Grimes plays first European date of 2013 at Norway’s Øya Festival

Kendrick Lamar, Metz, Rodriguez and Austra also play the Oslo bash

Grimes made her European live comeback at Norway’s Øya Festival last night (August 8).

The Canadian electro-pop artist has spent much of this year in the studio working on her fourth album, the follow-up to her 2012 breakout album ‘Visions’, which she said before her performance at Coachella in April is “two-fifths done”.

Kicking off with ‘Visions’ track ‘Symphonia IX (My Wait Is U)’, before ‘Vanessa’ – from her 2011 split EP with fellow Canadian electro artist D’Eon, she played a set drawing heavily from ‘Visions’. Flanked by two dancers, she went straight into ‘Oblivion’ before telling the crowd: “It’s about to get less danceable. But you guys should dance if you want to…It’s about to get weird,” as she played ‘Be A Body’. “This was our attempt at an EDM song,” she said as she closed the set with Blood Diamonds collaboration ‘Phone Sex’.


Grimes played:

‘Symphonia IX (My Wait Is U)’
‘Be A Body’
‘Phone Sex’

Later in the evening on the Enga stage, Kendrick Lamar played a set which drew mostly from his 2012 debut album proper, ‘Good Kid, MAAD City’ including ‘Swimming Pools (Drank)’, ‘Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe’ and ‘Poetic Justice’. Telling the crowd to raise their phones in the air, he said: “These cellphones represent the stars we’ve been reaching for all along.”

Earlier that afternoon, Toronto’s Metz took to a sweat-packed Klubben tent, bringing their grizzly DIY punk to a sodden crowd. Frontman Alex Edkins thrashed his guitar through the air as the trio made their way offstage, promising to return in November.

Shortly afterwards, Rodriguez brought the reclaimed Detroit jams made famous by the documentary about his life Searching For Sugarman to the Sjøsiden stage, playing the film’s near-title track ‘Sugarman’ as well as ‘I Wonder’.

Toronto synth pop outfit Austra played a late-night set off the festival site at Oslo’s Parkteatret, part of the Oya Nights series. Beginning with highlights from their 2013 album ‘Olympia’, including ‘What We Done’ and ‘Home’, they also drew on standout tracks from their 2011 debut ‘Feel It Break’, including ‘Lose It’ and ‘Beat And The Pulse’.