By:Larm returns to Tromsø with impressive roster

Five years after the by:Larm was successfully staged in Tromsø, the music industry convention and showcase festival returns to the cultural capital of Northern Norway.

Serena Maneesh 2 2005

February 9-11 2006 will see the Norwegian music industry convention and showcase festival by:Larm returning to the cultural capital of Northern Norway, Tromsø five years after its was successfully staged in the Arctic city.

by:Larm is one of the most important events on the Scandinavian music scene. The event is made up of a conference/seminar segment (both in Norwegian and English) and a showcase festival that features 61 bands – both new and undiscovered acts as well as more established bands and performers.

It is expected that the event will draw more than a thousand participants representing over 300 companies from ten countries. In addition to this comes a contingent of over 250 additional media representatives from all over Scandinavia. Key note speakers and panellists represent major European countries as well as the US.

Tromsø, the cultural capital of Northern Norway is renowned for its vibrant music scene and well visited clubs. Despite its northern latitude and small size, Tromsø has produced such acts as Röyksopp and Lene Marlin and is home to some of Norway’s best live venues. The breathtaking scenery surrounding the Arctic city is reason enough to book tickets and make hotel reservations.

Earlier this autumn, a batch of less established but highly active and vital acts were confirmed to play at the festival: Animal Town, The Apple Falls, Blind Archery Club, Brut Boogaloo, The Captain & Me, The Cheaters, Desperado, Diamond, Elias Jung, The Fernets, The Goo Men, Grand Island, Heroes & Zeroes, Ida Maria, Jake Ziah, Jeremy, Marte Wulff, Monomen, Napoo, Ping, Quasimojo, Rockettothesky, Royal Rooster, The School, Sirka Ragnar, Smalltown Ramblers, Superfamily, Tøyen Airport, Vishnu, Youth Pictures of Florence Henderson and Årabrot.

This week saw the final 30 acts being unveiled: Adjagas, Adrien, Allfader, Animal Alpha, Bjørn Berge, Darkside of The Force, Draumir, Dread Men Walking, Elvira, Enslaved, Frost, Hurra Torpedo, Insense, The Jessica Fletchers, Kompani69, The Low Frequency in Stereo, Lumsk, Million Dollar Baby, Mira Craig, My Midnight Creeps, No Torso, Rossin i Pølsa Crew, Sahg, Serena Maneesh, Ska Patrol, Surferosa, Terroristene, Tiern og Lars, Thom Hell and The White Birch are all set to perform at Tromsø’s clubs in February.

For 2006, the number of showcasing bands has been reduced from more than 90 to 61. The number of well established acts has been reduced in order to generate increased publicity for unsigned and un-established bands which, after all, is the event’s founding principle.

The seminar programme is not finalised as of press time. MIC will return with updates and further info on by:Larm in the months leading up to February.

More info here.

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