Norway is born to be wide in Edinburgh

 Type:Culture, Music
 Location:Scotland, Edinburgh

Norway’s Consul in Edinburgh is set to follow in the footsteps of author Irvine Welsh, football legend Pat Nevin and some of Scotland’s best-known bands, when she DJ’s at Scotland’s leading music scene night, Born To Be Wide, on November 6.

Consul Mona Røhne will be taking to the decks as part of the Play Norway night, which  kicks off with a seminar featuring key representatives from the Norwegian music  industry.

It includes Eva Vasbotten Lous [Norwegian Embassy], Per Nordahl [venue owner, Oslo], Harald Fossberg [music journalist, Aftenposten], Jonas Vebner [Music Export Norway] and Runar Eggesvik [booker, Bylarm showcase event].

 “Around a quarter of the Norwegian population visits a music festival every year and whenever I have been over there, I’ve been hugely impressed with the range of bands,” says Born To Be Wide co-organiser, Olaf Furniss. “Mona had already agreed to DJ and when I heard that Runar and Harald were going to be in Scotland, so I thought ‘why not make a night of it?’”

The seminar will outline which new Nowegian artists to look out for, highlight key festivals, explain what support is available for Scottish promoters booking acts from Norway and how Scottish bands can get gigs in Norway.

"Scotland and Norway both boast a huge diversity of music as well as thriving live scenes,” says Vebner, head of the head of Music Export Norways UK office. “Our cooperation with Born To Be Wide will provide a great opportunity for the two to meet."

Røhne, who has attended the night on previous occasions, adds: “We are very pleased that Born To Be Wide will be focusing on Norwegian music and would like to thank Olaf Furniss for his continuous interest in presenting Norwegian music on the Scottish scene.”

While Norwegian acts Ida Maria and MadCon have enjoyed UK chart success in recent weeks, other internationally successful artists include Turbonegro, Lene Marlin, Röyksopp, Aha, Kings Of Convenience, Kaizers Orchestra , Jan Garbarek, Satyricon, Datarock and Dimmu Borgir.

After the Born To Be Wide seminar, the evening will continue with Røhne, Nordahl, Vegner and Fossberg each playing a selection of their favourite records, although Furniss points out that in addition to recordings by The Smiths/Morrissey and Joy Division, one other act will be barred. “For one night only we will also have a ban on Aha, but if anybody feels the need to play death metal, singer songwriters or even jazz, that’s fine by me,” he says.

Born To Be Wide
Play Norway Night
Thursday 6 November
Speakeasy Bar,
The Voodoo Rooms,
19a West Register Street,
Edinburgh EH2 2AA
Tel 0131 556 7060

Find out about the country’s best festivals, its diverse music scene ,what support is available for Scottish promoters booking Norwegian artists and how to get a gig in Norway.
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Born to Be Wide - Play Norway Night takes place at the Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh, on 7 November

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