Drake battles illness to headline first day of Poland’s Open’er Festival

A$AP Rocky, Alt-J and Father John Misty also performed at first day of festival

Drake headlined the first night of the 2015 Open’er Festival in Gdynia, Poland, with a storming solo set, which he claimed he’d battled illness to perform.

“I went to my doctor and I said ‘you gotta get me well because I gotta go see my people in Poland,” Drake said, also complimenting the crowd on their enthusiasm for his hit-rammed set. “Can I be honest with you?” he told them, “I done a lot of shows recently but this is the craziest shit I’ve ever seen right here.”

The rap charmer even considered changing his tour plans because “now I’ve seen all the females I might stay on a night in Poland so I can experience…”

Drake opened his set with ‘Legend’, the opening track of his surprise mixtape ‘If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late’, and dotted tracks from that record between major singles including ‘Take Care’, ‘Hold On, We’re Going Home’ and ‘Find Your Love’.

His show involved a DJ break while he changed from a red to a white top, and a segment during ‘Know Yourself’ where he pitted the two halves of the crowd against each other “like you hate that other side”.

Drake played:

‘We Made It’
‘6 Man’
‘Blessings’ (Big Sean cover)
‘Tuesday’ (iLoveMakonnen cover)
‘My Way’ (Remix) (Fetty Wap cover)
‘The Motto’
‘Truffle Butter’ (Nicki Minaj cover)
‘6 God’
‘Worst Behavior’
‘Find Your Love’
‘Take Care’
‘Hold On, We’re Going Home’
‘0 To 100’
‘All Me’
‘HYFR (Hell Ya Fucking Right)’
‘Started From the Bottom’
‘Know Yourself’

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A$AP Rocky performing live

Earlier in the day A$AP Rocky played an energised show accompanied by his new acoustic sidekick Joe Fox on tracks such as ‘Holy Ghost’. A$AP masterfully worked the crowd, getting them to choose whether he played ‘Fine Wine’ or ‘Electric Body’ and closing a set packed with inventive hip-hop such as ‘L$D’ and ‘Excuse Me’ with a cover of House Of Pain’s ‘Jump Around’.

Following his set, Modest Mouse took the stage for a fiery gig pitched partway between The Rapture’s funk punk, Balkan brass and Afghan Whigs alt-rock. Highlights included their classic single ‘Float On’ and an expansive ‘The World At Large’.

After Drake headlined acts including Father John Misty, Alabama Shakes and Die Antwoord performed across the site as Alt-J closed the main stage bill with a rapturously received show of minimalist electronic pop including ‘Tessellate’, ‘Every Other Freckle’ and ‘Breezeblocks’.

The festival continues today (July 2) with a headline set by The Libertines.