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OFF: A new festival in Poland supporting interesting music

pic: organiser's archives


5th - 7th AUGUST 2011

Taking place from 5th - 8th August in 'Three Lake Valley', Katowice OFF Festival is a unique boutique music festival, 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.  Growing in prominence year on year with this years event promising one of the strongest line-ups to date in line with Rojek’s 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. This year’s edition will showcase over one hundred acts across four stages.

New acts announced added to the already eclectic line up include; 
Public Image Ltd, Frankie And The Heartstrings, Dry The River, Anna Calvi and Blonde Redhead 

Festival line-up: ?
Abradab + Kaliber 44 set, Actress, AIDS Wolf, Anna Calvi, Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, Asi Mina, Awesome Tapes From Africa, Baaba Kulka, Ballady i Romanse, Barn Owl, Bielizna plays "Taniec lekkich goryli", Blindead, Blonde Redhead, Bohren & Der Club Of Gore, The Car Is On Fire, Czes?aw ?piewa Tesco Value, D4D, Dan Deacon, Deerhoof, Destroyer, dEUS, Dezerter, Dry The River, DVA, Emeralds, Factory Floor, Frankie & The Heartstrings, GaBLé, Gang Of Four, Gangpol & Mit, Glasser, How To Dress Well, Hype Williams, Igor Boxx, The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Junior Boys, Junip, Kamp!, Karbido plays "The Table", Kode9 & The Spaceape, Konono No. 1, Kury plays "P.O.L.O.V.I.R.U.S.", Kyst, Magic Kids, Male Bonding, Matthew Dear (Live Band), Meshuggah, Miss Polski, Mogwai, Moja Adrenalina, Mo?r Drammaz, Muariolanza, Neon Indian, Lech Janerka, Liars, Liturgy, The Lollipops, Low, L.Stadt, Olivia Anna Livki, Omar Souleyman, Oneida, Oneohtrix Point Never, Paris Tetris, Polvo, Primal Scream plays "Screamadelica", Public Image Ltd, Ringo Deathstarr, Sebadoh, Suuns, Très.b, TRYP, Twin Shadow, Warpaint, Warsaw Village Band, Wojtek Mazolewski Quintet, Xiu Xiu, YACHT. Plus special show on August 4th: Current 93 and Trembling Bells.

Artur Rojek likes to share his music.
Back in the day, before he became a celebrated music star of his own right, he would simply play his favourite records for his friends, or make them tapes, forcing them to listen to his latest discoveries. He went on to become one of the best-selling Polish artists of all time, regularly playing tracks that he found fascinating or had caught his attention on the radio. And he still does actually... But back in 2005 Rojek found a new, all-encompassing way to share good music with others. The perfect way to experience this music together with others and to share the emotions carried by the sound. And so it was that OFF Festival was created.

A true paradise for fans of great music.
Last year marked the 5th anniversary of Artur Rojek's loud brainchild and an exciting development for the festival as it moved from it's former home, the Skupna Water Park in Myslowice to a brand new location at Dolina Trzech Stawow, which translates to 'Three Lake Valley', in Katowice - a beautiful green oasis in the heart of industrial Silesia.

Over the years, the OFF Festival has amassed its own demanding yet appreciative audience as well as a well deserved reputation in Poland and abroad. Not without reason has it been said and written that OFF is the best alternative festival in this part of Europe and the only place east of Berlin where one can catch a glimpse of the boldest and electic acts on stages worldwide. This year, over 15,000 music fans are expected to flock to Three Lake Valley to witness Artur Rojek's musical vision come to fruition once again.

More than just music
OFF Festival is about more than just music. It also features a number of accompanying events: film, art, performance and poetry. It's also an event which keeps the environment in mind - all food and drinks come in environmentally-friendly packaging and there is a big emphasis on recycling. It's a completely safe place, an event where diverse tastes and appearances are welcomed and where everyone is the same because everyone is different.

* Allows entrance to all concerts taking place between the 5th and 7th of August in the area of Dolina Trzech Stawów (gate opens at 13:00)

35 EUR (45 EUR with camping included) – until April 30th
40 EUR (50 EUR with camping included) – May 1st until June 30th
45 EUR (55 EUR with camping included) – July 1st until August 4th
50 EUR – August 5th, on location

*Allows entry to the concerts taking place in one chosen day of the festival
August 4th – Special opening show with Current 93 + guest (gate opens at 18:00)?22 EUR – pre-sale until August 3rd ?27 EUR – August 4th, on location
August 5th or 6th or 7th – Three Ponds Valley (gate opens at 13:00)?25 EUR – pre sale until August 4th?35 EUR– during the festival

Please note that camping (Festival Village) will not be sold this year separately - unless there is space available when the festival starts.?17 EUR - August 5th or 6th or 7th
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Travel and accommodation
There are regular cheap flights to from the UK and Europe to Katowice with Wizz Air, Ryan Air, Lufthansa and KLM.

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 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.

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.
More information on all the travel and accommodation is available on the festival website

OFF Festival online





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