The eighth edition of the Orange Warsaw Festival will remain in festival participants’ memory for a long time. In 2015, the event returned to the Horse Racing Track in Służewiec. Green, open space was ideal for people looking for a picnic atmosphere. Fantastic sound system and – as every year – world renown stars attracted many fans of live music. Silent Disco, Orange Zone and many other activities including phones recycling made the festival town vibrant and full of life for three days. From Friday, 12 June until Sunday, 14 June, in the afternoon, the festival attendees could listen to music played live on as many as 3 stages! Each of them was dedicated to different stars – Orange Stage was for the greatest artists of the festival, Warsaw Stage gave more independent bands an opportunity to present themselves. As always, Rochstar Crew zone, played songs by a variety of most promising Polish performers, proved to be the best place for dancing.
Rock sounds by Wolf Alice opened the first day of the festival on Orange Stage. They were followed by Twin Atlantic who maintained the strong rock climate. Another performance referred to British folk in new arrangements, the stage was conquered by musicians from Crystal Fighters who shared their amazing energy with the participants. The performances by foreign stars were followed by a Polish star. HEY with Kasia Nosowska shifted listeners in another music dimension. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds was another Friday attraction – the guitarist and author of Oasis’ lyrics with members of his old band attracted crowds of fans who had waited a long time for this sentimental journey. The last, but not least to perform on that day were The Chemical Brothers.
At the same time Sheppard from Australia performed on Warsaw Stage. They played hits from their latest album “Bombs Away”. Then the turn came for the native star, Mela Koteluk, adored by Indie pop fans. The Warsaw stage performances would not be complete without Afromental. The evening closed with performances by heavy metal band, Three Days Grace, and Papa Roach from the US.
Rochstar Crew Stage was devoted to promising Polish stars. One of the biggest attractions of this stage were MizuMono & Funk Rockass who, with their combination of good music and modern breakdance show, opened the stage three days in a row. On the first day of the festival, the Rochstar Crew Stage hosted a performance by Terrific Sunday band from Poznań which was branded as the hope for alternative music. They were followed by Aqyness B. Marry who presented the most beautiful songs from her debut album and We Draw A band from Wroclaw proved that they provide electronic music on the highest level. The last two performances belonged to Kari – nominated to Fryderyk award in Polish Indie pop singer category and to Gooral – a trend-setter who joins dubstep and folk in Poland.
On the second day, participants in Orange Warsaw Festival could enjoy fantastic music performed by best global artists already from 3 pm. The first one to go on the main stage was the Polish band, RusT, showcasing the audience powerful emotion. The performance by British Palma Violets turned out to be equally popular as they conquered the stage from the very first seconds of their concert. Łaki Łan, Polish funk band and the great jazz singer, author of lyrics and a talented actress – Paloma Faith were also part of Saturday attractions. The festival also offered traditional American hip-hop sounds by Big Sean and rock sounds by the award winning Mark Ronson. On the day, alternative Warsaw Stage hosted such stars as Bibobit Kamp! or Tomasz Ørganek – Polish guitarist and soul singer – the performers did not let the audience be bored for a single minute. One of the more expected stars to appear on the stage was Kasia Nosowska who never fails to move her audience’s hearts. Saturday performances were closed by electrifying FKA Twigs, i.e. Tahliah Debrett Barnett – British singer and dancer.
Rusty Cage, a young band from Krakow that has gradually been gaining popularity in the country and abroad as well as Young Stadium Club formation that cooperates with Czesław Mozil, for example, were one of the biggest stars of Rochstar Crew Stage on Saturday. They were accompanied by rock performances by Cora and Carrion and electronic sounds by Bartek Schmidt a.k.a Baasch. The list of performers would not be complete without hip-hop band, Molest Ewenement.
The last day of OWF began with the performance by the Danes from Birth of Joy. After a solid portion of psychedelic rock, there came the time for sung poetry by Benjamin Clementine, a phenomenal pianist, singer and composer. Members of Metronomes and Bastille band delivered slightly more alternative sound. After 8 p.m., Incubus gave its concert and the three-day festival on Orange Stage was crowned with the performance by most highly anticipated star of the Festival – Muse. The band played its most popular songs and the audience was raving from the very first song under the stage.
The fans of Warsaw Stage climate could listen to performances by Kadebostany, Bokka band and metal band Asking Alexandria. The biggest star of the stage was very well-known Maria Peszek, Polish actress and alternative singer. She did not fail the expectations with her concert. The three-day performances on Warsaw Stage closed with the strong sounds by Parkway Drive, their charismatic frontman, Winston McCall made the audience euphoric.
Sunday on Rochstar Crew Stage also offered an abundance of great emotions. Natalia Wojcik, singer known as Zaga stole the hearts of festival participants with her subtle voice and delicate ukulele sound. Her work aspiring to poetry has also introduced the crowds to mysterious sounds by K Bleax, Polish alternative artist. The last to appear on stage were Lari Lu and Cosovel. Melodious performances of that evening enchanted the crowds and the OWF town was bursting at the seams.
The 3-day festival offered an abundance of music experience and the all-present atmosphere at the Horse Race Track made Orange Warsaw Festival one of the most renown music events in Poland.