Preview: The Heineken Open’er Festival, Poland (02-06/07/2014)


The Heineken Open’er Festival takes place on the North coast of Poland, in Gdynia. Open’er Festival was given the Best Major Festival prize on European Festival Awards ceremony in 2009 and 2010.This year Open’er will be held from 2 to 5 July 2014.

Rivaling Glastonbury as one of the best festivals in Europe, Open’er boasts a truly phenomenal line up – headlined by festival favourites Jack White, The Black Keys, and the great Pearl Jam. And  considering the final headliner is still to be announced, what with the quality of the current headliners, and the knowledge of the last year’s headliners boasted Blur, Arctic Monkeys, QOTSA and Kings of Leon, I’m sure I’m not alone in waiting with baited breath to see how this dream line up is finished off.

Especially when the rest of the weekend is made up of the hottest bands, featuring band of the moment Bastille, the always on-form Foals and Haim. Also guaranteed to make it a festival to remember are fan-favourites Metronomy, MGMT and Phoenix, Wild Beasts, the moody and atmospheric Lykke Li, Daughter, and Warpaint, and not forgetting the excellent Pusha T. All topped off with dance favourites Rudimental, Julio Bashmore and Tourist amongst others.

The festival is housed on an old unused Eastern Block airfield, littered with bunkers and hangers being reused as venues for silent discos, museums and catwalks.

Poland is a beautiful setting to watch these bands, and the festival site features a ferris wheel and firework displays. The music doesn’t start till 4 each day meaning you can stay up and sleep in as late as you like – guaranteeing lots of drinking time.

And with the favourable exchange rate – a mere 550 polish zloty for a 4 day ticket (plus 80PLN  for camping) is  a mere £125 for what is unarguably cheap for four days of stellar music.

So book your ticket from their website here, safe in the knowledge flights to Gdynia-Kosakowo Airport are reasonably priced. Or why not travel from the major cultural cities of Warsaw or Krakow and see what else the beautiful Poland has to offer, ending up in the North Coast for what is sure to be a spectacular weekend of Polish beer, amazing live music, and enough memories for a lifetime.



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