This week, Aurora returns to London and makes her debut Paris, with key sold-out gigs at Ace Hotel Miranda – presented by Live Nation in association with The Agency Group, and La Boule Noire respectively.
The European shows come off the back of a successful US tour in May/June, that even included a backstage visit by one of Aurora’s newfound fans; Katy Perry.
Moving on to July, Aurora’s international festival summer itinerary includes stops at Melt! Festival, Appletree Garden Festival, Acoustic Lakeside, Wilderness Festival and Way Out West.
“Finally. New music that makes my heart a flutter. Check this 17year old angel @AURORAmusic – Runaway” – Katy Perry on Twitter april 4th 2015
Some spend a whole life working on a music dream. Others are born to the task. Aurora Aksnes is the latter. She grew up in Os, a small town south of Bergen. Her interest in music was aroused by her sister’s piano playing. She didn’t know that she could sing until she plucked up her courage and sang at school as a 14-year-old. The response from the audience was a little more than she first had hoped for.
After she had made her Oslo debut at the music trade festival by:Larm, Aurora was bestowed with praise from an unanimous domestic press. The Norwegian daily Dagbladet gave her top marks, 6/6, and wrote:
‘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. Then the reviewer concluded that you shouldn’t be allowed to have such a voice when you’re only 17.’
The national broadsheet VG also awarded her 6/6, concluding with this panegyrical line: How liberating. How fabulous. How starry.
Aurora describes her music to P3 like this:
– My biggest focus is always the feelings in the music. So I hope peop le at least feel a lot when they hear me singing. Right now my music is probably in a kind of “experimental electronic pop” genre. I like very much strange sounds, and strange moods are always good.
“One of the festival’s most memorable arrivals came from Norway: Aurora, the songwriter Aurora Aksnes, with her band. Her voice was vivid and clear in pop arrangements pulsating with synthesizers and kicking in with harder drumbeats on choruses. Aurora’s lyrics, full of quests and transformations, show ambitions beyond love songs: “The sky is open wide,” one song declared.” – New York Times after CMJ last October
“Aurora Aksnes is an eighteen year old Norwegian with a killer voice and an incredible ear for melody. It seems like it’s only a matter of time until her delicate electro-pop is just about everywhere.” – CMJ.com
The Aurora Team
Publishing: Budde Music
Booking: Windish/The Agency Group/Standing Ovation
Legal: SSB Paul Spraggon