Cross-genre journeys at East of Culture – Different Sounds Art’n’Music Festival 2020

The British icon of experimental metal, the major creator of a new cross-genre music at the intersection of world music, punk and the avant-garde, an electronic tornado from Bordeaux and William Blake’s poetry fused with musical improvisations are the next elements of the sonic feast that awaits us at this year’s East of Culture – Different Sounds. New additions to the line-up are Godflesh, Yonatan Gat, Kap Bambino and William’s Things, and we will see them in Lublin between 25-28 June 2020.

The diversity of sounds, stylistic experiments, crossing genre boundaries and high quality music are the keys to the distinctive character of East of Culture – Different Sounds and elements unifying all musical events. This year won’t be any different, and it’s the 13th time that Lublin will welcome the most fascinating artists from all over the world. 2020 marks the 7th time that the festival is part of East of Culture, a project carried out in Lublin, Białystok and Rzeszów by the National Centre for Culture, co-funded by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage

Hot on the heels of the first announcement of artists representing the cult Polish label Antena Krzyku, comes a new set of artists that perfectly fit into the concept of different sounds – Godflesh, Yonatan Gat, Kap Bambino and William’s Things.


Godflesh – the British legends of industrial metal and post metal considered an essential band in these genres, along with Ministry that visited Lublin last year. Justin Broadrick and Ben Green established the band towards the end of the 1980s in Birmingham, sending the entire music industry into raptures over their debut album “Streetrcleaner”. Even though this legendary album has recently celebrated its 30th birthday, it has stood the test of time. It still sounds fresh and ominous. Powerful, uncompromising and hypnotising sounds, the use of the drum machine, trips towards electronic music and dub – all these elements make Godflesh a band like no other. The band’s latest album so far is “Post Self”, released in 2017 by Avalanche Recording. At the concert in Lublin, Godflesh will present a broad overview of their work.

Yonatan Gat – Israel-born, New York-based master guitarist, producer and composer. He co-created the cult band Monotonix, a trio known for their wild, crazy concerts often performed in the middle of the audience. Yonatan Gat has transferred this technique to his next projects, turning his live performances into unique, incredible experiences. In the contemporary New York avant-garde scene, he ranks among the top most interesting and exploratory artists of his generation. His latest work is the album “Universalists” released by the label Glitterbeat, well-known to the audiences of Different Sounds. It’s an extraordinary fusion of rock with a pinch of punk and free improvisation, combined with the ethnic music of the collective Eastern Medicine Singers formed by the native inhabitants of North America.

Kap Bambino – a French duo established in 2001 focused on broadly understood electronic music, and strongly rooted in alternative sounds. Orion Bouvier and Caroline Martial took European clubs and festivals by storm, becoming one the most energetic and uncompromising bands in their genre. Riding on the wave of success in Europe, they went on equally successful tours in Japan and South America. Kap Bambino’s trademark became their spirited live performances which we will experience during their visit in Lublin. The band’s latest release is the 2019 album “Dust, Fierce, Forever”. It is the band’s fifth album. The set list for the concert in Lublin will also include older, memorable tracks from such albums as “Love” or “Zero Life, Night Vision”.

William’s Things – a project of three first-rate artists, namely Michał Górczyński, Tomasz Wiracki and Sean Palmer, operating at the intersection of sonic improvisation, musical avant-garde and poetry. The point of departure for the trio’s work is the poetry of William Blake, a British Romantic poet. Pop culture has often evoked this extraordinary figure, suffice it to recall Jim Jarmush’s “Dead Man” or John Zorn’s concept albums. William’s Thing have become a vital part of this tradition and have added their own, original voice. Their concerts are unique word and sound experiences of ritual, even cathartic nature. They are beautiful, intimate meetings with great art. Aside from the phenomenal content based on Blake’s work perfectly matched to the music, the project also blows your mind with the incredible form of performance. William’s Things take us away from the classic concert hall into nature filled with trees, greenery. We are transported to the soothing natural world.

This year’s edition of East of Culture – Different Sounds takes place in Lublin between 25-28 June 2020. The programme also includes stars associated with the label Antena Krzyku: the dutch icons of alternative music – The EX and De Kift, the American band The Messthetics, created by musicians from the legendary band Fugazi and Polish bands: Javva, 1984, Pochwalone and [peru]. More announcements coming soon.

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