Placebo and Of Monsters And Men close final day of Zagreb’s InMusic Festival

Brian Molko covered Kate Bush at the Croatian event

Placebo concluded the final day (June 24) of Zagreb’s 10th annual InMusic Festival with a greatest hits set.

While the show indulged fans with the London band’s classic glam-grunge songs, the setlist was also peppered with newer material such as ‘B3’.

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Peering out from behind jet-black hair, singer Brian Molko said: “Thank you very much, children of Croatia – for every one of you we will be… loud like love”, before launching into the 2014 single of the same name.

Fan favourites such as ‘Every You Every Me’, ‘Special K’ and ‘The Bitter End’ were given extra depth by electric violin played by touring musician Fiona Brice.

The group returned to the stage for an encore that included the yearning Kate Bush cover ‘Running Up That Hill’, which then segued into a blistering rendition of ‘Post Blue’, taken from 2006 album ‘Meds’. Once the band had left the stage, Molko stooped to play with the guitar pedals, creating a huge amount of reverb and distortion.

Placebo played:

B3
For What It’s Worth
Loud Like Love
Every You Every Me
A Million Little Pieces
Blackeyed
Twenty Years
Too Many Friends
Special Needs
One Of A Kind
Space Monkey
Exit Wounds
Meds
Song to Say Goodbye
Special K
The Bitter End
Running Up That Hill
Post Blue
Infra-Red

The day had begun when Side Project, the gothic electro-pop duo from Zagreb, opened the World Stage with a set that combined ice-cold synths, noodling guitar and Luka Vidović & Anja Sanja’s interwoven vocals.

Vidović’s operatic voice soared over the crisp beats of ‘Things Which No-one Else Should Know About’ and the duo briefly became a trio when a third singer joined the stage for the brooding ‘Unify’.

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, the third band on the Main Stage, delivered rootsy Americana to an expansive crowd pockmarked with gaps as punters dodged waterlogged areas from the previous day’s downpour.

The San Franciscan rockers dutifully performed stomping 2010 single ‘Beat The Devil’s Tattoo’ and also worked in new material, which hinted at a more melancholy sound. Singer Peter Hayes looked overwhelmed at the size of the audience and said: “It means a lot to see you all here. We had no idea…”

Dundee quintet The Mirror Trap played an energetic post-hardcore show on the Hidden Stage. During the thrashy ‘Pigeon Chest’ from 2014 album ‘Stay Young’, vocalist Gary Moore leapt the barrier to join the audience, before climbing back onstage to sheepishly admit: “I have a secret, ladies and gentlemen. When I climbed onstage there I ripped my trousers. Please don’t tell anyone.”

Icelandic folk-pop group Of Monsters and Men drew an enormous crowd that almost merged into the dance tent behind the Main Stage sound rig.

Frontwoman Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir expressed her appreciation for two Icelandic flags in the audience and guitarist Ragnar þórhallsson introduced the tribal drums of ‘Crystals’, taken from the band’s new album ‘Beneath The Skin’, to massive applause.

Penultimate song and hit 2011 single ‘Little Talks’ drew the biggest response, with a victory lap of the chorus causing dancing fans to splash about in the mud.

The festival concluded, after Placebo’s show, with 10th anniversary fireworks and a surreal performance from French dance troupe Reve D’Herbert, who wore enormous white inflatable suits and cavorted through the site on stilts.
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