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Werchter, Belgium ( Agnes Obel. Angelic pianist and songstress from Denmark. When this 29-year-old classically trained. Dane started writing ...

Forget Abba: let Vasilis Panagiotopoulos introduce you to the brightest lights of Scandinavia’s music scene, then get the lowdown on where they’re playing this summer

Robyn Sweden’s tireless electro queen Last year saw Robyn’s most successful release to date. The pop star with electro sensibilities launched Body Talk in three instalments, which placed her irrevocably in the worldwide music realm, with lead single ‘Dancing on My Own’ nominated for a Grammy in the Best Dance Recording category. She planned to return to the studio early in 2011, and has said she has enough material for a new release later in the year – check out her upcoming gigs and you might well experience some of that work. Where to hear her: Way Out West Festival, 11-13 August, Gothenburg, Sweden ( Rock Werchter, 30 June – 3 July, Werchter, Belgium (

Agnes Obel Angelic pianist and songstress from Denmark When this 29-year-old classically trained Dane started writing music for her debut album Philharmonics (2010), she had no clue it would be released to huge critical acclaim

and commercial success. Spending seven weeks at the top of the Danish music charts, it also earned her places in the top 10 in the Netherlands and France. Wherever the Berlin-based artist performs you’ll see audiences swoon to her soothing voice and nostalgic piano melodies, so it’s no surprise that her fanbase is rapidly expanding. Where to hear her: Fo ourv urvièr ière, ièr e, Les Nuits de F Fourvière, France 27 June, Lyon, France re com re. c ) (

Oh Land Nordic starlett in the making g Copenhagen-born orn rn n Na N Nanna nn na n a Øland Ø and Øl nd d cco com omes from an om Fabricius (right)) comes ussed se e to be artistic family and used njury led le ed her to ed a ballerina. An injury nd she nd focus more on music and makin her h he e wasted no time making bum Fauna Fau F una n mark – debut album oard oa rd hit the US Billboard an nd charts in 2008, and red she even appeared ow on the Late Show with David

Letterman earlier this year. We won’t be surprised if she’s soon a household name. Where to hear her: Glastonbury Festival, 22-26 June, Somerset, UK ( Roskilde Festival, 30 June – 3 July, Roskilde, Denmark (

Junip Sw dis Swedish Swed ish h troubadour José González reunites reunite es with former band mates This Gothenburg Goth band formed about a decade ea ago, with a certain José González in the ranks. ra an Due to commitments with his suc cc successful personal career, however, Gonzál ále e only reunited with Elias Araya González and Tob b Tobias Winterkorn last year to record the ban band’s long-overdue debut album, FIELDS FIELDS. But it was worth the wait: percus percussion and vintage synth-textured melanc melancholia, combined with González’s tradem trademark voice, make for a celestial and gr gratifying experience. Where to hear them: Cac Cactus Festival, 8-10 July, Bruges, Belg Belgium ( F Field Day, 6 August, London, UK (

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SCANDI POP \\\ Sweet success: Robyn’s seventh album has garnered international acclaim Below left: Oh Land’s career looks set to take flight this year

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From left to right: The new black – style queen Lykke Li; Shiny happy people – Treefight For Sunlight; Family portrait – Lukestar Below: Pop quiz – Vinnie Who

Lykke Li

Treefight For Sunlight


Swedish style icon making an assertive comeback

Danish 60s-pop euphoria

Norway’s experimental indie rockers

This up-and-coming Danish foursome have a love of pitch-perfect vocal harmonies and Californian West Coast pop. Their self-titled debut was released earlier this year on renowned British label Bella Union – responsible for the likes of Fleet Foxes and Beach House – and their en steadily reputation has been e. Fans of growing ever since. good-quality pop with catchy melodies won’t be disappointed. em: Where to hear them: tival, 28-31 July, Trailerpark Festival, mark Copenhagen, Denmark ( el, The Castle Hotel, nchester, 6 September, Manchester, UK ( mber, Thekla, 4 September, a Bristol, UK (thekla

Oslo-based Lukestar received extensive music media and blogosphere attention with their second album Lake Toba, and their blend of melodic indie rock and catchy power-pop g earned them the Norwegian Grammy for best Rock Record in 2008. 20 Having played more than 200 concerts conc in 10 countries t since then, earlier this year they released collectiv effort, Taiga – their third collective a more downbeat a and, in their words pr “nature-inspired” proposition – once Tru Heggero’s again infused by Truls high-pitch vocals. distinctive high-pitched Where to hear them: Roskilde Festival, 30 June – 3 July, (rosk Roskilde, Denmark ( 9- August, Oslo, Øya Festival, 9-13 (o Norway (

Style-conscious songstress Lykke Li (born Li Lykke Timotej Zachrisson) needs little in the way of an introduction. With her 2008 debut Youth Novels and tracks ‘Little Bit’ and ‘I’m Good, I’m Gone’ she achieved considerable indie stardom, allowing her to tour the globe and play major festivals on both sides of the Atlantic. Three years on, Wounded Rhymes is a darker, more grownup effort, claiming the credibility that her debut – labelled by some as ‘powderedsugar pop’ – arguably lacked. You can witness her newfound maturity translate into an equally endearing live set this summer. Where to hear her: Roskilde Festival, 30 June – 3 July, Roskilde, Denmark ( Øya Festival, 9-13 August, Oslo, Norway (

Treefight For Sunlight have a love of Californian West Coast pop

Vinnie Who Vin Up Uplifting disco-pop prince of Denmark pr V Vinnie Who is the onem man music project of a androgynous figure Niels Bagge Hansen.

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SCANDI POP \\\ FR Notes du Nord

Vasilis Panagiotopoulos recense pour nous les perles de la scène musicale scandinave, qui seront au programme de nombreux festivals cet été Agnes Obel L’année dernière, cette danoise a atteint le top des charts au Danemark avec Philharmonics, nous ravissant avec sa voix douce et ses mélodies nostalgiques au piano. diskJokke Ce représentant norvégien de la musique underground s’est produit aux quatre coins du globe comme DJ dans des performances laptop/live-band ou dans des remixes de stars.

Lukestar Basé à Oslo, Lukestar, mélange de rock mélodique et de power-pop énergique, a remporté un Grammy norvégien en 2008. Lykke Li Lykke Li est une des révélations électropop de 2008. Après trois ans, Wounded Rhyme et son côté plus sombre, confirme la maîtrise du parcours de la jeune Suédoise. Oh Land Nanna Øland Fabricius, compositriceinterprète de Copenhague, a cartonné dans les charts aux USA en 2008 avec Fauna. Robyn L’année dernière, cette pop star suédoise de sensibilité électro s’est indéniablement placée au centre de la galaxie avec Body Talk. Treefight For Sunlight Ce quatuor danois montre un penchant pour les harmonies vocales parfaites et la pop de la côte Ouest californienne. Trentemøller Producteur, DJ et performeur multiinstrumentaliste, Anders Trentemøller est un des meilleurs musiciens électro de Scandinavie.

True to his 1970s disco values – despite his young age – the talented Dane offers a contemporary-sounding, uplifting mix and, together with a six-piece band, gives passionate and stimulating live performances. Where to hear him: Dockville Festival, 12-14 August, Hamburg, Germany (

diskJokke Prime export of the Oslo electronic scene Otherwise known as Joachim Dyrdahl, diskJokke is an integral part of the Norwegian underground music scene and closely connected to famous Oslo nightclub Sunkissed. His career kicked off when he came to the attention of leading local disco-scene figure Prins Thomas, who signed him to his label Full Pupp, with releases on renowned labels of the genre like M.A.N.D.Y, Get Physical and Moshi Moshi following soon afterwards. Since then, diskJokke has performed in Beijing, Brazil, Jakarta, Moscow, New York and Istanbul – as a DJ, or in laptop or live-band set-ups – and has done remixes for A-ha, Coldplay, The xx, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Crystal Castles.

Where to hear him: Dans Dakar Festival, 4 June, Stockholm, Sweden ( Sónar Festival, 16-18 June, Barcelona, Spain (

Trentemøller Denmark’s maestro of glacial chills Producer, DJ and multi-instrumentalist Anders Trentemøller is one of Scandinavia’s finest electronic musicians. The glacial beats and chilled-out atmosphere of his 2006 debut, The Last Resort, were hailed in unison by the worldwide electronic music press. His 2010 sophomore long-player Into The Great Wide Yonder continues the minimalelectronica trend, while introducing surf/ twang guitars and alluring female vocals. Where to hear him: Sónar Festival, 16-18 June, Barcelona, Spain ( Sziget Festival, 10-15 August, Budapest, Hungary ( FROM JUST



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Vinnie Who Avec un beat d’impulsion contemporaine, Dane Niels Bagge Hansen et son groupe donne des concerts qui enflamment la scène européenne.

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Vasilis Panagiotopoulos stelt u de helderste sterren van de Scandinavische muziekscène voor die deze zomer op de affiche staan van een festival bij u in de buurt Agnes Obel Haar zachte stem, haar nostalgische pianomelodieën en Philharmonics veroverden vorig jaar de Deense hitlijsten. diskJokke Noorse experimentele muziektopper die optreedt als dj of in set-ups (met laptop of live band) en sterren remixt. Junip Het debuutalbum vorig jaar – FIELDS - is pure melancholie van slagwerk en synthesizer. Lukestar Combinatie van melodieuze indierock en powerpop, in 2008 bekroond met een Noorse Grammy. Lykke Li Stijlbewuste zangeres van wie het debuut (2008) in de indiewereld niet onopgemerkt voorbijging. Drie jaar later is Wounded Rhymes duisterder, maar ook volwassener. Oh Land De Kopenhaagse Nanna Øland Fabricius haalde in 2008 de Amerikaanse Billboard Charts met Fauna. Robyn Zweedse popster met voorliefde voor elektropop; Body Talk werd een wereldhit. Treefight For Sunlight Deens viertal met een passie voor vocale harmonieën en Californische Westkustpop. Trentemøller Producer, dj, multi-instrumentalist én een van de grootste elektronicamuzikanten. Vinnie Who De Deen Niels Bagge Hansen en zijn zeskoppige band staan garant voor spetterende live optredens.


Junip Le groupe, formé il y a une dizaine d’années, n’a pourtant sorti son premier album FIELDS que l’année dernière. Ce dernier est construit sur des percussions et le synthé planant, teinté de mélancolie.

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