It is time for SPOT Festival 2017!

2.5.2017 by

The SPOT Festival 2017 is just around the corner, and it is about time we have a look at what the festival has in store. This year’s line-up includes over 250 acts, three of which are from Finland, as well as a whole heap of exciting events around the city of Aarhus. Since Aarhus is also the 2017 European capital of culture, this weekend is guaranteed to be impressive!

SPOT Festival is one of the biggest showcase festivals in Europe for up-and-coming as well as more seasoned artists and bands with potential to make it big on the international music scene. The festival emphasises Danish and Nordic music in a wide range of genres, and takes place at different venues around the city of Aarhus. The festival aims to serve as a platform where talent can connect with international labels, media, and other professionals within the creative industries.

This year, SPOT takes place on May 4th-7th, and the Finnish acts at this year’s festival are:

Many have predicted that the 21-year-old ALMA is the next Nordic queen of pop to dominate the airwaves. With singles KarmaDye My Hair and her newest Chasing Highs doing extremely well, this neon haired powerhouse, who first came up through the Finnish TV-series Idols, is definitely one to watch.
ALMA will perform on Friday May 5th, 22:00 at Scandinavian Congress Center – Left.

Photo: PR/SPOT Festival

Photo: PR/SPOT Festival


Man Duo is a collaborative project by childhood friends Jaakko Eino Kalevi and Sami Toroi (aka Long-Sam). The duo delivers rich electronic pop and will perform on Friday May 5th, 0:15 at Voxhall.

Photo: PR/SPOT Festival

Photo: PR/SPOT Festival


Lyrics filled with dark humour and beats invoking a sense of 80s funk that make even the most stiff of people feel the groove are two aspects of what makes Tuuttimörkö’s music so captivating. The Finnish rapper is known to deliver epic performances and we expect nothing less on Saturday May 6th, 22:30 at Godsbane – Åbne scene.

Photo: Samuli Härkönen

Photo: Samuli Härkönen


Other interesting events during this year’s festival worth mentioning include:

Roots&Hybrid – A new festival within the SPOT festival with music developed from or inspired by specific peoples or geographical traditions. Roots&Hybrid is a collaboration with ‘det turkise telt’, the entrance is free with the SPOT ticket and it takes place on Friday and Saturday (May 5th-6th).

KarriereKanonen – A talent development program for Danish musicians will be showcasing 12 acts. Half of them will perform on Friday the 5th and half on Saturday the 6th. Eight of the acts will then be chosen to go on to the final and perform at Smukfest in August.

Strøm Sessions #3 – Strøm and Heineken present two Danish DJs that will perform at Plantecaféen on Thursday the 4th.

Open festival court – From Friday to Sunday there will be food trucks (Kødbyens Mad & Marked), a roller disco, record fair, market etc. as well as the official afterparty on Saturday in and around Den Rå Hal. You can find more information as well as the schedule here.

Aarhus Volume – The area between Godsbanen and Scandinavian Congress Center will be the place for one of the biggest events when the Aarhus Volume street party crew present a new outdoor scene for SPOT 2017 running from Thursday to Saturday.

TAPE x SPOT – A specialised focus on alternative electronic music at the music venue TAPE, Thursday to Saturday.

SPOT at Dokk1 – SPOT will once again take over the Aarhus main library Dokk1 on Saturday the 6th. The day includes music and discussions, with musicians, researchers, journalists and others from the creative industries putting together an interesting program for all ages.

Headstart fashion – On Friday, Balticagade will be transformed into an open house of music, beer and fashion with labels H2O and Minimum.

Cinema Øst for Paradis – The collaboration with cinema Øst for Paradis continues, and Sunday brings with it different films and music performances during the breaks, as well as the city’s biggest breakfast! On the program for children and the child-minded is the ever popular, and of course Finnish, Moomin at 13:00.

This is of course only a selection of the events during this coming weekend’s SPOT festival, so remember that there is an app available via app-store or Google Play, which will help you keep up with the schedule. There is also a SPOT playlist on Spotify to get you into the festival mood!