Huge names and big stages
If you come to Pohoda Festival this year, make sure you'll check pillars with posters from all previous festivals. There should be a story of all years of Pohoda. After studying the line-up of different years of the festival, you’ll definitely ask yourself – “why I didn’t know about the existence of this festival before ?!"
Each year, managers and bookers make fantastic work to form the list of performers of the largest festival in Slovakia. The line-up of the declared famous names is harmoniously complemented by unknown to general public various bands of different musical directions, mood, subcultures from different countries of the world. After several years of trips to Pohoda Festival, each year we leave the territory of the old airport of Trencin with 10-15 new artists in the car player list as well as with the decision not to plan anything for three days at the start of July next year. Almost all of the seats in our festival bus are reserved for the next Pohoda Festival before getting home.
So let’s start with the hip-hop legends The Roots. Philadelphia-based band — described by Rolling Stone as “one of the greatest live acts in the world” and by the Boston Globe as the “greatest hip-hop band in the land”. The band has paved the way for live instrumental rap and has won numerous awards for its jazz-influenced, eclectic approach to hip-hop, including two Grammy’s and a 2007 NAACP Image Award. Due to their duties in The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, they are quite an exclusive thing to experience. They only regularly play at The Rooots Picnic festival hosted by them in native Philadelphia. Fortunately, it takes place every year in June! So Questlove, Black Thought and the band will be able to showcase their organic hip-hop jazz also at the Trencín airport. A definitely must-see performance.
Lykke Li. Her songs are a frequent choice of film and series creators, and her albums regularly feature producers of the worldʼs biggest stars. “I follow rivers” indeed is a big hit, but as Consequence of Sound sees it, especially the latest album so sad so sexy brings “Lykke Liʼs superb reinvention” as an artist rehabilitating pop in its most diverse forms also in the ears of the more demanding listener. After many years of our efforts, this regular performer at the Glastonbury, Coachella, and Lollapalooza festivals will come also to Slovakia for the first time—Lykke Li will perform at Pohoda 2019 on Friday, July 12.
Pohoda 2019 will feature also the British MC/rapper and the grime star, Skepta. He and his brother Jamie (Jme) founded collective and label Boy Better Know. They also collaborated on the latest album, Konnichiwa, for which he was awarded the Mercury Prize (leaving behind Radiohead and David Bowie), and Apple Music editors labelled it the album of the year 2016. In recent years he has collaborated with Dreake and Pharell Williams, and he also features on A$AP Rockyʼs hit “Praise the Lord (Da Shine)”. At the ranker.com portal, Skepta is on the top of The Best British Rappers of All Time and The Best Grime Artists charts. He will show the reason why to the visitors of Pohoda 2019 on Thursday night at the main stage.
Charlotte Gainsbourg is another performer of Pohoda 2019. The French-English actress and musician is Serge Gainsbourg’s and Jane Birkin’s daughter. She became famous for starring in films such as Melancholia, Jane Eyre, 21 Grams and Nymphomaniac, and has received awards for the best actress from the César Award and from film festivals in Cannes and Bratislava. As a singer, she has released five albums, with IRM (produced by Beck) and the newest Rest resonating the most. The Guardian and The Independent ranked the latter among the best albums of the year. She collaborated on the extraordinarily personal record with artists such as Paul McCartney, Connan Mockasin and Blood Orange, and received the "French Grammy" Victoires de la Musique for it.
Pohoda 2019 will feature one of the most famous voices in history – Liam Gallager is coming to Trencín. Thousands of readers of Q magazine and listeners of Radio X called him the biggest frontman of all times. After a several years long break, the founder and singer of the legendary Oasis and Beady Eye came back with a fantastic solo album As You Were last year. It immediately became the number one of the British chart, selling more copies in the first week than all the other albums in the TOP twenty of the aforementioned chart altogether. Shortly after his comeback, Liam received Best Live Act and Icon Award at Q Awards, Godlike Genius for his music industry services at NME Awards, and nominations for the Brit Awards and NME Awards for the Best Singer and Live Artist.
full line up you can find here