Tauron Nowa Muzyka is an annual music festival that takes place in Katowice, Poland.
The words Nowa Muzyka translates to New Music, an event which aims to showcase the latest in the world of electronic music and visual arts.
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Acts confirmed for the 2012 event include Speech Debelle, Michael Mayer and Gnucci Banana, to view the full line-up as it is updated, click here.
The 2011 line-up included Amon Tobin, Machine Drum, Teebs, Dels, Apparat Band Live, Pearson Sound, Jacek Sienkiewicz, Spoek Mathambo, Jamie Woon and Mount Kimble. For details on the 2011 adn past line-ups, click here
Described as the "best non-commercial music event in Poland and Central Europe", the independent nature attracts the curious music fan, one that is eager to learn from an event which is highly influential in helping to set the music trends of Poland.
Despite dealing with predominately electronic music, the festival line-ups are known to be experimental, often touching on an array of genres and sub genres.
The added sideshows of cinema, art installations and photo exhibitions add to the avant garde feel of the festival.
The organisers strive for the following features to create the strong characteristics:
- A festival that works on a "prestigious and international artistic level".
- A "unique formula incorporating modern sounds and techniques in audiovisual arts".
- Music content that shows "electronic music as an artistic form of the highest, intellectual level".
- An event that is "distinguishable" and "strongly associated with street culture".
- Above all a "diverse, various, explicit, innovative formula that generates uncompromising and energetic jov, consistent with international trends of the entertainment industry".
Organisers also revealed the following trailer with the theme off "The Dark Side Of You Wants To Come Out.", along with the following statement
"By acknowledging our dark side, we also accept our own limitations and follow our individual path to perfection... After confronting the Shadow, we begin to shed the mask we all wear."
"We all stand against what people think of us, what we let them see and what is just a directed and controlled lie."
History, facts and cultural overview
When creating the festival, the organisers and promoters dreamed and aimed to "seek out and showcase genders and artists which were not, at that time, present in the polish media and public knowledge of the listeners".
Launched in 2006, the festival took place in a closed down warehouse that could only accommodate 1000 viewers.
Amongst music from Christian Vogel, John Coltrane, Swayzak and Dj Krush, attendees where also treated to best home-grown talent, how had been short-listed from a competition run by internet portal nowamuzyka.pl
2009 saw the event inclusive of other genres including the likes of Speech Debelle, Ebony Bones, Fever Ray, Flying Lotus, Jon Hopkins, King Canniball, Roots Manuva and Tim Exile.
In 2010 more then 10,000 fans attended the festival, where one of the key moments included an 8000 strong audience crazy dance via the instructions of super group Moderat.
17,000 guests attended TNM in 2011, and in the usual tradition of the festival, the Opening and Closing concerts were a success, with Jamie Woon closing down the festival in an Evangelical Church.
The festival has also won and been nominated for the following words:
- Nocne Marki (awarded by Activist Magazine) in 2009 as Event of the Year.
- Best Small European Festival (awarded by European Festival Awards) in 2010.
- Best Small European Festival nominee in 2011.
Music stages and other entertainment
At 2011's event there were four stages: The Main Stage, The Littlebig stage, The Red Bull Music Academy Stage and the Red Bull Tour Bus.
Every year there is the festival tradition of an opening and closing night, with 2011's Thursday opening night taking place at Galeria Szyb Wilson, and the Sunday closing events taking place at the Jazz Club Hipnoza and Evangelical Church.
Aside from the live music, there is also Photography workshops, Music workshops and Movie screenings taking place.
There is also a festival club that operates during the festival, which takes place at a special location each year.
- The Cinematic Orchestra at Szyb Wilson Gallery, Kato Wice. Gates: 19.00, Concert: 20.00. Tickets: 100PLN pre-sale, 120PLN on the door.
- Kutmah at Jazz Club Hipnoza, Katowice. Gates: 22:30, Concert: 23.00. Free Entry.
On Site Information
To purchase food, drink and other items, attendees must convert their money into coupons at the designated exchange boxes. Each coupon costs 3 PLN.
The festivals warns "We strongly advise not to purchase coupons from anyone who’s not a member of our staff as these coupons might me counterfeit".
In cooperation with the local Silesian University in Katowice, a separate internet café is available for guests, with the location marked on the festival map.
There will be luggage storage available, which will be marked on the festival map. It's important to note that this is open between 2pm and 1 am.
Food and drink
You are not permitted to enter the festival grounds with your own food and drink, however there are plenty of food and drink areas where you purchase such items.
Camping and other accommodation
There is a festival camping site available but it is not located in the main festival ground, however guests should bare in mind that there is a dedicated bus service that operates during the festival.
If you are looking to stay at a hostel or hotel, click here to look at a list of places recommended by the festival.
Location and travel
The festival takes place in the closed down KWK Katowice (Katowice Coal Mine) which is in the center of Katowice.
In between the beautifully preserved mine shafts Bartosz and Warzsawa, the area has become a music avant-garde mecca.
The area also includes "The old production halls, warehouses, carpentries and the amazing pressure tower proved to be the dream location for showcasing anything from instrumental nu-jazz sound to dark sounds of minimal techno."
Look up PKP Polish Railway Lines for information on trains and tickets
The closest aiports are Katowice/Pyrzowice and Krakow/Balice and following airlines fly to the designated spots:
KATOWICE/PYRZOWICE: Wizzair, Ryanair, Lufthana, Polish Airlines LOT
KRAKOW/BALICE: Easyjet, Lufthansa, Norwegian, Polish Airlines Lot, Ryanair
- Warszawa – 289km E67/E75 direction: Tomaszów Mazowiecki, Częstochowa, Katowice
- Kraków – 80km Motorway A4 direction: Wrocław, Katowice
- Wrocław– 195km Motorway A4 direction: Opole, Katowice
- Praga – 399km Motorway A4/E40 direction: Hradec Kralove, Nysa, Opole, Katowice
- Budapeszt – 553km E60/E75 direction: Bratislava, Zylina, Bielsko-Biała, Katowice
- Wiedeń– 406km D2/E65 direction: Brno, Olomouc, Ostrava. Katowice
- Berlin– 522km Motorway A4/E40 direction: Wrocław, Opole, Katowice
- Bratysława–390km D2/E65 direction: Brno, Olomouc, Ostrava, Katowice
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Festival contact and ticket information
- 4 Day Entry Passes - Early Bird Limited and Discounted Price: 150 PLN (around £30, €40)
- After Parties: Free Entry for the Kutmah event, 100PLN pre sale for The Cinematic Orchestra, 120PLN on the door.
Tickets are available from ticketpro.pl and ticketportal.pl