Top alternative music festival called off due to coronavirus

Due to the coronavirus pandemic and the enforced ban on organising mass events, the OFF Festival Katowice will not take place this year, the organisers announced on Thursday.

At the same time, they informed fans that next year’s event will be held on August 6 - August 8. On Friday, the festival authorities will announce the first artists of the 2021 lineup.

The organisers wrote on the event website that tickets purchased for the 2020 edition of the festival will entitle their owners to partake in next year's edition at the lowest price.

"Keeping the ticket is a real support for us, thanks to which we can overcome current problems and focus on organising the next edition," the statement wrote.

"My greatest satisfaction in this work is to give you satisfaction, which I can't do this time. However, we have to deal with it somehow, as obstacles are there to be overcome. Take care and see you next year!", wrote Artur Rojek, artistic director of the festival.

All major cultural events are being called off due to the ongoing pandemic. One of the biggest music events in Poland, Open’er Festival in Gdynia shared the same fate of the festival in Katowice and will not take place this year for the first time since 2002.

The OFF Festival is an alternative music festival held annually in August since 2006. Apart from providing opportunities to listen to non-mainstream bands and artists, numerous cultural events from the field of independent arts are also incorporated. From 2010 onwards, the festival has taken place in Katowice in southern Poland.