Chance The Rapper, Ryan Adams, Testament and more
Norway’s Øya Festival has unveiled new additions to the 2017 line up. Joining the likes of previously announced artists such as Lana Del Rey, The xx, Pixies and Mac DeMarco in Oslo will be one of the most exciting rappers to emerge in recent years and three-time Grammy winner, Chance The Rapper. Since bursting onto the scene in 2013 with his mixtape Acid Rap, Chicago-born Chancelor Bennett has re-written the rulebook on releasing music. Unsigned to a label, Chance famously releases all his mixtapes for free. His 2016 surprise-release, Coloring Book, debuted at number eight on the Billboard album chart and earned him three Grammys in last nights awards, for Best New Artist, Rap Album and Rap Performance.
Chance The Rapper
Also confirmed for 2017 is Ryan Adams. One of the most prolific singer/songwriters to cross over from the alt-country scene to the mainstream in recent memory, Adams' 16th album, Prisoner, is out this Friday 17th February.
Continuing a long-held tradition of programming metal Black Metal hardcore group Sibiir and Testament are confirmed. Formed in 1983, the California thrash metal five-piece are widely regarded as one of the biggest thrash metal bands around.
Also heading to Oslo this August will be fellow California exports and garage rock stalwarts Thee Oh Sees and Peckham-based singer/songwriter Cosima. Having appeared on a Lil Silva track, Cosima released her debut track, a shadowy-electro pop track Had To Feel Something, to critical acclaim last year. They join a host of local Norwegian talent including Cashmere Cat, Nils Bech and Sigrid.
Beyond the music, Øya seeks to operate in the most environmentally sound approach possible. The entire event is powered by sustainable electricity, while all of the festival waste is hand-sorted and recycled which means that 70% of it can be reused. The audience also benefits from such an approach: almost all of the food served at Øya is organic and locally sourced from small scale providers, and all caterers are required to deliver a menu that’s at least 50% meat-free.
Tickets are on sale at 2684 NOK (approximately £250) for a five-day pass and 949 NOK (approximately £89) for a day ticket. Tickets are available from the Festival Website
Øya Festival takes place from the 8th to the 12th August 2017 at Tøyenparken, Oslo