New Yorker Fresh Island Festival

The first day of New Yorker Fresh Island Festival started with a bang. 

Known for his signature glasses which he never takes off, the US rapper who brought hip hop back to Miami, Rick Ross was so amazed by the, in his own words, ‘crazy crowd’, and support in the club Papaya, that at one point he took them off. 

His concert at New Yorker Fresh Island Festival was his first visit to Croatia, where he intends to come back for  private visit.


Along with Rozay’s concert, Papaya was heated up with the DJ set by BBC’s legendary presenter and DJ, Tim Westwood. 

European’s hip hop most influential figure and pioneer of the british scene, Westwood hosted Radio 1’s and 1Xtra’s shows for almost 20 years, which resulted in an overbooked schedule. 

Even so, he couldn’t resist New Yorker Fresh Island Festival’s invitation where he’ll enjoy himself until the very last day.

The evidence of the amazing atmosphere was the record number of champagne bottles sold, with hip hop fans ordering a new one every 30 seconds in the VIP area. 

And over at the Adria Dance Camp’s headquarters, the dance hype was growing each minute. Dancers enjoyed the dynamic atmosphere from the dancehall diva Ika Bernardis, who was greeted with her last year’s choreography. 

Rihanna’s dancer Koharu delighted the participants with her wicked moves and her heartiness, while Jaja Vankova and Tight Eyez taught Croatia the cult street style dance k.r.u.m.p. 

After the classes, the choreographers and dancers proved that they live the lifestyle with a crew vs. crew battle that got Novalja’s seafront moving. 

Their love for hip hop was obvious even later in Papaya and Aquarius where the dancers spontaneously grooved forming big circles in the crowd. 

Adria Dance Camp goes on until Saturday with lectures on hip hop’s culture, showings of cult dance movies and choreographer’s showcases. 

Pusha T did not play in Aquarius due to unforeseen circumstances. 


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