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RS Recommends: Norway’s Next Wave of Breakout Acts

From Gabifuego to Metteson to Musti, here are our favourite breakthrough Norwegian acts — unranked.

Combos at Norway's Øya Festival 2022

Combos at Øya Festival 2022

Pål Bellis

Scandinavia has never not been having a moment when it comes to barrier-breaking music destined for a global takeover. Countries like Norway, Denmark and Sweden are responsible for exports like Björk, Avicii, Lykke Li, Robyn, MØ, Tove Styrke, The Knife, Röyksopp, Aurora, Sigrid, Little Dragon, Icona Pop… And who could forget A-ha, ABBA and Ace of Base?!

Many of the aforementioned acts have since gone on to win Swedish Grammys, BRITs, International Dance Music Awards, place in the Billboard 200, sell out arenas, and headline Coachella; but not before many performed at the annual Øya Festival, which still sells out every August when it takes over Norway’s culture hub, Oslo.

Øya Festival may be renowned for its big-name international lineups – this year featured Gorillaz, Florence & The Machine and Nick Cave to name a few – but the concentration is refreshingly on local Scandinavian talent. And despite flipping the switch in favour of local acts, it remains one of the most sought-after event ticks since its modest start in 1999.

Here is our (unranked, alphabetically ordered) list of the best of Norway’s next wave of breakout acts.

Øya Festival


A sharp wit, wholesome lyrical messaging and a dexterous flow, Somalia-born Norwegian-based rapper Ugbad Musti mixes grime with soulful swag. Musti embraces the multiple cultures she was raised with whilst still searching for own identity. 

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With the sheer number of lucid bops delivered from the six members of Undergrunn, it’s any wonder they drew one of the biggest Øya Festival crowds this year. The group has been carving out a place for themselves in Norway’s booming hip hop scene since 2018, all thanks to their loose, high-energy live shows and filled-to-the-brim tracks like “Italia”, “Peroni & Perignon” and “Icemobile”.

RS Recommends: “Italia”

Pål Bellis

Witch Club Satan

The black metal outfit amplify the sexual undercurrent of their music with onstage melodrama and blistering guitars. Taking over a dark, sticky club the night before Øya Festival Day One, Witch Club Satan wailed over noise-guitar eruptions and proffered a gloriously sacrilegious display of nudity, fake blood and uncompromising black metal.

RS Recommends: “Hysteria”