Norwegian Arts has your October concert calendar sorted, with this complete overview of Norwegian live music happening in the UK this month.
Susanne Sundfør is easily one of Norway’s foremost musicians. Her unique, powerful voice and talent for multiple instruments have impressed critics and enthralled audiences globally. Sundfør recently released her acclaimed seventh studio album “Music for People in Trouble”, and is set for several intimate solo gigs in England and Scotland. Be sure not to miss this.
Singer-songwriter Siv Jakobsen has gained attention for her intimate, atmospheric sound. She has supported high profile indie acts including Bear’s Den, Benjamin Francis Leftwich, Damien Jurado, Highasakite, SOAK and Thomas Dybdahl. Siv Jakobsen is set for a comprehensive UK tour, with a total of eight concerts across the country.
Hitmaker Astrid S’s popularity is constantly growing, so is her importance on the international pop music scene. Ever since Astrid dropped her debut single 2AM in 2014, she has released chart-topping singles one after another. Astrid has collaborated with other successful producers, and has made herself visible through different projects within charity and fashion, to mention a few. One thing is obvious, Astrid S is a true pop star, and if you like strong, Nordic vocals and cool beats, this is a show for you.
If you have a soft spot for melodic pop tracks from the genre of country music, Liv Austen is one to look out for. Within few years, Liv Austen has become a significant player on the British country scene. The London based musician is set for two concerts this October.
Through the last decade, Cashmere Cat has evolved into one of the most interesting and influential music producers out there. Cashmere Cat’s unique sound, characterized by veiled R’n’B, “blips and blops” and alternately hard-hitting and soft instruments and sounds, has become highly popular and quite recognizable among fans and artists. This October, the Jazz Café welcomes the shooting star to London for a special live performance. Cashmere Cat has impressed audiences worldwide already, and this concert is not for the faint of heart.
Mork has everything you would expect from a proper Norwegian black metal band. Growling vocals, powerful instruments and a mystical, spine-chilling appearance. Mork play their first gig in the UK this October as a part of an exciting launch of Norwegian art book Becoming the Forest 2.
Acclaimed and long-time favourite metal band Kvelertak, is constantly gaining attention popularity abroad. As of recently, this attention has also reached legendary Metallica, who have invited Kvelertak to support on their comprehensive tour. If you plan to visit one of Metallicas shows on their UK-leg this October, you are lucky to catch one of the best live acts Norway can provide. We even dare to say that Kvelertak’s supporting acts is worth the ticket alone.
Motorpsycho’s origins goes back to the mid-1980s. Since, the band has been an important figure on the Norwegian music stage, mostly because of their various and genre-bending music. Defining Motorpsycho’s genre is difficult, as rock, jazz, heavy metal, pop and punk all plays their part in the band long repertoire. This October, the experimental veterans will come to London for a show few music enthusiasts would like to miss.
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EERA has gained attention for her experimental cross-genre indie music. Born and raised in a small town in Norway, Lena Kirsten Bruland decided early on to establish in London to presume a music career. Later this fall, EERA releases her debut album, but you can catch new tracks already this October as EERA joins British vocalist Ghostpoet on tour across the UK.
Pop-punk-rock band Sløtface just released their debut record, which already has been praised by various critics in the UK. The Norwegian band’s carrear has been packed with milestones. After a successful European tour now heading for the punk-borough of London, Camden Town for a playful, dynamic and powerful gig.
Norwegian violinist Bjarte Eike brings his supreme baroque ensemble to UK this October. With their ‘Alehouse Sessions’, they will invite you into something close to a 17th century alehouse, wth an unique atmosphere filled with folk-songs and melodies of the time. If you like improvisation, humour and classic refreshing beverages, Bjarte Eike and Barokksolistene is what to seek.
Leif Ove Andsnes is one of the foremost pianists in the world. On the brink of October, Andsnes will perform a premier concert with music from Chopin, Beetoven and Sibelius. The concert is a part of Southbank Centre’s popular International Piano Festival.
1816 is a rather new alternative pop-duo consisting of two experienced Norwegian jazz musicians. Their music is inspired both by historical events, and significant Norwegian culture, such as the beloved poet Inger Hagerup whose poetry inspired 1816 single “The Message”. The duo is now set for three shows in London.
Top Photo: Sløtface – by Martin Høyer