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Last weekend, we went to Pohoda Festival in Slovakia for the first time. This year, the airport of Trencín was transformed into a lively festival site for the 22nd time. Apart from some strong headliners and a diverse side programme, the success of Pohoda 2018 was mainly a result of the pleasant atmosphere.

Festileaks was there and asked over 100 festival goers about their opinion on six categories of the festival experience. We present the average grades in the Festival Report. We will do this at several festivals all over Europe this summer. Want to stay updated? Follow Festileaks on Facebook or Instagram.

This was Pohoda 2018 according to the festival’s visitors.

Lineup: 6.7

Pohoda
Photo: Ruben den Boer / Festileaks

With St. VincentThe Chemical BrothersFink, and Jamie Cullum, the Slovakian festival had some great names on their lineup. However, the rest of the programme failed to impress. Apart from some exceptions (AuroraGus GusEverything Everything), the day lineup felt more like a support of the big names. Jan from Slovakia agreed: “Two years ago they had Thundercat, for example. That was cool. This year, the lineup is a six at most.”

Side programme: 7.5

Pohoda Festival 2018
Photo: Ruben den Boer / Festileaks

“I don’t really care that the lineup is less good this year. It’s day two now and I haven’t been bored once,” said Harm (29) from Bratislava. Indeed, there is enough to do on the festival grounds apart from watching musical performances. You can contribute to several art pieces, and there are yoga classes and debates. “Most of them are only in Slovakian though. That sucks”, said the British Jamie.

Atmosphere: 7.9

Pohoda Festival 2018
Photo: Sophie Roggeband / Festileaks

“Wherever you go, there are always people partying, singing, and dancing“, says Karolina (18) from the Czech Republic. The atmosphere is indeed good at Pohoda 2018. A good example of this are the daily performances and afterparties of the Dutch collective Bazzookas. Even the pouring rain cannot make an end to the fun in and around the school bus. Additionally, for whenever you need some respite from al those activities, Pohoda has many atmospheric places.

Location & looks: 6.8

Pohoda Festival 2018
Photo: Ruben den Boer / Festileaks

As usual, the 22nd edition of Pohoda was held at the airport of Trencín. From here, there is a beautiful view of the surrounding hills. However, Anette (19) from the Czech Republic finds the decoration rather limited: “The view is nice of course, but the decoration is a bit boring. I think they could have done more with the fact we’re at an airport.” Thankfully, there is enough to please the eye in the city centre of Trencín, which is only 15 minutes away.

Food & drinks: 7.2

Pohoda Festival 2018 eten
Photo: Ruben den Boer / Festileaks

There is a large variety of choices at Pohoda. From Asian to traditional Slovakian, and from snacks to healthy meals. There are also many vegetarian options, which pleases Vera (26) from Germany, among others: “At some festivals there are few or even no options for vegetarians, but there is a lot of choice here.” Unfortunately, this diversity is less present in the drinks on offer, which remain rather limited.

Logistics: 6.3

Pohoda
Photo: Sophie Roggeband / Festileaks

Several festivals goers said that the biggest problem of the festival is the long queues. That is not strange, when you keep in mind that waiting 15 minutes to order a beer is the rule rather than the exception. “You can never go to get a drink quickly,” says the Slovakian Jeremy (23), “I have now switched to wine, which you can buy per bottle and with less queues.” On the other side, there were also positive things to say about the logistics. For example, taxis took you from and to Trencín for a small fee, and there were shuttle buses to and from the train station throughout the weekend.

Festival Reports

This summer, Festileaks is reporting from the biggest festivals in Europe by means of our Festival Reports. At every festival, we ask over 100 attendants to rate their experience in six fixed categories, and present the averages. In this way, we can conclude at the end of the year which festival scores best in each category. You can check our previous Festival Reports here.

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Luc Reij
Currently living in London / from Utrecht, the Netherlands / unnatural obsession with indie music / favourite artists change by the day, but Arcade Fire, Nick Cave, Sigur Rós and Sufjan Stevens are stayers.