ROCK OFF introduces people of Poreč, visitors to long hot summer

On Friday, June 24, the Poreč waterfront hosted the POREČ ROCK OFF, a major rock concert which featured young, talented, and award-winning bands Judette, Gretta, and Barbari. Half an hour before midnight the stars of the evening took to the stage – the most popular Croatian punk rock band and the most famous band from Zagreb’s neighbourhood Gajnice – Hladno Pivo.

The concert began at around 10pm, Judette was the first to warm the hands of the crowd gathered on the waterfront. The alternative pop-rock band from Zagreb won the Croatian Composers’ Society Award for best original song Rio, which saw the best reaction from the Poreč crowd. After Judette, another young Zagreb band took to the stage, winner of the Karlovačko Rockoff festival 2015, a band called Gretta. The winners of the Porin award for best vocal collaboration made the crowd dance, especially to their hit song Malena.

Hladno Pivo gained their popularity and the largest number of followers in the 80s, and this April, after four years, have launched a new album Dan zatvorenih vrata. It is this new album that they presented to the Poreč crowd, which reacted well to the new hits. The order of the songs was like a time machine, and hits like Nije sve tako sivo, Politika and Biološki sat marked their performance. “I felt that the concert in Poreč was an intimate hot gathering – because in addition to the atmosphere being hot, it was really hot on stage. We definitely have to come back more often because the Poreč fans are fantastic. My memories of Poreč date back to the time when I was not 16, but 14 years old,” said the lead singer, Mile Kekin, after the show.

An equally energetic performance was given by the last band that performed; a local Istrian band Barbari – the winner of the Croatian Music Union award for best vocal performance for the song Biserje pred svinje, which was also the biggest hit with the home crowd. After four hours filled with blood-pumping rock music, Poreč has definitely proved that it’s making a comeback to the map of the largest domestic and regional rock bands!