Tauron Nowa Muzyka makes it home, starts this Thursday

Tauron Nowa Muzyka is back to the heart of Katowice. After previous two years spent in the city’s peripheries, the festival comes back to its roots and will take place, once again, at one of the few of Katowice’s former coal-mines, a new site of the Silesian Museum, and at Porcelana Śląska Factory. The opening night concert that will take place on Thursday, August 21st. It was so anticipated that the tickets were sold out in very short time. Chet Faker is this year’s headliner.

It has been quite a journey for Nowa Muzyka, a notable industrial music festival that has started as a small event back in 2006. Organizers’ idea was to widen the scope of Polish audience in terms of new jazz, electronic and dance-related artists from all over the world. Despite many ups and downs in previous editions, it appears that they have accomplished their goal. When it first started in 2006, the event lasted one day and made its debut in Katowice’s avant-garde Szyb Wilson art gallery. After this it was moved to Cieszyn city and it stayed there for two years, only to come back to Katowice in 2009 where it introduced that year’s revelation – Fever Ray as a main headliner. All of this seemed as a build-up for 2010 edition which was a milestone in festival’s history: it not only provided the best line-up and the biggest attendance, but also received European Festival Award for Best Small Festival of the year.

It’s not surprising that Nowa Muzyka’s ninth edition offers varied line-up including some Polish modern jazz (Mitch & Mitch, Pink Freud, Skalpel),highly acclaimed debutants: BOKKA (PL) and Elliphant (SE), IDM label trademarks: Mouse on Mars and Clark, Neneh Cherry and Kelis who both made their come backs in early 2014 after the years of silence. The biggest star of this year’s festival will be Chet Faker, an Australian poster boy who plays soul-influenced electronic music. There are over fifty artists performing this year.

Modern music festival would not be itself without providing side events. There are two extra music workshops to choose from, each dedicated to different target group. Junior Art 2014 is a workshop for kids including building pirate village and electronic shanties (takes place on Friday and Saturday); Music Production Workshop will be led by ABLETON LAB (Friday and Saturday).

As always, Tauron Nowa Muzyka joins forces with Silesia’s public transport. There will be additional communication and a special line from Katowice Dworzec (railway station) to the places associated with festival (New Silesia Museum on Friday and Saturday, Porcelana Śląska Factory on Sunday, as well as Muchowiec Airport which is festival’s accommodation base). You can find entire KZK GOP’s Tauron Nowa Muzyka – dedicated schedule here.

(AP)

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