This month we’re heading off to the beautiful scenery of Norway’s second biggest city Bergen to take in the sights and sounds of arts and tech fest Vill Vill Vest.
Norway is known for supporting it’s new musical talent in a way that we just don’t see in the UK and that’s the only logical explanation we can find for a city with a population of 280k having so many great venues. Vill Vill Vest takes advantage of the lot with a packed programme full of up and coming talent from across the country, from all genres (find the best of best in the playlist at the end). We’ve gathered together some of our (on and off programme highlights):
Really brilliant film premieres
With Bergen International Film Festival happening alongside Vill Vill Vest it only makes sense that the two would converge with a mix of exciting documentaries with a musical footing. Firstly there’s MATANGI / MAYA / MIA, unfolding the story behind the MIA we know and love taking centre stage. Then there’s QUEERCORE: HOW TO PUNK A REVOLUTION, which promises (no pun intended) to be a riot.
Getting cosy with Röyksopp
Röyksopp head to Bergen this year to catch up with their old friend Ole J. Mjøs. As one of Norway’s most sought after exports and having worked with the likes of Robyn, Lady Gaga, Beck, Lykke Li the duos tales of their life in music is undoubtedly going to be a wild ride.
Before Jonathan Galkin joined forces with James Murphy and Tim Goldsworthy they were just throwing some parties and waiting for a catalyst, but under Galkin’s guidance they built an empire responsible for the support and release of some of our absolute favourite records. Vill Vill Vest is offering us a unique opportunity to hear the story from the man himself and get a peek behind the curtain at one of the most cutting edge, risk taking labels there is.
Climbing a really great mountain
One of the best things about the beautiful city of Bergen? The fact it’s officially Europe’s rainiest city? No, that’s probably not for everyone. It’s Mount Fløyen the mountain overlooking the city that will give you breathtaking views across the city and surrounding fjords. If that’s not enough, the city is actually famous for it’s seven surrounding mountains, all of which you can climb and all of which offer stunning views. Don’t worry, if climbing isn’t for you catch the funicular up and wander back down to Bergen.
The Music, obviously.
Vill Vill Vest runs from 13th – 14th September in Bergen. Get all the info here.