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Oyafestivalen is an alternative music festival in Oslo. Taking place in the central Tøyenparken over five days, the festival is one of the biggest and most respected in Norway.
With a lineup of national and international acts ranging from up-and-comers to headliners, Oyafestivalen covers a wide range of genres, going for artistry over any particular sound.
With green initiatives to keep the carbon footprint down, organic food options and five stages packed full of hot artists, the festival is a true Scandinavian gem.
Please visit oyafestivalen.no/en/ for more information.
The etheral wailings of Robert Smith set amongst layer upon layer of dark, melancholic guitars, edgey atmospherics and occasional pop wanderings all make up the unmistakable ingredients of The Cure. Whether they're wandering down Fascination Street or in love on a Friday, The Cure remain unmissable.
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Swedish pint-sized pop star, Robyn brings a different type of pop music to the table. Writing about the journey from adolescence into adult life and the trials and tribulations of being young, Robyn's songs are classic pop. She ended her hiatus in October 2018 with the unexpected release of her eighth studio album 'Honey'.
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Karpe is a Norwegian rap boy band from Oslo made up of Magdi Omar Ytreeide Abdelmaguid and Chirag Rashmikant Patel.
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Sigrid’s defiant pop was catapulted into the public consciousness with the zeitgeist defining ‘Don’t Kill My Vibe’; the certified-Gold ‘Strangers’, A-List record ‘High Five’, critically lauded RAW EP and ‘Sucker Punch’. From the tiny town of Ålesund in Norway, which sits at the entrance of a UNESCO-protected fjord surrounded by sea and mountains, Sigrid has been creating a world which emboldens her followers, displaying outstanding song writing ability with hard-hitting and empowering words, laced over unexpected and daring melodies.
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Songwriter, musician and producer Jonathan Wilson delivers warm, supple melodies etched in layers of stringed instruments and willowy organ motifs accompany his earnest, North Carolinian drawl as he tells tales of humane values lost and found. Wilson’s music is steeped equally in the woodsy contours of his Blue Ridge experiences and the atmospheric guitar reveries of Neil Young and Quicksilver Messenger Service. In fact, debut album “Gentle Spirit” is remarkably evocative of that golden late ‘60s, early ‘70s period when rural and urban sensibilities colluded in producing some of rock’s most imperishable recordings.
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Japanse-American alternative indie singer-songwriter based in Brooklyn, NYC. Her lo-fi guitar anthems cover the complex lyrical themes of longing, love, depression, alienation, and racial identity. Comparisons have ranged from Angel Olsen and St. Vincent to Weezer’s 'Pinkerton' album, while The Guardian described her as "Bright Eyes-esque confessional folk, riot grrrl and the quiet-loud dynamics of the Pixies."
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Cult Of Luna
Klas Rydberg and Johannes Persson of the now deceased hardcore combo, Eclipse, formed Cult of Luna in 1999 in the interests of broadening their horizons to encompass a more emotionally expressive, raw and heavy brand of music. In the following years, Cult of Luna gained critical acclaim and an international touring habit, travelling along an upward curve to bring their cynically brooding sound ever further afield.
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IDLES are a heavy post-punk band from Bristol. They want to entertain and hurt in equal measure. They believe that art and violence work. Their spirit colour is coral pink. One of them loves queuing, one struggles counting, one has been arrested 8 times, one doesn't like music and one puts sausage rolls on his pizza! 'IDLES are hard to capture, because they're not Fat White Family, they're not Sleaford Mods, they are very much their own incarnation of uncompromising rhythmical punk rock. Lyrically, a mixture of dry obsessional humour and poetic slogans. But, best of all, they really get the adrenaline pumping' - Steve Lamacq, BBC6 Music.
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Protoje & The Indiggnation
'There is an exciting resurgence of conscious, organic music in Jamaica and industry experts and fans alike agree that Protoje is among those at the forefront of the movement known as the ‘Reggae Revival.’ Leading the militant band - The Indiggnation - the powerful songwriter and philosophical thinker articulates the righteous anger of an emerging generation. Protoje reports for duty, re-establishing the standard for the decaying art of socially responsible, mentally stimulating lyricism.'
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Farao is the pseudonym of Norwegian multi instrumentalist and singer songwriter Kari Jahnsen, now based in London. Performing all instrumentation other than drums and bass, her vast army of tools – guitars, synths, organs, glockenspiel, sitar – radiate with intense emotional and musical craft. She recorded her debut EP in Reykjavik, Iceland, with Mike Lindsay from UK experimental folk band Tunng. Farao is a singer with a fragile and otherworldly tone. '...Farao's sweet honey toned vocals brings the bittersweet melancholy.' – Line Of Best Fit.
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Big Thief is an American indie rock band with folk roots based in Brooklyn, New York, United States. Its members are Adrianne Lenker (guitar, vocals), Buck Meek (guitar, backup vocals), Max Oleartchik (bass), and James Krivchenia (drums).
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Northampton-bred wordsmith Slowthai has built his name over the past few years with relentless flows, aggressive tones and witty wordplay. His energy is elevated during his live shows, giving the audience an up close and personal experience with an infectious mood, either leaving the audience raging with excitement or simply shocked at how one man can radiate so much confidence and energy in any circumstance or crowd.
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Ezra Collective is the award winning London based band born out of Tomorrows Warriors UK organisation for jazz music. The unique blend of young instrumentalists with differing influences means Ezra Collective has a unique sound which is a collection of their inspirations in music. This includes influences ranging from afrobeat, reggae, jazz and hip hop, fused together with a London touch to create the Ezra Collective sound.
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An RnB / pop singer and musician from Los Angeles.
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Motorpsycho med venner, Hollywood, Fay Wildhagen, Thea Hjelmeland, Girl In Red, Pen Gutt, Spurv