The 2016 Edition of Unsound

Unsound Festival 2016

Visuals by Piotr Jakubowicz

Unsound 2016 with its “Dislocation” theme will offer some exceptional intercultural experiences and lots of diverse sounds ranging from drone to PC music.

After the “Surprise” theme in 2015 it was quite difficult to predict the next turn of this always-surprising festival. “Dislocation” seems to be a rather relevant topic stretching the geographic boundaries and scope of the festival even more. The locations stretch from Kyrgyzstan to Vladivostok and hint at possible intercultural adventure we might encounter in Krakow this year. The first portion of the line-up looks exciting and already reveals some exciting collaborations. And that is one of the many things that Unsound is known for.

In 2016’s edition of Unsound, dub techno pioneer Moritz von Oswald will present an exclusive collaboration with Kyrgyz band Ordo Sakhna. Even more exciting is the pairing of Polish Stara Rzeka, a unique collective crafting a charming blend of avant folk, ambient, metal and shoegaze, with Dushanbe’s Samo. Rabih Beaini, who made some excellent appearances in 2015 edition, will be back this year for KAFR, a collaboration with Indonesia’s Senyawa. Also there will be the exclusive live rendition of “In the Heart of the Wolf” project of Ancient Methods and Cindytalk.

The stylistical diversity is also widely present this year as we have artists as diverse as Dean Blunt’s experimental (satyrical?) hip hop project Babyfather, Australian punkish EBM heavyweights Severed Heads, the master of lovely PC music chaos Felicita, and industrial techno innovators Orphx. Further on the bill are Raime, Roly Porter, Veronika Vasicka, Forest Swords and others.

Update 2016 07 21

Last week, a second wave of artists was announced. Among the new additions are many exciting acts, collaborations and DJ sets, which will be a welcome contribution to the forthcoming adventurous experience of Unsound. The collaboration list is extensive: Helm’s exclusive set together with Moa Pillar and Embassy for the Displaced, Body Sculptures performing with Sinfonietta Cracovia and Ilan Volkov, Robert Lippok performing with Lillevan and Askat Jetegin, also a Xylouris White, Jim White and Giorgos Xylouris collab. Adhering to the festival’s theme, these performances will unite artists from different corners of the world. Other additions include The Dwarfs of East Agouza, Eomac, Paula Temple, Don’t DJ, Peder Mannerfelt, M.E.S.H etc.

Update 2016 08 17

Unsound festival presents the last installment of artists for its 2016 edition. Already exciting line-up was complemented by world premiere of Kyle Dixon and Michael Styne (of S U R V I V E) performing a soundtrack for TV show “Stranger Things, exclusive performances by Demdike Stare, Emptyset, Felicita, the premiere of Amnesia Scanner and Bill Kouligas live collaboration as Lexachast, live shows by Dasha Rush, Phuture and other acts. Also today starts the sale of individual tickets. The full schedule of the festival can be found in Unsound official website.

More information on line-up and tickets can be accessed here

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Paulius Ilevicius is a Secret Thirteen journalist, editor and occasional DJ focusing on more dreamy and melancholic soundscapes. Born in post-industrial town of Pavevezys, currently he lives and works in Vilnius, Lithuania.

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