After listening their way through a major field of candidates for this years festival, the group of men and women in charge have chosen the first five new announcements. Something tells me that this group really have a thing with eletro and especially electropop.
The five additions are:
With only 20 years of age and golden support gigs in his backpack, the first to be presented is Sekuoia. This year could very well be his year of international breakthrough, not because of his SPOT performance and gigs at Soundwave Croatia and Danmarks Grimmeste Festival, but because he just landed a deal with Project: Mooncircle in Berlin and has a forthcoming debut album in the pipeline. The boy had an intense last year with support gigs for major buzz MØ and performances at e.g. Skanderborg, Trailerpark and Roskilde. Definitely one of the must-sees at SPOT festival.
Next up is the trio Mont Oliver. We saw them last night at Radar and interviewed these guys. You know you’ve made something right when not even the critics know the genre of you sound. What better way to kickstart a career than as support for sold-out major US act Imagine Dragons, releasing a debut album which pulled rave reviews and creating a video for ’Give Me Nothing’ with the daughter of former norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg turning the norwegian newspapers upside down – pretty badass right?!
Third addition is our WatchOut from June last year, the danish buzz Kill J. When she released her debut single ‘Phoenix’, it was surprising bloggers from all over. With soft percussion and skittering synths, it creates a minimalist energy that is truly captivating. The use of warble effects on the high pitches almost creates a When Saints Go Machine kind of sound, which could truly bring the debutants a long way up the road in the future. Eventually it was making even The Guardian announcing that this woman was ’New Band of the Day’. Besides SPOT festival she also has a performance at the festival By:Larm in Oslo – we can’t wait to see where this year will bring her!
Fourth act to be announced is the Faroese duo BYRTA. Actually only one single year before they will hit the SPOT stage, they were invited to play at the Nordic House on the Faroe Island for the house’s 30th birthday. 800 people showed up to listen to the band which had never played a concert before and had no album out on the shelves, yet people where thrilled and the interest for the band grew rapidly. Since then they’ve been announced ‘Best Upcoming Band’ at last years G! Festival in Thorshavn. If you’re into electropop, this will not disappoint you!
Fifth announcement is the swedish Naomi Pilgrim. She has already been announced as the next Lykke Li, and for the football nerds, this is about the same as an announcement as the next Christian Eriksen right after signing your first contract! This monday she releases her debut-ep ’Naomi Pilgrim EP’ but if you can’t wait, it’s already available on Spotify. Really a brilliant booking by the SPOT team.
Together with the first announcement of Psyched Up Janis in November, this could very well be a major year for SPOT festival itself as well!