The 25th Monteparadiso Festival - The Quarter of A Century Issue

The 25th Monteparadiso Hardcore Punk Festival
03rd, 04th and 05th of August 2017
Social Center Rojc
Pula, Croatia

We are more proud than ashamed (sorry) to announce, yes for real, the 25th edition of the Monteparadiso Hardcore Punk Festival!


The story begins in 1992 when a bunch of then kids squatted an abandoned fort called Casoni Vecchi in the neighborhood of Vidikovac (commonly known by older locals as “Monteparadiso”). The reason was the lack of cheap places where we could listen to hardcore punk without being hassled for not drinking at the bar. There was a war going on, there were no jobs, no industry or tourism like today, and because of that, there wasn’t money… but that wasn’t a great concern for us kids. Our purpose was about constructing a different reality. Of course, there were older generations of punx in town, but we had a different approach at the time.

The first small local festival took place in the summer of 1992 in the fort Casoni Vecchi, and that festival is reckoned as the first Monteparadiso Festival. Not to show off, but it must be said, we made something out of nothing and in a few years time our local festival became a quite well known spot on the international hardcore punk map. Since then, the Monteparadiso Festival, as well as our collective, became the driving force of our small, yet strong local hardcore punk scene. There were good and bad times, but the Monteparadiso festival has thrived and lived for all these years without any small festival complex nor ambitions and pretensions to become a large and commercial festival. It was what it was, and it is what it is.

In 1999 the Monteparadiso Collective moved from the fort Casoni Vecchi, where the attendance could reach 350 people maximum, into a larger place, the ex military barracks of Karlo Rojc known nowadays as the social center Rojc. So did the festival, but in 2001. On an annual basis, the festival takes place in the first weekend of August. So far, more than 250 bands from all over the world as well as quite a few generations of attendees and volunteers have taken part in helping Monteparadiso to become probably the longest-lasting DIY Hardcore Punk festival in Europe, possibly in the world. The festival stayed true to its initial concept ever since its launch. This is why you will have the chance to see some of the legendary bands from the international Hardcore Punk scene sharing the stage with promising young DIY bands, in our opinion, not less worthy of attention than their more experienced colleagues.

During all these years, we had people quitting jobs just to attend the festival, there are still people reckoning years from one Monteparadiso to the next Monteparadiso (also known as the Punx New Year’s Eve), so there is really no good excuse for you not to come and celebrate with all of us the first quarter century of the Monteparadiso Festival!