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Øya Festival

My First Time at Oslo’s Øya Festival

Despite my love of music and festivals, and this being my third year in Norway, this month was my first ever visit the annual Øya festival, an event that battles with Norwegian Wood to be known...
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Discovering Norwegian Music – Honningbarna

Honningbarna have been on my radar for a while, but it was their recent performance at Øya that compelled me to finally put pen to paper fingers to keyboard and write about them. Listening to a...
Øya Festival

Excitement Builds for Øya 2013

Norway's biggest music festival returns to Oslo's Medieval Park from 6-10 August, with Kraftwerk, Blur, and Slayer topping the bill. It's been one of the best years ever for ticket sales, with festival passes long since...
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Discovering Norwegian Music – Oslo Ess

The first thing I noticed about the live music scene in Oslo was the dominance of the English language. I'm not talking about cover versions either. Virtually every one of the small local bands sang their...
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Discovering Norwegian Music – Röyksopp

One of the best known electronic acts in Europe formed in Arctic Norway. After discovering Datarock, Erlend Øye, Sondre Lerche and Team Me so far, I thought it was time to write about an act I...
Lillebjørn Nilsen

Discovering Norwegian Music – Lillebjørn Nilsen

At last weekend's memorial concert, the rather difficult task of following the unscheduled appearance of Bruce Springsteen was handed to Lillebjørn Nilsen. There was no better person for it. An Oslo Folk Hero Not widely known...
Team Me

Discovering Norwegian Music – Team Me

So far I've introduced you to Datarock, Erlend Øye and Sondre Lerche, all three of which I've had some great feedback on. Long overdue it might be, but it's now time for the next in my...
Rockheim Museum

Discovering Norwegian Music – The Rockheim Experience

I'm a music man. I don't play an instrument, I can't sing, but I listen. A lot. Spotify, Soundcloud and YouTube are as much a part of my daily routine as breakfast and there is rarely...

Tromsø: Nighlife, Music and Culture in the Arctic

During my first weekend in Tromsø, I was determined to get under its skin. For a town of just 69,000 people it punches well above its weight in musical and cultural circles and I wanted to...

Discovering Norwegian Music – Sondre Lerche

Introducing Sondre Lerche, maker of LOVELY POP ALBUMS. In 2001 he was a fresh-faced singer-songwriter from Bergen releasing his debut album Faces Down. Eleven years and several albums later, he's still a fresh-faced singer songwriter from...