London By Norse – ENSLAVED and WARDRUNA 4 Day Norwegian Cultural Festival

17 – 20 MARCH

London By Norse

A series of concerts including: ENSLAVED (playing 3 separate gigs over three nights each covering separate periods of the bands history!), WARDRUNA, SKUGGSJA, HELHEIM, VULTURE INDUSTRIES, BARDSPEC.

Also featuring a workshop by Einar Selvik (‘the thoughts and tools behind Wardruna), an art exhibition by Gaahl, key note and talks.

Of Frost And Fire represents the quintessence of Enslaved roots. From the legendary Hordanes Land with its soundtrack-esque musical long players, via the vast geomythological canvases painted on Vikingligr Veldi, the revolutionary Frost that lifted us out of the strict underground and finally the odd pair – Eld, which pointed forward to a progressive future, and Blodhemn, where we had a last blowout of Black Metal-tempos and inspiration. For anyone curious about where such an eclectic band like Enslaved came from, this will be a first-hand guided tour through the primeval landscapes that shaped us.
From The Runic Depths will explain the unlikely yet logical transition from then until now. From the nightmarish flirt with death and black on Mardraum, the spaced-out balancing act that is Monumension, the milestone and futuristic beacon Below The Lights, the second break for the band Isa and finally the refined prog-vs-extreme monument Ruun.
19. MARCH 2016 – SKUGGSJÁ, ENSLAVED, WARDRUNA + Kristian “Gaahl” Espedal exhibition @ The Coronet

Full program with times here.

Here are the flyers for each night:

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Enslaved play their third night under the ‘Enslaved 25’ banner marking the 25th anniversary of this iconic artist. Enslaved’s Ivar Bjørnson says: “Spinning Wheel Ritual is where the band wields together the dark roots with the psychedelic fabrics of the newer days – bringing to the surface the true potential of our songwriting and musical abilities. The focus is the same as it has always been – to bring to life our personal vision of whatever ‘good and meaningful music’ means to us, to create a vessel for atmosphere, deep association and simple enjoyment of music.

Wardruna is a Norwegian music group founded by Einar Kvitrafn Selvik. Wardruna uses the oldest of Nordic instruments and poetic metres as well as lyrics written in Norwegian, Old Norse and Proto-Norse tongue. In the ensuing years the group have spent a lot of time on adapting their music to a live format and establishing a live band. This resulting in a handful of very special concerts, one of the being at London By Norse in March 2016.

Skuggsjá is a musical piece written by Ivar Bjørnson and Einar Selvik. Arranged to be performed by Enslaved and Wardruna and was originally initiated as a commissioned concert piece for the 200th anniversary of the Norwegian Constitution and premiered in September 2014 at the Eidsivablot festival, Eidsvoll where the constitution was written. Shortly after its debut Skuggsjá was announced as one of the headliner acts of the 20th edition of Roadburn Festival 2015. The growing desire to present Skuggsjá to a broader audience has ultimately led the Bjørnson and Selvik to record the piece in its entirety. There will be an album in March 2016 and details regarding its release will follow soon.
Skuggsjá translates into ‘mirror’ or ‘reflection’ in the Norse language, and the piece not only contextualizes harder music’s role in the democracy in Norway in 2014, but also joins threads from the country’s ancient musical history and solidifies harder music’s position as Norway`s most important cultural export.