People Who Are Addicted To Music
Many UK music lovers are finding that going to a music festival in southern Europe can be a great experience. Ticket prices are often lower than in the UK, the weather likely to be better and you can extend your festival going into a holiday. Summer music festivals in the Croatian seaside village of Petrcane, 12 kilometres from Zadar, are getting rave reviews.
Initially the British music producer Nick Colgan and UB40 drummer James Brown set up The Garden Zadar, a bar perched on the old city wall. I spoke to Nick and visited the Garden bar when I was in Zadar in April 2009. The bar hadn’t opened for the season then. However I could picture myself chilling out there, reclining on a mattress with a drink in hand, listening to some great tracks, watching the small rowing boat passenger ferry plying its trade back and forth across the strait.
In 2005 once the Garden bar in Zadar was established, Nick and James were approached by the owners of a then defunct 1970s venue at the Pinja Hotel in the nearby village of Petrcane to ask if they’d be interested in staging some music events there. Nick and James were so wowed by the Petrcane complex with its beach front bar, outdoor terrace and circular nightclub set on a peninsula, that The Garden Festival was launched the following year. This year the 5th Garden Festival runs over two weekends, 2-4 and 9-11 July 2010. There are also twice daily Argonaughty boat parties and late night after parties lasting until sunrise at the complex’s Barbarella disco. The festival atmosphere is quite intimate with numbers limited to 2000.