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Week 35 in Review

By Tomas Lauvland Pettersen Posted: 29. Aug, 2014

The Punkt Festival is rapidly approaching, Sondre Lerche testing out his new songs on a discerning audience, Fact Mag with a critical look at Oslo’s club scene – this and more in our Week in Review.

Fact Magazine: A Decade of Space Disco: What’s eating Oslo’s Club Scene?

Prins Thomas at this year's Øya Festival

Fact Magazine’s Chal Ravens visited the Øya Festival earlier in August, saw a bunch of strong acts and checked out Oslo’s vibrant club scene. With Todd Terje, Prins Thomas and Lindstrom pursuing successful careers abroad, Ravens uncovers that everything’s not quite as it seems in Oslo’s club scene. In her thorough article ‘A Decade of Space Disco: What’s eating Oslo’s Club Scene?’, Ravens investigates the city’s clubbing history, drug culture and more, speaking to Todd Terje, Prins Thomas, Strangefruit and Oslo’s new generation of DJs and producers. Recommended reading.
Read the full article HERE.

Punkt Festival – celebrating tenth anniversary in style

Punkt founder Jan Bang

Next week sees the start of Kristiansand’s Punkt Festival which is celebrating ten years at the forefront of musical experimentation with a strong 2014 programme featuring such heavyweights as Laurie Anderson, Arve Henriksen, Mural, Fennesz and Nils Petter Molvær on the roster. The festival remains true to its roots and stages live-remixes of the main concerts, a Punkt Seminar featuring talks with Laurie Anderson, Michael Engelbrecht, Jana Winderen and more. Even the weather forecast seems to play along – sunshine and high temps predicted for next week.
More on Punkt 2014 HERE.

It’s a Bad Law at the Kindergarten

Earlier this month, Sondre Lerche set out to test his music on the toughest audience available – so he played a stripped down version of ‘Bad Law‘ for a bunch of kindergarten kids in Oslo. The set up consists solely of Sondre himself, a guitar and an amplifier, and the kids patiently listen to the tune. When asked what they thought of the song, the kids answer “a bit nice, a bit loud”, and a few were pretty convinced that ‘Bad Law’ is about “mom and dad”.
Sondre Lerche is set to release his new album ‘Please’ in just a month, on the 23rd September.
More on ‘Please’ HERE.

Nico & Vinz – ‘Am I Wrong’ Official Documentary

Still riding a wave of popularity with their global hit ‘Am I Wrong’, Nico & vinz recruited the help of photographer Jonas Meek Strømman earlier this year to join the two on tour and document their incredible journey. Tracing N&V back to their roots in Norway and following them through their successful 2014 US campaign, Strømman manages to portray the charismatic duo as they reach new artistic heights at home and abroad in a documentary that is highly recommended.

ULTIMA Oslo Contemporary Music Festival to Berlin

Today, the ULTIMA Oslo Contemporary Music Festival and interest organization Musikkbyen Oslo (Music City Oslo) is arriving in Berlin, Oslo to partake at an event held at the Nordic Embassies’ joint building to give the organizations’ views on Oslo as a concert city and talk about their public relations strategies. The head of the Ultima Festival, Lars Petter Hagen, will take to the stage at Berlin’s Felleshus der Nordischen Botschaften to report on the 2014 festival program and give his view on how to keep the festival relevant for a wider audience.

Utlima runs from 10 to 20 September and has adopted a specific theme for 2014: ’The Nation – Political borders, sonic frontiers’. Under this banner, the festival will focus on how a local musical identity is expressed in the context of an international, digital world.

Full programme HERE.

New Nordic Playlist

This week’s Nordic Playlist curator is Kings of Convenience/The Whitest Boy Alive’s Erlend Øye. Amid a hectic atutumn schedule that leads up to the October release of his new album ‘Legao’, Øye has found time to put together a diverse and playful Nordic Playlist with quite diverse: Kakkmaddafakka’s infectious ‘Saviour’ is contrasted by guitarist Knut Reiersrud & organist Iver Kleive’s classic somber and sonorous piece ‘Som Den Gylne Sol Frembryter’.

Full playlist HERE.