The curtain fell on Open’er Festival in Gdynia, Poland in impressive fashion as a spectacular fireworks display dominated the skyline following an emphatic headline slot from Pharrell Williams.
Earlier performances from The 1975 and Bastille were cut short due to a storm that brought heavy rain, lightning and thunder, however festivals organisers ensured that it wasn’t the weather that left a lasting impression and that festival goers left the site in awe.
Weather warnings were sent out via the Open’er Twitter channel, letting fans know that a storm was coming and it could have an impact on the run -of–day and true to form the weather took a turn for the worse. This didn’t put too much of a dampener on the day as crowds gathered in the various tent stages to see the likes of Poland natives, Spoken Love, that had the crowd in full voice wanting more, meaning they played over their scheduled slot.
As the rain slightly subdued, The 1975 finally made it to the main stage opening with Love Me before lead singer Matt Healy apologised for the delays. The band then continued their slot despite the rain performing Heart Out, Chocolate and The Sound all the while thanking the crowd and acknowledging their enthusiasm despite the weather. Indie rock band Bastille followed on the main stage, with frontman Dan Smith again acknowledging the now soaked through crowd and showing his appreciation for their support saying; “Thank you for standing in the rain, it means so much.”
As the weather began to improve thousands more gathered towards the main stage in anticipation of Pharrell Williams. The former N.E.R.D frontman opened with Daft Punk collaboration Lose Yourself to Dance before going through a back catalogue of hits from his solo work to his time with N.E.R.D including Lapdance, Rockstar and Happy. Pharrell closed his set to one of the biggest crowds of the festival with anthem Freedom ensuring everyone went home or continued their night, well, happy.
The line up for Day 4 also included Chvrches, Grimes, At The Drive In and Kygo. Red Hot Chili Peppers, Florence and the Machine and LCD Soundstystem had headlined the previous days at the festival in what was its 15th year.