The Black Keys say Open’er has ‘ten times the energy’ of Glastonbury as they play Polish festival

The first day of the event also saw performances from Metronomy, Interpol and Haim

The Black Keys headlined the first day of Poland’s Open’er festival yesterday (July 2) to a crowd they claimed had “ten times the energy” of Glastonbury.

Arriving onstage to a hypnotic countdown and visuals, they launched into their 90-minute set with the fiery blues rock of ‘Dead And Gone’ while singer Dan Auerbach quickly ushered in second track ‘Next Girl’, saying “let’s keep this moving right along”. The strong momentum was maintained with an early showing for fan favourite ‘Gold On The Ceiling’, introduced by Auerbach announcing “this is our first time here, we heard about you, they said you were wild.”

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The likes of ‘Strange Times’, ‘Howlin’ For You’, ‘Nova Baby’ and the proggier ‘Bullet In The Brain’ kept the 60,000 strong crowd in jubilant mood throughout. “This is a quarter of the size of Glastonbury, but ten times the energy,” said Auerbach before ‘Tighten Up’, and the band finished their main set with their hit ‘Lonely Boy’. Returning to introduce ‘Little Black Submarines’ solo on flamenco guitar, Auerbach then thanked Open’er since “I’ve got family here and it means a lot,” before a final ‘I Got Mine’.

The Black Keys played:

‘Dead And Gone’
‘Next Girl’
‘Run Right Back’
‘Same Old Thing’
‘Gold On The Ceiling’
‘It’s Up To You Now’
‘Strange Times’
‘Money Maker’
‘Bullet In The Brain’
‘Howlin’ For You’
‘Nova Baby’
‘Gotta Get Away’
‘She’s Long Gone’
‘Tighten Up’
‘Lonely Boy’
‘Little Black Submarines’
‘I Got Mine’

Preceding The Black Keys on the main stage, Interpol played a set featuring early favourites such as ‘NYC’, ‘Say Hello To The Angels’ and ‘Obstacle 1’ with tracks from their forthcoming new album ‘El Pintor’. Meanwhile Metronomy, in matching denim jackets, piled through a disco-heavy party set on the Tent Stage, pumping the crowd with ‘Radio Ladio’ and ‘Love Letters’ before introducing more downbeat numbers like ‘I’m Aquarius’, ‘The Upsetter’ and ‘Reservoir’ and letting multi-instrumentalist Oscar Cash sing a cover of Box Codax’s ‘Naked Smile’.

Metronomy played:

‘Radio Ladio’
‘Love Letters’
‘Everything Goes My Way’
‘She Wants I’m Aquarius’
‘The Upsetter’
‘Naked Smile’
‘Month Of Sundays’
‘The Bay’
‘The Most Immaculate Haircut’
‘You Could Easily Have Me’

Following The Black Keys’ headline slot, Haim rocked the Tent Stage with a typically energised show featuring their hi-octane cover of Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Oh Well’ as well as a crazed drum circle during a final ‘Let Me Go’ and light-hearted antics including Alana Haim running into the crowd to collect T-shirts, Danielle fielding marriage proposals and Este demanding to see “some major ass and titty shaking to this song,” ahead of ‘My Song 5’. Towards the end of the set, Alana echoed Auerbach’s statements about the liveliness of the Open’er crowd: “we’ve been on tour for two years and this is the craziest crowd I’ve ever seen,” she said as introduction to ‘The Wire’.

Open’er continues today with a headliner set from Pearl Jam as well as slots from MGMT, The Afghan Whigs, Mo, Jagwar Ma and Rudimental.