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OFF Festival Katowice 2019: The Wealth of Polish Music

Garage-rock guitars, country fiddles, rap, and trance techno: The latest additions to the OFF lineup prove just how original and brilliant Polish music is today..

Tęskno
Rare is the band whose name complements its music as perfectly as Tęskno, which is Polish for “wistfully.” They could also have settled for “blissfully” or “warmly.” Or perhaps even “magically.” Vocalist Joanna Longić and pianist Hania Raniszewska harness their exceptional musicality and sensitivity to forge an entirely original musical atmosphere that defies genres and is incomparable to any other act on the Polish
and international scene. Tęskno’s debut album Mi is rightfully considered one of the most important Polish releases of 2018.

Veronica Vasicka
A DJ, producer, the founder of Minimal Wave Records and Cititrax, and a music activist who reintroduced the world to the obscure pioneers of 80s electronic sounds. She can often be seen performing in New York, her hometown, and heard on the air of the East Village Radio, which she co-founded. She’s been around the world with her DJ sets, which combine post-industrial electronics and underground techno.

Juan Wauters
The new wave of Latin music is officially upon us, and if you thought Rosalía taught you everything you needed to know about the culture, this concert will change your mind. More than just a showcase of songs, this set is a close encounter with a fascinating personality. Born in Uruguay and raised in New York, Juan is a singer-songwriter of the everyday experience. He started out with The Beets, smoothly blending garage rock with a folk sensibility. His solo work tilts toward the latter. This year’s La Onda de Juan Pablo—a musical journal of the artist’s journey through Latin America—is the first album on which Wauters performs entirely
in Spanish. These are songs about a humdrum life—and that’s the essence of their beauty.

Dr. Rubinstein
Marina Rubinstein was born in Russia but grew up in Tel Aviv, where she immersed herself in the local club culture, it only truly spread her wings after moving to Berlin. Performing as Dr. Rubinstein, Marina provides
a steady supply of acid techno to venues like Berghain and ://about blank.

VTSS
A familiar name to regulars of Warsaw’s Jasna 1 and Brutaż events, Martyna Maja is taking her raw, high-octane techno to new heights, conquering Berlin, recording for Intrepid Skin and Haven, and teaming up with New York’s Discowoman collective. What is it that’s propelling Martyna’s career to dizzying heights? Come and find out—and feel it with every cell in your body.

Tuzza
Benito and Ricci are coming to us all the way from… Warsaw. Tuzza is more than just an excellent new-school hip-hop duo: they’ve got an original concept and carry it out with impressive consistency. The artists behind Fino Alla Fine pilfer clichés from American mob movies and assemble them into original, brilliant and sarcastic depictions of life in contemporary Poland.

The Real Gone Tones
Here’s something that’s been missing from the OFF Festival: authentic, full-blooded rockabilly. We’re catching up this year with The Real Gone Tones, the shining star in the catalog of Barcelona’s El Toro Records. This Warsaw-based ensemble’s sound also features blues and country, and delivers it all with feeling and style, driven by the vocal duo of Marla Marvel and Simon Paco Núñez.

This year’s OFF Festival also features the previously announced acts: Foals, Suede, Jarvis Cocker introducing JARV IS…, Stereolab, Neneh Cherry, Aldous Harding, Superorganism, Hania Rani, Perfect Son, Electric Wizard, The Gaslamp Killer, The Comet is Coming, Daughters, Lotic: Endless Power, The Body, Dezerter performs Underground Out of Poland, slowthai, Black Midi, Masecki Jazz Trio, OM, SAMA’, Jakuzi, Phum Viphurit, Durand Jones & The Indications, Lebanon Hanover, Loyle Carner, Pablopavo i Ludziki z Naprawdę Dużym Zespołem, Emerald, Octavian, EABS feat. Tenderlonious, Ammar 808, Tirzah, Soccer Mommy, P.Unity, Wczasy, Entropia, Boogarins, Bamba Pana & Makaveli, and the Śląsk Song and Dance Ensemble.

The 2019 OFF Festival Katowice will take place August 2–4 at Three Pond Valley, its regular venue.

Tickets
Three-day passes are now available at the OFF Shop for 360 PLN. This price lasts until June 9 or until the second round of tickets is sold out! Campground tickets are also available for 80 PLN. Buy tickets here:

About OFF
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. OFF Festival is growing in prominence year on year driven by 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.

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