Two of the most anticipated bands on this year’s program at Øya and two of Norway’s hottest rising acts, Slutface and Great News, are coming to London. Because once again, Øya Festival is teaming up with the Club NME night at KOKO in Camden.
With a name like Slutface, it’s got to be an interesting band, and they don’t disappoint. A four-piece pop-punk group inspired by the riot-grrrl movement (choosing their name in direct opposition to what they are), they’ve been much hyped by Gigwise (“we’ve seen the future, and its name is Slutface”, no less), DIY and Kerrang! Live, they are well-known for putting on an energetic show, so seeing them fill up KOKO is bound to be a thrill.
“We’re excited to see who comes to see the show for a band called Slutface in London, because in Norway our name is not a big deal, people haven’t thought about our name that much. Then we come here and it’s suddenly the reason people come to see our show” vocalist Haley Shea said in an interview with Gigwise last autumn.
Since Slutface released their single Get My Own in 2015, it has rapidly been adopted as a feminist anthem: “We refuse to be scared to walk home alone. We refuse to say we’re okay; we won’t be subdued.” According to Shea the song is “direct in saying women deserve more space than we are given. And we’re going to step up and take it.”
Joining the Stavanger feminists is Great News, which in fact is great news for your ears. A hazy power trio pop-rock band from Bergen, known for their explosive live shows which display energy veering from colossal to soft and subtle. Great News have been hyped by The Line of Best Fit, Tidal and Crack in the Road, they have sold out multiple shows in Norway and been support slots for Unknown Mortal Orchestra.