Open’er Festival in Gdynia Kosakowo is along with the Pol’and’Rock festival, the most popular festival in Poland. Open’er Festival 2023 will start on June 28 and last until the 1st of July. Just like in previous years, it will be located in Gdynia Kosakowo Airport, about 10 km from Gdynia city centre, and about 35 km from Gdansk. Don’t confuse it with Gdansk Mystic Festival, which is the biggest Gdansk Festival in 2023 filled with heavy metal music.
History of Open’er Festival in Gdynia
Although since 2006 the festival is located in Gdynia Kosakowo, it all started in Warsaw, in 2002. It was a one-day event at the time. For the next three years, Open’er Festival moved to Gdynia – it was located in Kosciuszki Square – and the lineup included World famous artists – Pink, Cypress Hills.
In 2006 the venue changed again, this time to Gdynia Kosakowo Airport, and it stayed there until now, each year building more scenes and gathering more participants. During those years it changed from just a music festival into an art festival – except for the music there are a lot of other events around.
During Covid Open’er was downsized and moved to Gdynia Kolibki, and in 2022, although it got back to the airfield, some of the concerts were canceled due to the extreme weather conditions.
There are many music stars that performed at the Festival, the most famous include Pearls Jam, Rihanna, Nick Cave, Arctic Monkeys, Coldplay, Prince, Faith No More, and many, many others.
Open’er Festival 2023 in Gdynia Kosakowo
Lineup for Open’er festival 2023
The full lineup for the 2023 edition of the festival hasn’t been announced yet, but some bands have been announced. Those include Arctic Monkeys, Machine Gun Kelly, Kendrick Lamar.
Other artists were announced at the end of February, those include Paolo Nutini, Ken Carson, Metro Boomin, Caroline Polachek, Alyona Alyona, Warhaus and Rina Sawayama.
Open’er Festival 2023 tickets
Although the event is scheduled for the 28th of June, the tickets are available since October 28 the previous year. The Early Bird tickets are sold at a significant discount (4-day tickets are available at 739 PLN compared to 949 PLN for regular tickets), and they are usually sold out before the first bands are announced.
Now regular tickets are on sale, in the following options:
4-day ticket – 949 PLN
2-day ticket (Friday and Saturday) – 689 PLN
1-day ticket – 449 PLN
All tickets are also available with camping.
After the 5th of June, only Final Call tickets will be available – each option is about 30-40 PLN more expensive than regular tickets. Tickets may be bought here.
How to get to Open’er festival from Gdynia and Gdansk
With public transport
Every year additional SKM trains run from Gdansk to Gdynia. You need a regular SKM ticket to travel on that train. Once you arrive at Gdynia Glowna train station, special buses will take you to the Gdynia-Kosakowo Airport. If you have Open’er ticket, the bus is free of charge.
Taxi (Freenow) from Gdynia Glowna to Kosakowo Airport usually costs 30-40 PLN, but as the demand during the festival is far higher, it is hard to predict the price. Also, when the concerts end, it may increase significantly. Also, there are reports of taxi drivers refusing short routes just to Gdynia Glowna, and are looking for passengers that need a longer ride.
With a car
This seems to be the worst option – the ring (Obwodnica) is crowded with cars, and so is the road to the airfield. There is parking on-site, but expect to wait even an hour to leave the parking after the concert.
Accommodation during Open’er festival in Gdynia
If you don’t have a ticket that includes camping, you should think about accommodation well in advance. It is impossible to find accommodation nearby a week or two before the event, so you’d better book it as soon as you get Open’er tickets.