The Øya Festival and Music Norway now teams up with German festival Melt! and Intro Magazine to present Highasakite, Atlanter and Farao at club nights in Berlin and Hamburg on 22 and 23 April.
In later years, the Øya Festival and Music Norway have joined forces to present strong Norwegian acts for German music industry reps and Berlin’s live music audiences. For 2014, the Øya/MN club nights have been expanded to include a Hamburg night at the Uebel & Gefährlich venue on 22 April, followed by a Berlin night on 23 April at Bi Nuu.
The shows played by Highasakite, Atlanter and Farao will be recorded by Arte TV which will broadcast and stream footage in its German and French-speaking core territories.
Says Head of Music Norway’s Central European Office Jonas Vebner: – In later years, Music Norway has in partnership with the Øya Festival built a solid showcase-platform in our two core territories. We are proud to announce that we will now expand our Berlin club night with a date in Germany’s key media-city Hamburg where the bands will perform at the unique venue Uebel und Gefährlich. Last year’s club night in Berlin was a huge success with a packedn venue and a long queue outside. Needless to say, we’re really looking forward to these two April club nights.
Farao is the pseudonym of London based, Norwegian singer Kari Jahnsen. The 21-year old singer-songwriter gained traction rapidly last year thanks to her remarkable, fragile voice and otherworldly production. She flew to Iceland to work on her first EP with Mike Lindsay of the British experimental folk band, Tunng. Just like her slow cover of Queens Of The Stone Age’s, Go With The Flow, her own songs exhibit a fragile melancholy and haunting sadness. Farao spent much of the first half of 2013 on the road, touring across Europe with Karl Hyde (Underworld) and Moddi.
Atlanter is the pet project of Oslo music scene veterans Jens Carelius’ and Arild Hammerø. The outfit plays, in their own words, rock inspired by desert blues, by German krautrock and by old delta blues – all with a Norwegian twist and point of view, and is perhaps best described as Norwegian mountain-blues. In addition to Carelius and Hammerø, Atlanter consists of Jonas Barsten Johnsen (CCTV, Frøy Aagre, Disaster in the Universe and others) and Morten Kvam (Jens Carelius, Siri Nilsen and a number of jazz ensembles).
Highasakite inhabit their own rare musical landscape, a place of long dark shadows, sudden flashes of glittering light, brooding silences and unexpected explosions of fierce percussion. Ingrid Håvik’s surrealistic lyrics and ardent vocals float out of another time and place, drawing you down into the breathless maelstrom created by her band mates. The band’s latest outing, ‘Silent Treatment’ has pawed the way for a hectic spring packed with live appearances in the US and throughout Europe.
The Øya Festival and Music Norway stage events in partnership in key music markets to promote Norwegian music internationally. February saw Mikhael Paskalev and Proviant Audio performing in London, including appearances at the Øya Festival version of Club NME at KOKO. Truls, Team Me, Heyerdahl and Sandra Kolstad have all been featured at past Berlin Øya Festival/MN club nights.