Exactly 365 days after its last recapture London’s north-eastern Hainault Forest is once again overtaken by Offset Festival and anno 2010 it’s already the third time of bringing together well-selected established – if not legendary – artists with almost all the young, promising talents.
First part was offered this year to the revolutionary founding fathers and mothers of digital hardcore, Atari Teenage Riot (photo above), who follow in the footsteps of punk, post-punk heroes and Offset headliners Gang of Four, Wire (see our 2008 review) and The Slits (see our 2009 review) together with New York’s underground legend Liquid Liquid and Berlin’s Krautrock masterminds off Cluster. The three bands will be accompanied by some of this year’s most progressive artists, with Daniel Snaith’s Caribou, These New Puritans and Mount Kimbie ranking first (in our personal lists), while Mystery Jets, Art Brut and Good Shoes will provide the more accessible indie tunes.
Too, there are quite a few bands making the return to Offset, like the overwhelming super collective Chrome Hoof – an Offset act of the very first issue in 2008 – or last year’s Pulled Apart By Horses, stage invasion causers Male Bonding and Japan’s psychedelic masters of hairography in London exile, the fantastic Bo Ningen. Of course the Experimental Circle Club is back in the game as well hosting two days of dark wave, predominantly East-London sounds on their stage featuring the likes of O Children, Tim Burgess, Fiction and Angular Recording’s very special Cold Waves and Minimal Electronic Sets.
Some girl power is coming from our cherished US duo Telepathe, Esben and the Witch‘s front woman Rachel Davies and Hannah Holland’s Batty Bass. Now add the Erol-Alkan associates Stopmakingme, Connan Mockasin and the Late of the Pier DJs plus the until now unmentioned, but truly great Banjo or Freakout, Cold Pumas, Comanechi, Factory Floor, Invasion, Teeth!!!, Trash Talk, Visions of Trees, Wild Geese and Wild Palms to the list, you can already guess that it’s going to be a pretty tough decision where to go without even knowing half of the more than 150 acts.
Please, see below for a photo gallery of Offset 2009, the entire line-up and ticket infos.
MYSTERY JETS | ATARI TEENAGE RIOT | CARIBOU | THESE NEW PURITANS | ART BRUT | TELEPATHE | CLUSTER | LIQUID LIQUID | THE EIGHTIES MATCHBOX B-LINE DISASTER | GOOD SHOES | MOUNT KIMBIE | TRASH TALK | PUNKS JUMP UP | DEVIL SOLD HIS SOUL | THE GHOST OF A THOUSAND | THOMAS TANTRUM
KAP BAMBINO | ALI LOVE | MALE BONDING | DEAD SWANS | RISE AND FALL | ROLO TOMASSI | LOVVERS | GRAMME | PULLED APART BY HORSES | BANJO OR FREAKOUT | CHARLES DE GOAL | BLURT | JOHN & JEHN | CALORIES | CHROME HOOF | MONOTONIX | EGYPTIAN HIP HOP | WILD PALMS | COMANECHI | THROATS | SHIT AND SHINE | COLOURS | THE XCERTS | SERGE SANTIAGO | WETDOG | GRAFFITI ISLAND | ESBEN AND THE WITCH | INVASION | FACTORY FLOOR | TIM BURGESS | TEAM GHOST | FICTION | DISCONCERTS | BRUTALITY WILL PREVAIL | ELECTRICITY IN OUR HOMES | 10LEC6 | TEETH OF THE SEA | SCREAMING TEA PARTY | PAY NO RESPECT | LAST WITNESS | DEATH IN PLAINS | HOLY STATE | CONNAN MOCKASIN | OUR TIME DOWN HERE | O.CHILDREN | DEAL WITH IT | NOVELLA | DISCO BLOODBATH | BLUE ON BLUE | KOUDLAM | COLD PUMAS | THE ENDS | CHICKENHAWK | THE NEAT | HANG THE BASTARD | RELICS | LAVOTCHKIN | RORY PHILLIPS | TEETH!!! | NOT COOL | HANNAH HOLLAND | THE RIFLE VOLUNTEER | BITCHES | CASTROVALVA | MAMA SHAMONE | PEEPHOLES | HARRY JAMES | PLEASE | ANTARES | BRONTIDE | SLAPPER | HAMMERS | BO NINGEN | LA SHARK | JOHN AND JEHN | LONEWOLVES
THE ERGON CAROUSEL | FIRAS | ANNA CALVI | STOPMAKINGME | TOO YOUNG TO LOVE | LA LA VASQUEZ | FLATS | JACKALS | WILD GEESE | TRAILER TRASH | BUNNY COME | COLD IN BERLIN | GUESS WHAT | GOLDEN GRRRLS | THE BRIDPORT DAGGER | ROUND | DIET PILLS | RIOTOUS ROCKERS | IAN ROBINSON
SAUNA YOUTH | ADAM STAFFORD | DEAD IN THE WOODS | THE MURDER ACT | PROXY MUSIC | SPECIAL RECREATION WISH CLUB | THE EYES IN THE HEAT | VISION OF TREES | THE LOVELY JONJO | ATHENS POLYTECHNIC | KEZOKICHI | OH!GUNQUIT | MIKKI MOST | JOE ANGULAR | DIFFERENT CLASS RADIO | THE RECEEDERS | DAN BEAUMONT | PARISO | GOD DON’T LIKE IT | THE JUNKETTES | TAIGEN KAWABE | HORSE & CONDOR | DISCLIPLINE DJS | JOHN AND ON | JOHN LINGER | HYRST | NEIL LION | LAST.FM DJS | HOLY ROAR DJS | ARTROCKER DJS | THE BEAT! DJS | BATTY BASS | ORAL ORAL | LATE OF THE PIER DJS | TYPICAL GIRLS DJS | PAPER CROWS | HOUSE OF §TINTER | J.O.S.H CAFFE | OFFSET DJS | JAMIE D. WINTER | DEAN CHALKLEY DJ | THOMAS SHITNECK | SI CHEEBA DJ | MEDDICINE | THOMAS HEIN | A REBOURS