Burn Selector Festival

Photos courtesy of Alter Art: Archive; Burn Selector crowd scene, photo credit Piotr Tarasewicz/Alter Art; and Jessie Ware photo by James Moriarty.
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Country and Region PolandMazowieckie
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Warsaw, Mazowieckie, Poland
Festival Contact Information

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Festival Description

Burn Selector Festival is the centre of urban space, electronica and dance, new music trends, multimedia arts, music enriched with intriguing visual forms, avant – garde spatial instalations. In other words: best contemporary music and multimedia. The festival mixes smoothly into the scenic city of Krakow. Hop in to Poland for a Bank Holiday weekend unlike any other.

Burn Selector Festival has teamed with Berlin Festival. Over the next few years, we hope to establish a unique space for musical, artistic and personal cooperation. For additional information on the Berlin Festival visit http://kadmusarts.com/festivals/2145.html

Festival Dates September 6 - 7, 2013
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Festival Events:

Lineup 2013:
  • The Knife
  • James Blake
  • Jessie Ware
  • Archive
  • and more to be named…
Artist feature 2013:
  • The Knife (Sweden)
    • Sweden, 1999. Sister and brother — 24-year-old Karin and Olof, 6 years her junior, formed a band. In a few years, they will have been one of the most influential groups on the European scene, with its popularity reaching far beyond Scandinavia. Even though their last album was released 7 years ago, all alternative music fans know them as The Knife. They now return with a new album and the first tour in years. Burn Selector Festival now joins the pantheon of world’s key festivals (Coachella, Primavera Sound, Melt!or WayOutWest) who fought to invite The Knife after their return. Karin Dreijer Anderson and Olof Dreijer are probably the most mysterious couple on Swedish music scene. Insanely private, reclusive to the media, hidden behind masks or stage lights or even avoiding concerts, they created a band with many followers all around the world.
      The Knife’s debut album was self-released in 2001, with no promotion and no airplay. Nevertheless, the eponymous effort quickly found its way to listeners of cutting-edge sounds. Their winding sound path led through techno, IDM, experimental music, ambient, pop harmonies and not-so-pop structures, enhanced with heavy synths and further developed on their second album, “Deep Cuts”. The record reached a larger audience after appearing in a TV set commercial. The Japanese producer might have used a Jose Gonzaleza version, but “Heartbeats” was a cover of The Knife’s album opener. Soon after, their third album “Silent Shout”, often considered their best effort to date. Only after this release did they venture to promote it on stage, yet, for example, refused to collect Swedish music business awards, where they won in all categories they were nominated in.
      Despite never going on official hiatus, The Knife disappeared after the success of “Silent Shout”. Karin began working on her solo project Fever Ray, Olof focused on DJing. They briefly returned to the spotlight with the premiere of the opera “Tomorrow, in a Year”, to which they wrote the musical score.
      The Knife’s return as a band only fleshed out a few months ago. Without much more ado, they announced a record premiere, confirmed the title - “Shaking The Habitual” - and announced the first live dates. What do we know today? The two-album “Shaking The Habitual” will be out on 8 April, the first single is a dense-sounding “Full Of Fire”, the band will perform from almost the very release date, and will perform at BSF in September.


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