Norwegian artists and bands are the 2018 Eurosonic festival

The 2018 Eurosonic Noorderslag music festival in Groningen, starting wednesday January 17th, brings together more than 120 up-and-coming European artists and bands. Among them are 10 Norwegian performers.

| Groningen, Netherlands

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Norwegian singer-songwriter Sigrid, influenced by artists such as , Aurora and Sia, took Scandinavia and Northern Europe by storm with her single ‘Do not Kill My Vibe’, which BBC Radio 1 declared the "Hottest Record in the World" collecting over 37 million streams. Her new single 'Pilot Twist' goes the same way. Her rich, powerful and versatile voice has fought its way into some of the world’s biggest radio channels, recently securing her the prestigious BBC Sound of 2018 award.

Fred Well has been described by Clash magazine as a “real individual voice [which] can’t help but do its own thing”. The Bergen-based four-piece band boasts a variety of particularly colorful, vibrant and silky smooth R&B, which continuously sidesteps expectations.

BROEN, a five-piece alternative indie band,boasts an abundance of dynamic and original material that entices and simply demands attention. Combining elements of R&B, rap, jazz, improvisation, psychedelia, dub and electronica, Broen ignore common genre conventions to create their own unique sound, which stands out even among the vast variety of voices in today’s Scandinavian indie scene. The band has been championed by the likes of The Guardian, BBC Radio 6 Music’s Lauren Laverne, and Bella Union’s Simon Raymonde.

Darling West has baffled audiences in Norway and the US alike with their take on modern folk music inspired by bluegrass, oldtime and rock. Their second album “Vinyl and a heartache” secured them the prestigious Norwegian Spellemannsprisen (“Norwegian Grammy Awards”) in 2016, having already been nominated two years prior as ‘Best Country Artist’. A truly unique combination of acoustic and electric guitars, pedal steel, mandolin, auto harp, harmonica, banjo, bass and drums, coupled with Mari Sanvær Kreken’s crystal-clear voice, promises to entice well outside conventional target audiences.

Pom Poko, is a relatively new four-piece based in Trondheim. Their characteristic track “Jazz Baby” has been described as “edgy post-punk meets pop”.  The band consists of Martin M. A. Tonne, Ola Djupvik, Jonas Krøvel and Ragnhild F. Jamtveit. Their apparence at Eurosonic promises scratchy post-punk guitarplay and frenetic drumming complimenting Jamtveit’s vocals.

The daze-pop trio Great News dawned in 2015 in Bergen’s already booming musical scene, and barely had any time to be an “underground band” before their popularity in Norway and abroad skyrocketed. With critically acclaimed singles such as "Falling", "Love her', "Diamonds" and "Special Place" they’ve gathered a significant following. Their newest album consists of dreamy psychedelic pop, blended with big choruses and catchy hooks. Bleak lyrics wrapped in cheerful melodies is one of Great News' main characteristics.

Norwegian quartet Rohey deliver music that bristles with energy and honesty, grooves with funk, and has deep soul roots. Lead vocalist Rohey Taalah brings all the emotional complexity you would expect of a classic jazz or soul singer. Ivan Blomqvist's keys play a dual role of laying down old school sonics, while bringing a retrofuturistic hyper-urban tone, while Kristian B. Jacobsen (bass) and Henrik Lødøen (drums) create a jazz-soul-funk hybrid rhythm section that ducks and weaves with supreme artfulness.

Tuvaband, consisting of Norwegian songwriter Tuva H. Marschhäuser and British musician Simon Would, burst on to the independent music scene in the autumn of 2016 with their self-released double A single – “Unknown / Running”. Both songs received international recognition and over 10 million streams on Spotify. Their new 5 brand track EP 'Mess' was composed, recorded and self-produced by the duo, in two apartments across the Norwegian capital of Oslo.

Rytmeklubben (the rhythm club) are a crew of four DJs and producers out of Trondheim. A self- professed ‘club boyband’ who started playing their music live as a group, have developed their sound in the club basements of Norway. After releasing singles through their own independent label, then remixing pop heavy hitters like Zayn Malik and Astrid S; they are now signed to Sony Music. Their first single on Sony, “Like That”, released in February 2017 has been a smash, with over 7 million streams. With their latest hit “Drugs You Do” they have also been listed on the main Norwegian radio channels, landing them gigs at key Norwegian festivals.

Amanda Delara became the talk of the nation in Norway in 2016 with her debut single “Paper Paper”. The dark pop hit immediately skyrocketed on Norway’s P3 Radio charts and shortly thereafter drew international attention when the 19-year-old Iranian-Norwegian artist topped Spotify’s “Viral”-lists in the US and globally. Amanda impressed Norway again with her ingenious interpretation of Karpe Diem’s “Gunerius”, praised by the original creators and critics alike. Since then, Amanda has played increasingly renowned festivals across Northern Europe and Scandinavia, and is now ready for Eurosonic 2018.

Eurosonic 2018 starts in Groningen, NL on Wednesday january 17th. Read more about the festival, and see the complete list of performers here.