Bon Iver, Vampire Weekend, Mew...

The 11th Øya festival kicked off on Wednesday as Scandinavia’s finest talent rubbed shoulders with their international brethren over six stages down by the beach in Oslo.

Day One

The likes of Bon Iver, Vampire Weekend, Mew and Monotonix all put in robust performances revealing hard played Summers at numerous festivals previous to this Norwegian adventure. Indigenous highlights included Captain Credible’s unique, rapid and well attended delivery of hilarious electronics and Clash highlight Ulver whose dark panoramic bass heavy excursions were akin to walking through Norway’s stormiest fjords with the devil in hand. Surprisingly captivating. Ulver also boasted, apparently, the nation’s most adept drummer which added to their addictive thrust.

Clash as ever, never one to be accused of being wall flowers, were hosting a joint party in the evening as part of the Øya Natt evening programme after the main site closed. Curated alongside Norway’s cool blogger the launch evening witnessed live performances from Pow Pow, keen heirs to Tortoise’s precise post jazz crown and a set from hyped electro figure Grum ensuring the first day of Øya was out the blocks and flying high.

View an accompanying photo gallery HERE.


Read a report from Day Two at Øya HERE


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