The first day of Top of the Top Sopot Festival 2021 is behind us. – From our perspective, it was wonderful. I hope it looked just as good from the audience – said the musicians of Budka Suflera. Viki Gabor, Małgorzata Ostrowska and the Pectus band spoke about the emotions associated with the second day of the festival.
A three-day one started on Tuesday Top of the Top Sopot Festival 2021. Two concerts took place on the stage of the Forest Opera: #FOREVERYOUNG and #ILOVESOPOT. There were, among others: Kayah, Majka Jeżowska, Izabela Trojanowska, Urszula, Budka Suflera, De Mono and the Closed Branch.
On Wednesday in Sopot, dance hits will be heard, known from the 60-year history of Sopot festivals. At the # IDANCEINOPERALEŚNA concert, they will be performed by: Agnieszka Chylińska, Ewa Farna, Cleo, Andrzej Piaseczny, Kasia Kowalska, Małgorzata Ostrowska and the bands Blue Cafe, Kombii, Feel and Pectus.
On the same day, Roksana Węgiel, Viki Gabor, Grzegorz Hyży, Dawid Kwiatkowski, Arek Kłusowski and Michał Szczygieł they will fight for the Amber Nightingale. The winner will be selected by TVN viewers via SMS.
Before the performances during the second day of the festival, the musicians talked to TVN24 reporters.
“High emotional load, high stress”
The vocalist, Małgorzata Ostrowska, assessed that “Sopot is a special place”. – This is a place that definitely releases positive energy, but there is also tremendous stage fright, because I remember this place from the times when I watched it on TV as a child and now I’m here. It is a tremendous emotion, she said.
The musicians from the band Pectus also talked about the emotions before the show. – Indeed, it is a huge emotional load, a lot of stress, because it is known that it is a cult place where the greatest players played – admitted singer Tomasz Szczepanik.
Maciej Szczepanik, a guitarist, described that “it is a great thing to see the entire Forest Opera, the entire amphitheater, when everyone is singing, they know the songs”. – This concert is great mainly because we play the greatest hits here, so that everyone can sing and dance not only in the Forest Opera, but also in front of TV sets – he said.
– It’s very fun to sing here, a nice team, a nice “vibe”, it’s great – said the singer Viki Gabor. – I missed it terribly and I’m really glad that concerts are normally done and that there are meetings (meetings – ed.) With fans. I am very excited about the dress rehearsal, because for now we have such normal rehearsals, but I want to see how everything goes, so I am waiting for the dress rehearsal, she told reporters.
“The longing for the stage was enormous”
Earlier, the musicians from Budka Suflera talked about the Monday concert. – From our perspective, it was wonderful. I hope it was also good on the other hand – commented drummer Tomasz Zeliszewski.
– We heard opinions that it was looked at very well, we hope it was good to listen to, and that it was OK musically. This is our goal – added vocalist Robert Żarczyński.
The musicians are happy to return to touring after the pandemic hiatus. – The longing for the stage was enormous. Apart from passion and emotions, there is also a bit of life prose, a source of income. We missed touring terribly – said Zeliszewski.
Mieczysław Jurecki, the band’s bass player, emphasized that the musician’s profession “consists in playing to the audience”. – When you play at home, against the wall, it’s just sad. We know why we go on stage – he said.
The musicians remembered Romuald Lipka on stage last year. – Romek and I have known each other for several dozen years, he was a witness at my wedding, we had pseudo-family relations. When he found out that he was sick, he asked us to keep playing regardless of what happened, because the music was the only thing that would remain after him – recalled Jurecki.
Top of the Top Sopot Festival 2021
On the last day there will be a jubilee concert of TVN24 – # Nasze20lecie. The event will be hosted by journalists of the station, and the artists’ performances will be interwoven with accounts and memories of the most important moments of the past two decades.
On the stage, together with the orchestra conducted by Daniel Nosewicz and Nikola Kołodziejczyk, the following will perform: Kayah, Agnieszka Chylińska, Kasia Nosowska, Ewa Bem, Brodka, Sylwia Grzeszczak, Natalia Przybysz, Viki Gabor, Grzegorz Turnau, Stanisław Soyka, Raz Dwa Trzy, Fisz Emade Tworzywa, Kortez, Michał Szpak, Paweł Domagała, Krzysztof Iwaneczko.
All concerts can be watched live on TVN.
Main photo source: TVN24