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 2018 winner
Winner The Take A Stand Award

EFA 2018 winner
Winner Michal Kaščák - Award For Excellence And Passion

Pohoda 2018

  • 30 000
    visitors a day
  • 149
  • 28
  • 8 156 GB
    downloaded data
  • 125 000 m2
    campsite area
  • 270 000
    pints of beer
  • 340
  • 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.

Program references

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 ...

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Sold Out in 2015, 2016, 2018 and 2019

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

  • 2018

    WINNER of The Take A Stand Award at the European Festival Awards
    WINNER of The Award For Excellence And Passion at the European Festival Awards
  • 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
Sold Out v roku 2016
30 000 visitors in 2015, 2016, 2018 a 2019

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 gates

Natália 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 me


Pohoda Festival

Looking forward to meeting you at the 24th edition of Pohoda Festival,
9th – 11th July 2020, airport Trenčín!