Off Festival

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OFF Festival
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Genre Alternative, rock, pop, folk, electronic, indie, punk, jazz
Dates August
Location(s) Katowice, Poland, previously in Mysłowice, Poland
Years active 2006 – present

OFF Festival is an alternative music festival held annually since 2006, sponsored by mBank and Grolsch, and promoted by one of Poland's national radio stations, Program 3 Polskiego Radia. Until 2009 it was held at Słupna Park in Mysłowice, Poland in August and lasts four days. OFF Festival from 2010 takes place in Katowice in Dolina Trzech Stawow.

The organizer and creative director of this festival is Artur Rojek, former leader of the bands Myslovitz and Lenny Valentino.

In addition to the music, the Off Festival also support a variety of independent arts and culture events, like exhibitions,workshops and movie screenings. It is also connected with promotion of volunteer programs.


The first edition of OFF Festival was held from 18–20 August 2006. About 11,000 people attended the three-day event with 30 bands performed on the 3 stages. OFF Festival 2009 was dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II. The guest of honour was Sub Pop boss Jonathan Poneman. The 2010 edition of Off Festival was held from 5th to 8 August in Katowice. Festival was dedicated to the celebration of 200th birthday of Fryderyk Chopin and filled with concerts with the main theme being ‘Inspired by Chopin’.[1]


Most of the concerts of the first four editions of the festival were held in the area of Słupna watering place, but also in Evangelical Church, Local Culture Centre and many other places in the centre of Mysłowice.

In 2009 there were five stages:

  • Main Stage
  • Forest
  • Experimental
  • "Trójka Offensywa"
  • "Miasto Muzyki"

From 2010 the festival is held in Dolina Trzech Stawów in Katowice.


Renton Off Festival 2006


Iowa Super Soccer, Łąki Łan, Silver Rocket, Cracow Klezmer Band, Maria Peszek, Lenny Valentino, Banco De Gaia, Motyw, Őszibarack, Kanał Audytywny, Hurt, The Car Is on Fire, Bang Gang, Skalpel, Gutierez, Psychocukier, Apteka, John Porter & Nieprzyzwoity Zespół, Strachy na Lachy, T.Love, Sofa Surfers, I Am X, Plebiscyt, Delons, Lachowicz, Mitch&Mitch, Pustki, Lech Janerka, The White Birch, Graftman, Asi Mina, Muzykoterapia, Robotobibok

Dezerter Off Festival 2007


Blue Raincoat, Lao Che, Dezerter, Ścianka, Low Frequency in Stereo, Architecture in Helsinki, 19 Wiosen, O.S.T.R, Tymon & Transistors, Bassisters Orchestra, Pogodno, Nosowska, Electrelane, Old Time Radio, Pink Freud, Generał Stillwell, Starzy Singers, Dick4Dick, Piano Magic, Komety, The Complainer, Kobiety, Cool Kids of Death, Kapela ze wsi Warszawa, Radian, iLiKETRAiNS, Punk.Discorporation, Muariolanza, Strings of Consciousness, PumaJaw, Port Royal, 100nka, The Syntetic, Mietall Waluś, L.Stadt


Iron & Wine, Mogwai, of Montreal, Menomena, Caribou, British Sea Power, Clinic, Hey, Izrael, Muchy, Kammerflimmer Kollektief, Czesław Śpiewa, Max Tundra, Lao Che, James Chance & The Contortions, Dick4Dick, DAT Politics, Kawałek Kulki, Waglewski Fisz Emade, Homo Twist, Renton, Afro Kolektyw, Singapore Sling, Felix Kubin, Snowman, Jacaszek, So So Modern, L.U.C & Rah, Baaba, Bajzel, The Magic Carpathians Project, Broadway Taxi, New York Crasnals, Elephant Stone, The Poise Rite, Modified Toy Orchestra, Pchełki, Reuber, Polpo Motel, Shofar, Karol Schwarz All Stars, Plazmatikon, Klangwart, The Band of Endless Noise, Transkapela, Budyń & Sprawcy Rzepaku, Lutosphere


The National, Final Fantasy, Wire, Spiritualized, El Perro del Mar, The Thermals, Frightened Rabbit, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, Ólafur Arnalds, These New Puritans, The Field, Marissa Nadler, Maria Peszek, Handsome Furs, HEALTH, Fucked Up, Crystal Stilts, Mark Kozelek, Micachu, Komety, Cool Kids of Death, The Car Is on Fire, Armia, Pustki, Gabriela Kulka, Tiny Vipers, Wooden Shjips, Lucky Dragons, Dictaphone, Crystal Antlers, Karl Blau, Muzyka Końca Lata, Errors, Jeremy Jay, George Dorn Screams, Skinny Patrini, Lech Janerka, Wildbirds & Peacedrums, Rolo Tomassi, Hatifnats, The Week That Was, Psychocukier, Loco Star, Mahjongg, Pawilon, Kumka Olik, Iowa Super Soccer, Monotonix, Von Zeit, Janek Samolyk, Biff, The Black Tapes, Miłość, KOT, Disasteradio, Ballady i romanse, Woody Alien, SenSorry, Paristetris, Andy Band, The Complainer & The Complainers, Muariolanza, LeeDVD, Ben Butler And Mouse Pad, Maria Celeste, White Rabbit’s Trip, Siupa


The Flaming Lips, Mew, Lali Puna, The Fall, Tindersticks, Efterklang, Atlas Sound, Fennesz, The Tallest Man on Earth, O.S.T.R., Matmos, William Basinski, Antipop Consortium, Voo Voo, The Very Best, Lao Che, Memory Tapes, Philip Jeck, Something Like Elvis, Tides From Nebula, Lenny Valentino, 19 wiosen, Kucz/Kulka, Indigo Tree, Szelest Spadających Papierków, Lachowicz, Cieślak i Księżniczki, Pablopavo i Ludziki, Prawatt & Mirna Ray, Trans Am, No Age, Joker, The Horrors, Happy Pills, Nathalie and the Loners, Plum, Hey, Dinosaur Jr., The Radio Dept., Shearwater, Tunng, Toro Y Moi, Darkstar, Ecstatic Sunshine, Raekwon, A Hawk And A Hacksaw, Pulled Apart By Horses, Digital Mystikz, Taken By Trees, These Are Powers, Zu, Shining, The Raveonettes, Art Brut, Archie Bronson Outfit, Mouse on Mars, The Black Heart Procession, Dam Mantle


Primal Scream plays "Screamadelica", Mogwai, Low, Public Image Ltd. Gang Of Four, Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, Deerhoof, Liars, Meshuggah, Blonde Redhead, dEUS, The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Polvo, Current 93, Destroyer, Junior Boys, Sebadoh, Junip, Oneida, Konono no.1, Abradab, Tesco Value, Warpaint, Xiu Xiu, Glasser, Igor Boxx, Oneohtrix Point Never, Factory Floor, Bielizna plays "Taniec Lekkich Goryli", Abradab plays Kaliber 44, L.Stadt, Lech Janerka, Dezerter Matthew Dear, Actress, Omar Souleyman, Gablé, Gangpol & Mit, YACHT, Hype Williams, Emeralds, Anna Calvi D4D, Kury, Dan Deacon, Kyst, Kode9 DJ set, Liturgy, Barn Owl, AIDS Wolf, Dry the River, Neon Indian, How To Dress Well, Twin Shadow, Male Bonding, Olivia Anna Livki, Awesome Tapes From Africa, Ringo Deathstarr, Frankie & the Heartstrings DVA, Blindead, The Car Is on Fire, Moja Adrenalina, Miss Polski Kamp!, Tres. b, Muariolanza, Kapela ze wsi Warszawa, Paris Tetris, Ballady i Romanse Mikrokolektyw, Asia i Koty, Mołr Drammaz, Asi Mina, Wojtek Mazolewski Quintet, Twilite, Baaba Kulka, Tryp, Karbido performs "Stolik", BiFF, The Lollipops


The Stooges, Swans, Thurston Moore, Suicide, Death In Vegas, The House of Love, Converge, Bardo Pond, Battles, The Antlers Baroness, Atari Teenage Riot, Fennesz, Metronomy, Kurt Vile, Ty Segall, High Places, Charles Bradley, Baxter Dury, Kim Gordon & Ikue Mori, Nosowska, Akron/Family, Shabazz Palaces, Das Racist, Forest Swords, Andy Stott Apteka, Papa M, Other Lives, Josh T.Pearson Megafaun, Jacaszek, Colin Stetson Kirk, Africa Hitech, Connan Mockasin, Henry Rollins (spoken word), Spectrum, Retro Stefson, King Creosote & John Hopkins, Kanał Audytywny, Afro Kolektyw, Nerwowe Wakacje Iceage, Piętnastka, Dominique Young Unique, ANBB, ContaineR Mordy, Beneficjenci Splendoru, Mokołaj Trzaska, Shangaan Electro


My Bloody Valentine, The Smashing Pumpkins, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Deerhunter, The Walkmen, The Pop Group, Bohren & der Club of Gore, Austra, Patrick Wolf, Skalpel, Fucked Up, AlunaGeorge, Autre Ne Veut, Jens Lekman, Mykki Blanco, John Grant, Japandroids, Goat, Rebeka, Merchandise, Metz, Thee Oh Sees, The Soft Moon, Blondes, Dope Body, Girls Against Boys, Holy Other, Julia Holter, UL/KR, John Talabot


The Jesus and Mary Chain, Slowdive, Neutral Milk Hotel, Belle and Sebastian, Deafheaven, Chelsea Wolfe, 65daysofstatic, Glenn Branca, Holden, Fuck Buttons, Perfume Genius, John Wizards, The Dumplings[2]

OFF Festival Club[edit]

Artur Rojek as the art director

It is a series of club concerts started in 2008 by OFF Festival.

I edition

Deerhoof, Contemporary Noise Sextet, Emiter, Kristen

II edition

Butthole Surfers, Materac, Plum

III edition

Monotonix, Mitch and Mitch with Igor Krutogolov play Zelig Rabitchnyak, Bajzel

Monotonix, Mitch and Mitch with Igor Krutogolov play Zelig Rabitchnyak, Bajzel

IV edition

Mount Eerie, Chain and The Gang, No Kids

  • 2 December 2010 - Katowice at Jazz Club Hipnoza

Scout Niblett, Cieślak i Księżniczki, Ed Wood

V edition

Merzbow, Zs, Kid606, Niwea


  1. ^ ‘Inspired by Chopin'
  2. ^ "OFF Festival Katowice 2014, 1-3.08.2014". Off Festival. Retrieved 2 June 2014. 

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