Europe's largest free music festival to kick off in Poland



WARSAW (dpa)- The Pol'and'Rock Festival, the largest open-air music festival in Poland and the biggest free music festival in Europe, starts in Kostrzyn nad Odra on the German border on Thursday.
The 25th edition of the festival, formerly known as Woodstock Festival Poland (Przystanek Woodstock), will last until Saturday, August 3.




The line-up includes bands such as Prophets of Rage, Skunk Anansie, Gogol Bordello, Ziggy Marley, Avatar and Dub FX. Polish artists will be represented by, among others, Krzysztof Zalewski, happysad, Acid Drinkers and Agnieszka Chylinska.
The festival was first held in 1995 as a thank you for volunteers who had raised money for the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity (WOSP), a well-known Polish charity.
The border city of Kostrzyn nad Odra has been the home of the festival since 2004. Each year, it hosts hundreds of thousands of fans from Poland and other countries, including neighbouring Germany.
The festival is widely associated with WOSP and its president Jerzy Owsiak. Known for his colourful fashion choices and "Do what you want" ("Robta co chceta") catchphrase, Owsiak has faced widespread criticism from conservative communities in Poland.
In recent years, his festival has faced a number of organizational obstacles.
Since 2017, it has been categorized an "elevated risk event" by the police, the sole music festival in Poland to be classified as such.
This year, select state and regional railway carriers cancelled special trains which usually bring fans to the event, only to reinstate them following vocal protests that triggered the intervention of Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.
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Monday, August 5th 2019
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