Here’s Why You Should Go To Poland for a Music Festival

This Friday marks the 10th anniversary of Tauron Nowa Muzyka, one of Poland’s premiere festivals. The landmark lineup this year features the likes of Pampa boss DJ Koze, techno icon Jeff Mills and Odd Future star Tyler, the Creator, among other innovators in contemporary music. In addition to its solid roster of scheduled performers, TNM boasts compelling light installations and audio/visual setups to adorn the New Silesian Museum where it takes place, which sits on the site of a former coal mine in Katowice that was active from 1823 to 1999. We asked booker Anna Kopaniarz to take us under the hood of the four-day event and give us a rundown of what she’s stoked to see between August 20 and 23.

Thursday, August 20: Opening Night with Apparat @ NOSPR, 7.30 PM

“Apparat is truly adored in Poland, so he’s the perfect fit to open the 10th edition of our festival. He’ll present his new visual and musical project, Music For Films, for the very first time here in Katowice. The show promises to be mind-blowing, as it will take place in the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, a venue with a reputation for having the best acoustics in Europe thanks to legendary acoustic features and crystal clear sound.”

Friday, August 21/Saturday August 22: ALO WALA @ RBMA Stage, 00.00 - 01.00 AM

“I’m already pretty sure that this year’s title for Craziest and Wildest Vocalist will go to Denmark’s ALO WALA. She has mixed Bengali-Indian roots, has lived on four continents and makes music with the Dutch duet Copyflex and Julius Sylvest. She sings a bit and raps a lot. Her music sounds like a groovy mix of cumbia and gangster rap with doses of electro and hip-hop. Add some visuals by VJ Mad Es, and you get the soundtrack made in heaven that’s impossible not to dance to and go wild.”

Saturday, August 22: Guided trips to Upper Silesia

“We adore the special location of TNM in Katowice as much as we love music, so it makes sense to offer guided tours around the area. The trips allow visitors to explore the industrial and natural surroundings of Poland’s Upper Silesian region. Climb up a coal mine to see an astonishing panorama with the Beskid Mountains in the distance. Watch the Zinc factory at Katowice-Szopienice, a pictoresque brick warehouse building from the last century, and return to Katowice for a walk around the cultural district that hosts the Philharmonic Orchestra, the International Congress Center and the New Silesian Museum.”

Sunday, August 23: KIASMOS @ Littlebig Stage, 03:00 - 04:00

“KIASMOS is a brand new project from the man many know and love for his ephemeral ambient and classical piano music: Ólafur Arnalds. But if you’re expecting him to play soft and slow…you’re wrong, mate. KIASMOS is all about modern techno. Together with Janus Rasmussen, Arnalds uses an astonishing set of instruments and live classical musicians, including a string quartet, a live drummer and an entire room filled with analog synthesizers, drum machines and tons of samples. There’s even a mincing machine. Watching Ólafur and Janus have fun onstage, jump around like crazy and shake their equipment will make you love them.”

Sunday, August 23: Closing night with Jeff Mills & the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra @ NOSPR, 19:30

“In 2005, Jeff Mills performed The Blue Potential Concert with the Montpellier National Orchestra, a compilation of symphonic versions of his own tracks arranged by French composer Thomas Roussele. Mills returned to that idea in 2012 with L’Orchestre National d’Ile de France, conducted by Christophe Mangou. This new collaboration, called Light from the Outside World, will be performed with different orchestras in very special venues around the world. For TNM’s closing event, he’ll present Light from the Outside World with thePolish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by 86 gifted musicians.”