POHODA FESTIVAL

22nd Anniversary of
Pohoda Festival

Pohoda is a music and arts festival with an international acclaim, where alternative, indie, electronica, world music & punk meet classical; alongside literature, dance, visual art, film and theatre.

EFA 2017 winner

Winner EFA: Green Operations Award
TOP 6 EFA shortlist: Brand Activation Award, Západoslovenská energetika at Pohoda festival
TOP 6 EFA shortlist: The Health & Safety Innovation Award, Pohoda festival for its weather management system
TOP 6 EFA shortlist: Take a Stand
TOP 10 EFA shortlist: Promoter of the Year
TOP 10 EFA shortlist: Line-up of the Year
TOP 10 EFA shortlist: Best medium-sized festival


Pohoda 2017

  • 29 500
    visitors a day
  • 166
    concerts
  • 28
    countries
  • 4 363 GB
    downloaded data
  • 125 000 m2
    campsite area
  • 270 000
    pints of beer
  • 413
    volunteers
  • 5 000
    parking spaces for visitors
  • 677
    temp-workers

When preparing Pohoda, we try to use the same approach as when you invite someone to your home for a visit. You want them to feel good in your place, you want them to have a good programme and place to sit and sleep. You prepare good food and drinks and do everything possible to make them feel good even in the bathroom or the toilet. Then you can listen to good music, dance, watch movies, talk about the joys and challenges of the universe, discuss art — everybody what they want and how they want. We believe that our visitors can feel this approach. We, on the other hand, can certainly say that they are great guests. They create the best atmosphere we’ve experienced at festivals.

Michal Kaščák

The festival creates a unique celebration of freedom and tolerance, where the beautiful and varied cultures of the world can meet, communicate and share ideas.

Pohoda takes place on the second weekend in July in Trencin, Slovakia. Trencin is situated 120km from Bratislava and 190km north-east of Vienna. The festival is based at a former military airfield in the valley of the river Vah surrounded by three of the Western Carpathian Mountains. From a visitor’s point of view, the festival area is easy to reach and provides an ideal and generously designed area for a limited capacity of 30.000 visitors. Forget about queuing for food or toilets, cramped camping or moving around the site in large crowds - the capacity is set in a way that ensures it is comfortable and open, to match the name of the festival. (Pohoda/Slavic/: peace, ease, contentment) Pohoda was established by Michal Kascak and Mario Michna in 1997.

The first event took place at Trencin’s football grounds, with eight bands playing on one stage. In 1998 the festival moved to the Pod Sokolicami area with a dance stage added and a selection of NGO’s present for the first time. In 1999 the festival turned into a two-day event; and in 2000 Pohoda spread to the Trencin exhibition area with a further six stages, featuring literature and classical music. In 2004 Pohoda moved to Trencin airport where it has been ever since.

Program references

Björk / Sigur Rós / Solange / Die Antwoord / Atoms for Peace / Kraftwerk / PJ Harvey / Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds / Einstürzende Neubauten / FFS (Franz Ferdinand & Sparks) / Manu Chao La Ventura / Eagles of Death Metal / The Jesus and Mary Chain / Flying Lotus / James Blake / The Smashing Pumpkins / Portishead / Moby / Pulp / Suede / Travis / Elbow / Róisín Murphy / Bloc party / Kaiser Chiefs / Lou Reed / The Prodigy / Pixies / The XX / Tame Impala / Disclosure live / Leftfield / Sleaford Mods / Goldfrapp / Fatboy Slim / Slaves / Patti Smith / A-Trak / Hudson Mohawke / Public Enemy / Nina Kraviz / Kasabian / CocoRosie / Parov Stelar / Ylvis / Lamb / Ibeyi / Tricky / Orbital / The Streets / Justice DJ set / Major Lazer / Madness / Basement Jaxx / Ian Brown / Public Image ltd. / M.I.A. / The Hives / Autechre / AMON TOBIN - 2 FINGERS DJ SET / TaxiWars / TUNE YARDS / Young Fathers / Two Door Cinema Club / Imogen Heap / Emiliana Torrini / Rodrigo y Gabriela / Slowdive / Wu Tang Clan / Aloe Blacc / ODESZA / Movits! / Machinedrum / Les Ambassadeurs / Turbowolf / The Cardigans / Bat for Lashes / Yann Tiersen / Dizzee rascal / Beardyman / Warpaint / Savages / Royal Choral Society / Nederlands Dans Theater / Dj shadow / Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club / Beirut / FATOUMATA DIAWARA & ROBERTO FONSECA / Cesaria Evora / Tinariwen / The Klezmatics / FEMI KUTI & POSITIVE FORCE / Shane MacGowan's Popes / Zakarpatský Národný Zbor / Eagulls / White Lies / When Saints go Machine / Schwefelgelb / Villagers / Ukrajinská Národná Filharmónia / Trombone Shorty / Tricot / Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs / Tony Allen / Theo Parrish Live / The Skatalites / The Selecter / The Plastic People of the Universe / The Kooks / The Horrors / The Cribs / The Correspondents / The Asteroids Galaxy Tour / The Afghan Whigs / SUN RA CENTENNIAL DREAM ARKESTRA / Stereo MC's / Staff Benda Bilili / Sleigh Bells / silent disco / Shuya Okino & Eddy Ramich / Seward / Sebastian / Seasick Steve / SBTRKT DJ SET / Sam Lee & Friends / Roots Manuva / Preservation Hall Jazz Band / Portico Quartet / Pig Ignerents / Peaches / Paris Suit Yourself / Ondatrópica / Mr. scruff / Gogol Bordello / The Vaccines / Mount Kimbie / Mogwai / Modeselektor DJ set / Moderat / Mixhell / Marian Varga + Noneto / Koreless / Manu Delago Handmade / Leningrad Cowboys / Kelis / Thundercat / Jupiter & Okwess International / Juana Molina / John Parish / Jana Kirschner / Jambinai / Jamaican Legends / I blame Coco / Hermeto Pascoal / Gilles Peterson / Get the blessing / Fun Lovin' Criminals / Forro in the Dark / FANFARA TIRANA meets TRANSGLOBAL UNDERGROUND / Eskmo / Dub Pistols / Esben and the Witch / East India Youth / Dre Skull / Django django / Diplo / Mark Lanegan Band / Deus / Deap vally / Caribou / Brandt Brauer Frick Ensemble / Battles ...

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Sold Out in year 2016
TOP 5

Pohoda was replete with a program of art, music and activities that placed it somewhere between Latitude and Glastonbury on the content spectrum, and with a joyous ease few European events can match.

John Wright, Virtual Festivals
  • 2017

    Winner EFA: Green Operations Award
    TOP 6 EFA shortlist: Brand Activation Award, Západoslovenská energetika at Pohoda festival
    TOP 6 EFA shortlist: The Health & Safety Innovation Award, Pohoda festival for its weather management system
    TOP 6 EFA shortlist: Take a Stand
    TOP 10 EFA shortlist: Promoter of the Year
    TOP 10 EFA shortlist: Line-up of the Year
    TOP 10 EFA shortlist: Best medium-sized festival
  • 2016

    9 out of 10 according to the prestigious server Virtualfestivals.com
  • 2015

    10 out of 10 according to the prestigious server Virtualfestivals.com
    12 festivals worth visiting in 2015 according to STA Travel
    10 festivals worth visiting in 2015 according to the Couvre-feu portal
  • 2014

    Top 5 festivals in the world according to music professionals in The Arthur Awards poll
    Top 12 European festivals in the most prestigious Europe Festival Awards poll
  • 2013

    Top 6 European summer festivals of 2013 outside the UK according to The Telegraph
    Top 50 best world’s must-attend festivals according to CNN
  • 2012

    10 out of 10 points according to the prestigious server Virtualfestivals.com
    Top 10 European festivals in the most prestigious Festival Awards Europe poll
  • 2011

    3rd place in Top 15 festivals outside the UK according to Virtualfestivals.com
    Top 5 European Festivals in the most prestigious Europe Festival Awards poll
30 000 visitors in 2016

Thank you for you kindness and warmth.

Benjamine Clementine

I feel fine, free, exorbitant, relaxed and beautiful”, or how the Pohoda festival increases your comfort and self-esteem in only three days, and how important the tradition is for a festival. After three days at Pohoda one understands the people who return every year. It’s just three days of holiday here. In the centre, there is an old, beautiful, worn out, small piano, and anyone can play it. For almost two hours, I was listening to a young man who was there with his best friends, “just to jam and have a good time”. And in this small family scenery, people laughed, sang, clapped their hands, and danced. A small piece of a big picture is a tiny metaphor for what makes the great whole and is the essence of the Pohoda festival.

Lisa Schneider, Austrian radio station FM4

Had an amazing time hanging out with all of these hands at Pohoda Festival. What a place!

C Duncan

Over the last few years, Pohoda has deservedly earned a burgeoning reputation as one of Europe’s best-kept festival secrets. It’s not just the amazing value for money that a weekend here offers, nor is it the diverse, eclectic line-up that guarantees something for everyone year after year. It’s that at Pohoda, fan enjoyment and fun is the very ethos the whole event is geared towards. Pohoda goes further than that; here, you’re family.

Derek Robertson, Drowned in Sound

To sum it up. Pohoda is a utopia. It is exactly the unrealistically beautiful world in which we all want to live. It is a world where the central event of the day is a music experience or a discussion with the president of the country and it is the world where everyone is equal, because we all queue to get into the shower; it is a city with streets and squares where politicians and artists walk just the same like you do and they have the same “problems” like you do… (mud!) What power does music and art have, so that 30,000 people decide to pay for spending three days in the tent? Pohoda is a utopia and so it can last for only three days. That’s why it’s good to experience it.

Martin

POHODA FESTIVAL

I still have goosebumps when I remember the atmosphere, exciting experiences and a great number of great people at this year's Pohoda. I'm a little bit sorry I discovered Pohoda only now, but better than never J This year again, we, Urpiner, were very happy to bring joy to the souls of beer lovers: we brought an unprecedented range of Slovak beer gems to the festival, which also contributed to the positive emotions at Pohoda 2017. Pohodans, thank you!

Branislav Cvik Chairman of the Board of Directors of Banskobystrický pivovar, a.s. (Representing brand Urpiner at the festival)

I cannot find words to describe what a great joy and experience it was to be a part of your wonderful festival. Thank you, thank you, thank you many times! Wonderful music, people, organization, food, hotel, city, country, atmosphere! 3 days is too short, I would live there for the rest of my life.

Semyon Galperin, promoter Russia

No doubt your festival is one of the top if not the top European festival! I’m always getting thrilling feedbacks from our artists performing at Pohoda.

Fabrice Gogendeau, Mbongwana Star, Saul Williams, Ester Rada agent

Our first “Pohoda experience” was trully once in a lifetime. It is the best festival that we have ever attended, either as an artists or spectators. We enjoyed every minute. Congratulations to You and Your awesome “Pohoda team”!. Everyone was so kind, helpful and professional.

Iza Konsek, Hańba agent

Epic show Pohoda Festival, we really loved this festival Last night rocked hard Pohoda Festival Slovakia got smashed up.

Dub Pistols

Looking forward to meeting you at the 22th edition of Pohoda Festival,
5th – 7th July 2018, airport Trenčín!