I came to a conclusion I need to travel more. Not because I love it and it makes me incredibly happy but mainly because airport is probably the only place where I finally stop being the lazy ass I’m and manage to write new articles (more than one? sure Lea). So I’m siting in Pret at Stansted Airport with 4 spare hours (that’s no surprise anymore) ready to give you a report from festival Colours of Ostrava. I’m not sure what I’m going for.. if I’m giving you a review or simply just describing how much fun I had this year. But before I get into it can I just say how much I hate myself for not seeing Amber Run when I had the chance? Stupid, stupid, stupid. And now that’s off my chest I can finally get to the article.
Colours of Ostrava, festival that changes normally quiet city (notice how much I’m trying not to use words like ‘boring’) of Ostrava into a centre of music and entertainment. The first one happened long 17 years ago and since then it changed it’s location into stunning industrial part of the city – Dolní Vítkovice and grew into probably one of the most popular festivals in Central Europe (assumptions.. sorry not sorry). This year was my sixth year and over the period of 5 years I watched myself and the festival grow (both in size). There were years with amazing line up and years when I though “Is it worth going?” At the end of the day the music, atmosphere, time spend with my best friend, dust all over my shoes, stories to tell.. it all is worth it, but the more and more expensive tickets are not making the deciding easy. And the price is not always a promise of a great line up (but that’s individual).
This year the big buzz was around English rock band ‘The Cure’. Their fans were buying tickets like crazy, people who had no idea who ‘The Cure’ were, all charged their phones to be ready to record the one song they knew from radio. And what was I doing? I was sitting on a grass, forcing myself to stay awake because three days in a row at festival is just a bit too much for my baby sleeping schedule. And I was really trying but at some point I just gave up – meaning I went away, not fell asleep. All the songs just sounded the same and with the band not saying anything the songs just blended into one very long one. I believe the true fans had the best time of their lives but for me it was just not there.
What on the other hand was there for me were performances of MØ and Florence and The Machine. Both out of this world, full of energy, giving people everything they had and more. I still can’t get over how deep Florence’s voice is when she sings and how she sounds when she talks.. it sounded like she was about to cry with every other sentence which might have been the truth as most of her songs are full of very deep emotions. Very surprising was concert of Rag’n’Bone Man, I’ve never seen someone so humble as he was and let’s face it, if I had his voice the last thing I would be is humble. Speaking of voices, Lola Marsh and her “I smoke couple of cigarettes a day” made me fall in love with her and her lovely songs. I couldn’t find better word to describe it than lovely because that’s what they were, songs that give you that constant smile.
And I fell in love more than once. Olly Alexander from Years & Years had this something that made me want to hug him every single time he smiled. It’s not really music I’d listen to on daily basis, but because I knew most of the songs from my gym playlist (what a surprise I still remember what songs I have on that playlist since it’s been weeks since I went to the gym) I gave it a try and I had no regrets at all. So much fun, so much energy and so much confusion how someone can be as sexy as he was when I look like a potato no matter what I do.
I still can’t believe how quickly the festival went and that’s how quickly my time on airport went as well so I better finish it. Overall I had a great time and that’s mostly thanks to my great company of my best friend and her friend from Poland. You wouldn’t believe how much fun can 3 people have faking Scottish and English accents. Spoiler alert – too much fun. So I’d like to thank them for that! And thank you for reading this article and by that giving me reason to write a bit more.