Øyafestivalen is Norway’s major music festival taking place from 7 – 11 August. Held at Tøyenpark in Norway’s capital of Oslo, the acclaimed festival returns in 2018 with headline sets from Kendrick Lamar, Arctic Monkeys, Lykke Li, Patti Smith and native Cezinando.
Despite being a small city with its 650,000 people, Oslo is a bustling city with a vibrant music scene. Oslo is often mentioned as the “live capital” of Scandinavia. Øya 2018 celebrates the best from the Norwegian scene, paired with international headliners and acts you can’t see all over Europe this summer. Here are our top picks from the Norwegian talent.
Thea & The Wild
Thea Glenton Raknes is a storyteller. She always has been, with a childhood spent between her mother’s “hippie flat in Oslo” –frequented by painters, poets and other budding bohèmes –and summers on her father’s boat crewed by Swedish prog rockers. Released in January this year, Thea’s debut album ‘Ikaros’ is one we’re desperate to hear live – and you should be too.
Sløtface, formerly known (and still pronounced) as Slutface, are a Norwegian punk band from Stavanger. The band have made waves with a handful of singles and boisterous performances at the likes of The Great Escape and SXSW, and their debut album ‘Try Not To Freak Out’ played live is a must-see for any fans of pop-punk.
The young trio makes mystical, intimate and minimal music, that effortlessly floats between references of house, pop, techno and experimental as it came straight out of a Berlin nightclub basement. Sassy 009 combine strange visuals with dark, danceable music creating an enthralling end product.
Great News classifies their sound as daze-pop and it’s truly the best way to describe what they have going on. Musically, Great News will take you back as their music embodies 80s rock acts like Fleetwood Mac and AC/DC, accompanied by lyrics wrapped in cheerful melodies and jaunty bass-lines.