Keane, Pond, and Hop Along are among the last eight acts for this year's fantastic NorthSide poster
Since October last year, NorthSide has been able to present a string of world-class acts such as Bon Iver, New Order, Tame Impala, The Streets, Major Lazer, Foals, Khalid, Migos, Nas, First Aid Kit, Mark Ronson, and many others, and now the festival adds another eight exciting acts for this year's poster.
Among the international additions are the Platinum-selling band Keane, who after a six-year break is finally ready to tour again. The band's latest Danish show was at NorthSide in 2013, and now Keane is promising both new music and a comeback to the big stages.
The band with Tom Chaplin in front broke through in 2004 with the album "Hopes and Fears", which contained inevitable hits such as "Somewhere Only We Know", "Everybody's Changing", and "Bedshaped", and today the band's debut is one of the best-selling British records of the past twenty years. The string of hits continued with "Is It Any Wonder?", "Crystal Ball", "Stop for a Minute”, "Silenced by the Night", and "Sovereign Light Café" before taking a well-deserved break in 2013.
Keane has sold more than 10 million records worldwide, and all of their four albums went to number one in their native England. They are an excellent live band with lots of songs that everyone can sing along to, and this summer they finally get their comeback at NorthSide.
The English hitmakers are joined by three of the most popular new Danish acts right now. Both Phlake and Saveus have previously with great success killed it in Ådalen, and the duo Benal has signed up for their first concert at NorthSide. All three acts are permanent fixtures on the Danish charts and radio waves, and each contribute something truly unique to the Danish music scene.
Consisting of both current and former members of Tame Impala, Australian act Pond is an exciting addition to the line-up on the same day as Kevin Parker will visit the festival. The Tame Impala front man is both a former member of the band and producer of their latest five psychedelic gems. The latest album, "Tasmania", was praised by both Uncut and Pitchfork, and Pond's visit to NorthSide will be the 11-year-old band's first Danish festival show.
The same goes for Philadelphia’s own Hop Along, who through their career have achieved great critical success in their home country. However, with "Bark Your Head Off, Dog" the success has spread, and the band has, among other things, been added to the line-up for this year's Coachella festival. In Denmark, Soundvenue has also noticed the band, and they dished out five stars for what can now be called the band's breakthrough album. The magazine especially emphasizes Frances Quinlan, whose distinctive vocals and songwriting style makes the band stand out from other indie bands. Soundvenue also highlighted the song "How Simple" as one of the best from 2018, which along with the fiercely captivating "Somewhere a Judge" are excellent entry points to this truly fascinating band.
Welsh act Novo Amor released one of last year's most beautiful records. The songs on "Birthplace" are often described as "warm" and "Scandinavian", and parallels are often drawn to Bon Iver. In other words, it is heartfelt and beautiful modern folk music that exudes nature and vast terrains. Novo Amor has only previously played a single Danish concert, so this summer the talented songwriter gets his Danish festival debut at NorthSide. Masego had his festival debut last year, when he played his first Danish show at Tinderbox 2018. Here he charmed, sang, and danced worthy of a five-star review in GAFFA, and now the deeply original musician will bring his self-proclaimed TrapHouseJazz style to Aarhus.
There are now 39 acts on the poster, and although this should be considered the final program for NorthSide 2019, there is still the possibility that a few more names will be added, when we get a little closer to the festival.
This year's NorthSide line-up is as follows:
TAME IMPALA // KHALID // THE STREETS
Alice in Chains // Foals // Kaytranada // Phlake // Tove Lo
Cautious Clay // Hop Along // Masego // Pond
MAJOR LAZER // MARK RONSON // MIGOS // NEW ORDER
Benal // Gnags // Idles // L.O.C. // Michael Kiwanuka // Nas // Saveus
Alice Merton // Jada // Lydmor
BON IVER // KEANE // SUSPEKT // THE MINDS OF 99
The Blaze // First Aid Kit // Kurt Vile & The Violators // Peter Sommer & Tiggerne
Barselona // Bikstok // Georgia // Jonah Blacksmith Filmkoncert // Novo Amor
NorthSide 2019 takes places in Aarhus, Denmark on the 6th to 8th of June 2019, and tickets can be purchased via NorthSide.dk.