Poland’s biggest music festival, Open’er might be the best festival in Europe
If you’ve ever wondering what partying is like in Eastern Europe, this is one of the three or four best music festivals in the former Eastern bloc countries.
Poland’s largest annual music event is uncommonly cool. Many fans refer to it as a low-cost Glastonbury Festival (the UK’s big rock and arts ta-do), since it has similar big-name bands and avant-garde theater and arts, but for a much smaller price tag. And while Open’er is no secret—at least to the 60,000 grungefully stylish music lovers who turn up daily—it still feels undiscovered.
The offbeat location adds to the effect. The festival sprawls across a deserted military airfield in Gdynia, a port city on the Baltic Sea. Old war bunkers pock the grounds and provide bizarro venues where Open’er puts on dance parties, fashion shows and multimedia exhibitions. An underground show here is literal, encased in a concrete chamber.
Another unique facet: the festival doesn’t begin until 4pm each day, so late-night revelers have plenty of time to catch up on sleep. Everyone else heads to Gdynia’s beaches for a morning frolic. The city is Poland’s sunniest spot and unfurls several strands of sand where folks splash around.
The Open’er Festival is a music festival which takes place on the North coast of Poland, in Gdynia. The first edition of the festival was organized in Warsaw in 2002 as Open Air Festival. The main organizer of the festival is the concert agency Alter Art. Open’er Festival was given the Best Major Festival prize at the European Festival Awards ceremony in 2009 and 2010. Already played among crowd of others: he Chemical Brothers. Cypress Hill, Pink, Goldfrapp, Massive Attack, Snoop Dogg, Faithless, Fatboy Slim, Lauryn Hill, Beaste Boys, Bjork, Erykah Badu.
Line up 2017: Radiohead, Foo Fighters, The Weeknd, The xx, A_gim, Bitamina, Brodka, Buslav, Charli XCX, Daria Zawiałow, Dua Lipa, Duit, G-Eazy, George Ezra, Grammatik, Hades, Hańba!, James Blake, Jimmy Eat World, JMSN, Julia Pietrucha, Kevin Morby, Kiasmos (Live), Mac Miller, Michael Kiwanuka, Moderat, Natalia Przybysz, Nicolas Jaar, Prophets Of Rage, Rae Sremmurd, Ralph Kaminski, Royal Blood, Solange, Sorry Boys, Taco Hemingway, The Dumplings, The Kills, Tyler the Creator, Wacław Zimpel / Kuba Ziołek, and Warpaint.