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Off Festival Katowice 2017

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Taking place from 4-6 August in Katowice, OFF is truly a festival for the discerning music fan bringing together some of the boldest, most unique and iconic independent artists in alternative music.

Joining the lineup for 2017 are Steve Albini's legendary noise rock band Shellac, cult singer songwriter and artist Daniel Johnston, Silver Apples, BEAK> and Wolves in the Throne Room who join the previously announced Swans, The Black Madonna, Circuit des Yeux and Kikagaku.

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Featuring

Anna Meredith

Anna Meredith appearing at this event

Anna Meredith is a composer and performer of both acoustic and electronic music. Her sound is frequently described as ‘maximalist’ ‘uncategorisable’ and ‘genre-hopping’ and straddles the different worlds of contemporary classical, avant pop, electronica and experimental rock. She performs with her band of classical musicians and a line up of Anna on clarinet and electronics plus two cellists, electric guitar, tuba and drums. Her music has been performed everywhere from the BBC Last Night of the Proms to flashmob body-percussion performances in the M6 Services, PRADA fashion campaigns, numerous films, installations and documentaries, pop festivals, clubs and classical concert halls worldwide and broadcast on Radio 1, 2, 3, 4 & 6.

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Arab Strap

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Malcolm and Aidan are two Scots guys playing modern love songs tinted with realism and all the self-deprecation and intense, raw emotions that are the antithesis of throwaway pop.

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Anna Von Hausswolff

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Anna Michaela Ebba Electra von Hausswolff is a critically acclaimed Swedish singer, pianist and songwriter whose music defies categorisation. It is not about gothic rock, pop, drone, dark music or metal, this is music of the spirit and the blood; the feast and the ritual; the baptism and the epitaph; life and its absence in all its poetics; a communion in which one dies and returns to life many times.

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BEAK>

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BEAK> were formed in January 2009 by three Bristol musicians, Billy Fuller, Matt Williams and Geoff Barrow. Sometimes a band can be no more than the sum of it's parts, but BEAK> are an equation in which it's impossible to define equivalents or totals. Instead the meeting of three talents form a foundation from which ideas assimilate and propagate.

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Carla Bozulich

Carla Bozulich is an art-punk heroine. Time and again she has headed up bands that sound like nothing else and arguably stake out genres unto themselves: the bent agit-prop of Ethyl Meatplow; the ferocious roots-tinged epic rock of The Geraldine Fibbers; the vocal-driven sound-art of Scarnella and Evangelista; her large-scale performances including the ongoing Eyes For Ears series. Her first "solo" record, the 2003 album-length cover of Willie Nelson's Red Headed Stranger, was rightly hailed as a masterpiece of reinterpretation and recontextualisation. Her first album for Constellation was 2006’s Evangelista, after which Bozulich adopted the Evangelista moniker for subsequent work, and released three more albums between 2008-2011. She has set aside Evangelista for now, to focus on the songs that form Boy, her third record under her own name.

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Conor Oberst

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Singer-songwriter from Omaha, Nebraska, best known for his work in Bright Eyes, Desaparecidos and The Mystic Valley Band. Since 2012 he has performed under his own name, with a number of releases including Upside Down Mountain, Ruminations and Salutations.

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Circuit Des Yeux

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Haley Fohr’s music strikes a unique balance between the personal and universal. As Circuit des Yeux she creates music that embodies the complexity of human emotions, juxtaposing tenderness and grief, ecstasy and horror, using sounds as representations of the emotional spectrum that we all experience. Fohr’s striking voice, an impassioned baritone, is the music’s centerpiece and guiding force.

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Daniel Johnston

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Daniel Johnston exposed his heartrending tales of unrequited love, cosmic mishaps, and existential torment to an ever-growing international cult audience. Initiates, including a healthy number of discerning musicians and critics, hailed him as an American original in the style of bluesman Robert Johnson and country legend Hank Williams. He passed away in September 2019, at the age of 58.

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Feist

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Canadian singer-songwriter and sometime band member of Toronto collective Broken Social Scene, Leslie Feist became known in the UK for her single '1234', used in an Apple iPod nano advertising campaign in 2007. Poppy, upbeat and full of soul, her songs are somewhere between the summery sound of Natasha Bedingfield and the sultry chill-out of Smoke City.

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Group A

This Berlin-based Japanese duo combines avant-garde music with poetry, performative art, and painting. Since 2012 the indomitable Tommi Tokyo (synthesizers, voice, percussion) and Sayaka Botanic (violin, tapes) have been exploring the borderlands of industrial, contemporary improvised music, techno, and noise, transforming every show into a musical and visual experiment.

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Jessy Lanza

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When classical and jazz training and a love of RnB come together, the result is some seriously good singing. Add songwriting and production to the match, and you have Jessy Lanza, an incredibly talented artist from Canada.

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Kikagaku Moyo

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A 'feel good', psychedelic rock band from Tokyo.

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LVL UP

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LVL UP is an American lo-fi band from Purchase, New York who formed in 2011.

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PJ Harvey

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Polly Jean Harvey first hit the music scene in the early 90s with her 'Dry' album. An original style, described as caustic, seductive, savage and ironic, propelled her into stardom and continues to do so, but she has remained unique and uncorrupted by commercial temptation. Her immense critical acclaim has seen her twice become a winner of the Mercury Music Prize, in 2001 for 'Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea' then again in 2011 for 'Let England Shake'. She has also received a total of six Grammy nominations, eight Brit Award nominations and in 2011 was awarded for Outstanding Contribution To Music at the NME awards.

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Preoccupations

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Playing a clever, expressive fusion of art-rock and lo-fi pop that maintains a very human pulse despite the extensive use of electronics and noise, Preoccupations (formerly known as Viet Cong) are in a league of their own. The group was formed by Matt Flegel and Monty Munro, two musicians from Alberta, Canada. Flegel was a member of celebrated indie-rock outfit Women, but the death of guitarist Christopher Reimer signalled the beginning of a new project. Former Women drummer Mike Wallace joined and Danny Christiansen, who had worked with Flegel and Wallace in a Black Sabbath tribute act, also came on board. It wasn’t long until the name change and a cassette heralded the beginning of something wholly new.

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Royal Trux

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Royal Trux is an American alternative rock band active from 1987 to 2001, founded by Neil Hagerty (vocals, guitar) and Jennifer Herrema (vocals). The band reformed for two reunion shows in 2015 and have played sporadically since then.

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Shame

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Funk / Punk / Indie / Soul five-piece from South London. Bursting at the seams with punk energy, with the patter of the Streets, the spittle of Mark E. Smith, and the underground spirit of Eddy Current Suppression Ring, combined with the frenzy, rage and exasperation of their youth. Their reputation as one of the best new live bands in London is cemented following tours with The Garden and Fat White Family and shows with The Fall, King Gizzard, Slaves and more.

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Shellac

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Shellac Of North America are an alternative rock band, fronted by legendary indie-rock producer Steve Albini, with Bob Weston and Todd Trainer.

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Silver Apples

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Silver Apples were formed in 1967, famously known for their pioneering usage of electronic music techniques within psychedelic rock. Having had such revered influence on so many PZYK artists of today, it would be fair to regard Silver Apples as nothing short of legendary. Sole remaining member Simeon Coxe III has toured extensively since reforming Silver Apples in 1996, bringing with him the notoriously primitive and captivating synthesizer known only as ‘The Simeon’.

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Swans

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Swans are an influential American post-punk band initially active from 1982 to 1997, led by singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Michael Gira. The band was one of the few groups to emerge from the early 1980s New York No Wave scene and stay intact into the next decade. They reactivated in 2010 with live shows and have continued to play since.

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Talib Kweli

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There aren't many hip-hop artists that have made as awesome impact in as short a time as Talib Kweli, who's career has grown out of the fertile underground scene. His music is accessible and yet still manages to maintain thick streaks of independence and integrity - raw yet radio friendly. It's a tough balance to achieve, but he's managed it admirably.

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The Black Madonna

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An increasingly respected DJ, known for uplifting sets that balance established anthems with idiosyncratic selections. She's an accomplished producer, too, with a string of irresistible tracks—‘Exodus’ and ‘A Jealous Heart Never Rests’ among them—that still get plenty of airtime two years later. Then there was her position as the talent buyer at Chicago's Smart Bar, one of the best clubs in North America, which has arguably become even more noteworthy under her direction.

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Ulrika Spacek

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Formed in Berlin last year and based in Homerton, London - this is an eyes closed nod to warm psychedelia, jangle pop, and fuzz.

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Wolves In The Throne Room

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Wolves in the Throne Room re-imagine black metal as an ode to rain storms, wood smoke and the wild energies of the Pacific Northwest. Releasing their first album in 2006, the band have gone on to become one of the most potent and highly regarded bands in extreme music.

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The Men

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The Men are a four-piece post-punk outfit from Brooklyn, NY. Nick Chiericozzi, Mark Perro, Chris Hansell and Rich Samis use elements of distortion, feedback, pop hooks and beautifully destructive instrumental passages, referencing drone, metal, shoegaze, and even Spaceman 3 lyrics!

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Oliver Coates

Oliver Coates is a cellist, composer and producer based in London.

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Ryley Walker

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With a powerful voice that spans ranges and eras, and an effortless approach to a fine melody on the guitar, Illinois singer-songwriter Ryley Walker sets the bar higher for the modern folk artist. He displays a kinship with Fairport Convention, Tim Buckley, Nick Drake and Joni Mitchell, but still possesses a sound of his own. His music has been described as fingerstyle ballads, psychedelic waltzes, and raga-inspired blues.

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C Duncan

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Glasgow’s C Duncan, is the son of two classical musicians. Surrounded by music throughout his childhood, Christopher initially took up piano and viola. His teens led him to school bands, learning to play guitar, bass and drums, but did little to quell his fascination with the composition and performance of classical music. He eventually enrolled in Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama to study music composition, where his pieces were performed by various ensembles across the UK. To hear C Duncan’s music now is to grasp those two common threads between his interests in classical and modern music. The pieces that made up his 2015 Mercury Music Prize nominated debut LP 'Architect' were formed from lush choral harmonies and acoustic instrumentation, textured like contemporary dreampop and all recorded at home in Glasgow on his bedroom studio setup, gradually built up one layer and one instrument at a time. His 2016 follow-up 'The Midnight Sun' continued in a similar vein but with progression. The results of this methodical and isolationist recording process give us charming lo-fi folk with the harmonic width of choral composition, the sweetness of barbershop and the rough eloquence that has so readily soundtracked Glasgow over the past decades.

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IDLES

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IDLES are a heavy post-punk band from Bristol. They want to entertain and hurt in equal measure. They believe that art and violence work. Their spirit colour is coral pink. One of them loves queuing, one struggles counting, one has been arrested 8 times, one doesn't like music and one puts sausage rolls on his pizza! 'IDLES are hard to capture, because they're not Fat White Family, they're not Sleaford Mods, they are very much their own incarnation of uncompromising rhythmical punk rock. Lyrically, a mixture of dry obsessional humour and poetic slogans. But, best of all, they really get the adrenaline pumping' - Steve Lamacq, BBC6 Music.

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Also Appearing

Duzy Jack, Helado Negro, Kwadrofonik i Artur Rojek, Made In Poland, ?oskot, Moor Mother, PRO8L3M, Sheer Mag, SIKSA, Spoiwo, Thee Oh Sees, Mitch & Mitch, Kornél Kovács, Lor, Bastard Disco

Dolina Trzech Stawow

  • Katowice