To celebrate Hull’s Nordic links, singer-songwriter John Grant has invited a glorious line-up of artists to the city to create a small, boutique festival with an exciting music programme offering an intimate experience for a limited audience of only 1,500 people. The four-day festival will explore audio adventures, surprise collaborations, and remarkable sound experiments unlike anything else the city has seen before.
So you want to know more about what you’re getting into and with who? Look no further.
Curator of North Atlantic Flux: Sounds from Smoky Bay, John Grant is an American singer-songwriter currently living and working on his music in Reykjavík, Iceland. As only his second intimate, stripped back show in the UK for over four years, Grant’s performance on Sunday 30 April will be one you won’t want to miss! You never know, he may put in surprise appearances at other shows during the weekend too …
Having collaborated with Röyksopp, M83, Madrugada, Jaga Jazzist and Christian Wallumerød, Norwegian superstar singer-songwriter, Susanne Sundfør’s music has been topping the charts since she became prominent on the Norwegian music scene in 2005.
GusGus, formed in 1995 as a film and music collective, quickly became one of the most sought-after electronic music acts to come out of Iceland, with sold-out shows all over the world. Over their two decades, they’ve explored almost every style of electronic-influenced music, from techno to trip-hop, house to progressive house, trance to pop. And this collective has made each style their own. Their appearance at the festival will be their first live performance in a long time, die-hard fans rejoice!
Raised on country and western music in the outskirts of the Norwegian oil town Stavanger, Hans-Peter Lindstrøm now lives in Oslo where he runs his Feedelity label and makes contemporary disco, causing quite a stir with his original approach to dance music.
Featuring Cabaret Voltaire’s Stephen Mallinder, Tunng’s Phil Winter, and producer and John Foxx collaborator Benge, Wrangler is an electronica supergroup, formed on the fringes of the genre.
Ghostigital for the past 14 years have thrown the mix forward, hoping its medicinal sonic soup will heal the listener from boredom and apathy, or at least make them boogie.
Wolverhampton born, Actress, aka Darren J Cunningham has, in the past five years of running the Werkdiscs label, set himself apart as one of the hottest A&R (Artists and Repertoire) scouts within his field. He’s discovered and released some of the most widely talked about artists of the emerging bass generation, namely Disrupt, Zomby, Lukid and Starkey. Hear his choice in emerging artists at his DJ set for the festival.
Experimental-post-punk outfit Fufanu started out in Reykjavik as Captain Fufanu, making obscure techno music and bewildering audiences. Iceland’s most hotly tipped emerging band, Fufanu have been praised for winning the approval of Brian Eno at their supporting gig for Damon Albarn at the Albert Hall.
Icelandic singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Sóley performs delicate electronic pop as a solo artist inspired by Scandinavian acts such as Sigur Rós and Múm. Not defined by the genre, she’s also a member of indie acts Sin Fang and Seabear.
Consisting of Icelanders Agnes, Halldór, Stefán and Kristján, Sykur (translation: Sugar) began in 2009 and quickly established a reputation for “packing out parties with girls and boys looking for good times”.
Svavar Pétur Eysteinsson is an Icelandic singer-songwriter and experimental artist and founder of alternative rock band Skakkamanage. As one of Iceland’s most quirkily unique artists Svavar performs solo as Prins Póló with charismatic and theatrical live performances.
Nordic Affect have created a highly unique voice, formed by a group of period instrument musicians who were united in their passion for viewing familiar musical forms from a different perspective and for daring to venture into new musical terrain.
See all these headline acts and more with two-day and full festival passes at John Grant’s North Atlantic Flux: Sounds from Smoky Bay.