V

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LIVE: 21:00 – Saturday
VENUE: The Abyss


For over 20 years there’s been various incarnations of what was to become V, the first seed was planted with the EP “V-VI”, recorded in 2006 but not released until Christmas eve 2016.

A delay caused by the members other obligations with bands such as Katatonia, In Mourning, Afgrund, Oak and lately Besvärjelsen. Not much else was done until the album “Pathogenisis” was written, recorded and now released by Suicide Records in 2017.

SIC’NIS, UK

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LIVE: 21:00 – Saturday
VENUE: Oceanen


Birmingham, UK

Sic’Nis means Succeeding Impossible Circumstances Needs Intellectual Strength, and is a proper name for this talented artist. Nicknamed the ‘Queen of Bad-Assery’ by fans, this prolific MC, writer, radio/events host & mentor is as formidable solo as she is when leading her 5 piece band, ‘The SIC’notez’.

Covering a multitude of genres, Sic’Nis combines the art of story-telling with a plethora of unique, thrilling, captivating flows with her undeniable stage presence leaves fans in awe. Performing at all the major key events in her hometown, Birmingham, UK, the ‘second city’ supported Immortal Technique & Ghostface Killah amongst others, she’s now spreading her wings overseas.

PAPERWING

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LIVE: 21:30 – Friday
VENUE: Oceanen


Paperwing is the Swedish artist and producer Jenny Soovik. In the rainy, windswept port town of Gothenburg, Sweden, Jenny grew up in a musical family. With both parents working as professional musicians, the music was always there in her home, a constant being in life and family. At first, Jenny set out to be a world class trombone player, spending a few years studying jazzmusic. But the love of singing brought her to the University of Music in Gothenburg, and eventually to the creation of her own music as an artist and composer. With inspirations like Björk, Little Dragon and Robyn, Jenny set out to become her own producer as well, learning what she needed to be able to maintain control of her own music. Blending experiences from her wide musical history, Jenny creates songs inside and outside the world of alternative and ambient dream-pop.
In september 2018 Paperwing released the debut album “Alone We Walk The Land”.

LAVETTE

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LIVE: 22:00 – Friday
VENUE: Café Hängmattan


Lavette is the luminous band from Sweden’s rainiest town, that with five pairs of magical hands slaps you right in the face repeatedly with their surf jingles, languishing ballads and punk attitude. With influences from all good music there is out there in the world, Lavette has created a unique sound that reminds you of everything from the Vaccines to the Black Lips to DJ Ötzi. And if you for some crazy reason doesn’t find yourself convinced yet, here comes a face-kicking statement from the band themselves: Vi är jättebra! Which directly translated means: We are great!
Watch out for Lavette!

BOTTLECAP

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LIVE: 21:00 – Friday
VENUE: The Abyss


So you think you can dance? No? Bottlecap don’t make judgement about moving to music due to beer infusion and noise explosion. If you like a wild show, you will love them. If you like rock’n’roll you will love them. If you like the feeling of not knowing what will happen, well yes, then you will definitely love them. This is a band just writing great songs and doing furious live performances, they don’t even know themselves what will happen.

Knowing how to move has taken this band to do 500 shows all over Europe and in support of the 2016 EP YOU KNOW I’M WALKING ON ICE the band went on two separate tours, taking them to eight countries. In May 2017 the band broke the European border and went on to do a tour in Australia, playing at CherryRock on AC/DC Lane in Melbourne.

The new single CANNOT SEE is a melodic, liberating and intense rock song that combines angry guitar riffs with a high pitch Prince-esque falsetto. The track works itself around the subject of blindness, connected to both eyesight and heart, and will – for many – most definitley be a reminder about the struggle of real life in an urban environment. A refusal to accept the unacceptable. CANNOT SEE is the first single from BOTTLECAP’s upcoming album.

The trio from Gothenburg loves being loud, fast and filled up with energy to the rim. Straight ahead. And in the kisser, so to speak. The perfect address for everyone devoted to furious shows and liberating rock ‘n’ roll. Straight to the soul.

BABY JESUS

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LIVE: 0:00 – Friday
VENUE: Café Hängmattan


Baby Jesus is the sound you want to hear when walking in to a rock club. This four piece band originating from Halmstad, Sweden, has managed to channel raw energy through an analogue tape recorder into a mash of rock, psych, surf, garage and punk. They have released two full length albums ”Baby Jesus” (2015) and ”Took Our Sons Away” (2017). But even if they have managed to bottle their live energy onto records the band has to be experienced live. A live show with Baby Jesus is sweat, blood, tears, chants and dancing, or as Psychadellic baby Magazine puts it:
“This is gnarly garage psych in its truest form right here, folks. No bullshit, no fucking around.”

RUT SANDBLADH

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LIVE: 21:30 – Friday
VENUE: Bengans Fik


Music for the northern lights – that’s how Rut Sandbladh likes to describe her melancholic synthpop. Her debut EP was released in 2016 and named “Norrbotten” to celebrate her upbringing in the north.

It wasn’t until her next single “Nattdjur” though, released in 2017, that she started to gain people’s attention. It was picked up by Gaffa who’s critic ”turned inte a ball of goosebumps” and gave the song 5 out of 6 stars. The song got praised in several Swedish and Scandinavian blogs, such as Hymn and Swede + Sour, and in 2018 she was nominated “Breakthrough of the year” for “Gaffa-priset”.

In august she opened the world’s first women-only festival Statement in Gothenburg with Vo PAM and 8 other female musicians singing the #metoo-song ”Vad dom än säger” and she’s thrilled to be back in town for Viva Sounds.

PASTORATET

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LIVE: 18:30 – Saturday
VENUE: Bengans


Pastoratet was formed in 2009 in Tidaholm, a small town in western Sweden. The band has released 3 albums, of which the latest EP “THLM”, was released in spring 2018. “THLM” received very nice reviews around the world. Pastoratet plays a unique melodic fast and well-played punk with elements of both HC and metal. The band has played in several major Swedish cities, opening for bigger swedish punk bands and has formed a host of devoted fans. In the near future Pastoratet plans to release a new 4-track EP and get out on the road and play more shows!

 

OCTOLAB

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LIVE: 20:30 – Friday
VENUE: Bengans Fik


Arielle Andersson and Fredrik Lundvall Kindsäter are Octolab. The Swedish duo create elegant Electronic Music where light and darkness meet. Their songs cover the range from syntpop to dark Electro. On stage with Octolab this time meet and greet Emelie Andersson known from the Octolab musicvideo saga together with Ida Carlund.

MOTHER MERSY

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LIVE: 19:30 – Saturday
VENUE: Bengans


The Swedish blues rockband Mother Mersy has been around for three years and has ever since spread the gospel of modern time rock n’ roll. With groove and feeling they create a sound related to bands like Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith and Free but with their own, unique modern touch.

A timeless show and songs are promised as soon as the group hits the stage. Performing at venues from Pumpehuset in Copenhagen, Kulturbolaget in Malmö, Hardrock Café Stockholm and sharing the stage with bands like Hardcore Superstar and Corroded at different festivals in Sweden and Denmark, they’ve been able to build themselves a confident fanbase. Now they’re eagerly looking out at the rest of the world, with one sole objective – to show everyone that rock’n’roll is alive and kicking.