LCD Soundsystem play first gig in Poland in nine years at Open’er

Sigur Ros and Wiz Khalifa also appear on third day of festival in Gdynia

LCD Soundsystem played their first show in Poland in nine years as they headlined Open’er festival in Gdynia tonight (July 1).

After the opening trio of ‘Us v Them’, ‘Daft Punk Is Playing At My House’ and ‘I Can Change’, LCD’s James Murphy addressed the audience, saying: “It’s been a long time since we played here… 2007. That’s almost ten years. So you’re ten years older now, there’s no escaping it.”

The band’s last appearance in the country was also at Open’er, when they performed on the Main Stage ahead of Björk. Later in the set, after a moving performance of ‘Someone Great’ and an ecstatic ‘Losing My Edge’, Murphy told the crowd: “You guys have been tremendously great. It’s been nine years and we didn’t know what to expect, but it’s been really fun.” As fans roared their appreciation, Murphy added wryly: “We’re going to meet your enthusiasm with a slow song…” before ‘New York, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down’. They closed their set with ‘Dance Yrself Clean’ and ‘All My Friends’.

Following them on the festival’s Main Stage, Sigur Ros drew one of the biggest crowds of the weeks. Thousands watched them open their set with new song ‘Óveður’ and ‘Starálfur’, from 1999 album ‘Ágætis Byrjun’. The band chose to remain silent between tracks.

Pittsburgh rapper Wiz Khalifa played the festival earlier in the day. “My name’s Wiz Khalifa and I do two things: I do what I fucking want and I get high,” he told the crowd as he began his set on the Main Stage. While he played the likes of ‘Black And Yellow’, ‘Most Of Us’ and ‘See You Again’, two giant inflatable joints bounced over the crowd.

“I just want to let you know you can be whatever you want to be,” he told fans as his set drew to an end. “You can do whatever you want to do as long as you use your heart and your mind to get to the top. You’ve been a beautiful crowd, you should be proud of yourselves. Real talk.”

Open’er Festival began on Wednesday with performances by The Last Shadow Puppets and Florence & The Machine. Red Hot Chili Peppers headlined yesterday, and the festival concludes tomorrow with performances scheduled from Pharrell Williams and Grimes.

LCD Soundsystem played:

‘Us v Them’
‘Daft Punk Is Playing at My House’
‘I Can Change’
‘Get Innocuous!’
‘You Wanted a Hit’
‘Someone Great’
‘Losing My Edge’
‘New York, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down’
‘Dance Yrself Clean’
‘All My Friends’