PechaKucha Night

Have you heard about PechaKucha? Mind you, we are not talking about “Pikachu” nor “Machu Picchu”, as we repeatedly heard among the audience of this … Fortsett å lese PechaKucha Night

Album review: You want it darker

Here I am saying goodbye and leaving this world with deep faith in the next life.

Sissel Kyrkjebø – Just…. WAUW !!

WHAT A CONCERT! Sissel got to use her wide vocal range from mezzo-soprano to opera, while the audience came through all kinds of emotions. Tromsø … Fortsett å lese Sissel Kyrkjebø – Just…. WAUW !!

In Angustiis, 02.12.16

Last Friday, the Tromso Byorchestra and the Universitetskoret Mimas rewarded the visitors of the Arctic Cathedral with a wonderful night of classical and neo-romantic music. … Fortsett å lese In Angustiis, 02.12.16

A bright light in the dark period

On Thursday November 24th it was possible to experience “Mørketidsbarok – The Brandenburg concerts 3-6” by NOSO Chamber Orchestra at the Cathedral in Tromsdalen. The … Fortsett å lese A bright light in the dark period

The Late Great concert

Hometown folk rock band The Late Great played an impressive show in front of friends and fans.

Punk isn´t dead! – Rumblin Retards Concert at Bastard Bar

If you have ever heard the sentence, “Punk is dead”- relating it to the loud, hard-edged sounds of the 70s, then you´d had better not … Fortsett å lese Punk isn´t dead! – Rumblin Retards Concert at Bastard Bar

The Concert of Cazadores – Jump Into The Party

The supporting band Virkelig created a great base for the following show. With perfect, glossy equipment, slim jeans and fresh haircuts they provided a nice … Fortsett å lese The Concert of Cazadores – Jump Into The Party

Kari Bremnes – Artist with reasonable confidence

A lonely waiting, in the huge hall of the Grandhotel Edge an hour before the official concert starts, was worth every second. When six male … Fortsett å lese Kari Bremnes – Artist with reasonable confidence

Moddi – The freezing power from the frozen ground

One can feel dust, ash, clay, stone roads and windy storms in his voice. Throughout these dramatic feelings Moddi is creating moving and cooling shade … Fortsett å lese Moddi – The freezing power from the frozen ground

Julekonsert i Domkirka

Winter is coming!!! Well, for Tromsø it is obviously not time for white-walkers and Jon Snow, but it is time for Christmas!

An electric Insomnia

Long nights, dancing crowd, electric vibes, lights and trees (yes trees!) that’s what insomnia sounds like. From 9pm till 3am the whole Driv was vibrating … Fortsett å lese An electric Insomnia

Calm country indie with original sense of Norwegian valleys

Obviously most of the songs sound differently. One could say better in real life than on the album. However what makes this more credible is … Fortsett å lese Calm country indie with original sense of Norwegian valleys

Mozart & Salieri in the Operafestivalen 2016

The famous myth behind the rivalry between the classical music genius Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the experienced and influential Italian composer, Antonio Salieri has inspired … Fortsett å lese Mozart & Salieri in the Operafestivalen 2016

On a cold Friday night, Bendik performed a sold out show at Driv

I first saw Bendik perform at the Bukta festival this past summer, and was fairly impressed by their performance. Since a concert of their own … Fortsett å lese On a cold Friday night, Bendik performed a sold out show at Driv

These raw hearts put all of their freshly pulsing blood into a story-telling conceptual album.

Overall that seems to have been successful. When the changing moods, the plot of the story has its parts (exposition, rising action, resolution). A little … Fortsett å lese These raw hearts put all of their freshly pulsing blood into a story-telling conceptual album.

Where light and darkness meet

The first single of <Armageddon>, «Prey», was quite shocking to me – so catchy and polished, and quite dark compared to most other songs by … Fortsett å lese Where light and darkness meet

Heavier, Drier, Rawer

No doubt that Epica’s music has become more and more symphonic, and the intro song of The Holographic Principle, ’Eidola’, is just as full of … Fortsett å lese Heavier, Drier, Rawer

Under the cascading moonlight

Ever since Delain have started a career as a musical project featuring many renowned figures from symphonic metal scene, they have gone through quite huge … Fortsett å lese Under the cascading moonlight

Underground music in Tromsø – An interview with the local musician and event manager Truls Norbye Olsen

Although Tromsø is often described as ‘Paris of the North’ with a vivid nightlife, underground music is yet not often found in the bars downtown. … Fortsett å lese Underground music in Tromsø – An interview with the local musician and event manager Truls Norbye Olsen

Riddu Riddu – Little Storm on the Coast

While most of the people have heard about the Vikings, it seems that not so many people have enough knowledge about the people who have … Fortsett å lese Riddu Riddu – Little Storm on the Coast

Title: «Red Headed Sluts» adjust to «The Modern Times» and start a new band

They are currently the biggest musicians in Northern Norway, mostly known as the Red Headed Sluts. However, a month ago they changed their name, signed … Fortsett å lese Title: «Red Headed Sluts» adjust to «The Modern Times» and start a new band

Tradition is trendy – Folk music with Odde and Holmen

Folk music can be popular and inspiring for young people – this was demonstrated by Sivert Andreas Holmen and Björn Kare Odde on Thursday evening, … Fortsett å lese Tradition is trendy – Folk music with Odde and Holmen

Eccentricity to the max: Bob Hund in Studentsamfunnet Driv

‘Bob Hund’ are one of Sweden’s most popular acts. Their frantic and comic live performance has earnt them their faithful crowd of followers from the … Fortsett å lese Eccentricity to the max: Bob Hund in Studentsamfunnet Driv

VIND + support at Driv

VIND er et relativt nytt, som ikke mange har hørt om. Men med sin fengende og noe uvanlige musikk, setter de sitt merke på musikk- … Fortsett å lese VIND + support at Driv

We All Agree

It couldn’t be clearer. The audience filled the hall and was illuminated by reflector rays of the matching light show. True fans were clapping their … Fortsett å lese We All Agree

Prokofjevs Romeo & Julie

Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare from 1595 is one of the most famous works in the world. The portrait of the young and infatuated couple’s … Fortsett å lese Prokofjevs Romeo & Julie

A Concert with Depth

Fingers running fast on the piano, the drums soft beat and the lovely dark rhythm of the contra bass with a saxophone sound in the … Fortsett å lese A Concert with Depth

All attention to the trombone

3 days – 3 concerts – 3 stars!

Nordic Fiddlers Bloc – Fantastic folkemusikkpøbben at Prelaten Kro og Scene

The nice room at the back of Prelaten Kro og Scene, decorated fondly with candlelight, was the fitting setting for the intimate concert on wednesday, … Fortsett å lese Nordic Fiddlers Bloc – Fantastic folkemusikkpøbben at Prelaten Kro og Scene

How to become addicted without adverse health effects

Artist: The Veils Album: Total Depravity Record Label: Nettwerk Records Rating: 6/6 TEKST: Stefanie Singh «A young but maturing real artist in the vein of … Fortsett å lese How to become addicted without adverse health effects

He who laughs last…

Artist: New Model Army Album: Winter Record Label: earMUSIC Rating: 6/6  TEXT: Stefanie Singh Winter is coming: In «Game Of Thrones», to Northern Norway and … Fortsett å lese He who laughs last…

A fascinating, extraordinary, super melodical creation of the Icelandic indy-pop rock band

Artist: Kaleo Album: A/B (2016) Record label: Elektra/Atlantic records Rating: 5/6 The icelandic music band, which started their music production in 2012, is now gathering … Fortsett å lese A fascinating, extraordinary, super melodical creation of the Icelandic indy-pop rock band

Island songs

Artist: Ólafur Arnalds Album: Island songs Date of publication: 12th August 2016 Record Label: Mercury classics Rating: 10/10 Website: www. islandsongs.is Text: Anezka Prosecka Being home … Fortsett å lese Island songs

When Folk meets Rock – Awesome concert night at DRIV

Blytung og hjertefølt rock med en toppet spiseskje folk rock (Leaden and heartfelt rock flavoured with a tablespoon of folk rock) – That´s what they … Fortsett å lese When Folk meets Rock – Awesome concert night at DRIV

Concert with Chamber Orchestra on Fjellheisen

Imagine yourself sitting in a restaurant at the top of Fløya, enjoying the view of Tromsø and the mountains while listening to classical music. It … Fortsett å lese Concert with Chamber Orchestra on Fjellheisen

Insomnia Club Night

One of the most wanted party of DebutUka 2016 took place at SNN Scenen of Driv last Saturday, August 20th.

LOOKING FORWARD TO: RAKETTNATT

This August, Rakettnatt will once again grace the pavements of Stortorget for the first time since its debut success last summer. Featuring regularly amongst the … Fortsett å lese LOOKING FORWARD TO: RAKETTNATT

Rocking with Iggy Pop in a picture-perfect scenery: Bukta Festival 2016

In Tromsø, there is no need for an introduction to the Bukta Festival as well as to its headliner in 2016, Iggy Pop. However, most … Fortsett å lese Rocking with Iggy Pop in a picture-perfect scenery: Bukta Festival 2016

From Gothenburg with soul

Artist: The Black Marbles Album: Best Believe It EP Record Label: The Black Marbles / Ofelia Productions Rating: 5/6 TEXT: Stefanie Singh As currently observed … Fortsett å lese From Gothenburg with soul

Troy Shall Fall Again!

Artist: The Fall of Troy Album: OK Label: no label, self-released Score: 7 broken ribs out of 6  Text: George Stoica WHAAARRRGHHHH!!! GLORRRRGH!!! AAARRRRGLAAARBLAAAARGH!!! That … Fortsett å lese Troy Shall Fall Again!

Sounds Good!

Album: Sounds Good! Artist: Ole & Silje Huleboer Label: Bangles & Brass Records Score: 6/6 Text: George Stoica There is an undeniable tendency for bands … Fortsett å lese Sounds Good!

Music to dance your troubles away to

Artist: New Order Album: Music Complete Record Label: Mute Rating: 5/6 TEXT: Stefanie Singh In times like these, where music icons such as David Bowie, … Fortsett å lese Music to dance your troubles away to

Melancholy, light-heartedness and even a touch of Bob Marley

Artist: Irma Agiashvili Album: Behind Space Record Label: Playirma Rating: 6/6 TEXT: Stefanie Singh «Is that whiskey? Such a strong voice doesn’t appear from nowhere, … Fortsett å lese Melancholy, light-heartedness and even a touch of Bob Marley

A pleasant listening experience for those who enjoy post-metal

Artist: Cult Of Luna Album: Mariner Record Label: Indie Recordings Rating: 4/6 TEXT: Stefanie Singh In the middle of May 2016, Cult Of Luna are … Fortsett å lese A pleasant listening experience for those who enjoy post-metal

Home-Run on the Home Turf

Local legends Violet Road closed a nation-wide tour in their hometown’s fanciest location with a magnificent show.

The Fjords

As I remember my grandma saying, a good musician can easily be recognized by his ability to be both quiet and loud (not at the … Fortsett å lese The Fjords

Motorpsychosis is my new disease

Motorpsycho need no introduction. The trio from Trondheim, masters at avoiding categorization, have graced our shores with their concert this Thursday at Driv. A first … Fortsett å lese Motorpsychosis is my new disease

It’s a wild party – but not one of the best parties ever

Artist: The Last Vegas Album: Eat Me Record Label: AFM Records Rating: 4/6 TEXT: Stefanie Singh It seems that cancellations of concerts, tours and the … Fortsett å lese It’s a wild party – but not one of the best parties ever

The country quintet returns with their sophomore effort

Country balladeers “The Northern Lies” have grown more numerous since their last album, going from three to five members in the interim between Midnight Medicine … Fortsett å lese The country quintet returns with their sophomore effort

Old School Rock evening was no joke at Kultuhuset

It has been a while since such a panel was assembled in a Tromsø live venue: Four bands playing Old School Rock/Punk/Metal gathered for a … Fortsett å lese Old School Rock evening was no joke at Kultuhuset

The fuss about it was well founded

Artist: Iggy Pop Album: Post Pop Depression Record Label: Loma Vista Recordings Rating: 6/6   TEXT: Stefanie Singh Punk rock legend Iggy Pop teamed up … Fortsett å lese The fuss about it was well founded

Love is gone – and now it’s time to rise

Artist: Dommin Album: Rise Record Label: Eternal Sound Records Rating: 6/6   TEKST: Stefanie Singh When Dommin from Los Angeles, California released their major label … Fortsett å lese Love is gone – and now it’s time to rise

Grooves, riffs, melodies – and «Rock’n’Roll på svenska»

Artist: Conny Bloom Album: Fullt Upp Record Label: Kronbloom Records Rating: 5/6 TEXT: Stefanie Singh When Conny Bloom launched the crowdfunding campaign for «Fullt Upp» … Fortsett å lese Grooves, riffs, melodies – and «Rock’n’Roll på svenska»

Mauro Sigura, jazz in Tromsø (and a tip where to find jazz concerts if go on vacation)

Exams period is one of the most stressful times for any student. For years, it has been my personal “safe harbor” before any test just … Fortsett å lese Mauro Sigura, jazz in Tromsø (and a tip where to find jazz concerts if go on vacation)

Tromsø Hardcore

For many of you readers, Bastard Bar needs no introduction. Most may know it as a good place to lay back and have a cold … Fortsett å lese Tromsø Hardcore

The Night of the Sirens

Jadudah’s debut album, released last November, was received with hospitable reviews. This Tromsø-based rock band, well-known long before the release of their official debut album … Fortsett å lese The Night of the Sirens

Easter Concert: St. John’s Passion by Johann Sebastian Bach

​It’s been a long time since I’ve attended a classical music concert, and guitars and drums can get a bit boring after a while, so … Fortsett å lese Easter Concert: St. John’s Passion by Johann Sebastian Bach

TROMSØ BYORKESTER Concert at the Arctic Cathedral

Once more, the wondrous Arctic Cathedral of Tromsø has hosted a stunning performance and delighted the audience with a transcendent surrounding sound.

Bad Blood and Good Times

Spring is slowly returning to the arctic, and its people are starting to shake off the icicles of lethargy. Some decide to go for a … Fortsett å lese Bad Blood and Good Times

Pulsar

Artist: Northern Lights Album: Pulsar Record Label: Northern Lights Rating: 5/6   Music made for the sake of music, not for the thirst for fame … Fortsett å lese Pulsar

The Dance of the Arctic Fairy

Acclaimed artist Elin Kåven just released her third album, Eamirtni/Rimeborn. This provides the perfect excuse to go back to the singer’s back catalogue and review … Fortsett å lese The Dance of the Arctic Fairy

Fashionably Late

Artist: Trench Dogs Album: Fashionably Late Record Label: Trench Dogs Rating: 5/6 They don’t reinvent the wheel of glam rock – but they rock! TEKST: … Fortsett å lese Fashionably Late

The Fine Art Of Self Destruction

Artist: Jesse Malin Album: The Fine Art Of Self Destruction (Reissue)  Record Label: One Little Indian Records Rating: 5/6 Compositions of timeless beauty, reissued for … Fortsett å lese The Fine Art Of Self Destruction

All about the energy

If you were sick to death of pink hearts and kissy faces during the Valentine’s season, there is no better cure than moshing like an … Fortsett å lese All about the energy

Songs to add to your Valentine’s Day playlist

It’s the beginning of February and we all know what that means – St. Valentine’s day is upon us. It’s the day that some of … Fortsett å lese Songs to add to your Valentine’s Day playlist

Jazz og Tromsø Jazzklubb

For mange er musikk en viktig del av hverdagen. Jazzmusikken har dype røtter – en del av disse finnes her i Tromsø, hos Tromsø Jazzklubb, … Fortsett å lese Jazz og Tromsø Jazzklubb

Another felicitous opus filled with bittersweet melancholy

Artist: Sivert Høyem Album: Lioness Record Label: Hektor Grammofon Rating: 5/6

“On your marks, get set… GO PSYCHO!”

Artist: SET TO STUN Album:  Set to Stun and the Desperado Undead Record Label: Tragic Hero Records Rating: 5/6 Release date: 27.11.15

Urie! At The Disco

Artist: Panic! At The Disco Album: Death of a Bachelor Record label: Fueled by Ramen, DCD2 Records Rating: 5/6 (Release date: 15.01.2016)  

Music under northern lights

Tromsø has always been one of the best and most beloved locations for tourists and other visitors. Many of them come here to see northern … Fortsett å lese Music under northern lights

The Voice – of Satan!

2015 was a hell of a year for Devil-worshiping Black Metalers! Some of the arguably best Metal releases of the year were dedicated to our … Fortsett å lese The Voice – of Satan!

Cry Baby’s adventures in the real world

Artist: Melanie Martinez Album: Cry Baby Record label: Atlantic Records Rating: 5/6 Release date: 14.08.2015

IVVÁR and the state of Sami music
Dagny – on the way to success!

Hennes låt er delt mer enn Ellie Goulding sin og nå kommer hun tilbake til nord for å synge for tromsøværinga – Hils på Dagny!

Magic of music at the Arctic Cathedral
The man from outer space

His original name – David Jones – sounded too ordinary. Besides it was too similar to Davy Jones, the vocalist of the already famous ‘Monkees’. … Fortsett å lese The man from outer space

Opplevelsen av frihet og overnaturlige krefter. Mari Boine kan neppe glemmes.

6 februar markertes Samefolkets dag med konserten av den verdensberømte samisk-norske sangeren Mari Boine (59) som trollbandt hele publikumet med hennes magiske og enestående stemme. … Fortsett å lese Opplevelsen av frihet og overnaturlige krefter. Mari Boine kan neppe glemmes.

The Tritech Triumvirate: Power, Prog and Passion

Last week I happened to be in Tromsø and by chance happened to hear of a metal concert taking place in Driv, on Saturday. Although … Fortsett å lese The Tritech Triumvirate: Power, Prog and Passion

Cinematic musical landscapes

This young band’s soft yet powerful music conquered the masses!

Romjulsjazz

Det nærmer seg et av julens store høydepunkter: Romjulsjazz går av stabelen for 17. gang, og er absolutt noe å få med seg.

The grey garden of withering roses

Artist: Draconian Album: Sovran Record Label: Napalm Records Rating: 5/6 A noticeable, yet not too dramatic, change in the musical style of Draconian was evident … Fortsett å lese The grey garden of withering roses

Shevils Ain’t Evil

Band: Shevils Album: “The White Sea” Label: Self-released Rating: 2/6  “The White Sea” is the third full-length of the Oslo-based hardcore act SHEVILS, The current … Fortsett å lese Shevils Ain’t Evil

Good things come to those who wait

Artist: Placebo Album: MTV Unplugged Record Label: Universal Music Rating: 5/6 It took Placebo seven albums, numerous hit singles and a total of 21 years … Fortsett å lese Good things come to those who wait

Crade Metal d-ex-France

2015 has so far been a pretty tragic year for the former kingdom of France. There’s no need to mention which events in particular, as … Fortsett å lese Crade Metal d-ex-France

OnklP og De Fjerne Slektningene: for et bra live-show!

De kaller seg selv ‘Norges farligste boyband’ og det er visst en grunn til det. De startet med 1 singel i begynnelsen av 2014 og … Fortsett å lese OnklP og De Fjerne Slektningene: for et bra live-show!

To Paris, with Love

Last month, Ishavskatedralen (The Arctic Cathedral), the landmark of Tromsø, turned a respectable 50 years of age. The festivity was celebrated by organizing a great … Fortsett å lese To Paris, with Love

Christmas tunes far from consumption, commerce and corniness

On 5th December 2015, the Elverhøy Church in Tromsø invited to its «Julekonsert»…

Confession of a desperate soul

 “Strangers” is Jadudah’s first official album, though this does not mean they are inexperienced. This Tromsø-based band have performed concerts all over Norway for the … Fortsett å lese Confession of a desperate soul

Stadium Rocking Extravaganza

The show Cazadores and Co. gave at the Edge was one for the History books, no less. Cazadores managed to break out of anonymity two … Fortsett å lese Stadium Rocking Extravaganza

Heavier than ever and ready for the final breakthrough

Hard to believe, but true: The Barbe-Q-Barbies are in the Rock’n’Roll business for almost 15 years now. Hailing from Finland’s capital Helsinki, the five «femme … Fortsett å lese Heavier than ever and ready for the final breakthrough

Stars around the rocket: The RakettNatt Festival 2015

In the previous print issue, you could read a detailed report about the history and the background of the RakettNatt Festival. And, of course, Utropia … Fortsett å lese Stars around the rocket: The RakettNatt Festival 2015

«A combination of the simple things in life and something bigger..»

Tromsø band Cazadores is hunting emotions and imagination with their second album Afterglow.

Meeting of Cultures and Shamanic Drumming

The Isogaisa Shaman festival took place for the sixth time in Lavangen, North of Narvik. Utropia was present at this unique meet-up.

Ship Ahoy! – Silya & The Sailors in Tromsø

Since the beginning of August, the city centre of Tromsø has been decorated with posters of this  «woman with the parrot. Anyone who believes the … Fortsett å lese Ship Ahoy! – Silya & The Sailors in Tromsø

Skål for the return of the Vikings

The band that started its career singing about a blue-eyed Norwegian girl with blond braids has continuously expanded its world—they sang songs about Norwegian folk … Fortsett å lese Skål for the return of the Vikings

As if tomorrow will never come

Here comes the girl again, who can say the f-word in the most elegant way in the world, who can declare that she is crazy … Fortsett å lese As if tomorrow will never come

Into the realm of a different kind of power

I supposed that now not so many people are left who still expect the old ‘power-metalness’ from Kamelot since they released «Ghost Opera», where they … Fortsett å lese Into the realm of a different kind of power

Absurdist Terrifying Phantasm

What happens when the most violent band this side of the Arctic Circle meets up with a lost Chinese mythological movie from the 1920s? Utropia … Fortsett å lese Absurdist Terrifying Phantasm

An Evening of North-Norwegian Black Metal

While Røyksopp played their pop hits to thousands of fans at the occasion of the RakettNatt festival, the Bodø-based Black Metal band SKAUR offered a … Fortsett å lese An Evening of North-Norwegian Black Metal

Two Hours of Oppression

Two very different but equally deserving North-Norwegian Hardcore bands took over Driv’s Isbjørn stage on Friday for a show of total unequivocal might.

The Stadium Rockers and the Watering Hole

When a hugely popular band takes over a dingy pub, awesomeness ensues.   At this point, VIOLET ROAD is probably the biggest North-Norwegian band out … Fortsett å lese The Stadium Rockers and the Watering Hole

Enslaved: No band to celebrate Halloween with

Instead of collecting sweets, two Utropians collected metal impressions from Enslaved’s Halloween concert on 31st October 2015 in Tromsø…

Arctic Hippie Gathering

The Sixteenth edition of the Karlsøy Festival was a perfect way to get to know the local music scene, the beautiful Arctic nature, and the … Fortsett å lese Arctic Hippie Gathering

Sea, Rock and Sun

Bukta 2015 very much delivered the goods, the Utropia team finds.

Intervju med Robaat

Robaat er klare for RakettNatt!

Taste the Space!

Let’s introduce Raketten (the Rocket) one of the smallest pubs in the whole of Norway, and one of the oldest buildings in Tromsø. From last … Fortsett å lese Taste the Space!

Rammstein på nynorsk – Rammsund in Tromsø

Although Tromsø is not known for being a mecca for Hard Rock and Heavy Metal, the program of DebutUKA provided on 22nd August 2015 also … Fortsett å lese Rammstein på nynorsk – Rammsund in Tromsø

Heavy Rock Shocks Andenes

Rock mot Rus 2015 had its share of bone-crushing Rock and Metal acts. Utropia reports from the pit. Author: Lyonel Perabo Saturday night in Andenes … Fortsett å lese Heavy Rock Shocks Andenes

Regn fra blå himmel – Gabrielle in Tromsø

 Vibrant colors, bright lights and remarkable voice. The Norwegian Electro pop singer Gabrielle performed at DRIV on the 19th of March, and made an impressive … Fortsett å lese Regn fra blå himmel – Gabrielle in Tromsø

Gjenforening av A-HA

Den legendariske popgruppen A-HA entrer scenen igjen! Til stor gjensynsglede for fansen.