An anniversary edition of Wild Bread Fest—celebrating ten years since the first show organised by Wild Bread Booking—is a return to the event’s 2021 format: one day, 100% emo.
The first wave of announcements opens with We Watch Clouds, who are steadily cementing their position as one of the most interesting bands in the country’s post-hardcore scene. The crew was formed in 2015 by Maciek and Artur Tomczynski, previously of Don't Fuck With Columbus and Potlatch. With a minimal, mathematical take on the genre, their sound pushes into boundaries of noise and tension in a controlled and deliberate way, evoking classic 1990s screamo bands like Orchid and Saetia; at the same time, We Watch Clouds deftly subvert hardcore conventions, with their ascetic live shows featuring the band in all-white outfits and gathered around a standing lamp. Largely due to their reputation as an extraordinary live band, they have developed something of a cult following in the Polish screamo scene. Currently, We Watch Clouds are signed to the Warsaw indie stalwart Peleton Records, and their discography includes three studio albums, the latest being 2022's It's All So Vibrant Now It's Sickening.
Next up—Lochy i Smoki. Formed in Szczecin in 2012, they lean towards the melodic, pop-punkish side of emo, with a sizeable dose of nostalgia. They debuted in 2015 with a self-titled EP; 2022 saw the release of their first full-length album Mogłem zostać w domu i grać w gry (I Could've Stayed Home and Played Video Games). Like We Watch Clouds, they are also currently signed to Peleton.
The remaining artists will be announced soon.