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.
Winner The Take A Stand Award
Winner Michal Kaščák - Award For Excellence And Passion
- 30 000
visitors a day
- 8 156 GB
- 125 000 m2
- 270 000
pints of beer
- 5 000
parking spaces for visitors
- 1 500
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.
The Chemical Brothers / Björk / Sigur Rós / Solange / St Vincent / Rodriguez / LP / Jessie Ware / Ziggy Marley / Kronos Quartet / GusGus / Die Antwoord / Atoms for Peace / Kraftwerk / PJ Harvey / Jamie Collum / 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 / Ride / Fink / 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 ...Show all references
Jubilant three days where the feel-good vibes are reflected by a stellar, diverse lineup
Guests are treated like family, and there is truly something for everyone.Derek Robertson, The Independent
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
Pohoda has been close to our hearts for years and we are glad we can stand by it. For many of us, it’s not just a “business trip” but the highlight of the year that we are looking forward to. Our primary goal at the airfield is to give all visitors, organizers and artists such environment that offers telecommunication technologies and conditions users are used to during normal days. Therefore, as the main partner of the festival, we have been providing useful service that brings festival-goers and organizers the highest comfort thanks to technological support, high-quality coverage and Orange Zone, which is full of fun as well as practical services, for seven years already. Pohoda is indeed about experiences and atmosphere and that’s why we’re happy that thanks to Wi-Fi coverage, 4G network and visitors themselves, we could again transmit Pohoda’s atmosphere beyond festival gatesNatália Kunická, Brand Activation team, Orange
Slovakia’s biggest arts and music event, it’s well worth the trip. The easy-going festival prides itself on its laid-back crowd and well-facilitated site, which sees around 30,000 visitors a day enjoying not just music, but visual art, film, literature and theatre.The Telegraph
An arty, eco-friendly ethos has long set this Slovakian gem apart from its brasher, more commercial Western European cousins. With tempting line-ups spanning lots of genres and affordable drinks prices, more and more Britons are discovering the festival each year.“The Guardian
Nice vibes.Chemical Brothers
Pohoda festival you are incredible! We loved playing for you.Jamie Cullum
Thank you to the incredible Pohoda festival audience.Kronos Quartet
Pohoda is amazing, beautiful and unique. I’m the best version of myself when at Pohoda, simply enjoying beautiful things, fun and peace; I cry at emotive concerts and get totally wild when seeing crazy shows. I meet friends as well as not-friends who, for that brief moment spent waiting in a line for a beer, are my friends. And nothing really bothers meEliška
Looking forward to meeting you at the 24th edition of Pohoda Festival,
9th – 11th July 2020, airport Trenčín!