Tell Me About the Festival: Pohoda (which indicates “chill”) is a single of Slovakia’s largest and oldest music festivals. Surrounded by gentle rolling mountains, the grassy airfield venue signifies plenty of space for dancing, relaxing, and enjoying the festival.
2016 Artist Sampler: The Prodigy, PJ Harvey, The Savages, Sigur Ros, Gogol Bordello, Parov Stelar
Estimated Size: 30,000
The MFW Beer Index: $ 1.50 for 1/2 liter. Score!
What Makes This Festival Stand Out: The vibe. I do not choose favorites, but following attending 50 festivals in 20 nations, this 1 that felt like home. Accurate to its name, the absolute chillness of Pohoda and the variety of music tends to make this a festival I would advise to any person.
Who Attends This Festival: Neglect hostel backpacking and bus tours. The greatest way to expertise the folks of a nation is to attend a festival like this one where the mainly Slovakian crowd couldn’t have be more friendly to me.
What’s the Venue Like: The expansive airfield means there’s room to spread out and lots of soft grass everywhere. There’s two big camping locations on each finish and the interior is your normal festival set-up with three open-air stages and two large tent stages.
What What You Alter: I would ban foreign media from covering Pohoda so that the Westerners in no way uncover this small gem.
Would You Go Back: Absolutely. Already looking for tickets.
The Green Scene: Reusable cups! I’ve noticed them earlier this season at smaller sized festivals and wondered if this game changer could scale up. Pohoda proved to me that each and every festival need to have implemented this currently. The fields remained close to litter free of charge all weekend.
Payment Method: Straight cash. I couldn’t be happier.
Family members-Friendly Issue: 10 out of ten. Pohoda delivered a master course in how you do loved ones festivaling with their youngsters-only activity location and stage. The a lot more jubilant festies remained respectful to households and there’s a wealth of spacious spots to get pleasure from the music. Would adore to see a lot more festivals in the US follow this lead and introduce far more households to the festival world.
Details, Specifics, Information
Exactly where Is it and How Challenging is it to Get There: Pohoda is outdoors the city of Trencin — about 60km north of Bratislava. Trains from Vienna, Prague, and Bratislava seemed to be the easiest alternative obtaining to the festival.
Exactly where Do I Sleep: Camping.
Eating and Drinking: I’m nevertheless dreaming about the meals vendors at Pohoda. There’s national picks like potato pancakes, chicken noodle soup, and fried cheese along with vegetarian choices. I ate at the stalls all weekend. Beer tents rule the drinking even though if you search it out, there’s a Czech sweet wine that tasted delicious.
Acquiring To and From the Festival: There’s a shuttle bus from the central train station that leaves every single 20 minutes or so and fees under $ 1. There’s also parking if you bring a car.