Preview: What to look out for at Open’er 2015

What to look out for at Open’er 2015

Mumford & Sons, Drake and Alt-J are heading to Poland’s Babie Doly Airfield this week.

Starting tomorrow, Gdynia, Poland’s Babie Doly Airfield is set to be transformed for the twelfth year running, with Open’er Festival running from Wednesday 1st to Saturday 4th July.

Some of the biggest names around are cramming together for the four-day extravaganza, with festival heavyweights sharing the bill alongside exciting new names.

Poland’s biggest festival is a must-see, and DIY is teaming up as an official media partner. We’ll be bringing you day-by-day updates from Gdynia.

Below, find a guide to the most exciting happenings on the bill.

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Mumford & Sons set to cement headline status

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They’ve landed the Glasto slot, they’re heading to Reading & Leeds - 2015 is all about Mumford & Sons headlining every festival in existence. Few come bigger than Open’er, and the slot arrives after they had to cut short previous album ‘Babel’’s world tour due to Ted Dwane’s hospitalisation.

“For a headline slot, you’re playing for two hours. Having a third record only broadens your pallette,” says Dwane.

“We could have gone and done a really niche record,” adds guitarist Winston Marshall, when asked if after headlining festivals they might want to retain that status. “We could have done whatever we wanted. And there was definitely conversation with the band about whether we’d want to play really big shows, and tour the world. As a band, I think we made a decision. Not that the music’s compromised by that. The implication on the music is only for it to be as big as it could be. There’s a lot of quiet moments on the record. It’s just got to be a fucking good record.”

Alabama Shakes are “bringing it all” to Open’er

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I think we always try to make every show special just by bringing it all on stage,” says Alabama Shakes’ frontwoman Brittany Howard, who will be debuting material from their brand new album ‘Sound & Color’ at the fest, “and hopefully connecting to the crowd as much as possible. We have definitely filled out the band with Paul Horton on keys and the three backing singers. Our sets have been a blend of most of the songs off the new album combined with many of the songs off ‘Boys & Girls’.

“It’s really fun to get to meet and hang with other musicians,” she says, of festival season in general. “I love watching other bands perform. I have discovered a lot of great music at festivals. Golf Carts are also an exciting part of certain festivals.”

At long last, A$AP Rocky plays the fest

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A$AP Rocky’s new album ‘At.Long.Last.A$AP’ is a coming-of-age work that isn’t entirely free of flaws. That only intensifies just how fascinating a record it is, however.

Rocky plays just a handful of festivals this summer, and this is his debut at Open’er. Expect special guests, a dazzling display of his latest work, and enough unnerving haze to make ‘L$D’ a troubled but enticing anthem. He plays the main stage on Wednesday 1st July.

Alt-J step up as headliners

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There’s plenty of talk about Alt-J’s ability to top festival bills, just two albums to the good. With Florence + The Machine being given the leap of faith at Glastonbury and more than living up to expectation, this summer sees Alt-J stepping up as Latitude’s big name.

Before that, they’re given a stern test at Open’er, topping the bill on the opening day of action, above the likes of Drake and Modest Mouse. Their Glastonbury set this past weekend saw headline potential stirring - they look more than ready for the big call.

Open’er 2015 takes place from Wednesday 1st to Saturday 4th July.