Utopia, a shining example, the best festival in Central Europe: foreign media on Pohoda 2017 “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” are the words of the prestigious Drowned in Sound portal about Pohoda. Portal Gigwise published a review of Pohoda titled “10 reasons why we fell in love with Pohoda Festival” with a subtitle “Gigwise travels to Slovakia to discover festival utopia”. Festival Flyer calls us the best festival in Central Europe and Polish journalists of RMF FM referred to us as to their social event of the year. Gazeta Wyborcza was of a similar opinion and wrote: “Festival visitors are attracted by the mythical atmosphere”. The Hungarian portal music-daily.hu praised the stunning atmosphere and the fact that Pohoda perfectly fits the meaning of its name. Below is a selection of articles on Pohoda written by foreign journalists after Pohoda 2017.
16. August 2017
UK: Drowned in Sound
The prestigious portal Drowned in Sound has written already a great preview of Pohoda 2017. Derek Robertsonʼs review after the festival makes us even happier: “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.”
“The list of Pohoda’s superlative qualities is truly endless. It’s hard to avoid the conclusion that it is this caring ethos that has ensured its longevity and secured its 5-star reputation with audiences and artists.” were the words of Anastasia Connor in a review of Pohoda for portal Gigwise.
Pohoda 2017 was for Vito Valentinetti, Editor-in-Chief of Music Festival Wizard, the sixth stop on his 100 Nights of Summer Tour. Obviously, it was one of the most favourite. In his review of the 21st Pohoda, he says: “One of my top recommendations for festivaling in Europe. One of the top family-friendly festivals in Europe. Truly a hidden gem on the festival circuit. Pohoda delivers a laid-back vibe mixed with a wide-ranging lineup, and I catch something surprising every day.”
“If you are looking for a relaxed festival with a rich line-up and unbeatably low prices, you should check out the Pohoda festival. To get there, it takes only one hour from the Bratislava airport and two hours from Vienna. “Pohoda” means something like comfort, and who is “in comfort”, everything about that person is all right. The festival does a great deal to guarantee this feeling of comfort. There are culinary specialities from all over the world, and, of course, it is family-friendly.”
“The festival area is accessible 24/7 and programme and activities are also available 24/7. I will never forget the last night. The festival has a special tradition, and, unlike some other festivals, it is not throwing empty bottles or starting small fires. Instead, accompanied by a local folklore ensemble, they welcome the sun at 5 am in the morning.”
“Belgium is celebrated as a festival country, yet our festivals are increasingly criticized for the way they are organized. As a result, more and more Belgians go to festivals abroad. We took to have a look at the Slovak festival Pohoda and immediately became its big fans. There is a reason behind why the name of Pohoda can also be translated as peace.”
“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.”
Another nice review was published in the important Polish daily Gazeta Wyborcza. Author Małgorzata Muraszko compares 4 famous European festivals: Spanish Primavera, Polish Open'er, our Pohoda, and German Melt. Among other things, she says this about Pohoda: “Visitors of the festival are attracted by the mythical atmosphere. Also the way they approach people is friendly. Instead of commands and prohibitions, the organizers give recommendations to visitors on what they can do at the festival and what they should not. At the same time, the organizers are not trying to set records in number of visitors: they keep the number at 30,000.”
Editors of RMF FM radio and portal Interia.pl are also regular visitors to Pohoda and they write a joint review of the festival. In this yearʼs report, they also wrote: “Festivals are a bit like family: spending time together, we create an intimate relationship with them. There will be no divorce with Pohoda. The idea of Pohoda as a musical event that differentiates it from competing festivals is to give the audience the same rights as the artists have. Pohoda has become our social event of the year.”
If I had one word to describe the festival, it would probably be: wonderful. The atmosphere of the festival itself is overwhelming... The name of the festival, Pohoda, translates as peace and it can be perfectly felt in everything there.
“The unique feature of the festival is that for 20 years it brought and raised a whole generation of open-minded music lovers, who continue to go to the festival with their families, kids and friends. That’s why it is a common thing to see an elderly couple with their teenage son or daughter dancing next to a younger father with a baby on his shoulders. The amount of old people was equal to the amount of kids – huge! Thank you Pohoda for being such a meaningful place and wait for us next year, hopefully with a huge group of friends!”
“Pohoda is a festival you can trust, go blindfold and just buy a ticket. Then remove the blindfold at sunflowers. Thank you for some more the most beautiful three days of summer”, are the words of David Čajčík of Fullmoonzine.cz on Pohoda 2017. We also enjoyed reading reviews from Radio Wave, the Alterecho portal and other friends from behind the Morava river.