Festival season is upon us already, and what better way to start the summer than moseying on down to Norwegian Wood in the picturesque Frognerbadet. Arranged since 1992, Norwegian Wood is the granddaddy of Norwegian festivals with a line up guaranteed to appeal across the generational divide. With headliners like Patti Smith, Mark Knopfler, Ben Howard and Ray Davies, supplemented with local heroes Monica Heldal, Egil Olsen and Daniel Kvammen plus many, many more. Fun for all the family!
Frognerbadet, Oslo // http://norwegianwood.no/festivalomradet/
4 day pass @ 2165NOK (plus 65kr ticketing fee).
Single day tickets vary. See the website for more details.
Finn Jaakko Eino Kalevi and Norwegian Hilma Nikolaisen grace the stage at Subscene on Thursday, June 11 for what promises to be an evening of eclectic indie heaven. Just over a year ago Kalevi got his well-deserved underground breakthrough with the EP “Dreamzone”. The former tram driver from Helsinki with a head full of psychedelic feelgood pop finds himself often compared to Ariel Pink and John Maus and on the 15 June he releases his eagerly awaited debut album on Weird World Records. Hilma Nikolaisen has previously played in acclaimed bands such as Sereena Maneesh and The Loch Ness Mouse, but recently set sail with her own eponymous project and released her debut single Home Straight Sorries/Brighter on June 4.
Norway’s most legendary dub reggae band Manna hail from Bodø in the far north of the country, and make a rare appearance in Oslo at John Dee on Friday, June 12th. After releasing three critically acclaimed albums the band broke up in 2011, before losing founding member Bjørn Jervis to cancer in 2014. But now they’re back with the release of their fourth studio album Manna III (Smart Patrol Records) and a handful of Norwegian shows.Support from Politisk Hjærnesvikt AS
225NOK (plus 25kr ticket fee)
Maybe better to let the experts speak on this one:
”…a deep, glacial number, dewed with deadened snaps and hollow percussive samples. A slowly moving bassline and some grim vocal cuts eventually overtake his production, plunging the track further into a heady and emotional place.” – XLR8R
”Despite this cocktail of elements, the track flows with a delicate, uncomplicated ease. It’s clear to see how the upcoming, year-in-the-making Forsvinningen was a slight labour of love” – Line of the best Fit
” Rengard finds a structure and builds it to a brief, glitchy climax that breaks the song down to its disparate elements so naturally that you wonder if it ever existed in the first place.” – Pitchfork
One of Norway’s most promising young producers/composers, Robin Snasen Rengård (aka Snasen) released his debut album “Forsvinningen” on June 8 on Sellout Records, and celebrates with a release party at Internasjonalen on Friday 12 June. Support from Arne Borgan & Spykidelic.
100NOK on the door.
Mutual Intentions are an Oslo-based group of young artists focused on music and the visual arts. On Friday, June 12 they’ll present a varied programme of musical projects, including a beat showcase and a release party for their first ever compilation which includes soul, jazz, hiphop as well as more experimental fare. The evening promises to be action packed with concerts, djs, photo and print exhibitions and a film screening. In other words, fun!
Full line up :
Charlotte Dos Santos m/ band
Fredfades & Ivan Ave m/ band
Yogisoul & Lumi HD m/ band
Fredfades & Yogisoul beat showcase
Erik Treimann: Visuals
Hans Jørgen Wærner & Moe Chakiri: Prints
100NOK on the door