This year was my fourth OFF Festival, which was being held for the 10th time. As ever, the festival was welcoming, the music equally diverse and brilliant, and the atmosphere around Katowice town and the site both relaxed and excitable.
Below is a Soundcloud playlist of all the festival acts (at least all I could find) I made before we left, some photos of the acts I saw, and some notes on their performances.
2016 will mark ten years of OFF Festival, and considering the incredibly array of acts that have played it since 2006, I can only imagine who they will unveil for the anniversary event. I am counting down the days already…
First act – some nice Polish alt. rock
Repetetive African beats complemented the sun and beach setting perfectly.
Stage sprung up within minutes as we walked down to see Ought. Very energetic set.
Reminded me of Pavement.
Very loud, dark, scary, hypnotic, and loud. Plus, it was loud.
One-woman set of pop-punk complete with backing track.
Early evening tent setting added to the intensity of Sun’s show.
Headline act of the weekend and a strong performance
Played a few Cooper Temple Clause and Mansun songs on the piano on the right, into the early hours
Coals – dark atmospherics from this Polish duo. They finished taking a selfie in front of the ecstatic crowd.
Some double bass feedback
Patti Smith plays Horses – as fresh as ever
Iceage – Second festival i have seen them play recently, and sounded more assured and coherent here. A good set for the finial night.
Run the Jewels “let’s fuck this shit the fuck up”. Which they duly did.