The first edition of Orange Warsaw Festival took place at Parade Square (Plac Defilad) on the 6th of September, 2008. The six concerts performed were attended by more than 35,000 Warsaw inhabitants.
Orange Warsaw Festival was opened by the concert of artists who were participants of the project ‘W Hołdzie Tadeuszowi Nalepie’. The participants could listen to artists who were legends of Polish rock music – Jan Borysewicz and Andrzej Nowak. The audience reacted very lively to songs which were dedicated to the father of Polish blues. Among them there were played such hits as ‘Kiedy byłem małym chłopcem, ‘Pożegnalny blues’ and ‘Co to za człowiek’.
After the first concert had ended, the artists of ‘Café Fogg’ performed at the chamber scene. The music project was dedicated to another artist, Mieczysław Fogg, who was very close to all Warsaw residents. New arrangements of the unforgettable songs of Polish Frank Sinatra were performed by Pinnawela, Mika Urbaniak, Sławek Uniatowski and Aleksandra Nieśpielak. Thanks to the artists the participants of the festival had an opportunity to make a sentimental travel back to the times of ‘Tango Milonga’ and “Ta ostatnia niedziela’.
After the concerts of Polish artists have got to the end, the legends of electro-rock, British Apollo 440, appeared on the large stage. They performed their most famous songs from such albums as ‘Stop The Rock’ and ‘Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Dub’. Afterwards, the audience whipped into a frenzy by the performance of the Brits, gathered in front of the chamber scene and got drawn into the music world of eccentric Swedes of Teddybears.
Incredibly dynamic and zestful concert of the artists prepared the audience for Kelly Rowland, a member of a legendary Destiny’s Child. The beautiful artists played songs from her solo album ‘Ms. Kelly’ and hits from the times when she performed with Beyonce and Michelle as the most famous female trio in the history of pop music. Several thousands of participants greeted Kelly’s welcome saying ‘Siemano!’ with massive cheering. Kelly managed to draw the audience in the climate of black rhythms.
However, the unquestionable superstar of the evening was Wyclef Jean, the founder of The Fugees who cooperated with such artists as Shakira or Whitney Houston. The concert, which originally was to last for about an hour, prolonged to last 3 hours. The artists performed the most famous songs of The Fugees and music hits from his solo albums such as ‘Maria, Maria’, ‘Sweetest Girl’ and “Guantanamera’. The audience was also fascinated with interactive elements of the show – breakdance performances, drummers and reggae party on stage for tens of beautiful Polish girls selected from the audience.
Line up: Cafe Fogg, W hołdzie Nalepie, Apollo 440, Teddybears, Kelly Rowland, Wyclef Jean.