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Added by Villiana on 5 Sep 2014 09:42
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Woodstock Festival Poland 2014

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Przystanek Woodstock also Woodstock Festival Poland (Polish for "Woodstock Station"; English-language materials often refer simply to the Woodstock Festival) is an annual ticket-free rock music festival in Poland, inspired by and named for the Woodstock Festival, that has taken place since 1995. In 2009 Woodstock Festival Poland gathered above 400,000 people, in 2011 the attendance was above 700,000, in 2012 attendance was about 550,000 people, in 2013 attendance was about 500,000 and in 2014 attendance was about 750.000 (record). The average attendance for the past four years is 625,000 people. Since the 11th festival its organizers have called Przystanek Woodstock "the biggest open-air festival in Europe".

The festival's motto is "Love, Friendship, and Music". It is organized by the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity NGO as a way of thanking its volunteers. Generally a weekend-long event, its two stages are in continuous use from early afternoon to dawn, featuring performances by around 30 bands every year. Many Polish bands have made several appearances, including IRA, Myslovitz, Dลผem, Acid Drinkers and 2TM2,3. Foreign bands are also invited every year - The Stranglers, Papa Roach, The Prodigy, Guano Apes, Kontrust, Clawfinger, Nigel Kennedy, Gentleman, Korpiklaani to name but a few appearances. A battle of the bands takes place prior to the festival, and the winners are given a chance to perform. The main musical theme is generally rock, but genres represented run almost a full gamut from folk through experimental to Metal. Recent years has also seen reggae, electronic music and even classical music represented. The name Przystanek Woodstock - "Woodstock Station" refers to peace and friendship symbolized by the Woodstock Festival and the TV series Northern Exposure, aired as Przystanek Alaska (Alaska Station), immensely popular in Poland at that time.


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