Red Hot Chili Peppers‘ bassist Flea led the audience in a Polish football chant during the band’s headline set at Open’er Festival tonight (June 30).
Poland’s national team went on to lose on penalties in the Euro 2016 quarter-final that was taking place concurrently in Marseille.
The Californian band had opened their set with 2002 hit ‘Can’t Stop’ as the second-half of the game kicked off, with thousands of fans running across the festival site from where the match was being shown on big screens. After second track ‘Dani California’, frontman Anthony Kiedis asked: “How we doing in that football match? Are we up?” although the score was in fact level at 1-1.
As well as singing football chants in Polish on two occasions during the set, Flea also thanked the audience by saying that the band: “treasure being alive, and treasure being able to play music for you.” After ‘Detroit’, the bassist played and sang a brief snatch of The Stooges’ ‘I Wanna Be Your Dog’.
Earlier in the day, rain-clouds had cleared in time for Foals to play the Main Stage. After running through tracks including ‘Spanish Sahara’, ‘Total Life Forever’ and ‘Mountain At The Gates’ in the dying sunlight, frontman Yannis Philippakis told the audience: “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.”
After ‘Inhaler’, Philippakis promised that their final two songs would be “two of the most intense songs you’ve ever seen.” The band closed with ‘What Went Down’, the title track from their most recent album, and ‘Two Steps, Twice’, from 2008 debut ‘Antidotes’.
South London rap group Section Boyz then made their Polish debut on the Alter Stage. At the end of their set, the group told the crowd: “If you’ve enjoyed yourselves today, make some noise and don’t forget the name: Section Boyz.”
Open’er Festival began yesterday with performances by The Last Shadow Puppets and Florence & The Machine. It continues this week with headline sets from LCD Soundsystem tomorrow and Pharrell Williams on Saturday.
Red Hot Chili Peppers played:
‘We Turn Red’
‘Nobody Weird Like Me’
‘Snow (Hey Oh)’
‘She’s Only 18’
‘Around the World’
‘I Wanna Be Your Dog’ [The Stooges cover]
‘By the Way’
‘Warszawa’ [David Bowie cover]
‘Give It Away’