Taking place from 4-6 August in Katowice, OFF has revealed the boldest of opening artists to speerhead their 2017 event.
Steve Albini’s legendary noise rock band Shellac, cult singer songwriter and artist Daniel Johnston, Silver Apples and BEAK> lead the way.
Here’s everything you need to know.
If an alternative festival scene is what you’re after this summer, then we strongly advise you consider a trip to Poland this year and get involved with OFF Festival.
Set up in the ‘Three Lake Valley’, Katowice – a beautiful green oasis in the heart of industrial Silesia, in the South West of Poland, OFF Festival is three days off the best Alternative acts around.
BEAK> | Daniel Johnston | Circuit des Yeux | Kikagaku | Silver Apples | Swans | The Black Madonna | Wolves in the Throne Room with more to be announced
Headed by the charismatic musician and producer Steve Albini, Shellac is in all respects a perfect match for the OFF Festival philosophy: they play their own music on their own terms, and they don’t care what anyone else thinks.
Shellac upholds the best traditions of independent American guitar rock, but this is no museum of hardcore and noise rock; just listen to their latest album, Dude Incredible (2014), to find out how alive their sound is! And their live shows can be a real kick in the ass, too.
A Bristol-based trio featuring Geoff Barrow (the backbone of Portishead), Billy Fuller (best known for his work with Robert Plant), and Will Young.
Why would the former embark on yet another musical adventure, seeing that he’s already the co-founder of one of the most important bands of our time? Just have a listen:
BEAK> is a completely different set of inspirations and emotions. With its nods to Krautrock, the minimalist roots of contemporary electronic music, and British underground dance music, this English trio rises to entirely new levels. An engrossing yet irritating trance, one that throws down the gauntlet to its listeners, like any good music should.
Hi, how are you? When Kurt Cobain posed for a photo wearing that t-shirt, the world finally noticed Daniel Johnston, a musical outsider and one of the most legendary figures on the independent music scene.
Beautifully portrayed in the documentary The Devil and Daniel Johnston, this bipolar artist is a lo-fi icon and the author of several hundred captivating songs released on a few dozen albums, along with innumerable fascinating illustrations. The leader of Nirvana isn’t the only artist to take inspiration from Johnston: the list includes such names as Tom Waits, Sonic Youth, Yo La Tengo, and Mark Linkous.
This band has spent half a century in the musical avant-garde without taking a single step back. Put on their 2016 record Clinging to a Dream, their first new material in nearly two decades, to find out just what Simeon Coxe can conjure up in his electronic lab. OFF Festival have already featured Krautrock heroes and the visionaries of exploratory electronic music and now, it would seem, it’s time to go back to the source and find out where it all began.