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  Przystanek Woodstock

Przystanek Woodstock (Woodstock Poland) is a huge summer music festival held in the beginning of August in Kostrzyn on the Oder, Poland. The Festival is organized by the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity Foundation in order to thank all its volunteers and supporters who take part in the annual Grand Finale fundraising event in January. The first Woodstock Festival was held in 1995 in Czymanów at the ?arnowieckie Lake. Every year, Przystanek Woodstock features a few dozen bands from Poland and abroad. The guests are invited to perform on one of our two stages: the Big Stage or the Small Stage, also known as the Folk Stage. For 15 years the Orchestra has been organizing auditions for bands willing to perform for the Woodstock audience. Any groups interested in such an opportunity, whether they are a well-known group already or quite new to the scene, may send their demo CD to Fabryka Zespo?ów, which has been managing the band recruitment process for Przystanek Woodstock since 2009.

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News from Woodstock News from Woodstock Written 2016-05-02 15:18:28
Two bands for the Second Stage confirmed

Oberschleisen at Woodstock 2016

Oberschleisen are often referred to as 'Silesian Rammstein'. The band play a piercing variety of industrial metal. Apart from the accomplished musical compositions, the band draw the attention of the public and critics alike by the fact that their lyrics are written exclusively in the Silesian dialect. Since the onset of their career in 2008, the band has released two albums and gave countless concerts in Poland and abroad.

CETI at Woodstock 2016
CETI stands for Communication with Extraterrestrial Inteligence. The band began their activity in 1989 and since then, their work has been a series of creative experiments and musical successes. CETI skilfully blended heavy rock sounds with classical music, and collaborated with musical legends. They are the only metal band in Poland to perform with symphonic orchestra. The band are known for their rhythmical heavy rock compositions, with impressive guitar riffs and characteristic raspy vocals.
Woodstock news Woodstock news Written 2016-04-22 14:41:24
Dilated Peoples announced for Woodstock Festival Poland

The artists came together in the 1990s, and their first album was released in 1997. They became a fixture on the touring circuit and garnered attention in the underground hip-hop community. 2004 brought collaborations with Kanye West, Xhibit, and John Legend. The rappers remained independent and faithful the their distinct style and went on to produce a socially engaged album 'Directors of Photography' in 2014.

Dilated Peoples are true veterans of hip-hops stage, with their sound characterized by the innovative use of DJ's skill and hard-hitting socially aware rhymes.

This year the rappers will take the Main Stage at Woodstock Festival Poland!

Nine Treasures announced for the Second Stage

This five peace group plays a tantalizing mix of folk music and heavy metal. The band has been formed in 2010 in Beijing and went on to capture the attention of metal fans worldwide. Nine Treasures won Open Air Wacken Metal Battle finales and their music has been featured in all major festivals in China.

Nine Treasures use traditional Asian instruments, such as balalaika and mix it with contemporary heavy sounds. Their latest EP, released in 2015, titled 'Galloping White Horse' is a an example of how well the ancient tradition of overtone singing can be mixed with heavy metal sounds.

Jerzy Stuhr to give a talk at AFA this year

Jerzy Stuhr is a legend of Polish cinema and theatre. His prolific acting and directing career spans genres and generations. The actor has worked with the greatest contemporary directors such as Wajda and Żuławki and has directed theatre plays and feature films himself.

As a writer he does not shy from personal topics, but he also shares his views on art, culture, and health. Stuhr is a true man of letters and arts, and the meeting with his will be an inspiring, thought-provoking experience.
Woodstock news Woodstock news Written 2016-04-22 14:10:29
HEY will take the Main Stage at Woodstock 2016

One of the most important Polish rock bands, HEY has been shaping the Polish musical landscape from the very beginning of their work in 1992. Their music – outstanding compositions combined with Katarzyna Nosowska’s honest, moving lyrics – took the public by storm in no time. The band’s debut album “Fire” from 1993 still remains one of the mightiest productions in the library of Polish rock. In the 20 years of their work, the band has experimented with an array of genres from grunge and alternative rock to electronic music.

After the release of HEY’s tenth album “Do Rycerzy, Do Szlachty, do Mieszczan” the band decided to once again square up with acoustic arrangements. Having completed a promotional “Unplugged” tour, they released “HEY w Filharmonii, Szczecin Unplugged”, which was a symbolic return not only to their previous album “MTV Unplugged” but also to their home city Szczecin. The album became available in June 2015, shortly followed by a completely new studio album “Błysk” promoted with the single “Prędko, prędzej”.

Since their last appearance in front of the Woodstock audience 12 years ago, there has not been a band that has been as widely requested to make a comeback. We are delighted to confirm that the unique act will play for us again!
Woodstock news Woodstock news Written 2016-04-04 22:34:43

The Hives to play Main Stage at Woodstock Festival Poland

The Swedish rock phenomenon is the latest addition to 2016's line-up. Hailing from Fagersta, the band has released their first album 'Barely Legal' in 1997. Three years later 'Veni Vidi Vicious' followed suit. A compilation album 'Your New Favourite Band' going diamond cemented their position in music industry. The stylishly black-and-and white clad band toured for three years, riding the high of the success of smash hit songs such as 'Hate to Say I Told You So', 'Die, Alright!', and 'Main Offender'. They became one of the movers and shakers of the garage rock revival of the early 2000s.

They honed their distinct, fast-paced and melodic punk-inspired sound. They took music industry by storm, cooperating with producers such as Pharell Williams and Jacknife Lee on their 2007 release 'The Black and White Album'. Having played 400 gigs, the self proclaimed 'marauding Vikings with much better dress sense' took their shows as far as Chile, Brazil, and Argentina.

Their latest album, 'Lex Hives' was released on their own label, Disque Hives in Sweden, the UK, and the USA and Canada, comprising twelve self-produced tracks, with a deluxe version containing bonus tracks produced by Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme.

The Hives have been praised for their dynamic, high-energy life shows and have been acclaimed by the critics as one of the best rock performers. Their performance on the Main Stage will surely bring a powerful dose of rock&roll energy!

Photo: Band Archive

Enej to Play Second Stage at Woodstock Festival Poland

A Polish rock and folk band established in Olsztyn in 2002 by two brothers, Piotr and Paweł Soloduha, and their friend Łukasz Kojrys. The musicians developed an amazingly energetic sound on the fringe between folk and ska, powered op with a rocky beat and invariably Ukrainian melodies.They released their first album, 'Ulice', in 2008.

Two years later, in 2010, Enej successfully participated in the Woodstock Preliminaries, a contest for promising young bands organized by Woodstock Festival Poland. The band proved to be better than almost 700 other contestants and made it onto the legendary Woodstock stage. The same year saw the release of 'Folkorabel', a record with was soon to turn gold.

Their latest release 'Paparanoja' came out in February 2015. The album, which quickly gained the status of a gold record, is packed with melodious, catchy tunes that immediately attracted a lot of attention.This year, for the fourth time in their career, Enej plays the Polish Woodstock.

Łzy to Play Second Stage at Woodstock Festival Poland

Łzy is one of the most popular bands playing pop rock in Poland. During the 19 years of their music career they have released six albums, and their hit songs, such as 'Oczy szeroko zamknięte', 'Agnieszka', 'Narcyz', and 'Zatańcz ze mną' are a staple at their concerts.

Throughout the years they have received many music industry awards, such as two 'Superjedynka' awards for Band of the Year and Song of the Year for 'Oczy szeroko zamknięte' and three Popcorn 'Microphone' awards. 'Oczy szeroko zamknięte' was also named as one of the biggest hit songs of XX century in Poland by Radio Zet. .

In December of 2011 the band has welcomed an energetic, young and very talented new vocalist. Sara Chmiel has recorded two albums with Łzy. The second disc premièred in March of 2014 and the single promoting the new release, 'Kiedy nie ma w nas miłości', has over 5 million views on YouTube.

Łzy play sets of almost two hours, filled with unforgettable hit songs, amazing emotions and positive pop-rock vibes.

Sexbomba joins Woodstock Festival Poland Line-up

Sexbomba has been playing non-stop since 1986. Born in Legionowo out of fascination with punk rock and rock-and-roll music, the band's first performance was at Jarocin Festival in 1986. The band plays a fusion of punk rock and rock & roll, and often adds choirs into the chorus of their songs. Sexbomba has released 16 albums, and a new record, titled 'Spam' premiered in March 2016.

The band is proud to note that they have performed at every Grand Finale of the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity, Jarocin Festival, AORA Festival in Hungary, and played twice on Woodstock Festival Poland stages. Sexbomba has shared line-ups with the bands such as The Buzzcocks, G.B.H,. Vibrators, 999, Bones, Generators, UK Subs, Anti Nowhere League, Toy Dolls, PTTB.

Their release 'CTRL + ALT + DELETE' was promoted by a single 'Raz przeżyty dzień' which featured performances by Siczka (KSU), Harcerz (Analogs), Zygzag (TZN XENNA), Cichy (FORT BS), Iglak (Balbulators), Jaromir (WC), and Marek Wiernik. The record and the accompanying video can be dubbed as the biggest undertaking on the Polish pun-rock stage to date. Sexbomba is celebrating their 30th anniversary this year, and they intend to perform 'Raz przeżyty dzień' live with all artists involved in the recording.
Woodstock news Woodstock news Written 2016-03-25 11:13:28
DragonForce Joins Woodstock Festival Poland line-up

The band was formed in October 1999 by London-based twin guitar shredders Herman Li and Sam Totman, who used the name DragonHeart for two years. The line-up was gradually completed by musicians from various countries, their cosmopolitan pedigrees adding extra colour and texture to a style that mixed thrash- and speed-metal with power-metal, performed with high quality musicianship and blessed by a strong, stirring melodic undercurrent.

Through the years, the band has worked out an eclectic, unmistakeable sound - they mix fast-paced guitar solos with electronic sounds and they pair them with fantasy-themed lyrics.

As of 2015, the band has released 6 studio albums and 2 concert DVDs. Having toured extensively, they played shows in Europe, South America, and Asia. This summer's performance on the Main Stage will be the band's debut at Woodstock Festival Poland.

First Guests of the Academy of the Finest Arts confirmed

Woodstock Festival Poland offers its guests a diverse accompanying programme. Apart from an eclectic line-up, festival goers can enjoy meetings and discussions held at the Academy of the Finest Arts. The AFA offers a unique space, tailored for inspiring discussions and conversations with the well-loved and respected artists, politicians, journalists, activists. Public figures share their experiences and opinions in an environment that encourages open and honest dialogue. Everyone is welcome, as long as you are willing to listen and ask thought-provoking questions. It's difficult to list all the names of our guests, but the Academy was honoured to host the meetings with Andrzej Wajda, Lech Wałęsa, and Manuela Gretkowska.

The Academy also holds a variety of workshops that allow the participants to interact with art in a more direct manner. We would not dare put boundaries on creativity, and the participants are encouraged to experience art both as creators and as members of the audience. What's more, in the vein of exchange of ideas NGO organizations from across the world can showcase their causes as a part of the AFA activities.

The Academy also holds concerts on what is now known as the Academy of the Finest Arts' Night Stage. The concerts offer a change of pace from the hectic atmosphere of the Main and Second stages. The Night Stage hosts a variety of acts and attracts the audience with its intimate atmosphere and mellow mood.

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