Summercamp, a festival of music, art, food & more

The inaugural Summercamp, part of Liverpool International Music Festival, is set to take place over August bank holiday 2013. Set within Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle early Bird and kids tickets start from as little as £20 and are available from Summercamp is a small festival with big talent up close, boasting top acts such as Mount Kimbie, Martha Wainwright and Ghostpoet, world-class art courtesy of Liverpool Biennial and mouth-watering flavours curated by Sunday Brunch’s Simon Rimmer, plus much more. A village fete meets a bloc party, the event will feature both outdoor and indoor stages woven throughout and around the unique host warehouse venue, Camp and Furnace. Family-friendly and catering for every type of culture-vulture Summercamp is a new jewel in the North West summer calendar. Full line-up and further information are available on the website.


Summercamp is offering a feast of proportions suitable for a bank holiday, curated by Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch co-host and restaurateur Simon Rimmer alongside host venue Camp and Furnace’s own head chef Steven Burgess. The pair have enlisted Michelin Starred chef and Great British Menu finalist Glynn Purnell, who will create two gourmet menus that will be served during Summercamp as part of a programme of bespoke banquets. Tickets to sittings of these menus will be very limited and are due to go on sale to Summercamp wristband holders in the next month. Can Cook, in partnership with Guerilla Eats, are assembling the best of the North West’s street food. 15 traders will be cooking up an array of international cuisine in the street food style, the UK’s hottest dining trend of the moment.


Ghostpoet is amongst the first artists confirmed for Summercamp’s music strand. His addition follows the release of ‘Some Say I So I Say Light’, the follow-up to a Mercury-nominated debut album, which was has received glowing reviews. The singer and producer, aka Obaro Ejimiwe, will bring charmingly downbeat electronic sounds to Summercamp’s stage this summer. Warp records’ electronic duo, Mount Kimbie will also take to the stage for a set of their much-loved post-dubstep sounds. In addition, Summercamp will welcome Canadian-American singer songwriter Martha Wainwright, sure to deliver a vocally standout set adorned with her legendary turn of phrase. Last but by no means least heading to Liverpool will be folk trio The Staves and the gritty sounds of US rock outfit, Merchandise.


Liverpool Biennial lend their art expertise to Summercamp via The Experimental Music School, a mind-expanding, family programme for all ages taking the form of workshops, games, experiments and performances. The first artist to be revealed is the Dutch luthier and musician Yuri Landman. His workshop will involve the building of bespoke instruments, Landman’s previous creations have been used by Sonic Youth amongst many others meaning the audience are in truly expert hands. Following the workshop there will be a performance of a new work using these newly created instruments with critically acclaimed Liverpool trio Ex-Easter Island Head. Summercamp will soon be announcing the details of its film programme in collaboration with the award-winning media arts centre FACT.


From urban fox hunts to teddy bear’s picnics and cardboard tree houses, the family programme, delivered jointly by Summercamp, Liverpool Biennial and Just So Festival (the boutique festival of creativity aimed at children, young people and their families), will include food, film, music, making and dressing up running from 11am to 7pm.

Summercamp Director Miles Falkingham comments: “We are thrilled to be bringing an event encompassing such a breadth of art and entertainment to the Baltic Triangle. The area is home to Liverpool’s brightest creativity and the city’s best, up and coming, homegrown entrepreneurial talent. Summercamp is all about reflecting and celebrating that brilliance, with something for everyone we’re hoping to make the August bank holiday a weekend to remember”.

Off Festival announce first acts and earlybird tickets

Just like you did last year and the years before that, mark your calendars for the first weekend of August. We?ll kick things off on Thursday 1st August, with a Before Party (more details to come), with three days of madness at Three Ponds Valley starting the following day, 2nd August.

Tickets go on sale at the OFF Shop on our official website starting on Tuesday 15th January. The first 300 people to order their tickets will get a free designer OFF Notes notepad (the final batch of last year's limited edition of 1,000, designed by Marta Ignerska).

Passes will be available at the OFF Shop at these promotional prices:

Three Day Pass: 140 zloty / 35 Euro (180 zloty / 45 Euro with campsite access)
Four Day Pass: 150 zloty / 37 Euro  (190 zloty / 47 Euro with campsite access)

Prices are valid until 5th March, after which passes will be available at other outlets at slightly higher prices.  

Buy tickets here

We know how long you've been waiting for this one, so we?re glad to announce that Deerhunter will be performing at this year's OFF Festival! New psychedelic rock, ambient punk, garage pop? it?s hard to find a label that?ll stick to this Atlanta quartet, but there?s one thing everyone can agree on: they're one of this century?s best American guitar bands. It?s been a while since the release of Halcyon Digest (2010), so it's safe to assume that Deerhunter will be bringing some new material along to Katowice. Bradford Cox recently revealed that the songs he?s been writing are very weird? well, why don't we let that be a secret.

Laurel Halo
This American artist is said to have taken up the piano at the age of six, and soon moved on the violin and the guitar, so it?s no wonder she?s grown sick of them after all those years. Lauren Halo translates her classical music education into broken, futuristic electronic sounds and bold, intriguing vocal melodies. It comes as no surprise that her full-length debut, Quarantine, came out on Hyperdub, one of the most respected labels in the industry. Laurel Halo?s music is dense and multi-layered, but at once subtle and elusive. Unlike many of her fellow Hyperdub artists, who like to crush, terrify, and deafen their audiences with heavy basslines, her output is much more positive, yet no less demanding. One Guardian critic likened these sounds to 'Oxygene? for Brooklyn hipsters.'  No offense to hipsters ? it really is that good!

Polish audiences might expect this to be a stand-up comedy performance by the popular local music journalist Piotr Metz, but we?re going to have to burst their bubbles: the Metz we're talking about here is a Canadian trio whose eponymous 2012 debut album proved that Sub Pop still has a knack for no-nonsense guitar noise, continuing in the American rock vein of the Pixies and Shellac. They say that before Metz went in to lay down the tracks for this record, a few sharp minds got together to figure out how to capture the trio's live energy in the studio. Whatever they did, it was a success: the album ended up on most year-end lists of guitar music. But none of that matters to us now: we?re going to see them live at the OFF Festival. Hold on tight!

Next up in the category of three-man noise machines: Merchandise. This Florida band?s post-punk wall of noise has slammed down on reviewers at Pitchfork and the New Musical Express, both of whom gave them rave reviews for their mid-2012 album Children of Desire. This year the band is planning a new mini-album as well as more live performances, including a first-time appearance in Poland.

Jens Lekman
You know what I Know What Love Isn?t is? It's a heart-rending and unbelievably beautiful work of consolation. Here?s what Jens Lekman had to say about his third album, released last fall: "I just want people to get some kind of comfort from it. Especially the people who have gone through some kind of break-up. When I went through the break-up, I really looked for some kind of music, or art or literature that could say, 'I've been in the same situation.' I couldn?t find anything the moment, and that made me really sad."

Naturally, we hope that none of us will be going through a breakup at the OFF Festival, but don't we all like to shed a tear while reminiscing about past relationships both failed and happy to the sounds of charmingly delicate melodies?

Travel and Accommodation
There are regular cheap flights to from the UK and Europe to Katowice with Wizz Air, Ryan Air, Lufthansa and KLM.

Katowice has a broad range of accommodation, from cheap hostels to luxury hotels, but you can also live the festival life 24 hours a day at the OFF Festival Village, providing you with a place to stay, take care of sanitary needs, and grab a bite to eat.