Easter, Spot Festival, Birthday, Christmas! The Aarhus Festival takes place every year at the beginning of May and has become one of our favourite traditions. The line up is focused on introducing new artists from Denmark as well as other parts of Scandinavia and Europe. So for us, a perfect occasion to discover, be astonished/ aroused/ interested/ distracted and hopeful. Not only is there a very!!! interesting line up this year, but also tons of friends & colleagues will be joining us at the festival, making a 10 hour bus trip from Berlin to Aarhus almost bearable. Spot Festival is basically a class reunion with good music, placed on the sea. And like the cocks that we are, we’ve picked 10 new artists from all over Scandinavia who will probably blow your mind this year.
Guess with whom Communions are sharing their rehearsal space? Ding Ding Ding, Iceage! And exactly what happened with Iceage is supposed to happen with Communions. The new “Exportschlager” from Denmark who doesn’t give a shit. We agree with Pitchfork and NME and are stoked to watch this Copenhagen band up close now, rather than far away in the near future.
Combining Hip Hop & R’n'B is the right recipe, not only since Drake & Co. Karl William is a new artist from Aarhus singing in Danish and spicing up the Danish Hip Hop Scene. Listen to his EP on Bandcamp.
Maja Milner and Alexander Palmestål are the Berlin based duo Iberia, trying to hide the fact that they are the most exciting thing alive on this planet right now. I can never decide if I wanna get into a fight or rather chill the fuck out to their music. Iberia’s live show is a trip through outer space that Alice in Wonderland would wish for. If someone tried to squeeze my head into a toilet, cut my left ear off and wipe animal/ human blood on my whole body, I would still try to get the fuck out of there just to not miss this show at Spot Festival.
Sekuoia is Patrick Bech Madsen from Denmark, colouring up the scene with his mix of Dubstep and Electronica, signed to Berlin based label Project Mooncircle. Just last week he was supporting his Danish fellas WhoMadeWho on their German tour and the future stands wide open for this sympathetic young man.
Sea Change is the Norwegian, but Berlin based electronic low-fi-project by Ellen A.W. Sunde who has a strong fascination for tiny acoustic instruments, improvisation and yes! synth pop. Her gig at by:larm this year was acclaimed by a couple of blogs & magazines and so! Sea Change is definitely an “artist to watch” these days.
Ice Cream Cathedral
Traveling to the unexplored borderland between kraut rock, 60‘s pop, acid and IDM, Danish trio Ice Cream Cathedral orbits into the outer spheres with their futuristic dream pop PLUS the confident vocals of Anja T. Lahrmann. In Candy Crush this band would be pointed out as D E L I C I O U S.
In case you were wondering what the word “Power Pop” actually means, Spot got Truls for you. His song Out of Yourself is the perfect pop song and after his Berlin show at Introducing I was convinced. It’s the attitude of that guy I can’t shake off – you know just like when a tattooed, hot punk rocker is holding a little kitten.
Something has been going on with this Copenhagen based band. A couple of great songs in a row make clear that Blaue Blume are not only the symbol for a drunken/depressed flower, but also a good name when it comes to promising Danish artists. For fans of Anthony & The Johnsons and Wild Beats.
The just 19-year-old Swedish singer Adna will shortly release her album Night in Germany. The entire album was written in only five days, or rather five nights. All music Adna writes starts off with a Swedish lyric, guitar riff and a sound in her head which she later tries to convert into English. Adna will probably drag me into this world, where I lose my facial awareness standing there with my mouth open and hands in a pocket like a rapper. Hilarious! Happened already/will happen again.
We picked Naomi Pilgrim as one of the 20 most relevant newcomers in 2013 and it seems we were absolutely right about this choice. Naomi Pilgrim has been featured by the good, wise & pretty blogs and after years of performing behind artists like Lykke Li, the Swedish singer has finally found her way into the middle of the sunshine.
Spot Festival | 1. – 4. May | Aarhus, DK