Everything is set for one of Norwegian history’s most longed after reunions, as Madrugada will reunite for a European-tour in February 2019. The concerts mark the 20th anniversary of the band’s legendary debut album, Industrial Silence. On stage will be three of the original four band members; Sivert Høyem, Frode Jacobsen, and Jon Lauvland Pettersen. Starting the tour with two quickly sold out Oslo Spektrum-shows early February the band will head towards Europe right after.
The main focus will be on the songs from their debut album, Industrial Silence, which was released 30th August, 1999. The story of Madrugada’s breakthrough is that of legends in Norwegian music history. Virgin Records offered the band a contract in the summer of 1998, a contract that supposedly was signed on the bonnet of a car outside the Norwegian Stock Exchange. This gave the band complete and utter trust and studio time to realize their great visions. In September the following year, their debut album Industrial Silence became an overnight sensation, and instantly went to No. 1 on the coveted VG-list and led to huge success in Europe.
The album remains one of Norwegian rock history’s greatest classics. During the next ten years, Madrugada released a further four studio albums. Their last album, simply entitled Madrugada, was started before the band’s lead guitarist, Robert Burås, passed away in 2007, and released in 2008. During their ten years as a band, Madrugada received five Spellemann awards (the Norwegian Grammys), including Spellemann of the Year 2005, as well as two Alarm awards, and numerous sales trophees.
Sigrid will be releasing her highly anticipated debut album Sucker Punch March 1st 2019 on Island Records. The Norwegian pop star’s experience over the last year has been the backdrop for her debut record. From writing at the piano of the stunning Ocean Sound Recordings in her hometown of Ålesund, to winning the BBC Sound of 2018, Sigrid’s epic songs are tales of the unexpected; fearless musical collages and shout-outs to human resilience.
“I figured out early on that it’s gonna be difficult for me to try and be anything other than who I am. I always said if I’m gonna do this it’s easiest to be myself and look like myself, where I can recognise myself,” says Sigrid.
Sigrid’s defiant pop was catapulted into the public consciousness last year with the zeitgeist defining ‘Don’t Kill My Vibe’; the certified-Gold ‘Strangers’, A-List record ‘High Five’, critically lauded RAW EP and new single ‘Sucker Punch’. The pop prodigy has also been chosen to perform at the Royal Variety Show, out on 11 December 2018, and Top of the Pops Christmas special, as well as supporting George Ezra in March on his mammoth arena tour, and Maroon 5 in June.
We have all witnessed an incredible new talent: Sigrid has won BBC Sound of 2018, debuted at Glastonbury, headlined Shepherd’s Bush Empire, lit up festivals across Reading, Roskilde, Coachella and Radio 1’s Biggest Weekend, sang at the Nobel Peace Prize concert, bewitched TV audiences from opening Later…with Jools Holland, The Late Late Show with James Corden and wowing Dame Helen Mirren on the Graham Norton Show. With streaming numbers reaching 400M globally, the 22-year-old Norwegian sensation is undoubtedly set to continue her ascent with non-conformist and progressive attitudes to the femininity in the pop landscape with ‘Sucker Punch’.