OFF Festival

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Country and Region PolandSlaskie
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Katowice, Slaskie, Poland
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Festival Description

A truly unique boutique music festival, OFF Festival takes place in 'Three Lake Valley', Katowice - a beautiful green oasis in the heart of industrial Silesia. OFF Festival is a way of life, one that flies in the face of current trends and stays true to itself, and the ethos of organiser Artur Rojek is firmly aimed at supporting art and music with the festival bringing many acts to Poland for the first time. This year promises the strongest line-up to date, in line with the festivals forward–thinking, eclectic music policy. From the greatest alternative music stars from around the world to the increasingly strong Polish scene, OFF festival has inspiring music in abundance.

Festival Dates August 2 - 4, 2013
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Festival Events:

Lineup 2013:
  • Deerhunter
  • Laurel Halo
  • Metz
  • Merchandise
  • Jens Lekman
  • The Walkmen
  • The Pop Group
  • Three Oh Sees
  • AlunaGeorge
  • Blondes
  • Super Girl & Romantic Boys
  • Très.B
  • Bisz/B.O.K Band
  • Godspeed You! Black Emperor
  • Skalpel
  • Girls Against Boys
  • Goat
  • Mykki Blanco
  • The Haxan Cloak
  • The Smashing Pumpkins
  • Austra
  • Molesta Ewenement performs Skandal
  • Mikal Cronin
  • Brutal Truth
  • Japandroids
  • Woods
  • Nite Jewel and Peanut Butter Wolf perform Kraftwerk's Computer World Computer
  • Fatima Al Qadiri
  • Drekoty
  • Magnificent Muttley
  • Nathalie And The Loners
  • Rebeka
Artist features 2013:
  • Deerhunter
    • We know how long you’ve been waiting for this one, so we?re glad to announce that Deerhunter will be performing at this year’s OFF Festival! New psychedelic rock, ambient punk, garage pop? it?s hard to find a label that?ll stick to this Atlanta quartet, but there?s one thing everyone can agree on: they’re one of this century?s best American guitar bands. It?s been a while since the release of Halcyon Digest (2010), so it’s safe to assume that Deerhunter will be bringing some new material along to Katowice. Bradford Cox recently revealed that the songs he?s been writing are very weird? well, why don’t we let that be a secret.
  • Laurel Halo
    • This American artist is said to have taken up the piano at the age of six, and soon moved on the violin and the guitar, so it?s no wonder she?s grown sick of them after all those years. Lauren Halo translates her classical music education into broken, futuristic electronic sounds and bold, intriguing vocal melodies. It comes as no surprise that her full-length debut, Quarantine, came out on Hyperdub, one of the most respected labels in the industry. Laurel Halo?s music is dense and multi-layered, but at once subtle and elusive. Unlike many of her fellow Hyperdub artists, who like to crush, terrify, and deafen their audiences with heavy basslines, her output is much more positive, yet no less demanding. One Guardian critic likened these sounds to ‘Oxygene? for Brooklyn hipsters.’ No offense to hipsters ? it really is that good!
  • Metz
    • Polish audiences might expect this to be a stand-up comedy performance by the popular local music journalist Piotr Metz, but we?re going to have to burst their bubbles: the Metz we’re talking about here is a Canadian trio whose eponymous 2012 debut album proved that Sub Pop still has a knack for no-nonsense guitar noise, continuing in the American rock vein of the Pixies and Shellac. They say that before Metz went in to lay down the tracks for this record, a few sharp minds got together to figure out how to capture the trio’s live energy in the studio. Whatever they did, it was a success: the album ended up on most year-end lists of guitar music. But none of that matters to us now: we?re going to see them live at the OFF Festival. Hold on tight!
  • Merchandise
    • Next up in the category of three-man noise machines: Merchandise. This Florida band?s post-punk wall of noise has slammed down on reviewers at Pitchfork and the New Musical Express, both of whom gave them rave reviews for their mid-2012 album Children of Desire. This year the band is planning a new mini-album as well as more live performances, including a first-time appearance in Poland.
  • Jens Lekman
    • You know what I Know What Love Isn?t is? It’s a heart-rending and unbelievably beautiful work of consolation. Here?s what Jens Lekman had to say about his third album, released last fall: “I just want people to get some kind of comfort from it. Especially the people who have gone through some kind of break-up. When I went through the break-up, I really looked for some kind of music, or art or literature that could say, ‘I’ve been in the same situation.’ I couldn?t find anything the moment, and that made me really sad.”


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Practical Info:

Tickets 2013:
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Travel and Accommodation:
  • Flights
    • There are regular cheap flights to from the UK and Europe to Katowice with Wizz Air, Ryan Air, Lufthansa and KLM.
  • Arrival
    • Arriving at Katowice/Pyrzowice airport — take the bus marked “Lotnisko” to the Katowice train station (Dworzec PKP) and then transfer to one of the below lines.
  • Buses
    • Buses from Katowice train station (Dworzec PKP):
      To the Muchowiec airport (OFF Festival grounds) lines 0 and 50.
      To the Trzy Stawy bus stop (shopping center, 500 meters from the festival grounds) lines 10, 110, 672, 674, and 910.
  • Accommodation
    • Katowice has a broad range of accommodation, from cheap hostels to luxury hotels, but you can also live the festival life 24 hours a day at the OFF Festival Village, providing you with a place to stay, take care of sanitary needs, and grab a bite to eat. The Festival Village at OFF Festival Katowice 2010 will open August 5 at noon, and close on August 9 at 3:00 pm. A stay at the Festival Village costs 4 € (16 PLN) per person, per day.


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