Hey there Poparazziacs,
GREETINGS FROM FINSE (“fin-seh”) in Norway. For the Star Wars buff, this is the place to be in all of Norway, because this is where they filmed The Empire Strikes Back (ESB). This is also the highest point on the Oslo-Bergen railway, and the place where Captain RF Scott trained before heading to the South Pole.
And yes, this post is a little overdue but a few hours after the last notes of the Øya Festival faded out, I was on train to Flam (“flom”), situated somewhere in the fjords and apparently you don’t get good reception there at all – they don’t even have TV.
Anyway, here are a few pics of the final day at the festival. Hope you like them. Back in SG in a bit.
One of the acts to kick off the last day was Norwegian DJ Diskjokke, who complemented his set with a gamelan group from Indonesia
Meanwhile, in a small pub just outside the festival, Swedish retro pop band The Sonnets were taking centrestage. They would later play a midnight slot as part of the OYANATT segment of the festival
Back at the festival Norwegian chanteuse Ingeborg Selnes was providing some entertainment with her set. Music a la Tori Amos meets Sara Bareilles. Outfit a la Bjork.
Then it was time for the Modfather, Paul Weller, to take the stage. He sang A Town Called Malice. Yay.
Norwegian metal group Motorpsycho were presented an award in Norwegian before their set. People applauded. I didn't understand a single word but applauded anyway, because they looked so happy. Interestingly, they kicked off their set with an acoustic love song.
The xx were the last band to play at Oya, but I was bored by their show in Singapore, so I decided to catch Lucy Swann instead. She's Tori, Fiona and Florence all rolled into one. Nice.
Perhaps it's fitting that it was the concert at the Oslo Opera House that was the last thing to ring out, since the first gig to kick off the festival was by The National at the Opera House too. This last one was a classical concert. On the water. And it was free.