If you thought the summer would be without any Nordic music, don’t worry – there are loads of gigs and festival appearances coming up throughout the summer months!

This week sees shows from several artists who have just released an album – like Jaakko Eino Kalevi and Of Monsters And Men – as well as returning performances from some of our favourite Nordic artists. Find out more in this week’s Nordic Gig Guide!

Oh Land

Monday 15th June Oh Land, Islington Assembly Hall, London Tickets

Is there anything Oh Land can’t do? This pop star and producer is an ex-dancer and now also an actress, featuring alongside with Mads Mikkelsen and Eva Green in The Salvation, which premiered very recently. This girl definitely knows how to perform, so make sure to get a ticket to her gig at Islington Assembly Hall!


Monday 15th June Liima, Village Underground, London Tickets

Liima is the thoroughly exciting new collaboration between Finnish percussionist Tatu Rönkkö and much loved Danish three-piece Efterklang, and on Monday the band will showcase their collective talents in the UK for the first time at Village Underground! Their experimental and improvisation-heavy live shows are definitely not to be missed.


Monday 15th June Fufanu, Birthdays, London Tickets

Tuesday 16th June – Fufanu, The Shacklewell Arms, London – Tickets

Thursday 18th June Fufanu, The Lexington, London Tickets

This band seems destined for great things; they’re so in demand at the moment that they’re playing three London gigs this week! Hailing from Iceland, Fufanu are no strangers to British crowds since their recent shows supporting bands like The Vaccines and Bo Ningen as well as playing at Ja Ja Ja as part of the 2014 Ja Ja Ja Festival. Get your ticket now or see them for free at Birthdays!

Jay Jay Johanson

Tuesday 16th June Jay Jay Johanson, Birthdays, London Tickets

On the day of the release of his tenth studio album Opium, Swedish singer-songwriter Jay Jay Johanson is performing at Birthdays. His 20 years of experience playing gigs around the world will guarantee a mind-blowing show, so make sure to head down to catch this unmissable performer playing tracks from his brand new release!

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Tuesday 16th June Of Monsters and Men + Highasakite, The Forum, London – SOLD OUT

Getting excellent reviews for their top 10 album Beneath The Skin, Of Monsters and Men are back touring and for their London gig they have some fantastic support from fellow Nordic band, Norway’s Highasakite. The gig is sold out but if you want to catch them live, the band are also playing couple of festivals this summer too.

Wildbirds and peacedrums

Wednesday 17th June – Wildbirds & Peacedrums, Kopparberg Urban Forest Festival, LondonTickets

Wildbirds & Peacedrums’ music is very stripped down and exceptionally beautiful. There are a fair share os drum and guitar duos around, but Mariam Wallentin and Andreas Werliin completely trust in the power of each other’s vocals and rhythm to create an intimate, special atmosphere in which to reveal their unique sound.


Wednesday 17th June – Orka, Bedroom Bar, LondonTickets

London based band Orka came together on a farm in the Faroe Islands where they crafted instruments from agricultural tools.  Charming their audiences with music that is not afraid to take risks and new directions, Orka can be only be defined with a genre which they call Club Gaze – head down to Bedroom Bar to find out what they mean!

Jaakko Eino Kalevi

Friday 19th June Jaakko Eino Kalevi, The Courtyeard Theatre, London Tickets

This is Finland’s Jaakko Eino Kalevi’s first gig in the UK since releasing his highly anticipated self-titled debut album! He’s the master of mixing electronica with disco, making him an almost cult figure in Helsinki and beyond. Make sure you join the celebration!

Gigs coming up this summer:

Monday 22nd June Sea Lion, The Islington, London Tickets

Tuesday 23rd June The Tallest Man On Earth, KOKO, London – SOLD OUT

Wednesday 24th-Sun 28th June Todd Terje & The Olsens, Glastonbury Festival, Somerset – SOLD OUT

Friday 3rd-Sun 5th July – Avicii, Tove Styrke, Elliphant, Wireless Festival, London – Tickets

Friday 10th-Sun 12th July – Avicii, T In The ParkStrathallan Castle – Tickets

Friday 10th July – Heart/DancerKopparberg Urban Forest Festival, LondonTickets

Sunday 12th July – Summer HeartKopparberg Urban Forest Festival, LondonTickets

Thursday 16th-Sun 19th July – All We Are, Jose Gonzalez, Kiasmos, Sasha Siem, Susanne Sundfør, Latitude Festival, SuffolkTickets

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