Fort Punta Christo played host again to the 16th Seasplash Festival as the reggae/dub/roots music and sound system culture festival returned to Pula.
The festival was a relaxing one, with many taking advantage of the free camping and the great weather, apart from the 30 minute storm on Saturday night.
The festival once again offered a great mixture of music with a wide range of styles and genres, as well as stalls selling handmade products and several workshops taking place throughout the duration of the event, there were also plenty of well stocked bars with reasonably priced food and drink.
Thursday – Raggalution
The festival got off to a great start when the first band, Raggalution, took to the main stage and set the standard for some inspiring and high energy performances. The Slovenian reggae fusion band mixed it up with their own unique dub, funk and traditional reggae tracks.
Thursday – Mad Professor and U-Roy
The Mad Professor played a mixture and variety of his dub/reggae music mixes and was joined on stage by the Jamaican vocalist U-Roy.
Thursday – One Dread
The hugely popular seven-piece Croatian reggae band, One Dread, returned to the festival and once again gave an amazing performance. The three female lead vocalists, Tena, Nika and Tea backed by a superb band played many of their own songs as well as a few cover versions. The roots/reggae/dancehall band from Zagreb soon had the crowd up on their feet and dancing.
Friday – Conquering Lion
The reggae theme returned to the main stage on Friday night with the Macedonian dub/reggae/crossover band – Conquering Lion.
Saturday – Radical Dance Faction
Radical Dance Faction (RDF) brought their own unique brand of music to the festival on Saturday night. The songs were introduced by lead vocalist and the original founder, Chris Bowsher. The politically influenced music was a combination of punk, dub, ska and reggae.
Each night between set changes on the main stage, three fire jugglers from Romania entertained the crowd. They performed in the main dance area as well as at different locations at the festival.
Sunday – Viva Vops
The Serbian band Viva Vops really kick-started Sunday night’s music. Their energetic show was a mixture of punk, hip hop, metal and rock. All that combined with the band jumping and dancing around the stage, with the two lead vocalists removing most of their clothes at one point.
Sunday – Bruto Geto
The Croatian crossover band Bruto Geto from Zagreb performed in both English and in Croatian. They played unreleased tracks from their new debut album, as well as their four singles.
Sunday – Playground Hustle
Playground Hustle” are an electronic/hip hop/rap and experimental music duo from Zagreb. They offered a good, upbeat and alternative set on the stage. The band consists of Marija Magdalena Slović on lead vocals who danced, sang and rapped, and Ivona Eterović on keys.
In addition to the main stage which saw more than fifteen great bands perform from early evening until long into the night, there were also four sound system stages. The Dubsplash stage (Hosted by SoundClash), the Elektrosplash stage (Hosted by Seasplash Sound System), the Soundsplash stage (Hosted by Munchies Sound System) and the Beachsplash stage (Hosted by Boca Sound System).
For more images of any of the bands in concert then you are welcome to view Chasing The Light Art, the music photography magazine of Total Croatia News photographer David Gasson.
There are plenty more concerts and festivals coming up in and around Pula and Istria that Total Croatia news will be covering and will be bringing you exclusive pictures of the following events
Dimensions festival in Pula – 29th of August – 2nd of September, 2018
Outlook Festival in Pula – 5th of September – 9th of September, 2018
Total Croatia News will also cover and photograph the following at the Rocks & Stars Festival:
Stefan Milenkovich – 31st of July, 2018
Bond – 9th of August, 2018
Ricchi e Poveri – 15th of August, 2018