OFF Festival Katowice 2019 Dr. Martens returns to host singer-songwriters (and more!)
Located midway between our two biggest stages, the Dr. Martens Stage might be the one of the OFF Festival’s more intimately sized venues, but it features excellent songwriters and intriguing bands that are anything but small. Come a little closer, and they just might sweep you off your feet.
Here’s a rundown of the Dr. Martens Stage program at the 2019 OFF Festival:
Friday, August 2
6:15 João de Sousa
A Portuguese singer-songwriter who’s lived in Poland for years, João performs music that blends the fado spirit with the Slavic sentimentality of his new home. The proportions are so perfectly balanced that it’s no wonder his third album, released in 2018, is titled Ideal.
8:25 Adam Repucha
One of Poland’s most original singer-songwriters. Armed with an acoustic guitar, synthesizer, and just the right musical sensitivity, Adam Repucha writes songs that have drawn comparisons to the music of Robert Wyatt and Cat Stevens. He gained wider attention following the release of the film All These Sleepless Nights, which features his song “Zabierz mnie do morza.”
This promising Zielona Góra-based trio has been around for a while,
raising high hopes for a debut LP. They finally made good on that promise this spring with the album Baśnie, a collection of nostalgic and magical songs that are somehow danceable and underpinned with a post-punk harshness. At the Dr. Martens Stage Niemoc will perform a special acoustic set that’s different from their Forest Stage show.
Saturday, August 3
6:15 Kapela Maliszów
A family band featuring the Jan, the father, and his two children Zuzanna and Kacper. The Malisze family named their second album Wiejski dżez (Country Jazz) and there isn’t a hint of irony in that title: The trio set forth from their traditional music of their home region, the Low Beskid mountains, and head out on exploratory journeys that know no bounds. Kapela Maliszów is preparing a special show for the Dr. Martens Stage that’s different from their Experimental Stage set.
A duo comprising Julita Zielińska—a girl with personality and madness in her voice—and Patryk Kienast, who accompanies her on guitar and looper. Ziela comes to us from Jazzboy Records (home of such artists as Kortez), a label whose infrequent releases are almost always gems. This is your chance to see them before they inevitably start playing to packed venues.
Szymon Żurawski is an sensitive artist with an extraordinary high-pitched voice that writes “the most beautiful songs about the worst things,” like the end of the world. He was a finalist in Gazeta Wyborcza’s Sanki poll for the best new Polish artist, and his debut album is slated for release this year.
Sunday, August 4
6:15 Moriah Woods
Moriah is a singer-songwriter from Colorado who now lives in Poland. She plays the guitar and banjo, and sings in a warm, dark voice. Formerly the singer for The Feral Trees, she’s now a solo artist who makes more down-to-earth music inspired by such artists as Johnny
Cash and Chelsea Wolfe. Moriah is currently laying down tracks for her upcoming album, Old Boy.
Bartłomiej Maczaluk and Jakub Żwirełło might still be dancing, but on the last day of the OFF Festival at the Dr. Martens Stage they’ll present tracks off their debut album, the critically acclaimed Zawody, as well as newer material from their upcoming release: bitter-sweet as always, but more stirring than ever. Wczasy will perform a special acoustic show at the Dr. Martens Stage, different from their Trójka Stage set.
Jacek “Budyń” Szymkiewicz is no stranger to Polish alternative music fans, mainly for his work with Pogodno and Babu Król, as well as his solo efforts. The multi-instrumentalist Sebastian Pikuła has played with Jacek Kleyff and was a member of the band Miąższ. Just imagine what they could do together.
Dr. Martens has always been closely tied to music, and history is full of artists who followed their own paths with a pair of Docs on their feet. Docs are hard-wearing and comfortable, making them the perfect everyday footwear that can still withstand the harsh conditions at concerts and music festivals.
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