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Ben UFO, Jlin, Blawan, more among first acts announced for Unsound 2018

More names locked for the festival include Eris Drew, Shyboi, DJ Storm and JASSS...

Unsound has announced the first round of acts set to play its 2018 edition.

The hallowed, week-long event takes place from 7th to 14th October in Kraków and will feature sets from the likes of Ben UFO, Eris Drew, DJ Storm, Shyboi, The Mover, DJ Bus Replacement Service and JASSS. Skee Mask will play a b2b set with Zenker Brothers.

UK industrial techno and garage mutator Blawan will be performing a rare live show at the festival. Footwork visionary Jlin will be providing a unique compositional pairing for a “dance inspired by genome sequencing” put together by Company WayneMcGregor under the title ‘Autobiography Edits’.

Experimental and ambient luminary Tim Hecker will be presenting a new project traditional Japanese court musicians. New-age and minimalist pioneer Terry Riley will be playing a very unique set in the city’s famous salt mine.

Other names on the bill include Marie Davidson, Ugandan DJ Kampire and Lucrecia Dalt, whose recent album on RVNGIntl blew us away.

The theme for Unsound this year is Presence. In announcing the theme, the festival released the following statement...

“What does it mean to be present in a world of media saturation, where reality can be virtual or augmented, intelligence made artificial? How should we exist in an age of self display, anxiety, cryptocurrencies, robotic technologies, data harvesting, algorithms, disinformation, social media bots and conspiracy theories? How does one understand nature, when it exists as a place to be visited rather than lived in?”

Many more DJs, live act, installations, workshops and talks are set to be announced for Unsound in the coming months. Tickets go on sale this Wednesday (6th June) 4pm CEST.

For more info visit the festival’s website.

If Unsound isn’t for you, another amazing looking festival taking place in Poland this year is Instytut, which takes place between 22nd and 24th June on the grounds of a 19th century fortress.