Tauron New Music Festival
Tauron New Music is as old (young?) and as influential as OFF Festival, and its goal is showcasing the best new electronic music. They have reason to boast, as they won the title of Best Small European Festival at the European Festival Awards in 2010, 2012, and 2014; and they've certainly succeeded at popularising Katowice and Silesia. Plus they get mad props for hosting the festival at a closed coal mine (now the site of the newly opened Silesian Museum), using the region's industrial landscape to create a unique feel. This year'slineup is the definition of international and inter-genre, bringing in some of the best and most intriguing musicians and artists in contemporary music from 9 countries spanning 4 continents. In keeping with their promise to deliver the most interesting sounds in contemporary music encapsulating jazz, electronic, and dance rhythms, this year's musical repertoire ranges from Polish pre-war jazz, Palestinian street music, futuristic techno from Detroit, and soul music from the Antipodes. Artists like Mura Masa, Errosmith, and Nightmares on Wax are just the tip of the iceberg.
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