Undoubtly the best festival in Croatia during the 90s, and after a 4 years break, again bringing underground music of the highest level. The Art & Music Festival invented by Ozren Kiza and Zeljko Herceg later joined by Branimir Sljepcevic-Brada, from year one in 1993 grew bigger and bigger, and every year the competition grew more interesting involving the hottest alternative music demo bands and the most interesting comics drawers from Croatia, and later from the whole ex-Yugoslavia territory. The festival reaches its peak in 1997 with three sold-out nights. In 2002., due to financial problems the festival stopped, but in 2006. started again, bringing back the best in music and comic art.
In 1995. the festival was interrupted after just one day because of war activities in Croatia, and continued in October.
Until today (the next year is the 20th anniversary!!), more than 250 bands played there, some in the competition part, some as guest headliners. The festival brought out many bands that will release records and become part of the most popular Croatian and Serbian alternative performers. Only in the second "life" from 2006, bands that played the demo competitions at the festival released very soon after around 15 official albums, of which the One Piece Puzzle album directly as prize for winning the competition. Some of those bands were : Stampedo, Unlogic Skill, En Face, The Stuff, and Bambi Molesters in the first years, and from 2006 on Goribor, Ruiz, Orange Stripes, Repetitor and the mentioned One Piece Puzzle.
As for guests in the headlining part of the evenings, the complete ex-Yu scene played there (except for Disciplina Kicme and Partibrejkers) and international acts like Dead Moon, Pleasure Fuckers, John Spencer and Heavy Trash, Future Of The Left, Holy Joes, and the first ever show in the territory of the ex-Yu of Kultur Shock.
Along with Monteparadiso, surely among the best live happenings in Croatia.
ART AND MUSIC FESTIVAL 1996, promo cassette compilation 1996 (soon)
PS: Thanx to Branimir Slijepcevic Brada for the extensive info !!