For the last decade, INmusic festival has been slowly building a reputation as the undiscovered gem of the European festival scene, and a truly Croatian experience. This year, for its 10th anniversary, it’s going to be better than ever. Here’s why you need to go to Croatia’s longest-running major music festival
The line-up is incredible
Placebo. Franz Ferdinand and Sparks’ collaboration, FFS, playing their fourth ever show. Rudimental (live), having stepped in for Florence + The Machine, will be playing for the first time in Croatia. La Roux. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. Need we go on? Oh, alright then. Frank Turner making a comeback with his new band, The Sleeping Souls. Future Islands. Eagles Of Death Metal. Death Cab For Cutie. Of Monsters And Men. Kate Tempest. Plus Antemasque, the band formed from the ashes of At The Drive-In and The Mars Volta, featuring both Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and Cedric Bixler-Zavala. And to top it all off, a DJ set from Streets legend Mike Skinner.
It’s got an amazing history
INmusic is Croatia’s biggest and longest-standing open-air festival, and has a fine history of putting on amazing artists. In its first year, 2006, Franz Ferdinand and Morrissey were the headliners. In the years that have followed, the likes of Sonic Youth, The Stooges, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Arctic Monkeys, New Order, LCD Soundsystem, The Flaming Lips and Pixies have all played. Legends, all of them. Easy to see why National Geographic Traveller had it in their top three festivals in the world list in 2013.
It’s got beaches, water sports, nightclubs
The festival and its campsites are spread across three beautiful islands – linked to each by bridges – in Zagreb’s stunning Lake Jarun. The beaches are stunning and the water is clean – perfect for a spot of daytime swimming to clear a fuzzy head. There are water sports available – canoeing, pedal boating, windsurfing – plus cafés, restaurants and nightclubs. No-one gets bored at INmusic.
The campsites are ludicrously luxurious
Hot showers, free WiFi, secure storage and phone/laptop/tablet charging stations are all available to INmusic’s several thousand campers. It is an experience like no other, in a place like no other.
It’s in Croatia’s capital city
Zagreb is Croatia’s biggest and best city, and the centre is just a 20-minute walk away from the festival site. You want to visit tombs, eat seafood, chill out in cafés and hang out with local creatives? You’ve got it. You want to swing by INmusic festival as part of your backpacking tour around one of Europe’s most diverse countries? It’s in a perfect location. Make a holiday out of it.
It’s great value
INmusic charges just €74 for three days of music and seven of camping. If you fancy staying in Zagreb instead of camping, a three-day festival ticket is just €47. Just think about all the bands you could see for that – you certainly won’t find anything cheaper this summer. What’s more, flights to Zagreb from anywhere in the UK are cheaper than almost all other major European cities. Whichever way you look at, it’s a bargain.