In the ’90s, Serbia’s alternative scene was pretty alive and kicking. The country was under sanctions – you can easily name the few foreign bands that played here. In that setup, numerous wonderful local indie/punk bands were forming and regularly playing in front of 500+ people – there were no other concerts but the local ones. A network of bands & zines was formed, opposed to the government and the warmongering rhetoric.
Today, pop groups that are considered somewhat big play in front of even smaller crowds. And while the fanzine, comics and punk scene got smaller, it’s still alive and well. It’s shrunk to a couple of indie meccas, the one with consistent enthusiasm and great program being Micro Cultural Center (MKC) Kombinat.
It is located in the long shut-down cinema Sloboda in Zemun, a 15 minutes bus ride away from the center. True to its name, it can host some 50-60 visitors, true lucky ones that can witness all the great concerts happening in an intimate setting.
Every other day, you can watch great touring bands from all around the world – Austrian shoegazers to Russian kids sounding like early Sonic Youth to Mexican post-hardcore, Portuguese punkers and German darkwavers, all supported by great local groups.
In its small hallway, exhibitions of local artists take place, and inside you can also find books, zines, T-shirts, comics & records.
On the non-gig days, Kombinat returns to its roots and turns into a mini-cinema performing carefully chosen rare SF, horror/slasher and drama films. Entrance and popcorn are free!