The weekend ahead brings the seventh edition of the Vinkovac Hang Loose Rockabilly Festival to all lovers of the good old days.
This year, like a time machine, the festival will take visitors on a journey to bygone times with the performance of rockabilly bands, performances by dance groups and an exhibition of oldtimer cars and motorcycles. There is also a mini fair with a retro barber shop and a hairdresser who will skillfully transform you into someone completely different, as well as pin-up clothes and fashion details - among others - from the brands "Kerefeke" and "Baba Seka".
This year's festival story begins on Friday, June 30th warm-up party at the well-known Hang Loose Rockabilly Bar in Vinkovci. The performance of DJ Azimuth at 20 p.m. will be followed by the performance of the Hungarian band Marcello and the Flaming Boppers at 21:30 p.m. The ticket price for the warm-up program on Friday is 3 euros.
Hang Loose Rockabilly Festival for the first time at Šokački Stan
The main event of the festival follows on Saturday, July 1, at the Šokačka apartment in Vinkovac. Everything starts at 15 p.m. with an exhibition of vintage vehicles, the opening of the handicrafts fair and flea market, as well as make-up and hairstyles for the ladies, and styling and shaving for the gentlemen.
Children's dance workshops also begin at the same time, and the fun for the youngest continues with Tinker Labs workshops and various workshops and fun activities organized by the Society our children from 17 p.m.
The start of the already traditional Pin Up Photosession is scheduled for 18:00, and interested photographers can register at Email or at the Info desk on the day of the festival.
An hour later, Freestyle dance workshops begin, where everyone interested will receive a handful of tips and discover a few tricks to improve their rockabilly dancing skills. At the same time, the warm-up for the dance floor begins with DJ Azimuth.
The musical part of the program starts at 21 pm with the performance of the Hungarian band Ati Edge and the Shadowbirds. After them, their compatriots Ed Philips and the Memphis Patrol perform, and as the highlight of the evening, the Lonesome Carroll Rockabilly Show.
The cheerful, timeless hits that these bands will perform for the festival audience will make even those with a pair of left legs dance. This open-air festival of rockabilly music, dance and vintage & pin-up clothes successfully unites all generations with its fluttering atmosphere. From the youngest to the slightly older ones - everyone has a fantastic time.
The price of tickets for the Saturday part of the program is 5 euros.
Sunday picnic at Šokački flat
The novelty of this year's Hang Loose rockabilly festival is a picnic scheduled for Sunday morning at Šokački Stan. The organizers invite everyone to join them for socializing, coffee and breakfast at 11:00 a.m., with free admission.
The first Hang Loose rockabilly festival called Shake this Town was held in 2017 as a one-day event in the courtyard of the Vinkovac gymnasium and really shook the town - in the most entertaining way possible. The people of Vinkovci and guests of the city greeted this unusual event with enthusiasm, so the organizers of the festival, Ana and Matija Vukoja, decided to continue holding the festival and try to be even better and more interesting every year.
This entire happening is a fireworks display of colors, patterns and happy music that envelops the town on Bosut with fluttering carefreeness. So don't miss this trip back in time and have fun like you haven't in a long time.
Tickets for both festival days will be available only on the day of the event, at the entrance. You can find out all the additional information about the festival on the official page of the event.
Cover photo: Nenad Milić
Photo Source: Hang Loose Rockabilly Festival