We went down to Poland’s Open’er Festival 2016 which boasted an incredible lineup of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bastille, The 1975, The Last Shadow Puppets, Nothing But Thieves, Hana and more. Here’s the story of the festival in glorious photos.
It’s over for another year. Poland’s Open’er Festival proved itself to be one of the gems of the European festival circuit, as Foals would probably attest to after their fiery set on the main stage received a whole truckload of adulation from the excitable crowd.
Alex Turner and Miles Kane continued to boggle minds with their new, erratic performance style. Their Open’er set began with a cover of The Fall’s ‘Totally Wired’ and that about summed it up.
There were plenty of suggestive signs held aloft during Shadow Puppets’ set, including one that read “Alex you Turner me on” and this cracker.
Stormy weather was a fixture of the weekend, with Alex Turner even making up a new song about it on the festival’s first day. “There’s a storm brewing in the form of Tame Impala/Kevin Parker controls the weather system,” he crooned as black clouds gathered overhead and the Aussie psych band prepared for their own set backstage.
Notorious weed lover made several statements about how much he just loves blazing up during his main stage set, which included two giant inflatable joints being pushed out over the crowd, like a stoner’s version of the perennial beach ball.
The crowd at Open’er were definitely up for a good time, with lots of dancing and hands in the air, even when the weather got a bit biblical.
Skepta got in the party spirit as he opened the main stage on Wednesday, bringing the current grime revival over to Poland for the first time.
Savages brought some of their dark, powerful energy to Open’er, playing tracks from their latest album ‘Adore Life’.
The 1975 had to cut their set short due to the bad weather, only managing to play eight songs. What they did manage though was up to their usual standards, including a banging closing one-two of ‘The Sound’ and ‘Sex’.
The crowds gathered in front of the main stage every night for some phenomenal headline performances from Florence + The Machine, Red Hot Chili Peppers, LCD Soundsystem and Pharrell Williams.
Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker warned the crowd they might have to help him sing because he was under the weather, but didn’t seem affected by his sickness as he and his gang brought the kaleidoscopic likes of ‘Let It Happen’ and ‘The Less I Know The Better’ to life.
Pharrell, meanwhile, had no such issues, bringing the festival to a close with some help from his bevy of dancers and plenty of massive tunes.
Mac DeMarco was all smiles as he put on a typically endearing set in the Alter Tent.
While Nothing But Thieves brought something for fans of heavy riffs to the Tent Stage on Friday.
M83’s Anthony Gonzalez put all of his energy into his Thursday night set, bringing singer Mai Lan along for the ride too.
He closed his triumphant set with his breakout song ‘Midnight City’, which you’ll know from Made In Chelsea.
James Murphy’s LCD Soundsystem returned to Poland after nine years and the first time since reuniting to run through some of their best songs.
Murphy seemed like he was having the time of his life as the New York group played the likes of ‘Daft Punk Is Playing At My House’, ‘Get Innocuous!’ and ‘All My Friends’.
Red Hot Chili Peppers’ bassist Flea showed off his new ‘do – a rather interesting pink and purple leopard print design.
The bassist also led the audience in a Polish football chant as the group’s headline set clashed with the national team’s Euro 2016 match with Portugal.
Caribou played late into the night, their 1:30am set forming the perfect pre-bedtime dance to the likes of ‘Our Love’ and ‘Can’t Do Without You’.
Fans made the most of the sunny moments to bust out their finest moves.
“You guys are a badass crowd. We’ve played a few times at Open’er. We played after Pulp and the rain was apocalyptic, but you guys were still great,” Foals frontman Yannis Philippakis told the crowd during the Oxford group’s main stage set, before deciding to get a little closer to them.
Florence slipped over on the wet stage during opener ‘What The Water Gave Me’ but picked herself for an energetic ‘Ship To Wreck’. “Are you all soaking wet?” she asked afterwards, “I just came up here and slipped right over.”
Before ‘Shake It Out’ she asked the Polish crowd to sing it with her and be her “choir of angels, to absolve us of all our drunken falls of the past, and our sober falls of the very recent past.”
She continued to spread positivity and love throughout her set, waving a rainbow flag during ‘Spectrum (Say My Name)’ before playing her customary cover of Candi Staton’s ‘You Got The Love’ and ‘Dog Days Are Over’.
Glitter and flower crowns aren’t just exclusive to UK festivals. Both trends were on show everywhere at the Gdynia bash.
A big statement indeed. We just hope Dan appreciated this lot in particular, especially the amount of glitter lovingly used on this sign.
“Thank you for standing in the rain,” Bastille’s Dan Smith said as the band took to the stage after The 1975. “It means so much.”
Another brilliant weekend in Poland, then. If you missed out this time, make sure you don’t make the same mistake again.