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Scan Magazine | Culture | JaJaJa Festival
Nordic music fans ahoy When we headed for London’s Roundhouse in November last year to find out what a monthly Nordic music club night would look like packaged as a festival, we said ‘ja ja ja’ all the way home after being floored by magical performances from acts such as Icelandic múm, Danish Mew and Swedish NONONO – in addition to some seriously mouth-watering samples of caviar and cream cheese toothbrushes. Naturally, when the report reached us that the festival was to return to offer seconds, we knew we had to provide a preview. By Linnea Dunne | Photos: Ja Ja Ja Festival
Ja Ja Ja the club night celebrates its fifth birthday this year, and as a sign of its important work in helping Nordic acts to establish themselves in the UK, some former club night performers will take to the stage as part of this year’s festival. Think When Saints Go Machine, Sin Cos Tan, Highasakite – that kind of thing. In addition, two big female names make the top of our list of must-sees: headliner Emilíana Torrini and Jenny Wilson. If you have yet to be captivated by Torrini’s subtle harmonies and unmistakably Icelandic vocals, expect to be blown away. As for Jenny Wilson’s arty electro, which no selfrespecting Scandinavian music fan will have missed, we probably do not need to say much more than that she has count-
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band HIM, Antto Melasniemi, who was listed as one of the 50 highlights of last month’s London Design Festival, will collaborate with some of the performing artists to provide an innovative culinary experience, and screenings from the Nordic Music Video Awards will complete the ambience. If it seems as though we are too thrilled to contain our excitement, it is because we are. If you are too, get your tickets now – because they are bound to go fast.
less connections to The Knife, via everything from record label to guest performances and more. While the Roundhouse seemed aptly edgy for the first instalment of a festival celebrating Nordic music, the choice of venues this year is possibly even more fitting – and yes, that is meant to be plural. As the uber cool birthplace of the Ja Ja Ja club night, the Lexington on Pentonville Road invites you to two very special, extended club nights featuring acts including Sumie and Death Hawks, in addition to a one-day, jam-packed party at the beautiful art deco Great Hall at the Queen Mary University in east London. Finnish chef and former member of legendary rock
Ja Ja Ja Festival, 13-15 November All events: £35 for members, £40 for non-members For tickets, go to: billetto.co.uk/jajajafestival2014
Promoting Brand Scandinavia. Featuring interview with actress Signe Egholm Olsen.