Alt-J

Alt-J

Friday

On September 22nd the English trio Alt-J released the excellent album “This Is All Yours” and once again they are one of the most requested acts for NorthSide.

In 2012, Alt-J released the debut album “An Awesome Wave”, which a few months later won the prestigious Mercury Prize, and with it the band gained a whole new level of fame, which among other things spawned gigs in some of the world’s biggest festivals. However, even before that P3 Denmark had supported the band by putting the single “Tessellate” in rotation, and this undoubtedly helped make Alt-J to one of the most requested names for NorthSide 2013, where they played their first Danish concert ever.

Since last visit at NorthSide, the group has been converted into a trio and musically there are also clear changes and developments. “Left Hand Free” offers groove rock, “Every Other Freckle” flirts with r&b, and the number of instruments and electronic gear has also increased in the band’s musical universe. In addition, Alt-J also added samples from, among others, Conor Oberst, Lianne La Havas, and Miley Cyrus to the productions, so there is plenty of surprises on the album.

Alt-J is without doubt one of the most popular and exciting new British bands right now, and it’s great to once again be able to present them at NorthSide.

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Antony and the Johnsons

Antony and the Johnsons

Saturday Blue Stage

When Lou Reed in 2003 re-recorded his biggest hit, “Perfect Day” for the album “The Raven”, not many people had heard of Antony Hegarty. But the vocal harmonies on the track and the role as a backing singer for Reed on the following tour quickly made people aware of the unique singer’s abilities.

The potential was unleashed in 2005 when Antony and the Johnsons released their second album, “I’m Like a Bird Now”, which won the British Mercury Prize and to this day has the status of a masterpiece. The album is both incredibly ambitious, while remained accessible, and not unlike Rufus Wainwright or Lou Reed, Antony presents in the lyrics a number of challenges regarding gender, sexuality, and prejudices mixed with characters from New York’s art underground and environment in a totally unique and engaging way.

Meanwhile, Antony Hegarty is not only completely impossible to pigeonhole in relation to gender and sexuality, but also in artistic expression that includes the soundtrack for the art film “Turning” – a live album with the Italian crooner Franco Battiato, cooperation with Hercules & Love Affair, duets with everyone from Björk, Joan Wasser, and CocoRosie to Laurie Anderson, Herbert Grönemeyer, and Marianne Faithfull together with the upcoming electronic project Anohni.

Amidst all this in 2011 Antony and the Johnsons found time to work with the Danish National Chamber Orchestra around the recording sessions for “Cut the World”, which came were done in the context of two acclaimed concerts in Copenhagen.

The material from these two concerts is now being revived at NorthSide, where Antony and the Johnsons will be joined by the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra for what will be a phenomenally beautiful and truly unique experience.

Ben Howard

Ben Howard

Sunday Green Stage

Ben Howard was catapulted in to the top singer-songwriters in 2011 when his debut album Every Kingdom was released on Island Records. The album went platinum and was nominated for a Mercury Award.

The album beautifully combined melancholy melodies, amazing guitar skills and tempo changes which took the listeners through a musical journey with influences by Tim Buckley and Nick Drake, but at the same time it had a dusty, modern and upbeat sound.

During the last couple of years Ben Howard has played all over Europe and the US, and the venues have gotten larger and larger. In 2013 he played the Glastonbury main stage and that year he also won two Brit Awards.

In the fall of 2014 his second album, I Forget Where We Were hit the shelves and it has gotten great reviews.

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Broken Twin

Broken Twin

Saturday P6 BEAT Stage

Behind the name Broken Twin is Danish singer and writer Majke Voss Romme, who based on the success of the EP “Hold On To Nothing” from 2010 landed a deal with the record label Anti, which has also released records with Tom Waits, Wilco, Nick Cave and many more.

The agreement led to the international release of the debut album “May”, which was praised by NME, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone and many other international magazines, where she was compared with Hope Sandoval from Mazzy Star. In Denmark, she was critically acclaimed for the album, and this January she received two Steppeulven awards by the Danish music journalist’s society.

The international success means, however, that Broken Twin is a rare guest in her home country, and therefore it was not a surprise that her latest tour, which included a concert in the DR Concert Hall, quickly sold out.

It is a great pleasure to present this unique talent at NorthSide this year.

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Calexico

Calexico

Sunday P6 BEAT Stage

For almost 20 years, eight albums and countless worldwide tours, the Arizona based band Calexico has crossed genres, changed instruments and members. They have been inspired from near and far on a musical journey, that has touched upon new terrain as well as visited more familiar places. Calexico mixes Folk and Americana with Latin-inspired music and tex-mex folklore – hence the band name, which is a contraction of California and Mexico.

In April Calexico is releasing their new album Edge of the Sun and even though they are known for bringing guest musician in on their albums this time they’ve outdone themselves. According to the band there’s practically a new guest on each track. Among others Bren Bridwell from Band of Horses and Sam Beam from Iron & Wine both appear on the record. The album was primarily written during a stay in the Mexican city Coyoacán, just like the songs on their previous album, Algiers, were written in New Orleans.

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Carl Barât & The Jackals

Carl Barât & The Jackals

Friday P6 BEAT Stage

Carl Barât & The Jackals is the name of latest band from the co-founder of The Libertines that debuted earlier this year with the album “Let It Reign”. The album once again shows Barât’s ability to write catchy guitar rock that continues in the tradition of Dirty Pretty Things and especially The Libertines.

There is no doubt that Barât with The Libertines have an important part in rock history as a founding member of the band that most successfully took the baton from The Strokes and got the focus back on the guitar rock in England. Along with Pete Doherty, the band recorded two albums with producer Mick Jones from The Clash, and clearly The Clash was together with The Jam sources of inspiration, when Barât continued his assault on the British album chart with the band Dirty Pretty Things.

The band managed to release two records before the dissolution in 2008, after which Barât released a solo album under his own name, played a few solo projects with members of Arctic Monkeys, Primal Scream, The Charlatans and Super Furry Animals and participated in some short-term reunitings of The Libertines.

But now Carl Barât is ready with his second regular solo album where he has teamed up with the band The Jackals. While the first solo album was his most introspective release to date, Barât rediscovered his desire to play guitar on the new album – and perhaps the new band’s setlist will feature material from Barât’s very extensive back catalogue as well.

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De Eneste To

De Eneste To

Sunday

In 2007 after years of friendship, Peter Sommer and Simon Kvamm began to work on some ideas that three years later were recorded and released under the name De Eneste To. Musically, the two songwriters moved well away from the style they are known for either in Sommer’s solo career and Nephew, and the duo found a completely new sound and an expression that is entirely their own.

The album was both a critically and sales wise a success, and the subsequent tour brought them by NorthSide in 2011, where they pulled together everybody to sing along on hits like “Morten” and “Jeg har ikke lyst til at dø”.

Subsequently, the two gentlemen returned to their respective careers where Nephew success continued with “Hjertestarter” and Peter Sommer received great praise for the very personal album “Alt forladt”.

But the duo turned out not to be a one-off, and last year they released album “Dobbeltliv”. The album is both heavier and more serious than the debut album, and the inspiration of Knut Hamsun’s masterpiece “Sult” can be heard on several of the songs. But despite the dark tone, the wrapping of catchy melodies and choruses that cries out for a sing along made the album another success, and “Sult” and “Skrig det til træerne” can now added to the list of hits.

Live, the duo expanded by Stefan Kvamm and Árni Bergmann, adding electronics and movement to the concerts where the understated Sommer and the rousing Kvamm show why they are both separately and together among the nation’s best front men.

The first taste of the new album was delivered to a secret gig at NorthSide 2014, when the four musicians unannounced took over the small stage in the OutSide area and played a handful of songs from the then upcoming album. Now they return, and this time to play a concert that will bring the entire NorthSide together.

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Death Cab for Cutie

Death Cab for Cutie

Friday

Ben Gibbard from Death Cab for Cutie is a highly respected songwriter who has released solo albums, made soundtracks, appeared on albums with Sun Kil Moon and Foo Fighters, and has sold millions with side project The Postal Service.

But through it all Ben Gibbard’s primary band has since 1997 been Death Cab for Cutie, and the success of the albums “We Have the Facts and We’re Voting Yes” and “The Photo Album” has along the way given the industrious songwriter opportunity to also test his talent in other contexts.

The many side projects have undoubtedly also helped Death Cab for Cutie’s success, and after the breakthrough in 2003 with “Transatlanticism” the band changed record labels and then with “Plans” they suddenly had a million selling album on their hands.

Musically, Death Cab for Cutie isn’t far from acts like Modest Mouse and Built to Spill, who all starting out by making lo-fi releases – probably more out of necessity than desire – but over time there has been a move towards more a sophisticated and mellow indie sound. Because the productions began to live up to the quality of the song writing Death Cab for Cutie also experienced a growing interest from American radio stations, and public support for songs like “Soul Meets Body”, “I Will Follow You into the Dark”, and “I Will Possess Your Heart” secured the band their first top spot on the US album chart in 2008 with the album “Narrow Stairs”.

The latest album from the band is called “Kintsugi” (released on March 31), which once again successfully blends intense and gripping songs driven by bassist Nick Harmer with beautiful, heartfelt ballads, where Gibbard’s ability as a storyteller gets lots of room.

Last time Death Cab for Cutie visited Denmark was in 2006, so it is indeed time that the American band comes back, and we are very excited to be able to present them at NorthSide 2015.

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Earl Sweatshirt

Earl Sweatshirt

Friday Green Stage

The American rapper and producer Earl Sweatshirt was discovered in 2009 by Tyler, The Creator, who produced most of Sweatshirt’s debut album, Earl (2010). That same year he joined the notorious rap-collective Odd Future.

After a year’s stay at a boarding School far away from home Sweatshirt returned in late 2011 to Los Angeles and his music. During 2012 he did guest spots for a number of artists, amongst others Frank Ocean on his massive hit-album, channel ORANGE.

Earl Sweatshirt’s second album, Doris was released in 2013 and included numerous collaborations with established artists such as, The Neptunes, Frank Ocean and Tyler, The Creator. The album debuted at number 5 in the Billboard Top 200-list.

Earl Sweatshirt has recently finished his third album, which is yet to be released.

Emilie Nicolas

Emilie Nicolas

Saturday P6 BEAT Stage

The Norwegian electronica musician Emilie Nicolas debuted in 2014 with the album “I’m Like A Warrior”, which quickly became a success in her home country. The culmination came at the Norwegian Grammys, known as Spellemannprisen in 2014 where Nicolas both won for Best Newcomer and Best Solo Pop Artist

Here in Denmark, she is best known for her single “Pstereo” that has been played solidly on P3 and which also paved the way for gigs at a number of Danish festivals last year like SPOT and Musik i Lejet. Her compatriots in DumDum Boys originally wrote the song and it paved the way for her to be discovered after she had uploaded her version to the web.

But there is so much more to Emilie Nicolas than a cover song, and on hard pounding songs like “Fail” and “Charge” and the more contemplative tracks like “Grown Up, Let You Out” and “Us” the Norwegian singer shows that she most certainly is in the elite of a new generation, which continues the strong Scandinavian electro pop tradition.

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FKA Twigs

FKA Twigs

Friday

The Mercury Prize-nominated debut album “LP1″ from sensational new act FKA Twigs is the culmination to a meteoric career, which has so far included praise from BBC, Billboard, and The Guardian as well as comparisons to everyone from Billie Holiday and Sade to Tricky and Björk for its modern urban sound.

We don’t have to go further back than December 2012 to find the British singer’s debut release. That’s when FKA Twigs dropped “EP1″, which came after a run of six months during which she had released four songs from the ep as videos on Youtube. And even before the ep was released, she had already been on the cover of iD Magazine.

The visually interested and interesting singer took the same course with “EP2″ and in August 2014 the debut album dropped to great reviews. Her in Denmark, “Two Weeks” and “Video Girl” was played on both P3 and P6, and when FKA Twigs announced her first Danish concert tickets were quickly snapped up.

The concert at Store Vega got five stars by GAFFA, and the show was described as follows: “The smoke from the stage might just as well have been steam from a boiling dance floor, when tracks like “Water Me”, “Papi Pacify” and “How’s That” were performed with sensual moves and a bedroom feel. Very sexy, very beautiful, and quite perfect for a steamy Sunday night”.

FKA Twigs is undoubtedly one of the most acclaimed and talk about new singers, and when she lands at NorthSide it will be to play her first Danish festival gig ever.

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George Ezra

George Ezra

Sunday

George Ezra got his big breakthrough with the hit “Budapest”, where the talented songwriter draws inspiration from folk icons like Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie. Those are big shoes to fill, but it’s being done successfully on the excellent debut album “Wanted on Voyage”, which went straight to number one in the home country of England. The success has been followed up with the single “Blame It On Me”, which hit big on Danish P3 for several months, so the songwriter’s career may said to be running at full steam ahead.

The 21-year-old songwriter comes from a small town north of London, where he lived until he was 17 years old and moved to Bristol to go to Bristol Music College. That was obviously a good idea for within a year he had a record deal and could at age 19 release an EP with four tracks including “Budapest”.

Therefore, Ezra dropped out of the University to focus on career in music and toured with acts like Tom Odell and Lianne La Havas, and in almost record time, he could pick up platinum records from the most of Europe for “Budapest” and subsequently also for the debut album.

The impressive debut draws on classic song writing virtues, but the addition of Ezra’s deep voice and flair for melody makes the songs unique, and he is undoubtedly someone it’ll be very interesting to follow in the future.

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Go Go Berlin

Go Go Berlin

Saturday

You only have to spend a few seconds with Go Go Berlin before it becomes obvious that the rumour of the death of rock’n’roll is a hoax.

The Aarhus quintet has quickly cemented their status as Denmark’s most vital rock band, and they have the reviews and booked concert schedule to verify this claim.

Over the past few years, the band has played about 300 concerts in more than 10 different countries. And outside Denmark, the band is having massive success with especially the German audience.

But they are far from the only ones who have welcomed Go Go Berlin since the band came together in 2010. The five musicians have taken the old road to success of working hard, where each fan has been won over at venue after venue. This also meant that the core fan base was already established when their debut album “New Gold” was released in 2013. In Denmark the fan base only grew larger when the radio station P3 started playing “Castles Made of Sand” on a daily basis.

Along with “Raise Your Head” the song is one of the highlights during the band’s concerts, where the boys embrace the energy from Led Zeppelin and T-Rex and add a modern twist along with a youthful boldness that positions Go Go Berlin as a live act in a league of their own.

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Grace Jones

Grace Jones

Friday Blue Stage

At the age of 13, Grace Jones moved from Jamaica to the United States, and began her career as an actress, model, and later singer there. She embraced both disco and cabaret music, and the flamboyant singer quickly became a hit on the US nightclub scene. However, the major breakthrough came with the album “Night Clubbing” whose iconic album cover shows an androgynous Grace Jones wearing a suit, and songs like “Pull Up to the Bumper” and “Demolition Man” showed the singer from a new funky side.

The musical development happened in the cooperation between phenomenal musicians like Sly & Robbie and the producers Chris Blackwell and Alex Sadkin, who had also been involved in “Warm Leatherette”. Blackwell was the founder of Jones’ record label, Island Records, and was also the man behind Bob Marley’s and U2’s breakthrough albums, while Alex Sadkin besides Grace Jones produced for Joe Cocker and Duran Duran. So she was already in good hands for three records before she in 1985 made “Slave to the Rhythm” with Trevor Horn (Art of Noise, Yes, Frankie Goes to Hollywood).

Alongside with her music career Grace Jones was on the cover of Vogue and Elle, and through friendships with Andy Warhol and Karl Lagerfeld and a starring role in “A View To A Kill”, she became one of the most important and iconic faces of 80s. Her style, album covers, videos, and fashion photos have inspired artists like of Lady Gaga, Rihanna and Annie Lennox, and when she goes on stage with “Slave to the Rhythm,” “Love is the Drug”, “My Jamaican Guy” and “La Vie A Rose” it will a show unlike anything else.

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GusGus

GusGus

Saturday

Born out of an Icelandic artist collective in the mid-90s GusGus had a high turnover of members until around 2000, when Stephan Stephensen and Birgir Þórarinsson took the reins and carefully put all focus on the music.

The result was the critically acclaimed album “Attention” published on Darren Emerson’s (ex-Underworld) progressive house label Underwater. Since then, GusGus has been a guarantor of an innovative and playful electro genre mixed with sophisticated tech house, and on their latest album “Mexico” from 2014 their music is more melodic than ever before.

However, the frisky group is in their true element when they are on stage, and last year, they could be experienced creating a club atmosphere in the DR Concert Hall – a concert the music magazine GAFFA called a “lesson in Icelandic artistry”. So we predict a party when GusGus set up their equipment on the stage at NorthSide.

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Incubus

Incubus

Friday

After twenty years and seven albums Incubus have turned into the epitome of a hard-working rock band, which is able to both write great melodic hits and the energetic and funky rock songs that can make the audience sweat.

Heavily inspired by bands like the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Primus the band debuted in 1995 with the album “Fungus Amongus” that mixed funk, metal, and rap on a bunch of songs where the humor was paramount. That style was continued two years later on the album “S.C.I.E.N.C.E.”, but it was the subsequent change of style that made them stars.

Before the release of “Make Yourself” in 1999 frontman Brandon Boyd stopped rapping, and the slap bass was retired as well. The result was 13 songs that was closer to Alternative Rock, and the humor had generally been replaced with better song writing. This is most evident on the singles “Stellar” and “Pardon Me”, all of which were big hits on the rock charts in their home country and then “Drive”, which was a crossover hit, which went in the top ten on Billboard’s singles chart.

Both “Morning View” and “A Crow Left of the Murder” sold millions of copies worldwide, and singles like “Wish You Were Here”, “Warning”, “Megalomanic”, “Anna-Molly”, and “Adolescents” has secured the band’s status as an extremely popular rock act.

Their latest album is from 2011, but Incubus is currently working on new material, and it is expected that there will be released an EP with new songs this spring.

In Europe, Incubus has through the last fifteen years played at the biggest festivals and have also regularly toured the rest of the world. But as their latest Danish concert was in KB Hallen back in 2004, it is indeed time for Incubus to return to Denmark to give yet another spectacular concert.

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Interpol

Interpol

Sunday

Interpol has since the release of the debut album in 2002 had a loyal audience in Denmark, which was evident when the band visited NorthSide in 2011, where frontman Paul Banks led the audience through a sing-along on hits like “Slow Hands” and “Evil”.

The New York band has since the beginning radiated unlimited amounts of coolness, and the combination of their dark indie rock and urban attitude, which means that sometimes the understated humour of their music has been overlooked.

But the hit, “The Heinrich Maneuver”, shows (a play on first aid technique Heimlich Maneuver) that the band is not afraid to play with language, and at concerts it is clear that Interpol is not a self-important band.
Since the last concert at NorthSide the band has released the album “El Pintor”, where Interpol has successfully gone back to the virtues that gave them their breakthrough, and a track like “All the Rage Back Home” shows that Interpol is still a band in top form.

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Jack Garratt

Jack Garratt

Friday

Jack Garratt mixes incredible vocals with electronic beats and guitar guitar virtuosity with great skill to the point where he has already played in several major British festivals although he has only released a few singles.

He has received massive support by the BBC and has also played on the popular Reading Festival in England, so he is undoubtedly a name that is worth keeping an eye on.

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John Grant

John Grant

Sunday

For ten years, John Grant stood in the foreground of the alternative rock band The Czars, but it was with the solo album “Queen of Denmark”, the towering singer really made his name. Mojo Magazine called the album an Instant Classic and the praise continued, when Grant last year went in a more electronic direction with the album “Pale Green Ghosts”.

The album was recorded with Biggi Veira from Gus Gus and was recorded in Iceland, where Grant now lives. He has also collaborated with Ásgeir Trausti and wrote the song “No Prejudice”, which was the Icelandic contribution to the Eurovision Song Contest held in Copenhagen.
The versatile musician has also cooperated with Hercules & Love Affair and later released the duet ep “John Grant Gets Schooled”, where he performs with Sinead O’Connor and Beth Orton among others.

The unique songwriter is an intense character and always shows tremendous insight on the many beautiful and brutally honest songs he has released during his five-year solo career. John Grant is without doubt one of a kind artist, who we are proud to present at NorthSide this summer.

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José González

José González

Friday

The Swedish songwriter José González got his big break in 2006, when he recorded a magical version of “Heartbeats” originally written by fellow countrymen, The Knife. The mood of the songs was kept on the debut album “Veneer” and then “In Our Nature” which contains an unbelievably beautiful version of Massive Attack’s hit “Teardrop”. González has also recorded versions of “Smalltown Boy” (Bronski Beat) and “Love Will Tear Us Apart” (Joy Division) and often spices up his concerts with other covers where González always adds a beautiful melancholy to his versions.

But in recent years, his solo career has been in the background in favour of collaborations, soundtracks, and albums released by the band Junip. But last year took his solo career got back on track again, when González was asked to write three new songs for the soundtrack of the movie “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”, and on the 17th of February José González is finally ready with his third solo album, “Vestiges & Claws”, that comes after a seven year break from solo releases. It is also as a solo artist José González in 2015 will visit NorthSide for the first time, which we very much look forward to.

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Little Dragon

Little Dragon

Friday

Last year, Yukimi Nagano and the rest of Little Dragon continued their success with the album “Nabuma Rubberband”, so when they return to NorthSide this summer it’ll be with both brand new hits and old classics on the set list.

The Swedish quartet has since 2007 been releasing really inventive and catchy electronic pop music, but their career can actually be traced back to 1996, when Yukimi Nagano started playing music with Fredrik Wallin and Erik Bodin, when they were all in high school.

However, the major breakthrough came in 2011, when the band had huge success with both “Little Man” and the title track from the album “Ritual Union”. But before then, the group had already cooperated with Damon Albarn on two songs that ended up on the Gorillaz album “Plastic Beach”, and subsequently Little Dragon also appeared on tracks with Big Boi, DJ Shadow and SBTRKT.

Recently, Little Dragon released the album “Nabuma Rubberband” from which the singles “Klapp Klapp” and “Paris” shows off their unique blend of electro and soul, which is still cool, catchy, and not least an invitation to dance.

Little Dragon visited NorthSide in 2012, where they gave a riveting concert, and we look forward to once again be visited by the four Swedes.

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Matthew E. White

Matthew E. White

Sunday

The American songwriter Matthew E. White has since 2007 released albums with The Great White Jenkins and Fight the Big Bull, but it is as a solo artist, he has really gotten attention. That came with the album “Big Inner” from 2012, which got great reviews of GAFFA, Soundvenue, Pitchfork Uncut, and lots of other magazines, where a large proportion of them also had Matthew E. White on the list of the year’s best releases.

On the album the talented songwriter particularly draws on the 70s’ refined pop sound on a number of slow and beautifully arranged songs, which deals with both God, the Devil, and Texas in a style reminiscent of example Lambchop or Father John Misty.

In Politiken “Big Inner” was given six stars under the heading “A new era’s soul king creates masterpiece in his the first attempt,” and Ekstra Bladet had “Big Inner” as album of the year in 2013. So naturally expectations are very high for White’s second album, which has been titled “Fresh Blood” and will be released on March 15th 2015. Once again, the guitar-driven songs will be backed by Spacebomb House Band, who along the way adds both a little soul and gospel feel to the songs that also have room for horns and strings. So it bodes well for both the album and the upcoming concert at NorthSide.

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MØ

Friday

MØ is the biggest success story in Danish music in many years, and when she visited NorthSide in 2014, she delivered a concert that will not soon be forgotten. The combination of incredible weather, impressive energy, and material from an extremely strong debut album gave a memorable and engaging concert experience.

Since then, she has won a European Border Breaker Award and in October the singer secured no less than seven Danish Music Awards nominations for the album “No Mythologies two Follow”.
The album has also been praised by international media outlets such as The Guardian, Pitchfork, and especially the BBC, who were extremely pleased with the single “Don’t Wanna Dance”, and the summer and fall brought on a wealth of international concert dates Karen Marie Ørsted.

Continued success in other words for the incredibly talented singer and obviously we are delighted to roll out the red carpet once more and welcome MØ to bring on another explosion of a concert at NorthSide.

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Placebo

Placebo

Saturday

The androgynous frontman of Placebo, Brian Molko, burst onto the English music scene in the mid-90s wearing jet black hair and bright red lipstick armed with the songs “Teenage Angst” and “Nancy Boy” and guitar riffs that cut through radio waves with the force of a chainsaw.

The songs are from the band’s stunning debut album “Placebo”, which showed a much harder, sexier, and artrock-inspired side of the English music scene, which at that time was dominated by Brit Pop. The attack was carried out with even greater success on “Without You I’m Nothing” from which “Pure Morning” and “Every You Every Me” stands as the biggest hits, and among others converted David Bowie into such a big a fan that he featured on a remake of the album’s title track, which was later released as a single.

Success continued unabated on the platinum selling album “Black Market Music” and the subsequent four releases that all feature Molko’s penchant for the theatrical and angst ridden rolled into crisp melodies and even sharper guitar themes.

Placebo has always had a good hold on the Danish audience, and it will undoubtedly be a pleasure to see them in front of the NorthSide audience, when they come to Denmark to play their first ever concert in Aarhus.

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Rangleklods

Rangleklods

Sunday

For many years Rangleklods was synonymous with Esben Andersen, who as a solo musician and producer released the EP “Home” and the following debut album “Beekeeper” meanwhile having a very active career as a popular live act in most of Europe.

But in 2013 Rangleklods expanded to a duo with the addition of Pernille Smith-Sivertsen, who has added a whole new dimension to the music and concerts, and together the two musicians have been working hard on a follow up to the debut album, which will be released this summer. The fruitful cooperation can, among other things, be heard on the first single, “Lost U”, where Pernille Smith-Sivertsen’s vocals perfectly match the meticulous beat productions on a track Danish P3 immediately embraced.

The band has focused a lot of their attention on foreign audiences, and when they in March this year played at SXSW in Austin, Texas they gained attention both from the international press, including The New York Times and the organizers of the festival, which placed a picture of them on the front page of the official website.

But luckily Rangleklods also found time to visit NorthSide this summer, where they most certainly will ensure that the party will keep on going until closing time.

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S!vas

S!vas

Saturday Green Stage

Sivas Torbati had spent a lot of years with a microphone in his hand before the release of the EP “DAUDA” that quickly converted him from an underground name to the biggest phenomena on the Danish rap and hiphop scene right now.

But before the success finally came along, S!vas had recorded with the L.O.C., Jooks, and Suspekt while at the same time being a part of B.O.C together with among others Gilli and Kesi. But it was as a solo artist the breakthrough came.

Because how many can actually boast of landing an Inevitable Track of the Week on P3 (for “Det Gode Liv”), five DMA nominations, a special prize from GAFFA for his impact on the Danish language, and the success with the language app “Dauda” besides radio hits and packed concerts throughout the country.

The breakthrough single “DAUDA” is “På Banen” by Gasolin’ for the post-Spotify generation, and together with “Det Gode Liv” and “Kbhavana” S!vas has in an incredibly short period left his mark on Danish music and will definitely also leave a mark on NorthSide this year.

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Sam Smith

Sam Smith

Friday

Since Sam Smith in 2012 appeared on the Disclosure-track “Latch”, the English singer has had a meteoric career that includes Brit Awards, three top spots on the UK singles chart, platinum records throughout Europe, as well as a debut album that went to straight number one on the British album chart.

The stylish singer was a completely unknown, when he was picked by Disclosure to sing on the single “Latch”, which quickly became a massive hit. He followed it up with his own single, “Lay Me Down”, but it was another collaboration that would give him his first UK number one single.

Smith is the singer on “La La La” by Naughty Boy, which has received platinum albums throughout Europe, and since then has hit machine has not stopped. The singles “Money on My Mind”, “Stay With Me”, and “I’m Not the Only One” have been hits worldwide including the United States, and Sam Smith is now one of the hottest male vocalists in a long time.

Despite massive success here Sam Smith has never played in Denmark, but fortunately that is about to change as the singer will give his first Danish concert at NorthSide 2015.

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Savages

Savages

Saturday Green Stage

Savages was a breath of fresh air on the rock scene when they debuted in 2013 with the aggressive album “Silence Yourself”, drawing on inspiration from post-punk acts like Wire and Siouxsie & the Banshees.

The band is not decidedly political, but as can be seen in both the lyrics and the manifesto printed on the album cover, they have something to say. It is actually just one of the band’s many manifests that revolve around maintaining focus and being present and not be distracted by superficiality.

This is also reflected in the music that is at the same time minimalist, tough, captivating, and mesmerizing. Singer Jehnny Beth inhabits both impressive intensity and presence, and switches between vocal attacks and moderation, which helps make the music both surprising and dangerous.

Savages is also very fond of the experimental and appeared in 2013 at the Red Gallery with a Dadaist concert called “Words to the Blind”, which was created with the Japanese psych-punk band Bo Ningen. The results was released subsequently on an EP, which consists of one long track.

The band has luckily also begun writing new material for an album that will be released later this year, which we look forward to hearing a sneak preview of at NorthSide 2015.

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Scarlet Pleasure

Scarlet Pleasure

Saturday

Sometimes it makes sense to take the long way round to reach one’s goal. This was certainly an important part of the success for Scarlet Pleasure, who after having played together for a few years took the trip to New York in an attempt to become international stars.

The breakthrough in New York failed, but the money was still well spent. After having licked the wounds for a few months back in Denmark the experience inspired the band to write their song ”Windy”, which became a huge success.

The song was last year selected as the radio station P3’s inevitable song of the week, and like the other hits from the debut album “Mirage” the inspiration from American pop and soul music is quite clear on the album.

The choruses are clear-cut and the level of ambition is high, which is also clearly shown in their live performances. Referring to a concert in Aarhus the music magazine GAFFA wrote that the band’s “level of quality is so tremendously high, there is nothing to complain about regarding the performance, attitude, or crowd control”. We are looking forward to experiencing this when they play their first gig at NorthSide.

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Seasick Steve

Seasick Steve

Sunday

The American blues musician is well into his 70s, but that has by no means slowed down his pace. His concerts remain a fast-paced selection of authentic, humorous, and heartfelt blues songs, and there can be no doubt that his upcoming concert at NorthSide will be one of this year’s highlights.

Seasick Steve was born Steven Gene Wold in 1941 and from the time he started playing music at age eight until his breakthrough in 2007 as a 66-year-old, he has had perhaps the most marvellous journey towards success you can imagine.

The American blues musician has been a vagabond and street musician, he has played with Janis Joplin and Joni Mitchell, and he has owned a studio outside of Seattle, where an early version of Nirvana recorded demos. There he also worked as a technician and producer on numerous records like “This Is a Long Drive for Someone with Nothing to Think About” by Modest Mouse.

He has lived in both France and Norway, and it was on a boat trip to Denmark he was nicknamed Seasick Steve. He chose to use that as his stage name, when he at 63-years-old released the debut album “Cheap” with the band The Level Devils, which consisted of a Norwegian drummer and a Swedish bassist.

Two years later, he released “Dog House Music”, where he plays almost everything himself, and he was also alone on stage, when he New Year’s Eve appeared on a show at the BBC, hosted by Jools Holland. The show was a huge success, and suddenly Seasick Steve was a huge star in England, which meant that in 2007 he won both a MOJO Award for Best Breakthrough Act and ended up being the artist, who played the most British festivals that year.

The following year, he published “I Started Out with Nothin and I Still Got Most of It Left” where both Grinderman and KT Tunstall featured on tracks, and since then, the list of achievements has included concerts at the Royal Albert Hall and concerts, where he has played with both Dave Grohl and John Paul Jones. There has been music awards, visits with David Letterman and Top Gear, and on his latest album, “Hubcap Music”, even Jack White shows up to play along.

All the success can be traced back to Seasick Steve’s abilities as a performer, where his raw approach to blues music played on homemade instruments is both unique and compelling. The 74-year-old musician last visited Denmark in 2013, where GAFFA handed out a six star review for a “terrific performance” and we can’t wait to see that repeated at NorthSide.

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Spids Nøgenhat

Spids Nøgenhat

Friday

The story of Spids Nøgenhat goes back to the late 90s, when three friends met to play cover versions of old Røde Mor and Skousen & Ingemann songs. However, the band was put on hiatus after the release of the album “En mærkelig kop te” in 2001, which wasn’t exactly a massive hit.

In the following years frontman Uffe ‘Guf’ Lorentzen (aka Lorenzo Woodrose) focused instead on the band Baby Woodrose, and it was only in 2008 that Spids Nøgenhat was revived.

Here, the trio was expanded to a sextet, and in this constellation they played two concerts in 2008, a single concert in 2010, and as many as four concerts in 2011. Since the band’s concerts are few and far between and envelop all the walls and ceiling in light, images, and animations, they have created a total experience, which makes them a popular live act.

Interest in the band hardly decreased as the 2013 release “Kommer med fred” hit stores featuring the single “Lolland Falster”. The album was rewarded with a Danish Music Award for Best Danish Rock Record, and in addition they also got the award for Danish Live Act of the Year.

Even with all their success Spids Nøgenhat still only plays a few concerts a year, so it will be a rare treat to see them NorthSide 2015.

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St. Paul & the Broken Bones

St. Paul & the Broken Bones

Sunday

The seven-man soul band, St. Paul & the Broken Bones, comes from Birmingham, Alabama, so when they were ready to record their debut album it was a natural to take the trip up to the legendary Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals.

Legendary acts like Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, and Wilson Pickett have recorded some of their classic albums here, and the spirit of that time is evident on the material on “Half the City”, which came out in February 2014. However, the classic soul sound has been updated somewhat in cooperation with producer Ben Tanner, who usually plays with the band Alabama Shakes.

Awareness of St. Paul & the Broken Bones grew, when they in March 2014 played at SXSW in Texas, after which Rolling Stone Magazine featured their concert as one of the highlights of the festival. The band’s energy and especially frontman Paul Janeways ability to channel James Brown and Otis Redding was praised, so if you like old school soul with a modern twist, St. Paul & the Broken Bones is a band, you should experience.

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The Black Keys

The Black Keys

Sunday

The Black Keys was formed in 2001 and released four albums in relative anonymity until they in 2008 hired Danger Mouse to produce “Attack & Release”. Until then, the duo had mainly recorded music in drummer Patrick Carney’s basement, and before the album “Magic Potion” from 2006, their releases also contained quite a few cover songs.

But with “Attack & Release” the first step in a new direction was taken, and that step has since converted the duo into one of the world’s biggest rock bands with boxes of Grammy Awards and platinum records to prove it.

“Brothers” from 2010 was awarded a platinum record in the US, partly because of the single “Tighten Up”, which went to number one on both Billboard’s Rock and Alternative charts. The success continued with “El Camino” and later “Turn Blue”, which is the fourth album with Danger Mouse behind the console. The album was praised by critics, who commended the band for going in a direction, where the duo isn’t afraid to add elements of both personal and musical soul.

It has been a dream to get The Black Keys to visit us for a long time, and the duo is also been the most requested act among the Northside guests through the last three years. So it is with great pride that we can now announce that the band’s first Danish festival show will be played this summer at NorthSide.

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The Jesus and Mary Chain

The Jesus and Mary Chain

Saturday

This November it’ll be 30 years since the Scottish band The Jesus and Mary Chain released their masterpiece “Psychocandy” and that will be celebrated with a tour, where the band plays the classic album in its entirety.

It was the frontman from Primal Scream, Bobby Gillespie, who in 1984 discovered The Jesus and Mary Chain and passed their demo on to Alan McGee of Creation Records. McGee released the band’s first single and is still the manager of the band to this day. But it was Blanco Y Negro, who secured the right to release the band’s debut album.

At this time, the brothers Jim and William Reid (guitar / vocals) and bassist Douglas Hart had persuaded Gillespie to become the drummer for the band and only six weeks, they recorded 14 songs together, which now combined stand as one of the best debut records ever.

The band’s ability to drown beautiful pop songs in a wall of noise was ground breaking in 1985 and had a fundamental importance for the subsequent shoegazer scene and bands like My Bloody Valentine, Ride, Slowdive and later bands like Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and The Raveonettes.

The band released five additional records before their dissolution in 1999, but since it’s hard to keep good men down, the Reid brothers started up again in 2007 along with some new musicians. Since then they have toured regularly, but when they return to Denmark to give a concert this summer, it’ll be the first time since 1998.

Although “Psychocandy” has had classic status almost since the release date the record still suddenly hit it a whole new generation in 2003 through the movie “Lost in Translation”, which closes with the album’s gorgeous opening track, “Just Like Honey”.

Since then, the interest in the band and especially their debut album has been greater than ever, and therefore it is absolutely fantastic to be able to present The Jesus & Mary Chain and their masterpiece in full at NorthSide.

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The Minds of 99

The Minds of 99

Saturday

In 2013, the six friends in The Minds of 99 won the competition KarriereKanonen, and since then their career has been moving forward at an incredible speed. The first big step was of course the single “Det er Knud som er død”, which was The Inevitable Track of the Week in February 2014.

But even before that, they played at a charity party for Verdens Skove organized by NorthSide in November 2013, and after delivering a great show it was quite natural that they should be booked for NorthSide 2014.

The concert was the band’s first at a festival of this size, and the joy of playing and the enthusiasm was so evident that it was mentioned in all the reviews of the concert afterwards. It can also be seen quite clearly in the video for “Rav”, released after their visit at NorthSide.

Since then the debut album has become mandatory listening Danish music lovers, and the band has taken a position as one of the most interesting rock acts on the scene right now. Therefore, it is entirely appropriate not only to invite them back to NorthSide, but also to present the band on one of the big stages.

The Parov Stelar Band

The Parov Stelar Band

Saturday

The Austrian producer and musician Parov Stelar has for more than ten years been among the leading names on the electro swing scene, and especially on Youtube songs like “Catgroove” and “All Night” have become sensations.

The energetic and updated electronic version of the classic swing music is in fact the perfect dance music, so when a Canadian who calls himself TakeSomeCrime put a video online in which he danced in his basement to “Catgroove” wearing a bowler hat, it quickly became a phenomenon which to date has seen more than 20 million times.

You’ll see the same reaction at concerts with The Parov Stelar Band, where the producer has teamed up with a full band with horns, which have converted festivals into dance floors across Europe including popular spots such as Glastonbury, Exit and Pukkelpop.

Parov Stelar has also remixed tracks for Lady Gaga and Lana Del Ray, and on his latest album, “The Art of Sampling” Marvin Gaye is sampled alongside Danish singer Lukas Graham, who shows up on “She Ain’t Got No Money “.

We expect The Parov Stelar Band to delivering a party, and we look forward to seeing NorthSide-guests get into their dancing shoes and join in.

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Ulige Numre

Ulige Numre

Sunday Green Stage

A tribute to Copenhagen secured the band Ulige Numre a breakthrough in 2011 and afterwards also the award Steppeulven and the award as the P3 Talent. The song is taken from the EP “Ulige Numre”, which in August 2013 was followed by the debut album “Nu til dags”.

Meanwhile Ulige Numre toured the roads thin and collected a big fan base who had built up great expectations for the band’s first full-length release.

But neither the band nor the reviewers were disappointed when the album finally landed in stores, and the songs “Dansk Vejr” and “Blå” got plenty of airtime on the Danish Radio station P3.

Since then, Carl Emil Petersen has received a grant from the Danish Arts Foundation for his song writing, and DR has produced the documentary “Nyt Blod” revolving around the band. But luckily there was also time to write new music, and the result is the album “Grand Prix”.

The first single from the album is called “Halvnøgen” and has been P3’s inevitable Track, and thus continues the success for the quartet, which this year can be seen at NorthSide for the first time.

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Underworld

Underworld

Saturday Blue Stage

The first version of Underworld can be traced back to the mid-80s, but it was the “dubnobasswithmyheadman” album from 1994 that we first experienced the version of the electronic superstars we know today.

Today, the album is considered as a classic within the techno genre, and it was therefore quite natural that the people behind the movie “Trainspotting” chose the opening track, “Dark & Long” for a scene in the film. However, it was the new track on the soundtrack, “Born Slippy. NUXX”, that gave the band their big breakthrough and helped the re-release of “Second Toughest in the Infants” become a massive hit.

The success was followed by a huge demand for the group as a live act, and through the 90s Underworld played numerous excellent and visually ground breaking concerts, which can be experienced in the concert film “Everything, Everything” from 2000.

Underworld has in the subsequent years besides releasing records and touring made a bunch of remixes and other projects including a soundtrack for the play “Frankenstein” created by Trainspotting director Danny Boyle.

Boyle also hired Underworld to be in charge of the music when London in 2012 hosted the Olympic Games. The band composed the soundtrack for the show, which afterwards was released as “Isles of Wonder”. The soundtrack included a lot of music by Underworld and it rightfully won a Q Award for Innovation in Sound.

The pioneering electronic duo authored a series of innovative and catchy hits, and visually they hold their own. It’s amazing to be able to present them as this year’s last act on the Blue Stage Saturday night.

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Wolf Alice

Wolf Alice

Saturday P6 BEAT Stage

2014 was an eventful year for Wolf Alice. The British band started to fill the festival stages and the buzz in several European countries started to grow, who’ve been called a love child of folk and grunge. Others have compared the band’s somewhat simplistic productions to The xx.

Wolf Alice was formed in the northern part of London in 2010 and in 2013 they released two singles and the EP Blush. In the spring of 2014 the critically acclaimed EP Creature Songs was released, which made their popularity rise considerably.

Since the summer of 2014 Wolf Alice have imprisoned themselves in the studio, where they’re working on their debut album.

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Wu-Tang Clan

Wu-Tang Clan

Friday

They have been called the most important hip-hop group ever, and few groups are composed of as many members with successful solo careers as Wu-Tang Clan from Staten Island, New York. The W has inspired everyone from Barack Obama and Jon Stewart to Kanye West and Eminem, and it is nothing less than amazing to be able to place them among the headliners for NorthSide 2015.

Wu-Tang Clan were born from of the group All in Together Now, which consisted of RZA, GZA, and the late Ol ‘Dirty Bastard. They added six more members to the group in the early 90s, and inspired by the movie “Shaolin and Wu Tang” changed the name and made their debut in 1993 with the single “Protect Ya Neck”.

The single also appeared on the debut album “Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)”, which is not just only considered a hip-hop masterpiece, but also the album that brought focus back on the East Coast hip-hop after years dominated by NWA and Ice-T and the subsequent releases from Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, and Snoop Dogg.

The nine members quickly began to work on side projects, and Method Man first appeared on “The What” from Notorious BIG’s debut album a month before he had huge success with his debut single “Bring the Pain”.

GZA was the only member, who already had an album out before he joined the Wu-Tang Clan, but not surprising his success was much greater when he released “Liquid Swords” and “Beneath the Surface” produced by RZA and with lots of Clan members as guest stars.

Also Ol ‘Dirty Bastard (aka ODB aka Big Baby Jesus plus some other great names) was quick to release a solo album, and the controversial rapper in the following year he guested on a lot of tracks including a version of “Fantasy” by Mariah Carey between arrests and hospitalizations in rehabilitation centers before he died of an overdose in 2004.

The rapper’s death meant that the group fell a little in the background, but in 2007 all the original members returned alongside Cappadonna, who has been an official member in 2000. The result was “8 Diagrams”, and the same crew issued “A Better Tomorrow” on December 1st 2014, which shows RZA, Raekwon, Method Man, GZA, Inspectah Deck, U-God, Masta Killa, Cappadonna, and Ghostface Killah in top form. The album inscribes itself in the line of classics with “Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)”, “Wu-Tang Forever” and “The W” without problems and there is now even more ammunition in the chamber of the world’s wildest hip-hop group.

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Years & Years

Years & Years

Sunday

The English trio released its first single in 2012, but it was not until two years later with the single “Desire” that people really became aware of Olly Alexander, Mikey Goldsworthy, and Emre Turkmen, who together constitute Years & Years.

Frontman Olly Alexander was not exactly unfamiliar with success, when the trio made its breakthrough. He had by then already appeared in movies such as “Enter the Void” and the Oscar-nominated “Bright Star”. He continues to working as an actor alongside with his music career, and recently he has appeared in the series “Skins” and the movie “God Help the Girl,” which was written and directed by Stuart Murdoch of Belle & Sebastian.

The success of the single “Desire” secured Years & Years a nomination in the BBC’s annual Sound of … competition, where they were part of a field with Wolf Alice, James Bay, and Kwabs and more. But ultimately Years & Years won the Sound of 2015 and expectations are now arguably even higher for the band.

The band has also experienced success in Denmark since GAFFA put them on their annual “They Will Be Big” list, and P3 subsequently made “Desire” their Inevitable Track of the Week in November 2014.

This year at NorthSide, the trio will play their first Danish festival concert, and their riveting blend of electronic pop and 90s r&b is guaranteed to create a party at this summer’s festival.

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