Atp@Off-Normal Echo+Dirty Beaches+Tuxedomoon
Doors Open: 6:00PM
More information about Off Festival Katowice tickets
ATP@OFF: A Before Party Like You've Never Seen Before
Can't wait for the next OFF Festival? Neither can we. And the worst part is just before the event, when you're not counting the days and weeks anymore, but the hours... We know that some of you will be coming a day early to get your musical fix, and that's why we're having a "before party" with an all-new format, curated by the legendary All Tomorrow's Parties festival, on Thursday, July 31.
The festival gets its name from the song by The Velvet Underground. Barry Hogan, the man who came up with idea for ATP, says he wanted it to be an antidote to huge corporate musical events. ATP wasn't meant to attract crowds; instead the point was to focus on top-notch alternative music and offer audiences an experience that they couldn't get anywhere else. Anyone who's ever sampled the unique vibe of ATP – be it in the winter, at England's seaside resorts, or at guest performances in London, New York, and Reykjavik – had to expect that its paths would one day cross those of the OFF Festival.
Says Barry Hogan from ATP, “We are thrilled to be hosting ATP@OFF this year. It’s an event we have admired for many years and it’s clear that Artur is cut from the same cloth as us at ATP. We look forward to more collaborations in the future."
Ladies and gentlemen, for the first time ever in this part of Europe, the legendary ATP will be collaborating with the OFF Festival. Come down to Katowice a day early and join us at the ATP@OFF before party – you'll remember this one for years to come!
Tuxedomoon is probably one of the most original bands in the history of popular music. They emerged from the San Francisco art commune Angels of Light in 1977, and spent the next three decades (with a few years off in the 90s) blowing our minds with their innovative approach to sound itself: their hypnotic compositions elude any attempts at classification, combining free jazz, electronic sounds, and a post-punk sensibility (or perhaps irritability?). Tuxedomoon is more easily described with the use of metaphors: as someone astutely noted, the band is the sonic counterpart to the paintings of Pollock and Dali. Suffice it to say that they signed their first contract with the Residents’ Ralph Records. What more do you need?
Born in Taipei, currently living in Montreal: it's no wonder that the songs Alex Zhang writes deal with refugees, travelers, and characters who rarely get to enjoy the warmth of the family hearth. What's more surprising, though, is how Dirty Beaches spins his tales. Using both loops and live instruments, Zhang builds compositions that take you on a tour of rockabilly, lo-fi, and no-wave. Sound familiar? Yes, it looks like the successor to Suicide was born in Taiwan.
Dawid Szcz?sny is back two years after the last release by the band Niwea. With over a dozen years on the intelligent electronic music, the artist is making quite a surprising reappearance. Normal Echo, his new incarnation, borrows heavily from cold wave esthetics. Raw, mechanical beats mesh perfectly with the direct, shouted lyrics. At his Katowice performance Szcz?sny will be promoting the album Private Behaviour, released earlier this year on the label Latarnia.