Maric To Stick With Flexi-Fest

Zoran Maric is sticking with being flexible over the dates for his INmusic, although he says the festival "did well for Croatia," averaging a crowd of more than 10,000 per day August 27-28.

He moved the dates of this year’s 15,000-capacity event from mid July to late August, worried that overcrowding in the Balkan country’s summer market might cut his attendance.

The summer season has been littered with acts that had to downgrade their shows in the face of poor ticket sales, including Zucchero, INXS, Dream Theater, Groove Armada and Air.

"I don’t think we will lose on this year’s numbers but, more importantly, both Nokia and the national phone company that sponsor the festival are both happy with the reaction and have already said they’ll continue with their support," Maric said.

He said he’ll wait to see what next year’s Croatian touring calendar looks like before settling on the dates for INmusic 2008.

The acts keeping the sponsors happy in central Zagreb included Iggy and The Stooges, Sonic Youth, Happy Mondays, New York Dolls, Gilles Peterson, Roisin Murphy and Asian Dub Foundation.