OFF Festival 2016 – Katowice, PL – 5th-7th August 2016

5th visit to Katowice for the OFF Festival, which was thankfully as welcoming, familiar and musically inspiring as always. Click the gallery below for some photos from the 3 Ponds Valley:

Some additions this year were the long-overdue beer-that-is-not-Grolsch (Kozel, which sold out on day 1, and Lech), and a smartphone app with line-ups, links to music, and latest news from the organisers (although the souvenir book is, sadly, no more). Both of these came in handy for having a drink whilst trying to follow late changes to the line-up.

Neither the Friday night rain nor the unprecedented flurry of headline acts cancelling at short notice – GZA, The Kills, Anhoni and Wiley (GZA’s replacement) – could dampen the festival. In fact, it meant Jambinai, who I had pencilled in for a 3am finish, were promoted to Saturday main stage headliner, a slot they filled amply and were my highlight of the weekend.

Other highlights were the orchestral productions of Brodka, Goat’s unorthodox take on guitar/drums (with frantic sticksman), the sheer force of Lightning Bolt, and Kiasmos’ house with cutting light show to finish my weekend.

Below is a link to a Soundcloud playlist of the 2016 OFF Festival:

https://soundcloud.com/neilmeehan/sets/off-festival-katowice-2016

Roll on OFF ’17…

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