Fuck Buttons, Sleigh Bells, Atari Teenage Riot and Erol Alkan kick off the Hartera Festival

Klaxons also give their verdict on the first night at the Croatian festival

Fuck Buttons, Sleigh Bells, Atari Teenage Riot and Erol Alkan kick off the Hartera Festival

Photo: Guy Eppel

Fuck Buttons, Sleigh Bells, Atari Teenage Riot and Erol Alkan kicked off the Hartera Festival in Croatia last night (June 11).

The all-night event, which is staged in a converted paper factory in the city of Rijeka and is now in its fifth year, initially kicked off on Thursday (June 10) with a host of theatrical workshops and a performance from Wisconsin collective Youngblood Brass Band, whose set included covers of Michael Jackson's 'Why', 'Gangsta's Paradise' by Coolio and Chaka Khan's 'Ain't Nobody'.

But the three-day festival officially kicked off last night, with Atari Teenage Riot getting things under way on the Tuborg Main Stage, while tonight's headliners Klaxons watched from the crowd.

The digital hardcore trio performed an energetic set which saw the band open with new single 'Activate', before dipping into tracks from all three of their albums – 1995's 'Delete Yourself', 1997's 'The Future Of War' and 1999's '60 Second Wipeout' – including their self-titled single, 'Sick To Death' and 'Revolution Action'.

Over on the Hartera Hotel stage, Brooklyn noise-pop duo Sleigh Bells made their Croatian festival debut under swirling white blankets, playing tracks from their forthcoming debut album 'Treats'.

Klaxons were again down at the front as enigmatic singer Alexis Krauss and guitarist Derek E Miller played a ferocious set under flashing strobe lights.

Singer Jamie Reynolds told NME.COM: "There's a great line-up here. It's great to see Sleigh Bells, I'm looking forward to Fuck Buttons and Erol Alkan but I think I'm going to pass out long before the night finishes."

Krauss constantly went out into the crowd and, at one point, climbed up the stage scaffolding. The group's short set also included 'Run The Heart', 'A/B Machines' and 'Crown On The Ground'.

Signing off with the latter, Krauss told the throng: "Thank you so much, I fucking love this city. It is amazing. We love you."

Fuck Buttons drew a huge crowd as they followed the duo with a pounding electro-driven set, featuring 'Sweet Love For Planet Earth', taken from their 2008 debut 'Street Horrrsing', and 2009's 'Tarot Sport' opener 'Surf Solar'.

Mystery Jets producer Erol Alkan closed the night on the Tuborg Main Stage with an impressive DJ set, which was watched by Klaxons and Fuck Buttons and included New Order's classic hit single 'Blue Monday'.

Click back on NME.COM tomorrow (June 13) for a full report on Klaxons' headline slot from the Hartera Festival.

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