summer in review: INMusic Festival 2014

Last week I visited Croatia for the first time with my boyfriend. We planned a trip to INMusic Festival followed by a couple of days unwinding in a hotel on the coast, you may already know some of this if you read the post I wrote about the INMusic Festival playlist.

INMusic Festival was not my first international festival as I did Benicassim in 2012 and will be doing it again this year but it was definitely my first smaller festival which had a primarily alternative/rock line up. The festival is Croatia's biggest outdoor music festival located in Zagreb on Lake Jarun. The headliners of the festival were The Black Keys, Foals and Pixies but there was lots of other huge names such as Wolfmother, Bombay Bicycle Club, Digitalism, The Fratellis and Crystal Fighters. Since the line up was rather small the first thing which really impressed me was the ability to see pretty much everybody on the lineup as there were no clashes. There were two stages which were primarily used for the bigger names, the world stage and the main stage and this meant as soon as one act finished, the next act was only a short walk away. 

Since Croatia isn't in the Euro the festival worked out pretty cheap. We each topped up a contactless payment card with 100 pounds and ended up cashing out around twenty pounds at the end of the festival that we hadn't spent and we had been there Mon - Thurs eating and drinking all day and night since we were camping. The contactless payment system was great, you went to a kiosk and loaded up a card with your cash which meant that you totally reduced the risk of having your money stolen or lost and you could wear this card around your neck so you didn't need to carry anything. Measures were in place for if any of the cards were lost or stolen so you could get your money back and there were very few times were there was any problems with the payment machines at the bars and stands. 

The atmosphere was great, I didn't feel like I was surrounded by people on drugs or who were aggressive and overly drunk just fans of the bands there for a good time. It surreal to see huge bands at a relatively small festival with rather small crowds - Pixies and Wolfmother absolutely blew me away with the shows they put on and I was jumping up and down ankle deep in mud to Pixies on the final day due to the 12 hours of thunderstorms we experienced!

Top Tips - Use the lockers provided on site to lock away valuables such as passports for the festival duration, Top up your contactless cards as soon as you get there will any cash you plan on using for the whole festival, it'll save you queuing at a kiosk with your cash late at night when you fancy a kebab, free festival transport is provided to and from Zagreb and the festival with your ticket, residents of Croatia and Slovenia get discounted train travel to the festival, take a raincoat or a poncho as the festival regularly experiences rain, enjoy yourself!


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