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Second Stage Concerts at the 24th Pol'and'Rock Festival

2018-08-05 11:22:46

DAY 3: SATURDAY, AUGUST 4TH

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?

SEVENTH PASSION

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!

Seventh Passion delivering a show on the Second Stage of Pol'and'Rock. Photo credit: Dominik Malik

DREAMHEART

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!

Dreamheart delivering some great guitar work at Pol'and'Rock. Photo credit: Ola Drutkowska

METKA

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!

MetKa owning the Second Stage at Pol'and'Rock. Photo credit: Dominik Malik

VILE ASSEMBLY

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!

Vile Assembly at Pol'and'Rock Festival. Photo credit: Ola Drutkowska

KONIEC ŚWIATA

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!

Pol'and'Rock crowds loved the Koniec Świata concert. Photo credit: Paweł Krupka

BLUES PILLS

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.

An emotional, psychedelic performance from Plues Pills at Pol'and'Rock. Photo credit: Michał Kwaśniewski

BIG MOUNTAIN

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.

Big Mountain on the Second Stage at Pol'and'Rock. Photo credit: Marta Szpakowska

OHO!KOKO

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.

OHO!KOKO's Alicja Kruk on the Second Stage of Pol'and'Rock. Photo credit: Dominik Malik

 

DAY 2: FRIDAY, AUGUST 3RD

The Second Stage offered a wonderful level of variety on the second Festival day. We heard some pop, we heard some fascinating medleys, and we heard some Korean rock. It was an adventure!

ROBERT CICHY

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!

Robert Cichy and his guests kicking off the show at the Second Stage of Pol'and'Rock. Photo credit: Dominik Malik

NA GÓRZE

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!

Happy, creative, talented. Na Górze at Pol'and'Rock. Photo credit: Michał Kwaśniewski

PPNOU

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.

PPNOU rocking out on five ukuleles! Photo credit: Dominik Malik

ŁYDKA GRUBASA

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! 

Łydka Grubasa playing at the Second Stage of Pol'and'Rock. Photo credit: Ola Drutkowska

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!

Death by Chocolate guitarists rocking out at Pol'and'Rock. Photo credit: Ola Drutkowska

KRZYSZTOF ZALEWSKI

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!

Krzysztof Zalewski owning the Pol'and'Rock Second Stage. Photo credit: Dominik Malik

YB

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 Korean rock band YB on the Pol'and'Rock stage. Photo credit: Michał Kwaśniewski

 

DAY 1: THURSDAY, AUGUST 2ND

Pol’and’Rock is not just the Main Stage. The second stage, just beyond the festival ferris wheel and Leszek’s Festival Town, has just as much to offer! Let’s take a look at what went on during the Festival’s opening day.

CURCUMA

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.

Curcuma on the Second Stage of Pol'and'Rock Festival. Photo credit: Dominik Malik

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!

Apey & The Pea at Pol'and'Rock Festival. Photo credit: Paweł Krupka

SEMATAM 

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!

Sematam playing on the Second Stage. Photo credit: Ola Drutkowska

BETHEL

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.

Bethel rocking the stage at Pol'and'Rock Festival. Photo credit: Marta Szpakowska 

GLASSPOP

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!

Glasspop at sunset. Photo credit: Ola Drutkowska

BIG CYC

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!

Big Cyc getting the crowd dancing at Pol'and'Rock. Photo credit: Michał Kwaśniewski

LABORATORIUM

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.

Laboratorium's in memoriam concert at Pol'and'Rock. Photo credit: Paweł Owczarczyk

EXTREMA

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!

Extrema closing off the first Pol'and'Rock night. Photo credit: Michał Kwaśniewski

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!

(Ada)

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