1. It’s ridiculously reasonably priced
A four-day ticket with camping will only set you back £137 (£120 without camping). You won’t even have to drop too much change on flying out – budget airlines Ryanair and Wizz Air both fly to Gdansk from all over the UK.
2. Arctic Monkeys are headlining
By the time Open’er rolls around, Alex Turner and co will have released their new album, ‘Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino’. Last time the frontman appeared in Gdynia (with The Last Shadow Puppets in 2016), he made up an impromptu song about Tame Impala and an impending storm live on stage. Who knows what he’ll do this time?
3. You can chill at the beach
The festival arena doesn’t open until 3pm so you’ll have most of the day to explore the local area. If you’re in Gdynia or Sopot that means one glorious thing – a lazy morning rejuvenating on the beach before heading back to make the most of the festival and its awesome atmosphere.
4. Gorillaz are bringing their star-studded roadshow
One of the best festival shows last year was Damon Albarn’s Gorillaz gang recreating ‘Humanz’ live with all its many brilliant guests. There’s no guarantee who’ll show up, but given Vince Staples and Little Simz are also on the bill, we’re guessing they’ll be a shoo-in.
5. The line-up’s incredibly eclectic
And it’s a reflection of Open’er’s open-minded audience. Where else can you catch kings of goth Depeche Mode in the same space as new hip-hop royalty Migos? Or rock out with Marmozets before getting emotional to Fleet Foxes? The scope, as well as the quality, of acts is what makes this one of Europe’s best line-ups
6. There’s more than just music on offer
Fancy a break from all the killer bands on the bill? There’s plenty of non-musical action going down at Open’er too. Give your feet a rest and settle down with a flick in the cinema, work a new look in the fashion zone, or expand your knowledge and learn some facts in the museum.
7. You can catch Poland’s biggest pop star
If you’re going all the way to Poland for a festival, you might as well investigate some of the more local bookings. Dawid Podsiadło is one of the country’s biggest pop stars and his last appearance at the festival drew a mammoth crowd. Find out what all the fuss is about when he returns this year.
Where: Gdynia-Kosakowo Airport
When: July 4-7
Who’s Playing: Arctic Monkeys, Depeche Mode, Gorillaz, Migos, Bruno Mars