7 December 2014

Impressions of Wroclaw and more Return To The Batcave memories


During the second day of the Return To The Batcave festival we had a chance to take a walk in the center of Wroclaw (Breslau?). I wasn´t expecting much of Poland, thinking I will see the stereotypical post soviet union land shaft, but I was luckily wrong with my assumptions and Wroclaw, which was a German city turned to be a magical place with colorful doll-like houses, much history and magic.

I then hugged a chicken.
The center of the old town revealed a christmas market. it was very beautiful though very cold.



I absolutely loved the city and would love to return there again.
The festival itself left a few band-highlights as well. From the remarkable performance of the Polish Joanna Makabresku which I didn´t know before, the kicking ass gig of The Mescaline Babies (killer pogoing was guaranteed, the guys nailed it, they were amazing live!) and new discoveries such as the Polish Alles who played very minimal yet energetic synth wave, 
I was overall very impressed by the choices of bands, mixing post punk, deathrock and contemporary wave music giving each sub-sub genre it´s fair place on stage. Totenwald rocked as well, from reviews I heard they were liked by the crowd, cheers for that!

And then there was the other less sober part of the night: sharing a hostel room with Soror Dolorosa, being sensually kissed on the forehead by their bass player (as a result? who knows...) meeting very amusing and lovely goth people and just hanging out backstage with friends was absolutely amazing.

And then this bigos and goulash happened:

courtesy to the lovely Anoli Nicure
I have been drowning in Polish post punk music ever since the festival, thanks to Ra who has been introducing me to some amazing bands. I would so love to write a post about all of them, but more research and youtube digging shall be made before I do that.
But here´s a taste:


N. Finsternis

17 comments:

  1. aw. I wished I traveled as much as you! Seems like you have a great time. Also awesome song you posted. I don't think I've ever heard any Polish post punk. Was pretty awesome.

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    1. I am happy you liked the song! I should dedicate a post to polish post punk

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  2. Oh my, you ate bigos? Our famous 'yuck, it's a fermented cabbage, how can you eat that' dish? :D How did you like it?

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    1. haha we had to try! I didn´t like it as much as the goulash, the bred was probably the best part ;)

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    2. bigos & vodka = typical polish dish :D haha

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  3. Wrocław was Polish, Czech, Austrian, German, then Polish again >D The city has really great history.
    And beacuse of my grandmas birthday (XD), I was late to Totenwald concert, hope one day I'll see them live!

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    1. wah, good to know! I certainly hope to see you next time :)

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  4. The architecture there looks gorgeous. I wish I had more time to explore new bands. I look forward to that post when it's finished!

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    1. cool, nice to see that the post is in demand!

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  5. next time You visit Wroclaw we have to meet and go sightseeing together :) there's lot moretoo see, believe me :) More darker and mysterious places, haha :D I'm so glad You had gr8 time, Wroclaw has this specific energy and atmosphere, esp in winter :) but I have to admit that during RTTB I saw my hometown from totally different view...:) can't wait to feel it again next year :)

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    1. I believe you! there´s this holocaust memorial of statues going into the asphalt which we missed! I would love to go explore dark places with you!
      and oh, sound interesting to be able to see your hometown from a different perspective, I would like to know how :D

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  6. This all sounds amazing! I can't wait for your music and band posts of those Polish post punk bands. :D

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  7. uuuh, i need to know, where your sweater is from :D

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    1. I bought it in a market in Tashkent, Uzbekistan when I visited there in September. The pullover us made in china, so I suppose you can find it somewhere online?

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  8. Ugh....what a crap all my relatives from Uzbekistan are allready here in Germany. Online this kind of stuff is too pricey

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    1. oh you also have relatives in Uzbekistan? what a surprise :) I am sure if you browse ebay yiu will find something.

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