ORANGE WARSAW FESTIVAL 2014
Seventh edition of the festival will surely be remembered as the most important music event in Poland in 2014. The festival once again took place at the National Stadium but this time lasted three days and artists performed at two stages – Orange Stage and Warsaw Stage. Another novelty on the festival map was Festival City, a special area with plenty of attractions and a food court – offering a variety of different snacks and meals from food trucks to over 110 000 visitors. Within the Festival City guest could also find Rochstar Crew tent – the best music club in Warsaw.
First day of the festival was initiated by the Finnish band – French Films, presenting a mixture of alternative rock with the 80’s sound. Next on stage were Pixies, with their first visit to Poland. Their concert turned out well above expectations and a mixture of old, legendary tracks with songs from their newest album was well received by the audience. Soon afterwards, Queens of the Stone Age took the stage. Their frontman – Josh Homme – once again proved who the king of modern rock is. The audience went crazy with heavy rock sounds coming from the stage.
Warsaw Stage was also full of stars. The queen of British pop – Lily Allen – easily engaged with the audience and it didn’t take long before everyone was dancing. Following her performance, Snoop Dogg took the stage and presented a mixture of rap and reggae sounds, reincarnated as Snoop Lion.
The most anticipated group of the first day of the festival were undoubtedly Kings of Leon. The stadium filled up and Followill brothers did not disappoint. Their set was full of well-known songs and as usual, their version of melodic rock was at the highest level.
At the end of the day, Warsaw Stage hosted a young Dutch DJ and producer – Martin Garrix, who presented a heavy electronic set, making the audience dance for almost two hours.
Second day of the festival definitely had a British sense to it. First act to perform at Warsaw Stage was a twenty years old singer – Ella Eyre, who in less than 40 minutes have charmed the audience with deep and emotional pop. Moments later, Orange Stage hosted Bombay Bicycle Club. Londoners presented a mixture of guitar sounds with a touch of folk and electro. Next band performing – The Wombats – served an energetic portion of rock and the following – The Kooks – filled the stadium with light and catchy tracks. In the meantime, Warsaw Stage hosted two polish bands – Skubas and Sorry Boys, who have proven that polish rock also has much to offer. Another act performing at the greenfield stage were Hurts – synth pop duo from Manchester. After that, the style of the stage changed completely with The Prodigy on stage. The band easily engaged with thousands of fans jumping up and down to tracks like “Voodoo People” or “Firestarter”.
The most important event of the second day was Florence and the Machine’s performance. Throughout the day the most common parts of the audience’s outfit included wreaths and glitter. Since the very first minute of the concert the audience have gone into trance-like state and every gesture of the singer, Florence Welch, was welcomed with thousands of throats shouting. At the end of the day, Warsaw Stage was hosting a DJ-duo – Chase & Status. Until early morning hours the audience was dancing driven by deep bass and electronic distortion.
Third day of the festival began with polish Chemia – a Warsaw based rock band. The artists warmed up the audience and the next act – I am Giant – sustained the energy. Heavy sounds didn’t end there and were well represented by Bring me the Horizon and later by Limp Bizkit. In the meantime, Miles Kane got on stage inside the stadium. Kane, who is known for his cooperation with the frontman of Arctic Monkeys, presented his solo material. Short afterwards, Orange Stage was hosting a Manchester duo – The 1975 – with an elegant version of pop-rock. Next band didn’t need an introduction. As soon as Kasabian got on stage, the audience went crazy and the band, while mixing new, energetic tracks with well-known material presented a perfect set.
Hip-hop genre was also well represented on the third day of the festival. First off, Warsaw Stage was hosting a legendary American group – Jurassic 5. For 70 minutes, the band engaged with the audience, who danced to positive beats. Another hip-hop act performed inside of the stadium. Recently reactivated OutKast visited Poland for the first time as a part of their international tour celebrating twenty years of existence. At the very end of the festival, Orange Stage was hosting one of the world’s most recognizable DJ’s – David Guetta. Great house music combined with an incredible visual show created the best possible club experience.
The Festival was also hosting some of the most promising polish bands – Fair Weather Friends, XXANAXX and ØRGANEK, who all performed in Rochstar Crew tent.