Saturday was the fourth and last day of the Oya festival this year, and a day I had been looking forward to. With bands like Shining and Slayer, I didn’t have to see the Enga headliner The Knife. But the day started with some other interesting and good bands and artists. (Picture above: Este Haim)
My first concert this Saturday was with Monica Heldal. She is 22 years old and has impressed fans and people in the music business since she first started singing a couple of years ago. Monica hasn’t played very many big events so far, but there is already a lot of buzz before her CD debut later this fall. This was the second time I saw her, the first being at the Norwegian Wood festival last year. Her concert at Oya was good, presenting some of the songs that will certainly be on her CD. Looking forward to it.
Next out was Haim. Since their debut they have become extremely hot. As they have great songs – their own and covers – and an equally great performance, they are well worth seeing. Unfortunately their lead singer, Danielle had a sore throat, so the other two sisters, Este and Alana had to share the vocals. Despite this, the band held a concert that was one of the highlights at the concert. I am looking forward to seeing themagain when all of them are in shape.
Angel Haze is a female rapper with a bright future. She started getting recognition last year, and will soon release her first CD. She released an EP in 2012 but have been releasing mixtapes since 2009. In March 2013 she has played SXSW, and at the Oya’s last day she played there. I must admit that I liked her performance better than most of themale rappers I have seen. She jumped down to the audience, and walked along in the photo pit while rapping. Quite physical and also audience friendly.
Truls is a Norwegian artist with a very personal style. He sings in falsetto, and was the singer in Lukestar before he went solo. His music is typical pop music of today, with a fresh sound and his high-pitched voice. At Oya he did a good performance, although I personally am not totally convinced.
John Olav Nilsen & Gjengen is a Norwegian singer from Bergen with his band. As an artist he reminds me of the Swedish singer Hakan Hellstrom, but John Olav has a litle way to go to reah his level of professionalism. But I like Nilsen’s style, nonchalant, a little bit arogant, and with songs that his fans love. The performance at Oya was much better than the one he did at Slottsfjell in July.
Shining is one of my favorite live bands. Their hyper fast rock hard songs played with a deadly precision is pure joy to see live. As a band they are very together, and all of them are fantastic musicians with a technical brilliance you rarely see. The band’s front man is Munkeby, and he adds that extra visual touch, plus his energy, his guitar and sax playing plus his singing makes him the natural center on stage. In September Shining is going on a tour in USA, you can find the tour dates here.
A perfect day and also the Oya festival was closed in a perfect way with Slayer. I wrote a seperate blog story about them, which you can see here.
This was the last year that Oya was held at the Medieval Park in Oslo. From next year the festival will be held at a new location in Oslo. Even if it is kind of sad to leave the park, the new location gives many new possibilities for the festival organizers. Time will show, but I am already looking forward to next year’s Oya festival.
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