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Review and photography ~ David Gasson
The Reggae / Dub / Roots music and the Sound system culture returned to Fort Punta Christo in Pula last weekend for the the 16th Seasplash festival. The festival was again relaxing 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 genre as well as yoga and several workshops taking place throughout the event.
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 & U-Roy
“Mad Professor” played a mixture and variety of his dub / reggae music mixes and was joined on stage by the Jamican vocalist “U-Roy”
Thursday ~ One Dread
The hugely popular 7 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 and a few cover versions. The Roots /Reggae / Dancehall band from Zagreb soon had all the crowd up on their feet and dancing.
Friday ~ Conquering Lion
The Reggae theme returned to the main stage on the Friday night with the Macedonian dub / Reggae / Crossover band “Conquering Lion”. They were followed by “Kali Fat Dub”.
Saturday ~ Radical Dance Faction
“Radical Dance Faction” (RDF) brought their own unique brand of music to the festival on the Saturday night. The songs were introduced by lead vocalist and the original founder, “Chris Bowsher”. The political 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 performing at different locations at the festival.
Sunday ~ Viva Vops
The Serbian band “Viva Vops” really kick started the Sunday nights music. Their energetic show was a mixture of Punk, Hip hop, Metal and Rock. All that combined with the band jumping, leaping , dancing around the stage and at one point the two lead vocalists removing most of their clothes.
Sunday ~ Bruto Geto
The Croatian crossover band “Bruto Geto” from Zagreb performed in both English and Croatian.They played unreleased tracks from their new debut album as well as their 4 singles.
Sunday ~ Playground Hustle
“Playground Hustle” are an electronic / Hip-Hop / Rap and experimental music duo from Zagreb and they offered a good, up beat and alternative set. The band consist of Marija Magdalena Slović on lead vocals who danced, sang and rapped and Ivona Eterović on keys.
As well as the main stage which saw more than 15 great bands perform from early evening until long into the night.There were also 4 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)
Food and drink and stalls
There were plenty of well stocked bars to be found dotted around the fort . Both the food and drink was very reasonable priced and there were several stalls selling a variety of hand made products.
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Seasplash Festival / Pula / Croatia /19.07 ~ 22.07.18
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