Alt-J

Alt-J

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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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FKA Twigs

FKA Twigs

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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

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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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Interpol

Interpol

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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

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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

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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

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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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Matthew E. White

Matthew E. White

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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

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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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Sam Smith

Sam Smith

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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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Spids Nøgenhat

Spids Nøgenhat

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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

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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

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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 Parov Stelar Band

The Parov Stelar Band

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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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Wu-Tang Clan

Wu-Tang Clan

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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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