Festival Season is here! A brief guide to Open’er Festival
If you, like us, were tempted by this year line-up and you bought 1, 2 or 4 days tickets, you are probably also wondering (again like us) what to pack and how to survive.
Open’er is one of my least favorite Europe festivals due to its harsh, wild nature but I’m sure you’re gonna love it, just prepare yourself.
Come as early as you can. Camping it’s extremely popular at this festival and it’s also wildly convenient.
The weather in this area is unpredictable, arm your tent in case of small floodings and a battery powered fan for a likely 31 degrees heat.
At the location there are charging point where you can plug in your phone, laptop or boiler (yep!). Not far from the camp are two markets, around 20-30 minutes by foot.
There are not many showers, I recommend to get up earlier to not wait in huge queues (between 6 am and 8 is the best time, worst moment around 10-11 am).
How to get there
If you are staying in Trojmiasto, good choice! City transportation is free for festival goers, you just have to print an additional ticket for it.
There are two main points where to exchange your ticket to wristband. The one at Gdynia main station is more crowded but that’s because in the past you needed an armband to get on the bus (which was not observed anymore last year, paper ticket is enough). There is also the point at the festival entrance, much quicker and less popular.
There is one departure bus stop to get to the festival ground, is located near Gdynia Glownia, outside the station, by the main road, you’ll find the direction at the pace (they move the stop slightly every year).
When going back, you can get off at one of the standard city bus stop, there are 4-5 in total between Open’er Festival and Gdynia Glowna.
The plan of the area is quite simple: scenes at beginning and end of the ground, foodtrucks and entertainment at the sides and plenty of grass in the middle + the iconic Open’er Festival buses.
One of the stage is under a tent, usually crowded and smaller than the main one. The area in front of the main stage is divided in three zones by the security barriers: first line divided in two in the middle and back area. If you want a good spot but prefer not to be crushed, I recommend the second zone near the barriers, the view is pretty good, you will have the advantage of fresh air and will be able to see the artist come down.
If you are planning to stay at the first zone, in its first row or at the tent stage, take with you some earbuds or ask security to give you a pair.
The sides will be packed with food trucks (burgers, waffles, panini, pizzas, donuts, fries, pasta, thai, sushi, ice cream, ecc. ). There is plenty of space where to seat and eat, often the benches are near one of the alternative stages so you’ll be able to enjoy music too. The biggest queues are right after the last gig.
Every year there are around 3 alternative stages where you will hear techno, latino, polish alternative and this year even modern classical (this is a must experience, Firestone stage!).
Entertainment include silent disco, games, theater (you have to book it first), awards (usually Mastercard, H&M, Marlboro), clothing stands and artistic venue.
The ground itself is not very muddy bit it’s quite irregular. I still recommend gum boots and good emergency socks. The first 5 m from the main stage are covered in hardgum floor but it won’t protect you in the unlikely case of heavy rain.
For any updates about the weather, gigs delays, maps, lists and info I sincerely recommend the official Open’er Festival app (both for Android and iOS users).
Don’t bring to Open’er Festival the following:
Photo cameras with zoom over 6x• cameras, camcorders and audio-video recording equipment (with exclusion of mobile phones), or photographic equipment which might be used for professional reasons, e.g. cameras with interchangeable lens, drones, tripods, selfiesticks, umbrellas with pointy tips, knives, sharp tools, gas, guns, laser tags and similiar, alcohol, drugs, skateboards, roller bades, hooverboards etc.