OFF-FESTIVAL 2019 – REPORT, PHOTOS
The OFF Festival Katowice 2019 began on Friday August 2. This is the 13th edition of the festival, which roots go back to nearby Mysłowice. This year’s event attracted a total audience of 20 thousand people.
This year the participants could watch their favourite artists on 5 stages, ranging in size from the massive main Perlage Stage to narrow and modest Dr. Martens Stage. For the enthusiasts of written word a rich programme of the Literary Café was prepared, hosted by writers and journalists Sylwia Chutnik and Karolina Sulej.
The hosts prepared a flavourful mix of musical genres. There was a vast variety one could choose from: starting with psychedelic metal performed by Electric Wizard to the polish folk Śląsk Song and Dance Ensemble, which performance turned out to be a smash hit.
Apart from the music, the OFF Festival organizers did not give up on further promotion of ecological lifestyle – the entrance gate to the festival was turned into a recycling centre and the gastronomic offer consisted in 80% of vegan and vegetarian dishes.
22 performances were planned for the first day. Polish indie pop duo Cudowne Lata played the first concert. Slightly later on the stage appeared young members of Niemoc, an indie post-wave band also from Poland. They seemed relaxed and confident, as if they had come to show their best side and finally get the attention they deserve. Surely we will hear about them again.
British slowthai rapper literally threw a party in the tent stage. During the show, slowthai invited a fan to the stage, who then was rapping and dancing with him. Slowthai felt so laid backed he ended up giving the concert just in his underwear.
Right after slowthai, the festivalgoers gathered to watch The Comet Is Coming perform. [See the article]
Durand Jones and The Indications captivated the audience of the main stage with the rhythm of soul music. The festivalgoers had so much fun that they didn’t let the band get off the stage.
On the first day another headliner of OFF Festival gave a concert, the eccentric Aldous Harding. The indie folk singer from New Zealand performed songs both solo and with the band.
The legendary Jarvis Cocker, leader of the band Pulp, performed last on the main stage. The artist presented his new project JARV IS… with an accompanying band. JARV IS… is meant for live performances – the artist resigned from releasing songs for sale and streaming. It was worth seeing a concert of one of the most colourful personas of the British music scene.
On the second day, fans of Foals, the biggest star of this year’s edition, had been gathering in front of the main stage since the gate opening. The concert certainly didn’t disappoint the fans – [See the article].
The concert of Boogarins, band specializing in psychedelic rock, was definitely a memorable experience. The artists from Brazil were warmly greeted by Polish public. This concert attracted a large audience, far exceeding the capacity of the Experimental Stage.
Polish music came back on the main stage due to the band Dezerter, which performed songs from their debut album Underground Out of Poland from 1987. It turned out that punk rock from the late 80’s didn’t lose its relevance and the young generation was having a great time to the old hits.
Juan Wauters, called “singer of everyday life”, performed in the tent stage. The artist was born in Uruguay but raised in New York. His music reflects his roots, combining rock with folk, Latin sounds. Wauters made a great contact with the public, who definitely had fun.
Before Foals took over the main stage, an eight-person ensemble called Superorganism performed on the main stage. Danceable indie pop music appealed both to the diehard fans and to those who hadn’t heard this band yet. Next to the stage rainbow visuals with hearts and animals were screened as the vocalist Orono Noguchi joked together with the audience. If anyone came low-spirited to the concert, certainly came out of it in jumps – the band served the audience a solid dose of joy and humour.
Festivalgoers who had been feeling lack of techno in the festival music offer could apply to Dr. Rubinstein for a treatment. Using her hypnotic set she made the tent stage turn into Berlin’s Berghain for a while.
Ammar 808, a Tunisian producer who mixes electronic music with traditional North African songs, played a show for the most steadfast festivalgoers. [See a separate article].
On the last day of the festival we had the opportunity to hear P.Unity. The Warsaw band presented a mixture of funk, soul and jazz.
At the festival all generations were having a great time, from small children to those who remember Dezerter’s debut. OFF is not only a festival that combines different genres of alternative music, but also an event that unites people from all over the world, additionally being environmentally aware. We wish the organizers next great edition and we will see you next year!