17th Edition of Open’er Festival – July 4th-July 7th, 2018 – Poland’s biggest music festival! Open’er Festival 2018 lineup include Arctic Monkeys, Depeche Mode, Gorillaz and Bruno Mars.”Poland’s stunning Open’er festival will return this summer, with a host of names being announced for the Gdynia event. Rapidly becoming known as one of Europe’s premiere events.
4 July 2018 Arctic Monkeys + more artists to be announced
5 July 2018 Depeche Mode Massive Attack + more artists to be announced
6 July 2018 Gorillaz Kaleo + more artists to be announced
7 July 2018 Bruno Mars MØ + more artists to be announced
Biography – Arctic Monkeys are an English indie rock band formed in Sheffield, UK. Playing together since 2002, the Arctic Monkeys are known as one of the first bands to achieve fame solely via the internet.
The Arctic Monkeys have released five studio albums since their 2006 debut release “Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not” which hit the number one spot in the UK album charts. The band’s breakthrough single, “I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor” won them scores of fans as well as three NME Awards in 2006. The band’s debut album was so well received that it even went on to win the prestigious Mercury Prize for album of the year.
The Arctic Monkeys’ subsequent four studio albums – “Favourite Worst Nightmare”, “Humbug”, “Suck It and See” and “AM” – have all hit the number one spot in the UK album charts and have followed up this success in the US as top 20 albums. The band’s regular touring schedule and their frequent appearances at music festivals – they have even headlined twice at Glastonbury, UK – have ensured that their fan base is constantly growing, and also keeps their music fresh on the mind of their fans.
The Arctic Monkeys are famous for not having a particularly distinctive style of music. While the band falls under the genre of indie rock, they purposefully change their style with every album and have expertly explored everything from garage rock to hip-hop. One element of the band’s style that is distinctive and constant is front man Alex Turner’s sharp and heavily accented lyrics which form the centrepiece of every song. Turner claims that John Lennon is one of his main influences and that he hopes to write songs as versatile and musically complex as John Lennon’s “I Am the Walrus”.
The Arctic Monkey’s versatility is certainly one of their biggest draws and has meant that they can appeal to a wide and varied audience, and will continue to do so for quite some time.
Biography – One of the most influential and highest-earning electronic acts in music history, Depeche Mode have enjoyed success for over 3 decades around the world.
Formed in the late 70’s in Essex, UK, the band transitioned from the early, ‘The Cure’ influenced work into synthesizer territory, inspired by the pioneering work of acts like ‘Orchestral Manoeuvers in the Dark’. The band settled on a name borrowed from a French fashion magazine and played their first gig in 1980 at their school.
The band began shopping their demo in the hope of securing a record deal, and after a verbal agreement with founder Daniel Miller, began an important partnership with fledgling label ‘Mute Records’. By their third single they had already appeared on Top of The Pops and landed a top 10 hit on the charts, all in the build up to their debut album ‘Speak & Spell’ which was released in 1981.
When founding member Vince Clark left later that year (going on to form Erasure amongst other things) the band held auditions and hired Alan Wilder who would go on to play a pivotal role as the band’s ‘Musical Director’ until his departure in the 90s.
By 1984 the band’s profile was building globally, first topping the charts in West Germany before packing out shows in the US. By the end of the 80s and moving into the 90s the band were an unstoppable global phenomenon with packed out stadium shows and platinum records.
Considered one of the most influential British acts of all the time, the band continue to release albums and with Mute records and pack shows all over.
Biography – Making his fame in the iconic new wave band Talking Heads, front man David Byrne (born 14 May 1952) from Scotland, UK, boasts not only his Grammy award winning talent as a singer-songwriter but in his prolific career adds actor, writer and director to his impressive list of accolades.
Early on Byrne developed a love for music developing an obsession with the family record player and at five this inquisitiveness grew as his flair for music took control as started learning to play the harmonica. With his family migrating to America at nine, Byrne spent the rest of his childhood raised in Baltimore, US where he picked up guitar, playing in a few local bands.
A brief stint at Rhode Island School of Design marked the beginning of his musical path and in 1975 created the band Talking Heads who would become a beacon for new wave American rock bands of the 80’s. Whilst having a majorly successful run in the band as principal songwriter and distinctive vocalist responsible for hits such as “Psycho Killer” and “Burning Down the House”, Byrne established a solo career which allowed his creativity to blossom outside of Talking Heads.
Striking a bond with musician and producer Brian Eno would push Byrne’s experimental tendencies starting with the incredible debut solo release “My Life in the Bush of Ghosts” in 1981 which critics praised as one of the best albums of the 80’s with its pioneering use of sampling and fusing electronic with world music. With iconic solo albums such as “Rei Momo” (1989), Feelings (1997) and “Look into the Eyeball” (2001) and the entire Talking Head discography, Byrne has influenced major contemporary acts such as: Radiohead, R.E.M. and Vampire Weekend.
Embracing all genres and styles of music, Byrne time after time strikes gold with his ability to adapt and inject his personal style into everything he touches, creating musical masterpieces which transcend time and genre while inspiring generations.