Ask most people what comes to mind when thinking of music festivals and the answers are likely to be similar: big name bands, big stages and a vast open space (be it field, beach or forest). While that sort of experience is obviously great, that's not the only form a music festival can, or should, take.
It's important to recognise and celebrate some of the smaller festivals that aren't always able to shout as loudly as those with bigger budgets and grander set-ups. Festivals that have their own unique charm, and portray exactly what is so great about the huge diversity in music festivals across the globe.
It's now time to turn our attention to a Polish techno brand that will be making their first foray into the festival world this June, turning Europe's longest building into a haven of thumping kick drums. Meet Instytut Festival.
What's the festival's ethos?
The Instytut brand has been throwing parties for over 20 years now, building up a devoted following thanks to its extensive knowledge of techno and sharp understanding of what makes a great party.
Now though, they've decided to take that experience and apply it to a music festival for the first time. And festival-goers can expect the same underground vibes of its other events, but this time on a greater scale.
Combining a historic, industrial setting with a raw, deep and rave-y lineup, Instytut Festival is more than just the music, with festival-goers being able to experience a whole spectrum of audiovisual experiences throughout the 19th century fortress it calls home.
Instytut's three stages are titled Main, Rave and Underground, which says a lot about the style of music you can expect. On the Main you've got prestigious techno royalty like Nina Kraviz, Marcel Dettmann, Chris Liebing and Speedy J, while those after something a little more hardcore and otherworldly can head over to Dax J, Randomer, Kobosil and The Zenker Brothers on Rave and Underground.
It takes place in the longest building in Europe?
That's right. The Citadel of Modlin Fortress, also known as the Garnizon Modlin, measures over 2km long and dates back over 200 years. It sits at the confluence of three rivers: the Vistula, the Narew and the Bug, and is amongst picturesque sandy beaches and eerie woodland.
The ghostly, supernatural setting is the perfect backdrop for Instytut's debut festival.
What kind of people will I find there?
Pure techno heads, to be honest. You can thankfully forget about the selfie-loving instagrammers that are unfortunately too rife at many festivals and events these days.
There's only one reason why people will be there, and that's to party to some incredible music in a deeply unique setting. It really is quite simple.
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