Orange Warsaw Festival
The summer kicks off with the Orange Warsaw Festival – one of the capital’s most important cultural events, which returns to its Służewiec Horse Racing Track location at the beginning of June. Past acts include Florence and the Machine, David Guetta, Bombay Bicycle Club and Cypress Hill. Tickets start at €43 for a one-day pass.
The four-day-long Open’er Festival, which last year attracted over 120,000 people, is consistently one of Poland’s top summer festivals. It takes place every year in late June at a 75-hectare military airport (called Kosakowo) by the maritime city of Gdynia (which together with Gdansk and Sopot form Tri-City). This year, the line-up includes a mix of international artists such as Radiohead, James Blake, Foo Fighters, The Weekend and The XX, alongside Polish bands – the electro-pop duo The Dumplings and Warsaw-based rapper Taco Hemingway. Tickets start at €130.
Calling all electronic music fans, Audioriver is known for its techno, drum & bass, house and deep house lineups. The festival is located by the Vistula River in Płock – 110km away from Warsaw. This year it will host artists of the likes of Boys Noize, Solomun, Ben Ufo and Kink. A three-day ticket costs €73.
Inspired by the legendary festivals of Woodstock and Glastonbury, Woodstock is held in Kostrzyn by Poland’s western border with Germany. It’s a huge open-air event (last year, approximately 300,000 people attended) devoted to rock music and hosted by Poland’s biggest charity called Wielka Orkiestra Swiatecznej Pomocy. It’s also ticket-free. Highlights include annual mud baths and an open, hippy atmosphere inspired by the festival’s motto of ‘Love, Friendship and Music’.
Tauron Nowa Muzyka
This unique festival is on from July 6 to July 9, 2017 in a former mine in Katowice – one of biggest Polish cities located in the industrial region of Silesia. It’s focused predominantly on electronic music, although it also features some jazz and hip hop bands as well as experimental sets – from both established and up-and-coming artists from Poland and abroad. The 2017 line up includes Roisin Murphy, The Cinematic Orchestra, RY X, Luke Vibert and Gold Panda. A four-day pass starts at €70.
Also located in Katowice, Off is great for discovering alternative music – from rock, pop and indie, to electronic and jazz music. It was created in 2006 by Artur Rojek – ex-lead singer of the alternative rock group Myslovitz – and is known for its relaxed, non-mainstream vibe. Thanks to its vast music offering, in 2015 Katowice was made part of UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network (which celebrates cities that place culture and creativity at the top of their urban development agenda) – making it an especially appealing destination to visit during your trip to Poland.
Kraków Live Music Festival
And finally, the summer ends with the medium-sized Live Music Festival at end of August, which has been held in the beautiful city of Kraków since 2006. Past acts have included the likes of Rihanna, Franz Ferdinand, The Chemical Brothers, Jay-Z and Kaiser Chiefs. Tickets start at €40 for a one-day pass.