Kendrick Lamar will headline the Open’er Festival 2021, it has been announced. The Polish event’s 2020 edition was due to take place between July 1 and July 4, but was postponed until next year back in April due to the coronavirus crisis.
Today, however, it has been confirmed that Lamar’s scheduled bill-topping appearance will be rolled over to next year. The rapper will take to the Orange Main Stage on the first day of the festival on June 30.
The festival’s official website says, “Kendrick Lamar is undoubtedly one of the most important voices of the generation, both in the musical and social dimensions. His work combines artistic quality and commercial success, cooperation with other artists and maintaining a fully individual style, modesty and conviction of the strength of his voice at the same time. And Kendrick Lamar’s voice is heard everywhere.”
Joining Lamar on the bill are Twenty One Pilots, A$AP Rocky, Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, Thom Yorke, Yungblud, The Chemical Brothers, Michael Kiwanuka, FKA Twigs and more. Open’er Festival 2021 will be held between June 30 and July. Visit the event’s official website for further information.
This marked the first year Open’er had not taken place since 2002. Upon its cancellation, the organisers promised it would make “a spectacular comeback”.
Over 110,000 people attended the most recent Open’er festival in 2019. That year, the event’s headliners included The Strokes and The Smashing Pumpkins, Kylie Minogue and Lana Del Rey, plus Swedish House Mafia and modern hip hop stars – Travis Scott and Stormzy.
Kendrick Lamar had also been due to headline Glastonbury’s 50th anniversary event and London’s BST Hyde Park this summer, which were both cancelled as a result of the pandemic. The boss of Lamar’s Top Dawg Entertainment (TDE) label promised in May that the rapper would be returning with new material “soon”. Earlier this month, he was spotted shooting a new music video in Los Angeles.