We came back, just as we promised! The second edition of Hang Loose Rockabilly Festival was bigger than the last one in every way – this time it lasted for two days, so we had a chance to listen to five rockabilly bands, see two cabaret performances, enjoy dancing with the Hang Loose crew, and even make a visit to the town of Vukovar nearby.
The festival was held at the same old spot, Vinkovci Gymnasium playground, which is really a great location for this kind of festival. It’s a great success to make such a festival in such a small town, and especially attract a bunch of young people to start dancing and explore vintage culture. They don’t have a professional dance teacher, they learn to dance by themselves, and that’s something that I like and find authentic for rockabilly culture – this was the way people used to learn how to dance, by watching others, trying to copy some particular move, trying to find their style in the process, and above everything – to have fun.
They put all the extra content at the other side of the playground, so you could get a haircut at their local barbershop, a vintage makeover, or buy a hand-made souvenir from many local producers.
Part of the crew.
One moment you see him riding a skateboard…
…and the next one he’s giving and interview to a local television 😀
Dynamite Dudes, a rockabilly band from Hungary who opened the festival.
Dynamite Dudes are also famous for their entertaining skills, look – the flammable bass!
Talking about entertaining skills…
Moonshine Alligators from Serbia – I really loved their “Crvena Kristina” cover, which I haven’t heard for quite a long time.
The end of our first evening.
Next day we decided to take a trip to the town of Vukovar, with the whole crew.
The rest of the crew already found their way to a local pool, which was our target as well, since it was crazy hot outside.
Even the gravity gave up, as you can see.
Saturday evening mood.
A spot for the organizers
Miss Sara Stacy Child, a Slovenian pinup girl which I like very much because of her style. I got in time to took couple of her photos with this beautiful vintage car – I prefer documentary photos, but this was a nice experience, too. You’ll see more of her later 😉
Franjka and me.
James Dean no.1, no.2 is also somewhere near – you remember them from the previous post, right?
And of course, Elvis, alive and kicking.
An evening atmosphere.
Just like the last year, they also had a tombola, in which you could win this SentiMental bike.
Craftomoto and Back to Swing crew
Naked Truckers, another band from Hungary.
Sara Stacey Child’s cabaret performance!
Joe & the Rhythm Boys from Slovenia.
A trademark photo! This one was staged, because I couldn’t, for some reason, capture a sharp spontaneous image, and we wanted it so much. Thanks to the participants!
A bit more of Sara Stacey – this was her second performance.
B and The Bops, our well-known rockabilly band from Zagreb. They really hooked up the atmosphere at the very end.
Bronco in the spotlight.
Their lovely wives
The atmosphere on the dance floor.
We’re always bragging how we should get B&The Bops album, so now we simply took all of them. You gotta get yourself a festival memory.
Be sure to check these guys out.
The morning after at Hang Loose caffe bar where it all began.
The whole place is decorated in 50’s and 60’s style, it’s small and cozy, and we’re definitely recommending it!
We also paid a visit to CPR Custom Garage workshop, where group of enthusiasts are building custom, unique bikes.
Robi testing a concept vehicle
At some point, Matija, one of the organizers, simply disappeared from the caffe. We found him in his workshop, behind the VW beetle, he was just in the middle of finishing something This was so relatable, because I often find Vedran in his workshop when he gets tired of hanging with people in our house, which we invited.
Ana and Matija.
Hope to see you next year! Keep up the good work!