The Pol'and'Rock Second Stage is shaping up to be a very varied musical treat this Festival. We've seen ukuleles, Korean rock, experimental music, and grunge—what else will the shows bring?
Expectations for this concert were revved up very high after their amazing show during Pol’and’Rock Auditions. This Czech band focuses on the music quality instead of the show and it is definitely worth it—the crowd was blown away by the guitar work. We loved it!
Hailing from southeast Poland, Dreamheart has been around since 2014 by a group of four friends who all shared the same passion for music. We could hear their musical inspirations in their work—they sounded like a mix of Blink-182, Green day, Paramore, and All time Low. A pop rock set this good is a treat on a summer afternoon like this one!
The band MetKa was formed in Warsaw, Poland, seven years ago. They are famous for mixing ska-themed upbeat rhythms with punk rock guitar riffs—something which our Festival audience got to enjoy already in 2013 and 2014. They delivered once again today, bringing the best parts of their unique style to the Second Stage of Pol’and’Rock!
This band was formed with a mission: to be the music-fuelled whistleblowers on the injustices of our society. They brought their bold, rhythmic style to our Festival stage and performed the best tracks from ‘Fattened By The Horrors Of War’, an album that discusses the anger at the loss of control the band feels as they see their country being stripped bare by corporate greed. A powerful, important message delivered with true punk-rock gusto!
This was one of those concerts you couldn’t not dance to! The vibrant mix of folk and rock’n’roll causes everyone to tap their feet and the honest, simple lyrics that tell stories of love, revolution and finding yourself through an Eastern European lens were easy to sing along to. Koniec Świata is a true voice of a generation and they are doing a phenomenal job of being heard!
A bit of mysticism, a bit of darkness, a lot of lyrical form: perfection! When you hear Blues Pills perform their hits from across different albums, you realize they are a band that could go in any direction and outperform many others. The timing of their performance was perfect, too—after three very full Festival days, the audience was in just the right space for the band’s psychedelic music style to worm its way into their thoughts.
Everyone took it easy when Big Mountain was on stage! The band, reactivated in 2013 after an eight-year hiatus, still has the power to wow an audience. Their performance at Pol’and’Rock was part of the tail end of their world tour to celebrate their most recent album, “Perfect Summer”, launched in 2016. Their most famous hit, “Baby, I Love Your Way” had the crowd swaying to the rhythm and enjoying their last few hours of the Festival.
The bands who made it to Pol’and’Rock stages through Auditions have all been great—and OHO!KOKO truly wowed us! Minimalist sounds with plenty of electronica as well as pop and soul influences created a feeling of being one with the music—the perfect way to wind down and slowly say farewell to the Most Beautiful Festival in the World.
When this musician gives a show, you know it is going to be a guitar pop lover’s treat. This time he presented songs from the record “SMACK”, a fresh February release alongside special guests, Ania Brachaczek and Kev Fox. He guided the audience’s emotions perfectly and gave us a show that kickstarted the Festival day!
Pol’and’Rock is a place for everyone—and once again, Na Górze has proven that disabilities cannot hinder creativity. Their special guest was Czesław Mozil, who joined the band onstage for two songs. Their positive energy and way of having fun with music was infectious—everyone left the show with huge smiles on their faces!
Have you ever heard a cover of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit”? What about “Let It Go” from the recent Disney movie Frozen? What if we told you that you could mix the two into a hit that Pol’and’Rockers will madly dance to? PPNOU (literally: The First Polish Nonsymphonic Ukulele Orchestra) did just that! These five amazing uke players came on stage with a series of medleys of Polish and international hits and had the audience singing along for the full hour and a half.
They describe themselves as a humorous rock-metal-hotdog outfit, and it’s a fitting description. In their Pol’and’Rock concert they took us on a journey through their best bits from the three albums they have released so far. The audience sang along to their Polish hits and those that were hearing them for the first time had a good laugh at some of the lyrics. Their concoction of folk metal, hard rock, reggae and ska was like a full music festival in one!
DEATH BY CHOCOLATE
They showed us how they do it down in Switzerland! Death By Chocolate are the staple kind of classic rock anchored in guitar sounds. The energetic songs really got the people at the Second Stage moving. We are sure that we will find ourselves humming their tunes to ourselves for months to come—and so will you!
Krzysztof Zalewski has scores of fans. It was especially visible today at his Pol’and’Rock performance. Zalewski is an incredible singer and a talented multi-instrumentalist, and the audience got to appreciate both of those talents from the very first beats. What really drives people to come to his concerts, though, is the way he connects with the fans. He hypnotized the audience with “Miłość Miłość” and “Polsko” left few dry eyes. A beautiful, emotional journey!
If you are going to close a Pol’and’Rock day, you have to do it with a bang! South Korea’s most popular rock band, YB, put on inspiring, dynamic show with a clear mark of their cultural identity. This was a sure must-see for all those who enjoy something a little bit different!
The band that opens a festival has the unique luxury of having a well-rested audience that is ready to party—and Curcuma most certainly made the best of it. The band, hailing from the Polish seaside city of Szczecin, delivered just the right blend of post grunge and new metal.
APEY & THE PEA
These guys’ music sure packs a punch! The Hungarian artists are heavily inspired by the likes of Alice in Chains and Lamb of God, and it sure shows. The crowd got really into it, and so did we!
Coming from our neighboring Slovakia, the band gave us a solid combo of funk and pop. The brass instruments that accompanied them added a delicious twist. We loved how much at ease they felt on stage and loved the show!
The winners of the Golden Spinning top from the 17th Woodstock Festival Poland, an award for up-and-coming bands, sure didn’t disappoint. The positive energy they brought to the stage with their reggae beats quickly spread to the audience.
These guys are the winners of our Pol’and’Rock auditions—and their win was very well-deserved! Their experienced band members previously played with the likes of UFly, Hot Water, Chupa, or Alpha Dog and the experience sure can be heard—their mix of classic rock & roll with electronic beats is worth braving the crowds that surround the stage!
For Poles, this band needs no introduction. They have been playing with the GOCC at summer Festivals and winter Finales for years now and were always a great crowd-pleaser. This concert was a special celebration of their band’s 30th birthday. And they sure didn’t disappoint—the crowd didn’t stop dancing until the very end of the last song!
This is one of the most exciting bands on the Polish improvised music scene. This was their second concert during this year’s Pol’and’Rock Festival—in memory of their drums player, Grzegorz Grzyb, who died in a tragic accident on the 23rd of July this year.
The final concert of the night from this Italian band drained every last ounce of energy from the audience. Extrema played a great set of classical heavy and thrash metal. This concert was the perfect cherry on top of a great day’s repertoire!
See what we have in store for you for the coming days—check out the schedule and choose which bands you want to see live!
We are ahead of the next listing of the Golden Spinning Top in the second stage. From now onwards you can only vote for 5 teams in each category. The good news, however, is that each of you can vote again - only once (for one selected team) in each category.
We know who is in and who is now out! 3 bands made it to the final of our musical competition in Warsaw and 3 bands were fast-tracked to perform at Pol'and'Rock Festival 2018.
With over 30 years of experience in the heavy metal industry, the band's show at the Most Beautiful Festival in the World will be a real headbanger's delight!