Have you ever been to a festival oversees before?
I know so many people who jet off for a week of music, sunshine and good vibes in European cities during the summer months, but for some reason I’d never given it a go.
Thankfully, I was able to see what the fuss is about at Open’er Festival in Poland last year. I’ll admit I hadn’t really heard about it before I got an email from the PR, but a quick search on Google instantly made me realise I had been missing out on a lot.
The festival has been happening in Poland since 2002 and I was pretty surprised to see that Open’er has such a mix of music acts. Ranging from dance and hip hop to pop to rock, there really is a little something for everyone, which I always enjoy.
People seem to forgot that they are some of us out there who are happy to bounce around to The 1975 before wiling out to Vince Staples. It’s the beauty of music!
But before I start rambling on about that, here’s why I reckon you might want to add a visit to Open’er to your bucket list…
It’s a bit like V Festival, but far more chilled
I haven’t been to all the festivals held in the UK but I felt like the festival was most similar to V.
But thankfully, Open’er doesn’t have many of those typical “lads” killing your vibe. The crowd was just so nice and friendly!
Everyone is there to have fun and you don’t have to worry as much about some idiot throwing a bottle full of water, beer – or maybe even piss – over the crowd and onto you.
Plus there is so much space! It’s held the grounds of an old airport and all the stage are placed on the outskirts so you just have a lovely big plot of space in the middle.
You can head over to check out and buy the latest fashion designs in one corner or you can lark around in the sponsored tents.
Plus everything is so well-organised that even the camping area is designed to help you avoid drunkenly tripping over tent rope at the end of the night
The line-up is always great
Last year had the likes of Pharrell Williams, Bastille, Florence and the machine, LCD sound system and the Red Hot Chilly Peppers as the main acts for the festival.
I was only able to attend for two nights but when Pharrell hit the stage, he surprised us all and brought out his N*E*R*D bandmate Shay Haley. Literally a bucket list moment I never even thought I could ever tick off. We’ve never had that in the UK! Proof that Open’er could be even more epic than you might even expect.
This year they’ve got The Weeknd, The Foo Fighters, Lorde, Solange and The xx bringing all the hits to the festival so you might wanna find a way to get your butt over there.
There’s more chance of sunshine
Poland has nice weather in June, you know. Like, really nice weather.
Sure there is definitely the threat of heavy AF rain pour but for the most part, the sun was shining and life was good.
Make sure you’ve got a raincoat and brolly packed but you really shouldn’t need it.
You can explore Gdynia if you have enough free time
In between all the amazing acts and party vibes, you might find time to squeeze in some exploring before your visit comes to an end.
I enjoyed a few hours having a solo stroll around my hotel – Mercure Gdynia Centrum – and had totally loved making my way through the park, reflecting at a small water feature and chilling on the beach for a little while.
And that was all within a 20-minute walk from cosy bed. I definitely want to return and have a proper look around and visit some other towns.
The crowd are so into it
I was really surprised to see a packed out crowd rapping along to Vince Staples hits word for word, but apparently that is how they get down in Gdynia!
Music truly is a universal language in this world and somehow it feels ten times more special to be enjoying music with strangers who live a completely different life to you, yet still feel the music hit their soul in the same way that you do.
Okay, I’ll stop being so cringe now. The crowd was cool.
Have you ever been to Open’er fest? Or got some suggestions about which European festival I should visit next? Would love to hear from you in the comment below or over on social media – @nolalikes
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