Sasha Siem, 7:00pm, Internasjonalen
The debut LP follows recent single “My Friend”, which saw her musical background collide colorfully with her appreciation of more contemporary artists such as Andrew Bird and PJ Harvey, giving way to a sold-out London single launch and praise from the likes of NME, Clash Magazine, Stereogum and Noisey, with additional support from XFM and BBC 6Music.
Thea Hjelmeland, 8:00pm, The Church
The multi-instrumentalist from Førde builds upon her own unique brand of creativity by orbiting a universe of old stringed instruments, multi-layered vocal harmonies and pulsating rhythms, over which her crystalline voice soars and sparkles. Singing tales of sorrow and longing, hopes and fears, and brimming with raw, emotional beauty.
Resirkulert, 8:00pm, Mono
Resirkulert are a young indie band from the North of Norway. Their music spans a lot of different genres, but everything is first and foremost based on the guitars. Up until now, their focus has been on well performed, energetic live shows, which is why they have not had any official releases yet.
Frøkedal & Familien, 8:00pm, John Dee
Over the last years, Oslo itself has made an impact on Frøkedal’s music: she has found herself playing cajun and traditional music with local fiddlers, or dancing the night away both on and offstage in the city’s electronic music scene.
Frøder, 8:30pm, Hoffmann Kulturstube (Kulturhuset basement)
In December, Frøder was selected as one of Spotify’s Spotlight Artists for 2015. “At the age of 21, Frøder is hands down one of the biggest natural talents in Norway”, Spotify says. Frøder has captivated listeners with her strong, distinctive voice and unique songwriting. Her sound invokes nordic soundscapes; a blend of indie and pop amidst windy seas and tall western mountains.
Olefonken, 8.30pm, Revolver
Olefonken is a man of few tracks and even fewer words. But when something comes out it is solid, considered, and full of love. Raised in Africa, his sound has a warm funky rhythmic quality to it, but since growing up in Norway it also contains fresh, cold and sometimes melancholic melodies.
Silja Sol, 8:30pm, P3 Stage
Silja Sol speaks her mind. Her observations are direct, verbal and humorous. Her debut album, “På Hjertet”, is a collection of spontaneous and immediate pop songs, with folk inspired melodies in a concise and punkish format.
Loveless, 8:30pm, Rockefeller presented by BI
Throughout 2014 Loveless has released several remixes as well as their first official single, “How To Love You” which was instantly added to P3’s playlist. Their music has brought them attention from blogs, magazines, youtube-channels and DJs all over the world. Their latest remix of “Genie in a bottle” reached 100k plays in a month on Soundcloud.
Ingeborg Oktober, 8:30pm, Gamla
Ingeborg Oktober steers clear of the predictable, one-dimensional, self-pitying diary scribblings that plague much contemporary pop: her music may be catchy but it’s not uncomplicated. And it may be young, but it’s certainly not naive.
Tellef Raabe, 9:00, P3 Stage
Tellef Raabe’s unique combination of dark folk and weird pop, as well as his deep and rich voice, has attracted the attention of many over the past year. Having toured with his five-piece band this summer, his reputation as a live artist is growing steadily as well.
Aurora, 9:00pm, Sentrum Scene presented by Sony
“With a clear, flexible, slightly drawling and tender voice, she’s in full control of her fluttering phrasings – not unlike another remarkable Norwegian artist who got her by:Larm breakthrough at an early age. To compare someone with Susanne Sundfør is a rotten thing to do to both of them (and it’s rarely suitable), but when you hear Aksnes’ lovely vocals and lines in “Runaway”, it’s difficult to escape that association», said Dagbladet after Auroras performens during last year’s by:Larm.
Hawkon, 9:00, The Church
A couple of demos in the second half of 2013 saw Hawkon celebrated across the web for his delicate falsetto and waves of looping textures. Fast forward another six months in the studio to the release of debut EP “Dare To Follow”, defined by smooth and soulful vocals weaving and warping to an otherworldly, transcendental climax. The EP saw Hawkon work alongside Blue May (Kindness) and long term production partner Peter Jarrett.
The Last Hurrah!! 9:30, Rockefeller presented by BI
The Last Hurrah!’s debut album “Spiritual Non-Believers” was named the Norwegian album of 2011 in VG, Norway’s biggest newspaper, and received top reviews in magazines from Mojo and Classic Rock to The Wire. Terms used have included “California-breezy folk” and “cosmic country folk” and names dropped include Crosby, Stills & Nash, Wilco, Gram Parsons and Van Dyke Parks.
Kristian Kristensen, 10:00pm, P3 Stage
Kristian’s falsetto is unique. He has the poppy qualities as James Vincent McMorrow and Sam Smith, but also the depth and pain that Thom Yorke, Jeff Buckley and Justin Vernon has made a trademark. Prepare for by:Larm’s most talented vocalist and his amazing band.
Sauropod, 10.00pm, John Dee
Sauropod is the result of mixing poetry with dirty, minimalistic rock and high-pitched screams with lovely melodies. Their music is packed with intense, enjoyable hooks, surprising musical references and lyrics that will make you shiver.
Okay Kaya, 10.00pm, The Church
OKAY KAYA was born in New Jersey before moving to a peninsula outside of Oslo, Norway. Her music explores melancholy through melody and space.
Chain Wallet, 10:30, Revolver
The bittersweet “Stuck In The Fall” is their first single. What makes this 7’’ truly exciting is knowing that this band is taking its first steps towards becoming a promising new voice in Scandinavian indie rock. The two songs are pop lightning in a bottle. This release, and the upcoming album, are a strong indicator of Chain Wallet’s bottomless musical riches.
Miss Tati, 11:00pm, P3 Stage
“Originally from Angola-via-Portugal, the English-speaking Miss Tati effortlessly presses her American soul and hip-hop inspirations on “Be Free”, confidently swinging between the neo-soul renaissance of THEEsatisfaction and the ever-loved Janelle Monáe. Those are high aspirations, sure, but Tati separates herself with indignant verses – proving she has something else to offer along the way.” – Matt Korman, The405
Anna of the North, 11:00, Sentrum Scene presented by Sony
Shortly after her ebut single was released it reached almost 200,000 plays on Soundcloud and with features in international publications such as NME, DIY Magazine, Pigeons & Planes and several Norwegian national papers, Anna Of The North had arrived.
Palmface, 11:30pm, Gamla
With a lyrical content that deals with teenage frustration in a calm and cool way, and sweet melodies to accompany its jangly sound, this refreshingly untidy coming-of-age album is a standout in the Norwegian music scene this year. Palmface has received great praise from bands like I Was a King, The Megaphonic Thrift and Low Frequency in Stereo.
$ushi X Kobe, 11:30pm, Hoffmann Kulturstube (Kulturhuset basement)
Onge $ushimane and Kobe-wan Kenobi joined infamous trap group Yoguttene on stage in 2014 for what was considered one of the highlights of the Øya festival by international media such as The Line of Best Fit, The Quietus and Dazed and Confused.
Jonas Alaska, 12:00pm, Sentrum Scene presented by Sony
The young singer/songwriter Jonas Alaska is known for his strong, personal lyrics, combined with clever, and often shamelessly catchy tunes. Alaska had great success in Norway with his gold selling debut album, for which he was nominated for 3 awards, and took home the Norwegian Grammy for Best New Act in 2011.
Fay Wildhagen, 12:00am, John Dee
Fay Wildhagen combines pop and folk music in a delicate way with a touch of melancholy. The Øya festival described it as “a cross between Bon Iver and Ane Brun”. With that in mind, what’s not to like?
Kimichi, 12:30am, Hoffmann Kulturstube (Kulturhuset basement)
Kim keeps filter house alive in Oslo through the Diskorama collective, which includes prominent musicians such as Mathias Stubø, Ralph Myerz and Bendik Baksaas. For a long time, Kim has been one of Oslo’s most hardworking DJs, now he’s entering the wider music scene with a bag full of brand new Norwegian disco.
Ida Jenshus, 12:30, Rockefeller presented by BI
Ida has produced new material constantly from various locations: on the road and in hotel rooms, southern France, her basement in Trondheim, Woodstock, the attic of an old Oslo townhouse, Nashville. Ida has travelled around, seeking new inspiration and collaborators. Experimenting a lot, and going through changes.
Beachheads, 01:00am, P3 Stage
Formed in 2013, the band’s main influences are the punk and power pop bands of the 80’s and early 90’s. Beachheads are currently working with producer Frode Strømstad (I Was A King, Tønes) on their debut album, which is due for release in 2015.
Slutface, 02:00am, P3 Stage
Slutface from Stavanger make dirty, fuzzy pop rock. Like an angrier version of the Wombats, or a more funky Savages, the band mixes influences from british pop rock and new wave, add a slice of west coast garage rock, and thereby become the perfect soundtrack to an angst-filled teenage life.
Drippin, 02:30am, Red Bull Music Academy
Erik Spanne, aka Drippin, is a young beatmaker with a flair for unique and compelling takes on club music of all types – eerie, erogenous and evocative. Based in Norway, he produces duly icy riddims, drawing inspiration from hip-hop, kuduro, grime and dancehall, flexing his chops across a spectrum of tempos.