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Week 13 in Review

By Tomas Lauvland Pettersen

a-ha reunites, Immortal co-founder with new solo-project, Kid Astray’s new single, Roskilde acts confirmed and the definitive guide to Bergen’s music scene – it’s the Music Norway’s Week in Review.

a-ha reunion

We’ve already reported on a-ha’s return to the live stage at the Rock In Rio Festival in September 2015. This week, the trio announced that they are reforming, are in the process of writing new material and will return to the live circuit and in recorded format. a-ha officially retired in 2010, but are now set to return as the three have signed a mutual agreement, committing the trio to two new years of collaboration.

Kid Astray says ‘It’s Allright’

Following in the footsteps of ‘No Easy Way Out’, ‘Taking You With Me’, and ‘Back to the Ordinary’ comes ‘It’s Allright’ – another pop gem from fine six-piece Kid Astray, lifted off their recent debut album ‘Home Before the Dark’. The track, premiered by the 405 earlier this week, has racked up an impressive 65 000 streams during the first 24 hours after its release.

Earmilk did an exclusive interview with Kid Astray this week – read it HERE.

Guide to Bergen’s Music Scene

The fine people of Brak (an NGO working for the non-institutionalized music scene in the regions of Hordaland and Sogn & Fjordane.) have put together the definitive guide to Bergen’s music scene. The guide serves as a good introduction to the music scene for all tourists and visitors who wants to know what Bergen has to offer. The guide gives readers a music history primer from the past decades, an overview of the city’s music industry infrastructure as well as a thorough overview of Bergen’s live music circuit. Compulsory reading if you’re heading for the hometown of Razika, Röyksopp, Datarock and Kings of Convenience.

Abbath returns

Black Metal legends Immortal are no more (ref. Legal Battles over Band Name ), but the band’s co-founder Abbath has now announced details of a new solo album release and a set of selected live shows to be held over the next two years. Abbath’s first live show will be at The Forum in London on Friday 18th September, with more live dates to be added in the near future.

Roskilde acts confirmed

Roskilde announced a batch of acts confirmed for the festival earlier this week. No less than 11 Norwegian bands and artists are set to play the festival in June: Enslaved, Kygo, Susanne, Sundfør, Spidergawd, Honningbarna, Broen, Electric Eye, Fay Wildhagen, $ushi x Kobe, Smerz and Farao.

Nordic Playlist

A fitting soundtrack for the Easter; Finnish five-piece NEØV have curated the latest Nordic Playlist. Norway’s entries on the list are jazz-tinged, eclectic tracks from Nils Petter Molvær and Jaga Jazzist.

Listen in HERE.

 

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