Here in the UK we don’t hear too much about Polish festivals – Brits are more likely to make a trip to Croatia, or in the last couple of years, Malta. But Poland’s festival scene boasts some enviable lineups (not to mention cheap beer), from the all out beach rave of Audioriver, to Tauron Nowa Muzyka, a more left field festival that sits jazz and neoclassical curveballs alongside its foundation of electronic and dance artists.
Here’s my top 5 picks from the weekend’s line-up:
I was lucky enough to watch one of Floating Points’ first ever live shows in New York last year, the day after he released his staggering album Elaenia, and it’s fully an experience I’m keen to repeat. His live show on Tauron’s main stage will reflect the jazzy vibe of Elaenia as opposed to the house and disco he fills his DJ sets with – but don’t let that turn you off, as his band is truly brilliant to experience.
This is Robag’s second year in a row at TNM – last year he played an incredible sunrise set on the Red Bull stage which was due to end at 6am but ended up extending by almost two hours more. His eclectic mix of house and techno is one not to be missed this year – he takes the stage at 6am so there’s no telling what time he’ll finish up this time.
Ukrainian pianist Lubomyr Melnyk is one of the highlights of the classical side of Tauron’s lineup. His rolling style of playing piano creates dreamlike sounds that have rightly seen him lauded as one of the most original neoclassical artists of the last few years, and an important part of Erased Tapes’ already stellar roster.
Whenever I’ve seen Matrixxman on a festival lineup it’s always been at some unholy hour of the morning, when only the most dedicated of techno vampires are still out to play – and this year is no different, with his set taking up the 4-6am slot on Sunday morning. Those who can power through will be rewarded with 2 hours of thumping, drum machine driven techno for their efforts.
Roni Size & DJ Krust
I’ll be the first to admit I’m not the biggest D&B fan, but the opportunity to see these two legends collab on a live show isn’t one to be missed. As the artists behind such definitive D&B anthems as Warhead and of course Brown Paper Bag among many more, this set promises to be something special.
Written by High Class Filter