The organisers of Slovakia’s Pohoda festival have announced that Jessie Ware, Ride, Sophie and BadBadNotGood are the latest names to join the previously announced Chemical Brothers, St Vincent and Ziggy Marley.
Taking place 5 – 7 July at Trencin Airport, the Pohoda festival was launched in 1997 and has, over the years, grown to be an impressive event that’s become an important fixture on the event calendar. Last year’s bill boasted an impressive line-up that included M.I.A., Benjamine Clementine, Slowdive, Jesus and Mary Chain, Ho99o9, alt J, Beak>, Solange, Mark Lanegan, Austra and Slaves.
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This year’s bill is shaping up to be another tasty event. Nominated for BRIT Awards, the Mercury Prize and MOBO, Jessie Ware has collaborated with the likes of Florence and the Machine, Disclosure, SBTRKT, Sampha and Ed Sheeran.
Elsewhere, Ride are bringing their ethereal brand of shoegazing guitar wizardry to Pohoda. Since their reunion, they’ve topped the bill at Field Day as well as releasing a cracking album in the shape of last year’s Weather Diaries.
As evidenced by their set at last year’s Green Man festival, BadBadNotGood are proving to be a dab hand when it comes to festivals. Combing hip-hop with jazz improvisation, these Canadians are incrementally increasing their fan base with intense performances, which will doubtless be delivered here.
Dance producer Sophie has worked with a wide variety of names including Madonna, Charli XCX, Vince Staples, Le1f, Liz, and Namie Amuro.
Other acts confirmed for Pohoda include Glass Animals, Kronos Quartet, SOJA, Danny Brown, Rodriguez, Aurora, Little Dragon, Blossoms, Fink, Calexico, El Gusto, Knower, La Femme, Charlie Winston, Helena Hauff, Scouting for Girls, Riot Days by Pussy Riot Theatre, Confidence Man and This Is The Kit.
Gigwise went last year and was blown away.
“A festival set on an airfield may not sound like an enticing proposition but wait till you get there,” we wrote. “Only a short drive away from Trencin, Pohoda is a sight to behold. Embraced by the West Carpathian mountains and set in the valley of the river Váh, it fills you with a dizzying feeling of space and calm.
“As the fiery heat of central European summer gives way to the balmy evening breeze, the sun disappear against the backdrop of the mountains, providing a spectacle worthy of its own billing. Trencin itself is a relaxed, small place with elegant baroque architecture in the centre dominated by the impressive medieval castle nestled on a rock above the city. In short, it's an idyllic setting.”
Sounds pretty good, right? The last batch of tickets priced at a very reasonable 89 € are available from the festival website. Once those are gone, they go up to a still manageable 119 €.