Thursday started out with some terrible rain. It stopped before the festival started, but we got some more showers during the evening. The only advantage of no sun, is for the photographers, that the light on the artists – especially on the stages that are facing south – is better. Here are pictures of the bands I saw on the second day of Oya. (Picture above: Rhyan Hahn from Local Natives)
Atlanter started the festival from the big stage. They are a relatively new band from Norway, and their music is a mix of many styles, some rock, some blues, some German influences.
Rebekka Karijord is a Norwegian artist whose musi is a crossover between pop music and contemporary serous music. The sound is spheric, and her concert at Øya this day gave a good impression of her music. I liked it myself.
I didn’t see Of Monsters And Men, but I did see the Swedish band Dungen. They are an interesting band, with music that sounds like early 70’s music, a kind of extension of the acid rock and hippie bands from that time. Being an ex-flautist, I am always happy to see bands who use the flute.
Local Natives was my first musical highlight on Thursday. They have a sound that I like, with really good vocals, plus some intersting instrumental work. I will definitely follow up on the Local Natives.
After Local Natives it was time for one of the artists many were waiting for, Rodriguez. After the success with the movie “Searching for Sugar Man”, he has become a sought after artist for festivals. I liked what I saw of his show, but many of the critics didn’t like his performance, obviously expecting something else.
My last artist this day was Cat Power. Her personal music, somewhere between india rock, electronica, and singer songwriter style, makes me want to hear more of her. A great concert by a unique artist.
I dropped the headliners this day, having seen Kendrick Lamar at Slottsfjell, and not being too fond of the music of bands like Grimes and Godspeed! You Black Emperor.
NRK P3 streamed most of the concerts at Enga an Sjosiden live during the festival, and many of the concerts are already available on demand at p3.no (only for Norway). More concerts will also be available as soon as the artists have had time to listen to the recordings. Later many of the concerts will also be broadcast on radio at NRK P3.
All pictures are © Per Ole Hagen and must not be used without written permission.