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OFF Festival: Full Line-Up Details
The Quietus , July 12th, 2012 06:42

Poland's OFF Festival rounds off its line-up, leaving a mightily impressive list

As we've previously reported, Poland's OFF Festival, which takes place this year from 2nd-5th August in Katowice, is one of Europe's best festivals in terms of sheer variety. There are very few other places you'd be able to start your day with Converge, skip across to Kurt Vile, have a pint and then find yourself to another stage in time for Alva Noto & Blixa Bargeld, before rounding the evening off with sludgy techno from Andy Stott. And that's just the first day.

The festival has now completed its line-up, the full details of which can be seen here, and a stage-by-stage breakdown here.

This year, the Quietus were asked to curate the Experimental Stage on Friday, and we reckon we've got the best of the festival, with a line-up consisting of Demdike Stare, Alva Noto & Blixa Bargeld, Josh T. Pearson, Shabazz Palaces, Colin Stetson, Container, Obscure Sphinx and Kirk.

But elsewhere there's no shortage of good stuff. At the top end of the bill are headliners like Metronomy, Mazzy Star, Death In Vegas, Thurston Moore, Iggy & The Stooges, DOOM, Battles and Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks. The Experimental Stage plays host to some of the best acts of the weekend - in addition to Friday's Quietus-curated showdown, it gathers the likes of Fennesz & Lillevan, Forest Swords, Ikue Mori & Kim Gordon, Kuedo and Shangaan Electro. Then elsewhere are other Quietus favourites, ranging from the dreamy stoner whirlpools of Bardo Pond to the taut post-punk of Savages, via DaM Funk, Group Doeh and the almighty SWANS.

As with previous years, the festival's booking is unusual - especially for those used to the dynamics of UK outdoor festivals, where music after 11 is a rarity - in that it runs late into the night, allowing for a wide range of sounds to be showcased across a single day. Something else the festival excels at is in showcasing Polish talent - we'd strongly recommend Kristen, whose music recalls 90s Thrill Jockey output from the likes of Tortoise, albeit with its own distinct twist.

Tickets, until 1st August, come to around €40 for the entire weekend (another thing that makes OFF different to your average UK festival). After that, they jump up to €48 - full information here.

OFF Festival Katowice runs from 2nd-5th August. For more information, head to the festival's website.

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