Mac DeMarco to curate the Experimental Stage
From fighting for your life, to petting a cat: get ready for another emotional rollercoaster at the OFF Festival. Mac DeMarco, Piernikowski, Shura, Injury Reserve, Alyona Alyona, Folamour and Lazarus join the festival lineup.
DeMarco has described his music as jizz jazz; whatever that means, one thing is certain: his sound is bursting with effortless ease, sunlight, and humor. This Canadian artist's six-album discography is full of excellent, unpretentious songs. One Rolling Stone reviewer described listening to Mac’s latest release, Here Comes the Cowboy, to “spending 45 minutes petting a cat,” and you’d be hard-pressed to come up with a better comparison.
Mac DeMarco will be wearing three hats at the OFF Festival. First, he’ll be playing a show, of course. Second, he’s agreed to take the Experimental Stage under his wing on Sunday, August 9. And third… he’s designed a ticket for the OFF Festival. Passes featuring his original illustration are limited, so don’t wait till the last minute to get yours!
“This is primeshit!” That’s perfectly obvious to anyone who’s been paying attention to the winding but invariably fascinating career of Robert Piernikowski: from Napszykłat, through Syny, to his solo efforts, which include a theatrical performance commissioned by director Jan Klata. 2019 saw the release of yet another original Piernikowski release, titled The best of moje getto and featured on practically every year-end list of the best Polish albums of 2019. It’s a hallucinogenic journey into the depths of a separate gloomy world. Accompanying him on the OFF Festival stage will be a roster of special guests: Kacha Kowalczyk (Coals), Adam Repucha, Hades, and Michał Fetler (Polmuz, Jazz Band Młynarski-Masecki).
The British mistress of melancholy synthpop—a one-hundred-percent modern flavor that nevertheless borrows heavily from the 1980s, especially early recordings by Madonna and Kim Wilde. Forevher, her second album, released in the summer of 2019, is a sensual and ecstatic love story. A Pitchfork reviewer described it as a story “about anyone who has experienced this kind of love: as blinding as religion, as cheesy as a Hallmark card, as familiar as a pop song.”
With guest appearances by such artists as JPEGMAFIA, A-Trak and Freddie Gibbs on their eponymous debut album, you know this Arizona hip hop trio is the real deal. Their at times noisy and quirky music is likely to entice fans of the group’s tour buddies Death Grips and Ho99o9, but there’s also something here for anyone who enjoys clean production and the catchy refrains of mainstream American rap.
Not too long ago, Alyona Savranenko was working as a kindergarten teacher in rural Ukraine, haunted by self doubt and dark thoughts. Today, she’s an international hip hop star and role model for many girls (and boys). “My tracks are about people who don’t believe in themselves and why they have to change that,” the rapper says. It all started with the homemade music video to her song “Ribki,” which she posted on YouTube in the fall of 2018 and became in instant viral sensation. Half a year later, Alyona had a whole album under her belt: Pushka, hailed by many as one of the best debut LPs of 2019.
His debut record is titled Umami, and that’s exactly what his music tastes like: intense and distinct. The French producer Bruno Boumendil currently lives and makes music in London, specializing in French house and disco. Aside from his original productions, he’s also famous for his excellent remixes of Tony Allen, Nightmares on Wax, and others.
Life can be tough, but hardship often spawns good art. It’s a cliché, true, but one that takes on new meaning when you apply it to the life story of this artist. Lazarus is an albino, which, in his home country of Malawi, puts his life in mortal danger. But Lazarus isn’t going anywhere: he’s using his music—blues drenched in pain and hope—to fight for a better tomorrow for himself and others like him. The artist’s debut record, Stomp on the Devil, was produced by Johan Hugo (Mumford & Sons and others). Since then, he’s become the subject of a documentary film (financed by Madonna) and has amassed an impressive posse of friends and collaborators (including Mumford & Sons, Bon Iver and The National). His mission has even won the support of the UN and Amnesty International. Who says music can’t change the world?
Mac DeMarco will perform on Sunday, August 9, at the Perlage Stage. The 2020 OFF Festival Katowice will also feature the previously announced artists Iggy Pop (August 8, Perlage Stage), Bikini Kill and Tropical Fuck Storm.
The 2020 OFF Festival Katowice will take place August 7–9, 2020, at Three Pond Valley, its usual venue. Three-day passes are now available for 319 PLN, or 409 PLN with a campground ticket. To get your ticket with a special design by Mac DeMarco, head to .