It’s all about the music at Open’er, which is why the festival draws some of the most passionate fans and biggest bands around to create an electrifying atmosphere.
Held on the disused Gdynia-Kosakowo airfield in northern Poland, the four-day summer event (June 29-July 2) also has plenty on offer in between shows. From theatre, to a fashion zone to even a museum, Open’er has got it all.
What’s more, it’s an absolute steal. A camping ticket for the whole thing will only set you back around £118, meaning you can have a European adventure and watch some of the best artists in the world.
THE BEST BANDS TO CATCH AT OPEN’ER 2016
From art-pop cult weirdo to bona fide star, Grimes’ set promises to be one of the big moments of Open’er – all booming bass, K-pop charm and rave energy.
The Last Shadow Puppets
If you fancy a break from the more energetic acts, Alex Turner and Miles Kane will offer some relief with swooning strings, ’70s soft rock and Elvis-style croons. You’ll be under their spell in no time.
Catch the return of James Murphy’s dance titans early on this summer for a reminder why they’ve been one of the most missed bands of recent years. Guaranteed to turn Open’er into one big, euphoric party.
Their UK tour earlier this year proved them to be a band at the peak of their powers with an enthralling presence and big pop hooks to boot. What could be more fun than bouncing around to ‘The Sound’ in a field full of your new best friends?
This true icon of British music doesn’t play all that many shows these days, so take this chance to see Polly Jean while you can. Her recent setlist have focused mainly on material from ‘Let England Shake’ and ‘The Hope Six Demolition Project’ (between a few classics, of course) so expect to have your brain worked out in the best way.
Florence + The Machine
The queen of all things folky and ethereal, Flo already proved she can headline festivals in a snap when she stepped up to top the bill at Glastonbury last year. Expect nothing less than her usual feel-good theatrics and soaring epics as she recreates that feat in Gdynia.
Yannis Philippakis and his gang always storm whatever stage they play on, whether that be tiny intimate venues or massive outdoor platforms. With a back catalogue that’s full of thundering anthems like ‘My Number’ and ‘What Went Down’, they’re destined to conquer Open’er too.
Who could fail to fall for goofy Canadian Mac DeMarco’s charms? His live shows are always full of infectious positivity while remaining totally unpredictable so you never know quite what he’s gonna do, but you can be sure it’s gonna be a whole lot of fun.