Lofoten resident Sondre Justad (b. 1990) made his debut with a bang in the summer of 2014, when he released his first single “Nu har du mæ”. After a series of single releases, the real breakthrough came in the autumn of 2015, with the debut album Riv i hjertet. The songs and lyrics have struck a chord with the listeners, and at the same time he has become one of the country’s most popular live artists. Sondre conveys raw and honest in tones and text, and he moves from the bright to the more challenging aspects of life. Sondre delivers music that engages and touches, and he is strongly present in the communication.
Erlend Ropstad has been met with stormy cheers and glowing reviews for practically everything he has come across in recent years. There have been rumors about his energetic concerts at festivals and concert stages, and the praise from critics hailed when he released his latest album Gleden & Sorgen earlier this year. Ropstad’s reflective and confident personality, in combination with uncompromising songwriting in the high and heavy part of rock, makes him referred to as one of the foremost exponents of Norwegian rock.
FRIDAY 2 september
Isfjord Radio Adventure Hotel is your home for this weekend. We meet at Basecamp Hotel in Longyearbyen at the scheduled time, followed by an hou´r boat trip across the fjord. Keep your eyes open for wildlife and enjoy the light in the arctic landscape. Upon arrival you are welcomed by the hosts, and later we gather for the festival dinner at 7.30 pm. The evening is rounded off with today’s musical highlight; an intimate concert with Erlend Ropstad.
SATURDAY 3 september
We bring the music experiences into the wild and rig ourselves for boat safari to the north side of Isfjorden. Here you will experience the bird mountain Alkehornet that dominates the landscape, and the mighty Esmark glacier that plunges into the bay of Ymer. While the boat is dipping in the green glacier water, we will enjoy an unique encounter between acoustic music and wild nature. Back at Isfjord Radio, we are captured again as we gather around the bonfire for cured meat, bubbles and music. After dinner, the evening is topped off with an exclusive intimate concert by Sondre Justad.
SUNDAY 4 september
The toughest festival participants starts the day with a fresh sea bath which is rewarded with a warm visit in the sauna. After breakfast, we put on our mountain shoes and wander into the beautiful Svalbard landscape. We walk towards Linnévannet, situated between characteristic mountains, or towards Båtodden, where the walruses often come to visit. The choice of route depends on weather conditions. Lunch is enjoyed outdoors before returning to Isfjord Radio and Longyearbyen.