By David Gasson
The 2nd Sea Star Festival was held in the Croatian coastal resort and lagoon of Stella Maris in Umag from 24th to 27th May. The festival site is surrounded by amazing beaches and the campsites were full of party goers. On the opening night, there was a welcome party with a relaxed atmosphere. The main stages were not open but the "Exotic Laguna", and the "Beach Groove" stages had various Dj`s playing a wide range of music to the growing crowd. There was also a silent disco held on the beach on the"Silent Octopus stage"
On Friday Night the two main stages "Addiko Tesla stage" and "Nautilus Arena" were opened and with all stages now offering simultaneous entertainment it was time to watch the first band "Krankšvester". With their satirical and explicit lyrics the popular Croatian band soon had the crowd bouncing and rapping along.
They were followed by the masked Electro-pop group "Nipplepeople" from Zagreb. Their popularity in the region continues to grow and after this powerful, energetic and intriguing set, it's easy to see why they are being nominated for numerous musical awards. They played many of their hits such as “Sutra”, “Ne volim te” and "Frka".
Over at the "Nautilus Arena" the Serbian Hip Hop band "Sajsi MC" played an incredible energetic set, which saw "Ivana Rašić" climbing onto the decks to sing, rap and dance .
The Russian DJ duo Alex Karas and Dmity Filatov were keeping the party alive on the main stage and were really cranking up the tunes to the now almost full arena.
The headliner for the Friday night was the German DJ "Robin Schulz", regarded by many as one of the masters of today’s dance-floors. His show included his hit and remix of "Waves" by Hip Hop artist Mr Probz and the chart-topping "Prayer in C" originally by "Lilly Wood and the Prick". From his latest album, "Undercover" he played the hit single “OK”, and his new single “Unforgettable.
As well as the numerous DJ`s playing at all the stages, the main stage on the Saturday night saw three great bands perform. The first, playing an Electronic Pop / Rock set was "Boris Štok" and his band.
They were followed by their fellow Croatian band “Detour”. The multi Porin award winning band "Detour" are one of the leaders in Croatian Pop and Electro-Acoustic Pop. They delighted their fans by playing many of their classic and energetic tracks from the last 10 years as well as last years hit “Zaljubila sam se” .
With the festival showground full to capacity, it was time for the main Saturday headline band from Manchester, England to take to the stage. The reception for "Hurts" was phenomenal and although it was the band's first festival of 2018 they gave an outstanding performance. Lead singer "Theo Hutchcraft" captivated the crowd with the band's many hits and had them all singing and dancing along to "Wonderful Life"
The multi-instrumentalist "Adam Anderson" sat at the piano under the spotlight before playing some of their best songs.
"Hurts" played many of their hits and included tracks from their new album "Desire" with "Theo Hutchcraft" regularly throwing flowers and interacting with the adoring crowd. For the encore, the band divided the crowd into two and they all sang and joined in to "Stay " from the debut album "Happiness".
The festival was another success for the organisers who also organise the Exit festival in Serbia; also worth putting on the calendar for next year. With over 70 different performers there was a good mix of DJ`s, MC's and live bands spread over six stages.