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Poland – The Heineken Open’er Festival in Gdynia – Part 1

The Heineken Open’er Festival is a music festival that is held on the North coast of Poland, in Gdynia.

Overview of The Heineken Open’er Festival

• The first edition of the festival was organized in Warsaw during 2002.
• This was held as Open Air Festival.
• The main organizer of the festival is the concert agency Alter Art.
• It took its name from its principal sponsor and he was Heineken International.
• 2013 edition of Open’er will be held from 3 July to 6 July.
• Open’er Festival was given the Best Major Festival prize on European Festival Awards awards ceremony.
• This was in 2009 and 2010.
• Location : Gdynia, Poland
• Founded by : Alter Art
• Date(s) : First week of July (4 days), Thursday – Sunday
• Genre Rock, Pop, Alternative, Indie rock, Dance, Electronic, World
• Organization of Festival

Tickets of The Heineken Open’er Festival
• Day Ticket: 165.00 PLN (€39.4)
• Festival Ticket: 370.00 PLN (€88.3)
• Festival + Camping Ticket: 410.00 PLN (€97.9)
• Camping Ticket: 80.00 PLN (€19.1)
• Friday & Saturday Ticket: 290.00 PLN (€69.2)
• Friday & Saturday + Camping Ticket: 330.00 PLN (€78.8)

Main Stage at Open’er 2006
The festival takes place at Kosakowo Airport in Gdynia from 2006. There are three kinds of tickets available:
• Four-days tickets for the whole festival
• Three-days tickets without first-opening-day
• One-day tickets
• Wrist-band are given at special points.
• Band-wrists serve as proof of a ticket’s ownership.
• Organizers set up a tent campsite next to the festival area.
• Space on this campsite is not included in the price.
• There is an additional fee – 20PLN.

Stages of The Heineken Open’er Festival
• The first concerts begin at 4 pm.
• The festival area will be opened from 3 pm until 5 am.
• In 2008 and 2009 there were 7 stages.
Most stages in Open’er’s history are:
– Main Stage
– World Stage
– Tent Stage
– Young Talents Stage
– Beat Stage
– Alter Space
– Alter Space Theatres

Artists of The Heineken Open’er Festival

• Warsaw, Tor Stegny
• 2 July: The Chemical Brothers
• Gdynia, Kosciuszki Square
• Cassius, Kosheen, Layo & Bushwacka!
• Gdynia, Kosciuszki Square
• Pink, Cypress Hill, Massive Attack, Goldfrapp and Adam Freeland.
• Gdynia, Kosciuszki Square
8 July
• Big Stage: O.S.T.R., Snoop Dogg, Faithless, Fatboy Slim
• Small Stage: Less Is More, Rotofobia, Lili Marlene, Hariasen, Pogodno, Boogiemafia
9 July
• Big Stage: SOFA, Lauryn Hill, The Music, The White Stripes, Underworld
• Small Stage: Peepol, Oszibarack, Good Girl Killer, Tworzywo Sztuczne, Neo,DJ Seb Skalski
• The festival was held on Skwer Kosciuszki for the last time.
• This was in 2005.
• The event attracted more than 50,000 fans from all over Europe.
• Gdynia, Babie Doly Military Airport
6 July
• Big Stage: Fisz, Emade and friends; Manu Chao; Pharell Williams, Placebo
• Small Stage: Loco Motive Sun, SOFA, The Car Is On Fire, Cool Kids of Death, Nightmares on Wax, Masala Sound System
7 July
• Big Stage: Myslovitz, Skin, Franz Ferdinand, Sigur Rós, Scissor Sisters
• Small Stage: Miloopa, Niewinni Czarodzieje, Kanal Audytywny, Maria Peszek, Ladytron, Coldcut, Electricity
8 July
• Big Stage: Abra dAb, The Streets, Kanye West, Basement Jaxx, Roger Sanchez
• Small Stage: Psychocukier, Freak of Nature, Pustki, Peter Greenaway, Beats Friendly
• However, Groove Armada and Matthew Herbert have cancelled theirs shows at Open’er Festival.
• Gdynia, Babie Doly Military Airport
29 June
• Main Stage: The Car Is on Fire, Sonic Youth, The Roots, Laurent Garnier
• Tent Stage: Afro Kolektyw, Pink Freud, EastWest Rockers, Dizzee Rascal, Freeform Five, Farel Gott, The Strike Boys
• Young Talents Stage: Bruno Schulz, Organizm, Cala Gora Barwinkow, Managga, The Poise Rite
30 June
• Main Stage: O.S.T.R., Groove Armada, Beastie Boys, Muse
• Tent Stage: Kapitan DA, Dick4Dick, Apteka, Crazy P, Kombajn do Zbierania Kur po Wioskach, White Rabbit’s Trip, L?ki Lan
• Young Talents Stage: Lars, Dezodorant Squad, Out of Tune, NOT, Mikrowafle
1 July
• Main Stage: Indios Bravos, Bloc Party, Bjork, LCD Soundsystem
• Tent Stage: Me Myself and I, Novika, Bassisters Orchestra, Beastie Boys, Renton, Smolik
• Young Talent Stage: Erijef Massiv, Gentleman!, Andy, Mikromusic

Best time to visit / climate

• The climate is mostly temperate throughout the country.
• The climate is oceanic in the north and west.
• It becomes gradually warmer and continental towards the south and east.
• Summers are generally warm.
• It is with average temperatures between 18 °C (64 °F) and 30 °C (86.0 °F).
• Winters are rather cold.
• There are with average temperatures around 3 °C (37.4 °F) in the northwest and 6 °C (21 °F) in the northeast.
• Precipitation falls throughout the year.
• The warmest region in Poland is Lower Silesian that is located in south-western Poland.

Location on Google Maps

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How to get to Poland?

1. By plane
• Most of Europe’s major airlines fly to and from Poland.
• Poland’s national carriers are LOT Polish Airlines.
• There are also a number of low cost airlines that fly to Poland. These include:
– WizzAir
– EasyJet
– Germanwings
– Norwegian
– Ryanair
There are also direct flights from United States and Canada. LOT operates direct flights from:
– Toronto
– New York
– Chicago
– Non-direct flights from other cities
International airlines fly mainly to Warsaw (WAW). Other major airports in Poland are:
– Krakow
– Katowice
– Gdask
– Pozna
– Wrocaw
– Szczecin
– Rzeszow
– Bydgoszcz
A new terminal has been opened at the Warsaw Chopin airport which will significantly increase the airport’s capacity.

2. By Train
Direct connections with:
• Berlin
• Amsterdam, via Koeln, Hannover
• Kiev via Lviv
• Vienna
• Prague
• Moscow

3. By Car
You can enter Poland by one of many roads linking Poland with the neighboring countries.

4. By Bus
There are many international bus lines that connect major Polish cities.
• Voyager
• Eurolines
• Ecolines
• PolskiBus.com
• Simple Express

5. By Boat
• From Sweden
– Ystad by Unity Line
– Karlskrona by Stena Line
– Nynashamn
– Visby
– Ystad by Polferries

• From Denmark
– Copenhagen
– Bornholm

• From Finland
– Helsinki by Finnlines

• From Germany
– Rostock by Finnlines

6. By Yacht
There are more and more ports along Polish coast. Bigger marinas are located in:
– Szczecin
– Eba
– Hel
– Gdynia
– Gdask

7. By plane
– Polish national carrier LOT has daily connections.
– These are between the biggest cities with a hub in Warsaw.

8. By train
– In Poland, the national railway carriers are PKP InterCity and Przewozy Regionalne.
– There are few local carriers that belong to voivod ships or major cities.
– Train tickets are quite economical.
There are new InterCity routes such as:
• Warsaw – Katowice
• Warsaw – Krakow
• Warsaw – Pozna
• Pozna – Szczecin
Train types
• E-IC (ExpressInterCity) / EC (EuroCity) / Ex (Express)
• TLK (Twoje Linie Kolejowe)
• RE (RegioEkspress)
• IR (InterRegio)
• REGIO / Osobowy
• Podmiejski
• Narrow gauge

Some Travel Books on Poland

Poland Lonely Planet Poland Poland: A Unique Country & Its People

Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers)

Hotels at tripadvisor.in
Hotels at staypoland.com
Hotels at travelpoland.com

Blogs / Sites about Poland

blogs at wikipedia.org
blogs at opener.pl
blogs at tripadvisor.co.uk
blogs and reviews at festivalsearcher.com

Images and photos of Poland

images at google.com
images at wikipedia.org
images at opener.pl
images at festivalsearcher.com

Videos of Poland

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