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:
Roll on OFF ’17…