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The Great Escape 2015

By Tomas Lauvland Pettersen Posted: 06. May, 2015

Susanne Sundfør, Aurora and Monica Heldal fronting strong Norwegian line-up at next week’s The Great Escape Festival.

Now in its tenth year and firmly established as one of Europe’s leading festivals for new music, The Great Escape has proved itself to be a key UK showcasing arena for Norwegian acts.

Next week sees Susanne Sundfør, Aurora, Monica Heldal, Sasha Siem, The Well, Vilde Tuv, Mariann Rosa and Siv Jakobsen performing at the key Brighton music industry festival.

Susanne Sundfør

When: Thursday 14th May 2015 10:00pm – 10:45pm,
Venue: St. George’s Church

Earlier this year, Suanne Sundfør released her self-produced and orchestrated new album ‘Ten Love Songs’ to huge UK critical acclaim, “Ten Love Songs feels like Sundfor’s international breakthrough.” MOJO****, “Don’t miss out on this, it’s a quite brilliant album.” The Guardian*****, “It’s sensational. Buy.” Sunday Times Culture, and became one of the most talked about artists of 2015 so far.


When: Friday 15th May 2015 8:15pm – 8:45pm,
Venue: Coalition, 171-181 Kings Road Arches
When: Friday 15th May 2015 3:30pm – 4:00pm,
Venue: Spiegelpub (Hub stage)

Autodidact singer/songwriter Aurora has been an avid composer since the ripe age of 10, and has in recent years matured into a strong, coherent voice with solid compositional skills. During 2013/14, Aksnes steadily built up a solid following at home, following strong performances at by:Larm and via Norway’s National Broadcaster NRK’s talent spotting programme Urørt. Aksnes’ two singles ‘Runaway’ and ‘We Were Going to Do That’ have made critics draw comparisons to artists such as Susanne Sundfør and Ane Brun. 2015 has seen the much-awaited release of her first EP, ‘Running with the Wolves, to critical acclaim on the home market.

She’s signed to Norway’s Petroleum Records and last autumn saw her inking a global publishing deal with Germany’s Budde Music. International booking (excluding North & South America) is handled by The Agency Group, and The Windish Agency (The Americas).

Sasha Siem

When: Friday 15th May 2015 12:00pm – 12:30pm,
Venue: Paganini Ballroom, Kings Road

Anglo-Norwegian artist Sasha Siem has announced the release of her debut album, Most Of The Boys, which will be available through Blue Plum Records on March 2, 2015. The debut LP follows recent single ‘My Friend’, which saw her musical background collide colourfully 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.

Monica Heldal

When: Friday 15th May 2015 9:00pm – 9:30pm,
Venue: Unitarian Church, New Road

Monica Heldal has gained attention at home and abroad with her strong 2013 debut; ‘Boy From the North’. With solid guitar playing, a distinct voice, and strong compositions, Heldal has enthralled audiences in France, the Netherlands, Ireland and England. Her performances in these countries has not gone unnoticed, and after playing at the Rory Gallagher Tribute festival in Ballyshannon, Ireland in 2010 she was invited to play at the French guitar festival “Guitare én Scene” where she supported guitar legends Al Di Meola and Gilberto Gil. Heldal’s repertoire is a mix between traditional country blues and folk, and she cites musicians such as Rory Gallagher, Nick Drake, Chet Atkins, Neil Young and Jimmy Page as main inspirational sources.

The Well

When: Friday 15th May 2015 1:30pm – 2:00pm,
Venue: Patterns (upstairs), 10 Marine Parade

Born and raised on the west coast of Norway just outside the buzzing city of Bergen, as much as The Well’s story begins now it began a decade ago. Influenced by both music from the past and the present, from Arcade Fire and Haim to The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, their bond formed early, growing up together and going to the same school. The seed of an idea led to the guys forming a band with little experience of playing instruments. Fast forward 2006 and the guys started their first gigs around Norway and then in 2012 were spotted by seasoned Norwegian music manager, Geir Luedy, of MADE, one of Scandinavia’s leading music management agencies. Their much-awaited outing ‘Separate Ways’ is released on October 20th on indie label Conflict Of Interest.

Vilde Tuv

When: Friday 15th May 2015 9:30pm – 10:00pm,
Venue: Brighthelm, North Road
When: Saturday 16th May 2015 2:30pm – 3:00pm,
Venue: Paganini Ballroom, Kings Road

With a single bass drum and a hypnotic guitar, Vilde Tuv has built a dedicated fan base spreading the word about this emotional firework of an artist. Her lyrics about love, gravity and zest for life (and death) are performed in her native Norwegian with a heartfelt intensity that surpasses all language barriers. In between the delicate guitar melodies and her progressive bass drum beats, one can make out the inspiration from punk rock and eurotrance as well as Swedish and Chinese folk music.

Mariann Rosa

When: Friday 15th May – The Alternative Escape,
Venue: The Black Lion, 12:00pm – 6:00pm

Siv Jakobsen

When: Friday 15th May – The Alternative Escape –
Venue: The Fishbowl, Brighton, UK. 4 pm. Free, 74 East Street
When: Saturday 16th May – The Alternative Escape –
Venue: Marwood, Brighton, UK. 5 pm. Free, 52 Ship Street Court,

Siv Jacobsen’s ethereal voice and haunting songwriting brings forth a delicate and modern take on Scandinavian folk, comparable with other Scandinavian artists such as Ane Brun and Melissa Horn. Her fearlessness in creating bold, honest songs is rare, and has led her to win several songwriting awards. SIV’s critically acclaimed first record “For Those I Used To Know” was released in November 2014. She’s currently working on her second release, due out later in 2015.


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