Now on it’s 14th year, the HGF Croatian Music Festival attracts teenagers from across the country to watch local up-and-coming metal and rock bands perform during the months of May and June. This year, 32 bands performed, including the Croatian super-group “Let 3.”
Zabok may seem like a sleepy country town, but on Friday nights during May and June, hundreds of teenagers flock here to watch some of Croatia’s best rock and metal bands play. During the school year, a committee of volunteers auditions bands and selects only the best to take the stage. Furthermore, a few already famous acts are invited to be the closing acts of the festival.
The actual venue is an abandoned warehouse, known as “The Regenerator” which has been converted into a crude concert hall that fits about a thousand people. Concerts usually start around 22:00 (10:00pm) and continue long into the early hours of the morning. Although there is no admission fee, a small donation of 5 kuna (about $1) buys you a beer and a snack. Festival t-shirts and band CDs can also be bought – with all the money being donated back to the festival.
This year, Let 3, perhaps the most well-known Croatian rock band performed as the final act of the festival. Infamous for shocking audiences, they surely didn’t disappoint. The band performed in skimpy jumpsuits that revealed their bare bottoms each time they turned their backs to the crowd.
If you happen to visit Croatia this summer, I’d highly recommend hopping on the train to Zabok. The town is located about an hour outside of the capitol, Zagreb, and the venue is a very short walk from the train station. You’re guaranteed to have a night of amazing music, crazy fun, and unforgettable experiences.