Third day of polish festival also brought performances from D'Angelo, Of Monsters & Men and The Prodigy
Mumford & Sons brought The Vaccines onstage as special guests during their headline set at the third day of Poland’s Open’er Festival.
Justin Young’s band emerged to perform ‘Just Smoke’ from Mumford’s third album ‘Wilder Mind’ in front of one of the largest and most enthusiastic crowds of the weekend.
Over a 95-minute set, opened with the epic ‘Snake Eyes’ and major hit ‘I Will Wait’, Mumford & Sons tried out plenty of Polish phrases and toyed with the crowd. Marcus Mumford, who took to the drumkit to play and sing on several songs, attempted to find out where each member of the crowd was from after ‘Broad-Shouldered Beasts’, joking “is anyone from Russia? Let’s fuck ‘em up!”
Later, introducing horn players Nick Etwell and Dave Williamson before ‘The Cave’, Mumford parted the crowd, commenting “this side sounds like you like Nick more, and this side sounds like they like Dave. Which do you prefer, Nick or Dave?” Meanwhile, his bandmates began punning on a local theme, calling the crowd “Pole-dancers” and giving their “aPoleagies” for such a bad joke.
The set, mingling their classic trad folk style with more US country rock tracks from ‘Wilder Mind’, wound up with crowd favourite ‘Little Lion Man’ and second single from the new album ‘The Wolf’.
Mumford & Sons played:
‘I Will Wait’
‘Awake My Soul’
‘Lover of the Light’
‘Thistle & Weeds’
‘Tompkins Square Park’
‘Roll Away Your Stone’
‘Just Smoke’ (with The Vaccines)
‘White Blank Page’
‘Dust Bowl Dance’
‘Little Lion Man’
Prior to Mumford’s set, The Vaccines had played their own frenzied show on the main stage, with Justin Young playing up his tongue-in-cheek teenage icon persona, falling to his knees during ‘Wetsuit’ and declaring “a real golden oldie this one, from all the way back in 2013” ahead of ‘Melody Calling’. They were followed by the mainstream ethereal Celtic rock of Of Monsters And Men while, in the Tent Stage, Radiohead’s Johnny Greenwood performed his experimental classical compositions, soundtrack pieces and covers of works by Steve Reich and Edmund Finnis alongside the London Contemporary Orchestra.
After Mumford & Sons’ set, D’Angelo And The Vanguard hit the main stage for an hour of smooth funk pop, the long-absent singer changing outfits from a flamboyant coat to a black Mexican cloak and playing including four tracks from last year’s long-awaited third album ‘Black Messiah’. Finally, The Prodigy closed the main stage festivities with a raucous ninety minutes of huge hits including ‘Breathe’, ‘Firestarter’, ‘Voodoo People’ and ‘Smack My Bitch Up’.
The festival closes today with a headline set from Kasabian.