Despite slipping onstage, Florence Welch headlines Poland’s premier festival and encourages fans to hug and kiss before finishing set with ‘You’ve Got The Love’.


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The first day of Open’er Festival in Poland, proved why the 100,000 capacity event on the coastal town of Gdynia has proved to be such a hit since its inception 15 years ago. Despite a dose of rain, a host of Glastonbury acts took to the festival’s two main stages to show why Open’er is starting to gain a reputation as the best festival outside of the UK’s shores.



Headlining the first night were Florence Welch and her trusty Machine. Welch came onto stage after a short period of rain sandwiched a day of sunny bliss and caused the flame-haired star to slip on stage during her first track, ironically titled “What The Water Gave Me”.



Ever the professional, Welch styled it out and was back up diving straight into “Ship To Wreck”, whilst laughing off the previous tumble. Post Brexit, Remain campaigner Welch, asked the fans to show “You’ve Got The Love” by hugging and kiss the people next to them before heading into the classic crowd favourite track of the same name.

Florence had a lot to thank Alex Turner and Miles Kane for as The Last Shadow Puppets, straight off the back of their barnstorming Glastonbury performance, got the party started on the main stage an hour or so before. Enigmatic, excitable and energetic Alex Turner was on blistering form whilst Miles Kane provided the accompanying beat to Turner’s dramatic stage performance that included stage-diving into the adoring, female-heavy crowd.
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As the rain descended on Turner and Kane, they decided to pen a new track about Tame Impala who were closing the same stage that night, and the incoming storm. it remains to be seen if it will make the next album from the Sheffield lads.

Mac DeMarco took the stage with his band in the Alter tent, wowing crowds with songs from his back catalogue during a well-received set that featured songs including “Cooking Up Something Good” and “Another One”. Mac DeMarco acknowledged the feel-good atmosphere by proclaiming how friendly the crowd were.
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Australian band Tame Impala closed the festival, despite lead singer Kevin Parker needing medical assistance earlier on in the day, noting that the crowd may have to sing for him if he is unable to. Opening with “Lungs” and “Let it Happen” the psychedelic rockers played tracks from “Currents” and the previous two albums to an incredible kaleidoscopic light show that encapsulated the crowd in an almost trance-like manner as they come to the end of a hectic touring schedule.



Other acts to perform on the first day included PJ Harvey, Skepta, Savages and Shy Albatross.

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Open’er Festival 2016 continues until Saturday.