Viva Sounds 2019 Review

Linn Koch-Emmery

We returned to a not-so-rainy Gothenburg on the West Coast of Sweden for the second edition of Viva Sounds back in December. As with most things in December, this review was put on hold whilst we worked on our Christmas bellies but now they’ve started to subside, the real work begins and rounding off what was another great festival is top of the priority list.

Remembering back to a hazy Friday night (thank you Fireball shots), the festival started at the cosy Holy Moly watching Danish singer Dopha gently cruise through her set of brand new material stirring up thoughts on a slightly more poppy blend of country folk that reminds me on further listening of a voice of Regina Spector blended with Taylor Swift. Maybe that’s quite a statement, but it was two months ago now and might notes are a little skewed…

Sam Florian followed with amorphous, vapour infused production on lo fi tracks worth a mention here before great dinner of Middle Eastern food at Silvis and a short walk down to Cafè Hängmatten to watch local boys The Bongo Club thrash through their set in the expected emphatic fashion. Ever the live band, the Swedish four piece boasts a rhythm section that would be the envy of any indie band giving guitartists Jesper Jansson and Erik Ahlblom freedom to express themselves as only guitarists know how. A short trip upstairs to Musikens Hus to watch Linn Koch-Emmery, one of my personal favourites for a couple of years now, and still every time I see Linn perform I believe she is primed for bigger stages across Europe. ‘Waves’ has been a track I’ve played on repeat for over a year, if you haven’t heard her yet I suggest you start here.

Without going into late night Friday night antics this year (no late night Robbie Williams being forced down my throat by one Mattias Tell), Saturday was a good day for many reasons. Man Utd thrashed City, Anthony Joshua slapped Ruiz around, and it was a great night for live music, which was obviously why we were in Gothenburg to begin with… We’d been tipped by a friend to check out Toi Let and absolutely loved it, some of the drumming was on another level and really made the noisy instrumentalist standout from the crowd. Another local act and one we are very familiar with here at Mystic Sons HQ in a polluted London, Mimi Bay followed and was a particular highlight of the festival. Armed with just a guitar and a voice that drew drastic comparisons to Nina Perrson, Mimi is an artist to keep a close eye on in 2020 with big things planned. Oceanen hosted Bella Union’s Pom Poko from Norway to claim the prize of the most entertaining act of the festival, purely party hits and energy on stage from start to finish, a very impressive performance.

Other notable performances were from Arvid Nero and Slowgold leaving the only UK act on the bill, Red Rum Club, to close the bill in chaotic fashion with a stage invasion whilst playing final song ‘Would You Rather Be Lonely’ from which we have a video that may never see the light of day. Time will tell, but another stellar effort from a festival that continues to punch well above its weight.

Also – worth a mentioning if Gothenburg in for next years Viva Sound. Go get some pizza from Kafé Magasinet - we live for pizza after all and we will be back I hope next year (well, technically this year because we are so late in writing this). Viva la Sweden xx

More Reviews

FKA Twigs - 'LP1'
7 years 10 months ago

9/10

JJ - 'V'
7 years 10 months ago

7/10

Gucci Mane & C4 - 'The Oddfather'
7 years 10 months ago

5/10

Naomi Punk - 'Television Man'
7 years 11 months ago

6/10

The Griswolds - 'Be Impressive'
7 years 11 months ago

8/10

Diplo - 'Random White Dude Be Everywhere'
7 years 11 months ago

7/10

Spoon - 'They Want My Soul'
7 years 11 months ago

5/10

Prawn - 'Kingfisher'
7 years 11 months ago

8/10

More News

Slow Club's Rebecca Taylor shares solo single 'Your Wife'

After they released their brilliant album ‘One Day All Of This Won’t Matter Anymore’ around this time last year, Slow Club frontwoman Rebecca Taylor... 4 years 10 months ago

LCD Soundsystem share new single 'tonite'

With just a few weeks left before we finally hear their long-awaited new album in full, LCD Soundsystem have now dropped another cut from their... 4 years 10 months ago

Tigercub share new track 'It's Only Love'

With their highly-anticipated new EP on the horizon, Brighton-based trio Tigercub have now unveiled the latest cut to be taken from their forthcoming... 4 years 10 months ago

Dream Wife announce new EP 'Fire'

With a cracking body of work currently emerging from the alt-rock three-piece so far this year, Dream Wife have now announced the details of a brand... 4 years 10 months ago

The War On Drugs share new single 'Up All Night'

With just over a week to go until they release their next studio album, The War On Drugs have now shared yet another cut from their forthcoming full-... 4 years 10 months ago

Ghostpoet unveils new track 'Dopamine If I Do'

With less than a week to go before he releases his next studio album, Ghostpoet has now shared another track from his upcoming full-length. The... 4 years 10 months ago

Wolf Alice share new single 'Beautifully Unconventional'

With their highly-anticipated new album arriving next month, Wolf Alice have shared yet another single from their forthcoming full-length. The new... 4 years 10 months ago

Death From Above announce new album 'Outrage! Is Now'

Despite leaving a ten year gap between the release of their first and second studio albums, Death From Above have now returned to unveil the details... 4 years 10 months ago

The Knife announce live album 'Shaking The Habitual: Live At Terminal 5'

After spending the last few days perplexed as to why The Knife were uploading strange videos to their social media profiles, the band have now... 4 years 10 months ago