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Red Hot Chili Peppers Sing Football Chant At Open'er Festival As Polish Team Crash Out Of Euros

Band drop guitars for a bit of footie banter with Polish crowd. Flea: success, Kiedis: fail.

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(c) M. Murawski

Open'er Festival saw fans of music and sport decide what was more important as Red Hot Chili Peppers performed their headline slot at Poland's popular music festival at the same time as the nation's quarter final clash with Portugal in Euro 2016.

In a fitting tribute to the dedicated crowd that shunned the festival's Orange Sports Zone to watch the American band perform, bassist Flea led the largest crowd of the festival so far in song, chanting a popular Polish football chant 'Polska Bialoczerwoni' to the tune of Pet Shop Boys' 'Go West'.

Unfortunately for Polish fans, their nation didn't get the result they wanted, crashing out of the Euro by losing to Portugal on penalties.

Earlier in the day, Polish electro-pop band, Kamp! kick-started proceedings on the main stage to a crowd that was making the most of the glorious weather following yesterday's downpour.

Following Kamp! on the Main Stage were Foals who led with "Spanish Sahara" as the sun set over the Gdynia-Kosakowo. The festival's famed fans (Drake called them the best crowd he's ever played to) were once adorned with praise, with frontman Yannis Philippakis jubilantly stating: "you guys are a badass crowd".

Fresh from hearing that their latest album The Getaway has debuted at No. 1 in the Billboard Top Rock Albums chart, Anthony Kiedis' led Red Hot Chili Peppers stormed onto stage to a huge cheer and didn't disappoint with 2002 hit and crowd favourite "Can't Stop" whipping the crowd into a hysterical frenzy before "Dani California" and "We Turn Red".

Shirtless frontman Anthony Kiedis tried to follow Flea's example in engaging with the football banter, but failed, asking: "how we doing in that football match? Are we up?", unfortunately for the Californian native, the game was poised at 1-1 at the time.

(c) Bartosz Bajerski

The day wrapped up for the majority in the Tent Stage where Santa Fe natives, Beirut, brought their own style of indie and Balkan folk to Poland in a set that had the crowd jumping and swaying from start to finish before Canadian DJ, Caribou, brought the music to a close with "Can't Do Without You" whilst ensuring the party vibe was still going.

(c) Bartosz Bajerski

Open'er Festival continues until Saturday.

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