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Review: Trondheim Calling 2019 – a mecca for left-field pop artists

There’s joy to be found in attending showcasing festivals. You don’t arrive with any expectations, or predetermined favourites. It doesn’t matter about an artist’s level of fame, gender or genre – you turn up for the music, and you leave with new songs saved to your library.

The festival scene in Norway holds a high standard and can easily measure up against festivals in Europe. Trondheim holds a special place in Norwegian history and culture. It was the first capital of Norway, and has since become a mecca for forward thinking pop artists.

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Review: Bicep @ Printworks {23.11.18}

After playing some of the most revered festival stages including Coachella and Glastonbury, demand for Bicep’s live show resulted in the duo headlining three consecutive nights at Printworks this November.

Last year saw them release their debut self-titled album on Ninja Tune, which achieved that rare feat of a crossover dance album, which works as home listening as well as it does on the dance-floor.

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Review: Maribou State @ Roundhouse {18.10.18}

Maribou State continue to reinvent and reimagine what is possible for an electronic live show. Backed by colourful imagery of surreal landscapes, London’s Roundhouse was transformed into a Kingdom In Colour as the five-piece band brought the latest album to life.

Opening with early favourite ‘Home’, taken from 2015 LP Portraits, the duo’s new live ensemble offers a performance that’s oh so easy to get lost in. From the glitter-ball majesty of Khruangbin-sampling ‘Feel Good’, to the romantic fervour of ‘Steal’, Maribou State shine as a band always on form.

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Review: Pale Waves @ O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire {27.09.2018}

Missing festival season already? As Autumn arrives, we move on from summer blues, filling our diary with highly anticipated headline shows from our favourite breakthrough artists.

Taking festival season 2018 by storm was self-confessed goth-pop group Pale Waves. Armed with relatable tracks from their debut album ‘My Mind Makes Noises’, Pale Waves played to a sold out O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on the biggest night of their tour.

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Review: RÜFÜS DU SOL @ O2 Forum Kentish Town {23.08.2018}

When there’s no place you’d rather be on a Thursday evening than at O2 Forum Kentish Town for a sold out show with Sydney dance trio RÜFÜS DU SOL. Comprised of members Tyrone, Jon and James – RÜFÜS first made their break in 2013, when their debut album, ATLA , reached number one in Australia.

Fast forward to 2018 and the electronic dance outfit are making waves around the world. Part of the Foreign Family collective, RÜFÜS have spent lots of time in America – largely influenced by the desert landscapes of California and their experiences on the road.

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Review: Øyafestivalen 2018 – the summer’s best line up

After stealing my heart five years ago, returning to Norway for my first Øyafestivalen felt long overdue. Flying over Norway is indescribable – like looking down over the setting for a fairytale. Glistening lakes, enchanted forests and roads that seem to stretch to nowhere.

Øyafestivalen is Norway’s renowned music festival that takes place at the beautiful Tøyenparken Park, a short tube journey from the centre of the capital. Oslo is often referred to as the “live capital” of Scandinavia since they have more than twice as many yearly shows as Stockholm and Copenhagen combined. Øyafestivalen offered the world’s best line up this summer and we defo had to experience it.

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