JaJaJa Festival: Nordic Music in London

This November it´s all about the music.  Iceland Airwaves just finished their spectacular five day festival and now the JaJaJa Festival starts in London where the focus is on Nordic music with a  taste of  food and  exclusive film screenings.  It takes place at two venues, The Great Hall in Mile End and the Lexington  ending with an all-day performance at Queen Mary University´s Historic Great Hall on November 15th.

Emilíana Torrini

Emilíana Torrini

Nordic culture has seen growing interest in Britain in a vide variety of form such as the Nordic Noir literature, TV-series, film, furniture and of course music.  For the past five years, there have been monthly JaJaJa club nights in both London and Berlin where emerging musical talents from Sweden, Finland, Norway, Iceland and Denmark  have performed.   Last year the organisers took the club-nights to another level when they held the first JaJaJa Festival so this is the second time this festival takes off celebrating the creativity and culture of the Nordic region. It´s not just great music to be enjoyed because your tastebuds are also in for a treat with a menu from star Finnish chef Antto Melasniemi, once a member of the cult Finnish rockband HIM, inspired by his collaboration with with the Icelandic singer Emilíana Torrini.  Watch this video that documents their collaboration. Do you fancy some crispy catfish cheeks in Icelandic beer batter and seaweed salt or would you just like to “fika”  (Swedish for coffee break) with a cup of good coffee and Swedish cinnamon buns? Tommi the Icelandic hamburger master will be there and one can find a Nordic bar  serving beers from the region just to mention a few culinary options available. Sounds good doesn´t it?

Finnish chef Antto Melasniemi

Finnish chef Antto Melasniemi

The Nordic music scene is incredibly vibrant and keeps on introducing new talented players to a growing group of audiences.   Emilíana Torrini headlines the festival along with When Saints go Machine, Jenny Wilson, Highasakite, Sin Cos Tan and Byrta.  The festival also includes some of the brightest up-and-coming artist in Nordic music such as Asbjørn, Death Hawks, Rytmeklubben, Blaue Blume, Low Roar, Simie, Fufanu, Nils Bech and Noah kin and Sin Fang.

Asbjørn

Asbjørn

Jenny Wilson

Jenny Wilson

 

Sin Fang Photo: Ingibjörg Birgisdóttir

Sin Fang
Photo: Ingibjörg Birgisdóttir

There will also be screenings from the Nordic Music Video Awards that took place earlier this year, documentaries, short-films and Björk´s Biophilia will be screened on Saturday.  If you are in London this event is definitely worth checking out.

Learn more about the festival at their website www.jajajafestival.com

All photos from www.jajajafestival.com