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“We have the best audience on the planet”: Pohoda sells out

With a week to go until kick-off, Slovakia’s Pohoda Festival has sold out for the second year in a row.

Pohoda (‘Peace’), Slovakia’s biggest music festival, was founded in 1997 and has taken place at its current home, Trenčín Airport, since 2004. Artists playing the 2019 event, the festival’s 23rd, include the 1975, Liam Gallagher, Lykke Li, the Roots, Mac Demarco, Death Grips, Skepta, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Michael Kiwanuka and Lianne La Havas.

A multidisciplinary arts programme runs alongside the music, including theatre, dance, literature, visual arts and – new for 2019 – the Sporka Science & Magic stage, which will host scientific lectures and talks during the day and burlesque performances by night.

“We can’t wait to meet all these beautiful people”

“We are excited and thankful that Pohoda is sold out for the second year in a row,” Michal Kaščák, founder and promoter of the 30,000-capacity event, tells IQ. “We can’t wait to meet all these beautiful people who will bring sense to the work we do at the moment, changing the previously military airport into space for celebrating freedom and tolerance. We have the best audience on the planet and we do our best to prepare a great time for all Pohoda people.

“Thanks for the trust and thanks for the best atmosphere in the world – see you very soon in Trenčín.”

Pohoda 2019 takes place from Thursday 11 to Saturday 13 July.

 


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Czech Republic, Slovakia joint ESNS 2019 focus countries

The Czech Republic and Slovakia will be Eurosonic Noorderlag (ESNS)’s first-ever joint focus countries in 2019.

In cooperation with Michal Kaščák, CEO of Slovakia’s Pohoda Festival, and Márton Náray, director of new Czech export office SoundCzech, the Dutch conference/showcase festival will next year shine a spotlight on the two central European neighbours, which, says booker Robert Meijerink, although “two of the youngest countries in Europe”, both have “diverse and growing music scenes, a great history and lots of amazing music to be discovered”.

Previous recent focus countries include Denmark (2018), Portugal (2017) and the central and eastern European (CEE) nations (2016).

“I am confident that this will be a remarkable focus, especially with CR/Radio Wave and Radio_FM, SoundCzech/Czech Music Office and the ETEP festivals Colours of Ostrava, Metronome Festival, Rock for People, United Islands of Prague [Czech Republic] and Pohoda [Slovakia] on board,” says ESNS conference coordinator Ruud Berends.

“We are excited about the opportunity to show European professionals how much we have to offer”

Náray says the music scene in the Czech Republic has grown tremendously over the past five to ten years, with more than 500 summer festivals, a booming club scene and a host of promising emerging talent. “We are excited about the opportunity to show European professionals how much we have to offer,” he comments. “I think it is the perfect moment to do that.”

“It is great to be a music fan in Slovakia,” adds Kaščák (pictured). “The whole world knows Metallica, PJ Harvey and the Sex Pistols – and we are lucky enough to know Čad, Jana Kirschner and the Wilderness. But don’t worry: thanks to the Czech–Slovakian focus at ESNS 2019, we will be sharing our hidden treasures with music lovers around the world.”

ESNS returns to Groningen in the Netherlands from 16 to 19 January 2019. More than 4,000 industry delegates attended Eurosonic Noorderslag 2018, which saw performances from 300 European acts, including 22 from focus country Denmark.

 

 


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