BJÖRK WILL PERFORM IN AARHUS FOR FIRST TIME IN 25 YEARS
7th – 9th June 2018
- Headliners: Queens of the Stone Age / The National / Father John Misty
- Limited number of 1-day tickets now on sale Tuesday 31st October.
- The 40,000 capacity event is set in the European Capital of Culture.
Following the colossal headliner announcement for NorthSide 2018 –Queens of the Stone Age, The National and Father John Misty, alongside the second wave of acts – Tyler The Creator, Aurora and Sleaford Mods – the iconic Danish festival has unveiled another captivating artist, highlighting NorthSide’s international reputation as the place to be next summer.
After hosting the world exclusive live return of Frank Ocean this year, NorthSide will welcome Icelandic star Björk back with open arms for the first time in six years since her last Danish festival, and a baffling 25 years since her last appearance in Aarhus – Kosmopolitan in 1993! Kosmopolitan was a seminal event in the city’s music history and was a benchmark for NorthSide’s inception. To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Kosmopolitan through a reunion with Björk is all too perfect – NorthSide spokesman, John Fogde comments: “It’s amazing that we are now able to bring Björk back to Aarhus… She is undoubtedly in a class by herself musically and she is the rare combination of a constantly evolving artist who also has a broad appeal because of her incredible catalogue. So we are incredibly excited to see which show the inventive singer will bring to NorthSide.”
Ticket sales for the ninth edition of NorthSide began selling faster than ever last month, with an additional selection of one day tickets now on sale for those hoping to see their favourite acts. Björk will perform on Thursday 7th June, whilst headliners Queens of the Stone Age, The National and Cigarettes After Sex will all play on Friday 8th June alongside A Perfect Circle. On Saturday 9th June, Father John Misty and Deerhunter will then take to the stage with Tyler the Creator.
The expanding festival, set in Denmark’s second city and European Capital of Culture, is expected to entertain over 40,000 music fans next year and prides itself on achieving its 100% organic status.
NorthSide 2018 runs from the 7th to 9th of June in Ådalen, Aarhus. The sale of one-day tickets began Tuesday October 31st through NorthSide.dk, where you can also purchase three-day and VIP tickets.
For more information on the confirmed acts so far:
The band has just released its seventh album, ‘Sleep Well Beast’, where Mojo, Pitchfork, and the New York Times all had rave reviews. The same was the case when The National earlier this year was the main attraction at the Haven Festival, where GAFFA awarded five stars after the concert. The festival was created in collaboration with the Dessner brothers from the band and showed that The National has a very special relationship with Denmark. However, we have to go back to 2014 for their last show at NorthSide, so it is with great pleasure that we can now announce that they have said yes to return next year.
Queens of The Stone Age
There are few people on the planet more rock’n’roll than Josh Homme. Since the early days in Kyuss, he has not only collaborated with Iggy Pop, Mark Lanegan, and Arctic Monkeys, and formed Eagles of Death Metal and Them Crooked Vultures, he has also released five albums with the all-star band The Desert Sessions and seven unparalleled albums with the Queens of the Stone Age. The latest album with QOTSA was recorded with Mark Ronson and once again shows Homme’s urge to push to the limits, while developing and delivering crisp and catchy rock songs. The band is always a guarantee for an amazing show and we are very excited to invite Queens of The Stone Age back to NorthSide.
Father John Misty
The controversial and provocative character Father John Misty, created by Josh Tillman after his time in Fleet Foxes and the solo career as J. Tillman, cannot help but create havoc and stir emotions. Nevertheless, through misanthropic but still beautiful songs the decadent crooner has succeeded in attracting an enormous audience. A true one-of-a-kind artist, unpredictable, sometimes hard to grasp, but always fascinating. So we definitely won’t be bored in Aarhus, when Father John Misty comes to visit.
There are few bands that have released as many excellent albums with as high a level of ambition for more than a decade as Deerhunter. Psych-pop meets noisy punk with impressive beauty on records such as ‘Microcastle’ and the masterpiece ‘Halcyon Digest’, and on the latest album, ‘Fading Frontier’, bandleader Bradford Cox shows that he also excels at writing more focused songs that can get on the radio. Their concerts are often a noisy and hypnotic affair, which will undoubtedly be well-received, when Deerhunter pays their first visit to NorthSide.
Over four decades Björk has been one of the world’s most inventive, challenging, creative, and fascinating artists, who at the same time has succeeded in captivating millions of people through music ranging from experimental and abstract to captivating and glorious – and this summer she will be back in Aarhus for the first time in 25 years. Since the days of The Sugarcubes, Björk has found chart success with songs like “Human Behavior“, “Army of Me“, “It’s Oh So Quiet“, and “Bachelorette“, while also winning the starring role in Lars von Trier’s “Dancer in the Dark“, which secured her the award for Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival .Björk will release her new album “Utopia” later this year. It has been described as a love album that follows the gorgeous divorce album “Vulnicura” from 2015, which was universally lauded and deemed a masterpiece by Danish music magazine GAFFA.
Cigarettes After Sex
Expectations for the debut album from Cigarettes after Sex were great and were finally finalized in June on an album, Soundvenue called “sensual pop noir” in a five-star review. The November concert in Copenhagen will be the band’s first in Denmark and was quickly sold out. But luckily, there will be another chance to catch them, when NorthSide hosts the first Danish festival show with Cigarettes after Sex.
Tyler, the Creator
Tyler Gregory Okonma was only 16 when he, together with five friends, formed the hip-hop collective Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All. The innovative group later became the home of Frank Ocean and Earl Sweatshirt, who both contributed to the group’s only official release from 2012. At this point Tyler, The Creator’s solo career was already in full swing, because of the success of single ‘Sandwitches’ and the anarchist debut album ‘Goblin’. Earlier this year Pitchfork called his latest album ‘Flower Boy’ his “most accomplished album yet”, and praised the rapper for revealing a more sincere and mature side (alongside praise from other publications like NME, XXL and Slant). Tyler, The Creator is at an artistic peak right now and with his amazing ability to deliver extremely energetic shows (despite his notorious UK live ban in 2015), we expect something unique when he hits the stage at NorthSide.
Norwegian singer-songwriter AURORA will grace NorthSide with her enchanting electro-pop style that has inspired a wave of Scandinavian artists to emerge in recent years. Attaining a number one album with her debut, ‘All My Demons Greeting Me as a Friend’ , in her home country, alongside contributing track, ‘Conqueror’, to the ‘Skam’ soundtrack and finally a well-received cover of the Oasis’ ‘Half the World Away’ in a John Lewis ad-campaign, Aurora Aksnes will woo and mesmerise when she touches down at NorthSide.
Famous for their working-class, minimalist electronic-punk sound, and depiction of politically torn-Britain (all channelled through Jason Williamson’s thick Nottingham accent), Sleaford Mods are no stranger to making a lasting impression. Abrasive, daring and forward-thinking, duo Williamson and Andrew Fearn’s live performances are as ferocious as their impressive back-catalogue of 10 LPs since starting in 2007, all of which have received critical acclaim from the likes of Louder Than War, Drowned in Sound, The Independent and The Guardian. Denmark best prepare itself for a slice of honest, raw, British music as the pair take to the stage in Aarhus.
A Perfect Circle
American guitarist, Billy Howerdel, played a selection of his songs for Maynard James Keenan in the mid 90’s, which left the Tool-singer so ecstatic that he formed A Perfect Circle with Howerdei . The band recruited a full lineup soon thereafter and released ‘Mer de Noms’(their debut album), securing them hits with singles ‘Judith’, ‘3 Libras’, and ‘The Hollow’. In the following years, Maynard James Keenan used breaks from Tool to record two more albums (‘Thirteenth Step’ and’ Emotive’) with before the band took a 10-year break. Since then, they have only sparingly played concerts primarily in the US, but in the spring of 2017 it emerged that the band was getting ready to release their fourth album and embark on a world tour. A Perfect Circle has only visited Denmark once before, which was in 2000, where they played at the now defunct Midtfyns Festival. Therefore, it is a great pleasure to be able to invite the amazing band back after an eighteen-year break from Danish festivals, with the exciting prospect of new music being previewed at NorthSide.
NorthSide 2018 runs from the 7th to 9th of June in Ådalen, Aarhus. The sale of one-day tickets will begin Tuesday October 31st at 10 AM through NorthSide.dk, where you can also purchase three-day and VIP tickets.