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A truly unique boutique music festival, OFF Festival takes place in Three Pond Valley, Katowice – a beautiful green oasis in the heart of industrial Silesia.
OFF Festival champions musical discovery bringing many acts to Poland for the first time. With an eclectic music policy from the greatest alternative music stars from around the world to the increasingly strong Polish scene, OFF festival is small but mighty and has inspiring music in abundance.
OFF Festival has also been shortlisted for ‘Best European Festival’ award and has been listed by "Time Magazine" and "The Guardian" as one of the top 10 festivals in the world.
Plese visit off-festival.pl/en for more information.
Brooklyn-based experimental pop outfit with Warp Records.
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When John Maus wasn't playing keyboard for Animal Collective, Panda Bear, and Haunted Graffiti, he was writing and recording his own hermetic, experimental and often times misunderstood compositions. Maus has proved himself to be an extraordinary musician with a distinctive sound in his own right.
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Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
'Clap Your Hands traffics in melodic, exuberant indie rock that pairs the shimmering, wafting feel of Yo La Tengo with a singular vocal presence that sounds like Paul Banks attempting to yodel through Jeff Mangum's throat. Or imagine the Arcade Fire if their music were more fun-loving and less grave.' - Pitchfork Media
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Marlon Williams is an award winning singer-songwriter from town of Lyttelton, New Zealand. He released his debut solo album to critical acclaim in April, charting at 4 in New Zealand, and 31 in Australia in its opening week. The album has been called “captivating” by Rolling Stone, “a revelation” by Metro Magazine and “wonderfully accomplished” by the New Zealand Herald in a 5-star review. Williams has been widely tipped for international success, and will tour Europe with Husky and Aldous Harding, before heading to North America for Winnipeg and Vancouver Folk Festivals in 2015. With one of the purest voices in modern music, and the charisma and individuality to match it, the world is about to discover Marlon Williams.
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Self-styled 'Imperial Underdogs of Scandinavian Rock', Turbonegro has been a major force in the global underground for more than a decade, radiating a different, most brilliant hue of dumbness and an authenticity of a higher order. Their music recalls the bon vivant antics of Alice Cooper and the urgency of Black Flag served with the tidiness of the Ramones.
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Big Freedia (pronounced “FREE-da”), known as the Queen of Bounce, is at the forefront of the Bounce rap movement (a subgenre of hip-hop born out of New Orleans and known for its call and response style and lightening speed booty-shaking dance). Performing five out of seven nights in any given week with dancers she calls The Divas, Big Freedia’s show is nothing short of dazzling.
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Egyptian Lover started out in the early Eighties as the DJ for Uncle Jams Army. They organised parties in the LA-area for 10.000 people. Artists involved were, amongst others, the then still unknown Run DMC, Whodini or Ice T. He quickly became the number one DJ on the west coast, due to his impressive mixing skills, which can be heard in every Egyptian Lover live show. His first record 'Egypt, Egypt' turned the Egyptian Lover into an international recording star and opened the way for a whole bunch of producers inspired by the booming bass, sexy lyrics and dark melodies of the Egypt style. Egyptian Lover's live shows are a unique experience, the freshest show in electro music performed by a legend: Egyptian Lover
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San Francisco noise terrorists with vocalist Eugene Robinson, who set out to be the last aural will and testament of failed humanity. They've been busily releasing albums for more than a decade, including some collaborations with famed producer Steve Albini. 'The greatest art rock band in the world'- VICE Magazine.
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Markel Scott, otherwise known as Bishop Nehru is an American rapper and producer, famed for bringing a fresh sound to the hip hop table. His passion for music surfaced as soon as he reached 13, writing jazz music and creating hip hop beats. By the time Bishop Nehru was just 15 years old, he dropped the debut mixtape, Nehruvia. Comprised of 13 tracks, it boasted productions from J. Dllla, MF Doom, DJ Premier and Madlib. Since Bishop’s signing to Nas’ label, Mass Appeal Records in 2014, he has gone on to release music at an incredible rate and has gone on to open shows for artists including Wu-Tang Clan, Nas, DOOM, Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q and many others.
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Traditional kologo music from the Upper East Region of Ghana brought with the energy and flavor of the ‘Modern Ghanaian’ dance scene. King Ayisoba sings in Frafra, Twi and in English, jumping from his low, guttural growl to moments of piercingly high interjection. He plays the kologo, a two-string guitar with a calabash gourd resonator that allows skilled players to double up hard rhythms with twirling melodic refrains. Ayisoba learned how to play the kologo from his grandfather, becoming a musical child prodigy throughout the Bolgatanga area thanks to a steady stream of gigs at weddings, funerals and festivals. After moving to Accra and working with late Hiplife star Terry Bon Chaka, King Ayisoba released ‘Modern Ghanaians’, followed by ‘Africa’, becoming a big star in the process. Championed from early on in Europe by Arnold DeBoer (aka Zea) from legendary punk band The Ex, Ayisoba went on to release a collection of songs on DeBoer’s Makkum records.
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Jacques Greene is the artist name of Philippe Aubin-Dionne. He has produced for vocalists Katy B, Tinashe and How to Dress Well, and has remixed Radiohead, Autre Ne Veut, Shlohmo, and many others.
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The Brian Jonestown Massacre
A psychedelic rock band founded in San Francisco, California in the early 90s, led by Anton Newcombe. They are most famous for their role in the 2004 documentary 'DiG!', which details their explosive onstage antics and their feud with fellow 60's psych-rock revivalists the Dandy Warhols. Describing their music Anton ( co-writer / vocalist ) says: ' This is not some mamby-pamby-pop-culture-vomit, regurgitating or emulating something else. These are whispers from the underworld and tears of joy from heaven. These are anthems for all time'.
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From Kingston Upon Thamas, Jon Hopkins is a critically acclaimed electronic musician who is a favourite of TV music supervisors on both sides of the Atlantic. His name is often uttered in the same breath as Brian Eno, William Orbit, Massive Attack and Moby. After a Mercury Prize nomination for his 2013 album Immunity, Jon soon became one of the most talked about new British artists in the diasporadic world of modern electronic music. His fifth studio album 'Singularity' was released in 2018, while as a producer he was also worked with Coldplay, David Holmes and Natalie Imbruglia.
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Moses Sumney has emerged as an independent artist to watch, riding a wave of word-of-mouth praise based on hushed recordings and dynamic live performances. Sumney’s position as one of the most unusual new talents on the musical landscape right now has rightfully earned him comparisons to the likes of Sufjan Stevens and Grizzly Bear.
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Coals are a young duo from Poland, the name of the band is a reference to the region they come from - Silesia which is famous for coal mines. They are inspired by artists such as Spooky Black, Soap&Skin, Dean Blunt and Sigur Ros.
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Mixing frosty electronic textures, spare beats, and clear, emotive vocals, Norwegian singer/songwriter Aurora works in a similar dark pop milieu as artists like Oh Land, Lykke Li, and Lorde. Born Aurora Aksnes near the city of Bergen, she began writing music and lyrics at a young age, eventually releasing her debut single, Awakening, in late 2013. The young singer/songwriter came to further prominence, having covered the Oasis track 'Half the World Away' for the 2015 John Lewis Christmas ad before following up with her debut full-length, All My Demons Greeting Me as a Friend, in 2016.
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George van den Broek, aka Yellow Days, is a teenager hailing from the town of Haslemere, England who sings like a 300 year wizard and sits perfectly next to '70s soul greats. Traditional genre boundaries mean little to van den Broek, making his music a refreshing melting pot of jazz, indie, soul and beyond.
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This Japanese composer, producer and saxophonist’s career spans decades. This sax player drifts effortlessly between jazz, classical music, pop and traditional Japanese music,
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Lo-fi electronic pop sounds and eclectic influences, from Zappa to Orange Juice, Joe Meek, 70's funk and 60's garage and psych, utilising all the percussive powers of one man's mouth plus some more traditional instruments.
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Using prepared guitars, electronics, percussion and saxophone, Housewives create an enveloping sound of syncopated rhythms and antithetical song structures. Droning bass lines underpin ethereal samples, whilst precise guitar lines mix with minimal drum parts in ecstatic fashion. Their kinetic live sets have cemented their reputation as one of the most exciting live bands in Europe; championed by the likes of Tom Ravenscroft (BBC 6 Music), Radio3 Late Junction and pioneering experimental musician Charles Hayward (This Heat).They join the like of Liars, Animal Collective and The Knife in laying the gauntlet for experimental music this decade and pushing the boundaries of what a live band can do.
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Or:la’s growing success as a dynamic producer and genre spanning selector has seen her gain respect from some of the most revered figures in the industry. A keen record collector with a vast knowledge of various styles and genres is what separates her from many other young DJs.
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And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead
American alternative rock band from Austin, Texas. The chief members of the band are Jason Reece and Conrad Keely. The two alternate between drumming, guitar and lead vocals, both on recordings and live shows. The band is known for their wild, energetic concerts.
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Nanook Of The North
"Purveyors of angsty, electro tinged rock." Nanook of the North is a four-piece, alternative outfit born in Cardiff and based in Bristol. Fusing a sound from a diverse catalogue of influences, Nanook of the North create an eclectic, varying performing experience that is both unique and powerful.
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Russian American singer/songwriter, aka Nika Roza Danilova, likened to artists such as Florence & The Machine, Siouxsie & The Banshees and Elizabeth Frazer of the Cocteau Twins.
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Skalpel are Marcin Cichy and Igor Pudlo, from Wroclaw, Poland. Drawing on Poland's rich jazz heritage (much of it semi-illegal samizdat recordings made when the Communists thought that jazz could bring down the state), Cichy and Pudlo have an unrivalled source of samples to tap and they tap it with consummate aplomb.
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Still barely in his mid twenties, the Diynamic man boasts a CV most could only dream of, having played some of the world's finest clubs since his late teens whilst also releasing 'Times', his acclaimed debut LP, in 2013. Deservedly earning comparisons with the equally prodigiously talented likes of Nicolas Jaar and James Blake, August is just as capable of stunning a crowd with gorgeous sounds as he is of keeping them moving all night long.
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Chastity Belt is an indie rock band formed in Walla Walla, WA by Julia Shapiro (guitar, vocals), Lydia Lund (guitar), Annie Truscott (bass), and Gretchen Grimm (drums), now residing in Seattle, WA. In the few years since their inception, Chastity Belt have gone from college-campus lark to a fully fledged band, signed to Sub Pop’s impeccably curated Hardly Art imprint and having opened on tour for breakout singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett and major-indie institution Death Cab for Cutie.
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Warsaw Village Band
Combining enthusiasm, passion, socio-political issues and attitude, these six young musicians present a unique sound that incorporates strings, furious drums, trance, improvisation, experimentation and elements of roots music. Winners of Best Newcomer at the 2004 BBC World Music Awards.
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Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever
A tough pop / soft punk band from Melbourne, Australia, signed to the Sub Pop label. "If you were raised on ’80s college rock, you could revel in nostalgic nods to the Feelies, the Clean, the Go-Betweens, and countless other Velvets revisionists. Younger fans could hear the sort of band the Strokes might have turned into had they aged more gracefully, or imagine what Real Estate might sound like after downing a case of Red Bull" - Pitchfork
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The Como Mamas, Hanba, Afrojax, Sorja Morja, Bass Astral, Igo, Wednesday Campanella, Son Bird, Wojciech B?kowski, Sensations Fix, Harry Merry, coL, Muchy, Khidja, Daniel Spaleniak, Fontaines D.C., Panieneczki