Preview: Heineken Open’er 2012

By on Wednesday, 9th May 2012 at 9:00 am

Festivals are great, aren’t they? Sitting in the sun, sipping on cider, catching a tan/burning your skin off or just watching all your favourite bands in one place in the sunshine.

But wait a minute, you live in Great Britain. A country known for the fact that its festivals can easily turn into a flood of epic proportions. Solution? Well, that’s easy, head abroad! With a cornucopia of festivals on the continent, offering more of a guarantee of more favourable weather, it seems the only logical place to go.

One such of these bountiful foreign beauties is the Heineken Open’er Festival (the 1st to 4th of July), which offers a huge selection of talent on its stages. The Gdynia-Kosakowo Airfield is a 75 hectare space that screams out to be explored and contains seven stages, and it’s the largest Polish open-air music and performing arts festival.

Festival specialists Mumford and Sons (pictured at top) will be bringing their eccentric take on bluegrass to Gdynia, Poland, and they’re joined by a host of international lauded talent, from cult indie heroes Franz Ferdinand to the newly re-formed titans Bloc Party. Further down the bill there are the talents of those lovely Dry the River boys, joined by the simply mad faux gypsy styling’s of Gogol Bordello, the chillwave of Toro Y Moi and Mercury Award-winning the xx.

So as you can see along with the chance of some lovely weather, the bands on show are not to be sniffed at. A 4-day camping ticket is priced at the simply ridiculous £84 (410 PLN) while a day ticket will set you back £33 (165). More information on tickets are here.

After the cut: the list of bands scheduled to perform as of 7 May 2012.

Heinecken Open’er 2012 Line-up
Bat For Lashes
Bloc Party
Bon Iver
Cool Kids of Death
Dry the River
Emade Tworzywo MEDLEY
Franz Ferdinand
Friendly Fires
Gogol Bordello
Jamie Woon
Janelle Monáe
Julia Marcell
Justice Kapela Ze Wsi Warszawa
Major Lazer
Mumford & Sons
New Order
Pablopavo i Praczas
penderecki // greenwood
Public Enemy
The Kills
The Maccabees
The Mars Volta
The Ting Tings
The xx
Toro Y Moi
Wiz Khalifa

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