The Trondheim Calling festival is opens the 1st of February this year, and will fill some of the most important venues in town, including Byscenen, Kunsthall Trondheim and Studentersamfundet.
Trondheim Calling is an annual music festival and, importantly, a music conference. It has grown to be one of the biggest music industry events in the country. In February 2017, Trondheim Calling had more than 8000 spectators and 1000 delegates enjoying 115 shows spread out at 15 different venues, with 80 aspiring young artists from all across Norway.
Markus Sletten, who is the head of booking and one of the curators of the artistic programme, when asked how the artists have been selected, says, “The first priority when picking artists for the festival – the factor that triumphs over everything else – is the music. The quality, originality, the talent behind it and how it’s relevant to today’s and tomorrow’s music scene, is what’s definitely most important. We do a lot of talking with people all over the country, people working in the music industry. In fact, we also try to represent different people and organizations in the music industry, as well as new artists.” The artists who are invited to perform at the festival, come from the whole Norway, and represent diversity in terms of genre and gender.
“Picking one, or even a select few highlights from the upcoming festival has proven to be a difficult task for me”, says Mark, but here are some of his recommendations:
– Steamdome: Three of Norway’s (might I say the world’s) greatest drummers, a team of musicians with an absurdly diverse musical background (from jazz and experimental, to folk-music, to BigBang, Sivert Høyem’s band, El Cuero and Broen) and a fiddler Ola Kvernberg at the helm.
– SASSY 009: Three young producers slash musicians put out their first song; three days later their all over the internet, featured in some of the biggest music sites in the world, including Pitchfork. No doubt Sunniva, Teodora and Johanna are heading somewhere with their cool, dark, and groovy mix of electronic and organic sounds.
– Årabrot: They’re finally back with their first show in two years, and the follow-up to the 2016 masterpiece “The Gospel” is right around the corner. Their music has been difficult to categorize ever since the start in 2001, but this band has been widely regarded as a phenomenon within the experimental rock scene and has fans all over the world.
Date: February 1-3, 2018
Locations: Diverse & City-wide
Price: 275- 795 NOK
More info: www.trondheimcalling.no