OFF isn’t trendy: it’s just way ahead of most trends. Often the artists we invite to Katowice still have their best records ahead of them, and they practice their breakthrough material on Polish audiences. It’s also hard to boil the OFF Festival down to a single genre, scene, or style when you have lords of noise playing alongside melodic geniuses, and the heroes of tomorrow opening for the legends of the past. What shapes and holds the festival’s philosophy together is its openness to everything that doesn’t come out of a cookie-cutter, everything that’s less obvious and more challenging than the products served up in the mainstream. That’s why even though festival art director Artur Rojek strives to get the greatest acts in alternative music to perform every year, you don’t see “names” playing in Katowice. You won’t meet faces you recognize from TV galas. You won’t hear the hits they play on corporate radio.
Pantha du Prince
Pantha du Prince present The Triad