February 24th sees the Øya Festival teaming up with twin festival Field Day and Club NME to feature two special London shows with a mix of up-and-coming Norwegian acts and happening UK bands. Norwegian acts Lucy Swann and Team Me are set to play alongside Fiction and Not Squares at the two shows at London’s XOYO on February 24th and KOKO the next evening.
In conjunction with the February London gigs, Øya has teamed up with Rough Trade to release an exclusive limited edition split 7” single. The double a-side will feature Lucy Swann and Team Me and be available from February 7th exclusively from Rough Trade. The unique recording project is supported by the Music Export Norway´s London office.
Øya and Field Day are AIF Twin festivals. Based on the twin towns concept, festivals are paired with likeminded and similarly structured festivals from countries from around the world. Participating festivals will help promote their twin’s festival locally.
Oslo born Lucy Swann has distinguished herself from the the rest of the pack by her expressive vocal abilities and her strong live performances. In 2010 she released her critically acclaimed debut album “La Petite Mort” which saw her compared to the likes of Kate Bush and Beyonce. Aftenposten (top Norwegian broadsheet) extolled her to be “…one of the freshest, catchiest voices in Norwegian pop music in a very long time.”. Lucy is also set to play the Brighton Great Escape Festival this year. Myspace.
"Weathervanes and Chemicals, which is really, really rather wonderful. Pitched somewhere in between Jonsi and Arcade Fire, it’s about as heart-warmingly lush as it gets." say NME Magazine about Team Me. If you believe bloggers and journalists all around the world, Team Me is one of the hottest newcomers of 2011. It all started out as an accidental success when Marius D. Hagen and his private, little side project Team Me ended up in the finals of NRK P3´s (Norwegian National Radio) Best new band/song contest. The band is set to play Great Escape this year. Myspacesd
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