick of the season's best concerts.

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Public Service Broadcasting
Music, Dance and electronic

Public Service Broadcasting

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Sample-heavy soundscapes are this excellent London duo's stock-in-trade. Using live guitar, drums and synths – and sometimes piano, brass or even banjo – they create eerie, white-knuckle instrumentals with vocal tracks from old radio broadcasts, public information films and crackly archive speeches. Their live show uses projections of archive footage to take their musical histories into new, audiovisual dimensions.

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Music, Rock and indie

Repetitor: October Zagreb Tour

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Sometimes your enthusiasm for a local band or club night can gradually be eroded after lengthy periods of being subjected to songs presented in a language you don't understand. Without knowledge of the text, you're no doubt missing some of the music's emotional impact. You will never have that problem at a Repetitor concert.The hypnotizing and dangerous energy of Repetitor's concerts have been enjoyed all across Europe, at festivals from Vilnius in Lithuania, to the sunny shores of Spain and everywhere inbetween. This, despite the fact that they sing in Serbian. The language barrier is irrelevant with Repetitor, as their raw and often aggressive emotion sweeps through their back-to-basics rock n roll sound, which is frequently distorted in acknowledgement of the post-grunge, noise rock age. At times comparable to The White Stripes or The Black Keys, Repetitor nevertheless offer something wholly their own, capable of Zeppelin-esque, monster heavy, blues riffs and mesmirizing quiet sections that could almost reference Balkan traditional musics.In 2017 the band, who have released three brilliant albums, played three consecutive nights in three different clubs in their hometown of Belgrade. This Zagreb tour repeats the format, with Repetitor appearing at Medika/Attack on Thursday 18, at KSET on Friday 19 and at Vintage Industrial Bar on Saturday 20. Each night will hold different local support, details of which are yet to be released.  

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Music, Rock and indie

Johnny Marr

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Former Smiths founder, composer and current alt-rock guitar god Johnny Marr has worked with a who’s who of musicians throughout his magnificent career. Since The Smiths’ disbanding he’s spent every year as a fully-fledged member of at least one band, from The Pretenders to Modest Mouse and The Cribs, as well as serving as Noel Gallagher’s mentor and even helping Hans Zimmer score Christopher Nolan’s “Inception.” He makes his debut in Croatia as a guest of Yammat FM and Cockta.

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Positive Concert

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Over the last 11 years, Zagreb's annual Positive Concert has become one of the most eagerly anticipated events in the city's music calendar. Intended to raise awareness of HIV and related issues such as prevention and testing, they have previously welcomed headliners such as Dubioza Kolektiv, TBF, Laibach, Urban & 4, Let3, Stereo MCs, Pipschips&videoclips, The Stranglers and Brkovi. The 2018 edition takes place over two nights, at the Dom Sportova stadium, with UK dark indie rock champions Editors, leading Croatian electropop duo Nipplepeople, Rijeka indie band Jonathan and Serbian singer Bojana Vunturišević playing on the Friday night. Saturday night's headliners are aimed more towards domestic music fans, with pop punk veterans Hladno Pivo, Zagreb's own Pipschips&videoclips, Dalmatian hinterland alternative rockers M.O.R.T. and Split-based electronic group Ischariotzcky

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