Usual competition rules apply. No cheating. three winners only. Random names drawn from correct entries. No alternative prize. One date only. No cash value. Entries must be received before midday 21st October 2013.
Pixie Carnation is a great folk infused indie band from
Sweden and they have added a London date to their tour: They will play XOYO on
Formed in Malmo by Childhood friends Tobias Hellkvist and
Ola Pålsson; Pixie Carnation’s debut album is the culmination of two years of
recruitment, touring, writing and recording. After an EP the band took to the
studio with Kalle Gustafsson Jerneholm from ‘Soundtrack Of Our Lives’ to
produce ‘The New World Record’, a collection of songs that affirms the band’s
ascendancy and aspiration towards the hallowed ground of great pop.
Since 2002, the pop/hip-hop duo Nik & Jay
have forever altered the landscape of the Danish music industry, pushing the
envelope with every song written and album released. The duo have won several
Music Awards, have had 19 major hit singles in a row and have dominated sales
charts, airplay charts and club charts for the past decade. Nik & Jay have
put out four acclaimed albums with the legendary producer team, Jon &
Jules, with whom they own the production company and label Nexus Music Ltd.
We’ve got a pair of tickets to give away to
one lucky person.
To be in with a chance to win, just answer
this easy peasy question:
Half Irish, half Danish and from Christiania in Copenhagen. Lukas Graham is not just good; he's really good. Don't believe us? Have a listen below to "Ordinary Things"... A fab soulful song that topped the Danish charts, closely followed by several other hits.
Lukas started as a bit of a child star years ago in the TV series "Krummerne", but since then, he's grown up and grown into a natural role as a talented musician. In the past year, he's had many chart topping hits in Denmark and surrounding countries and now the rest of Europe is starting to take notice.
Lukas and his band are playing in London on 22nd June - yeps, that is this WEDNESDAY at Borderline (W1D 4JB) at 19:30. And we've got a few spare tickets for any of you Lukas Graham curious people out there.
To be in with a chance to win a pair (2) tickets for this Wednesday's gig, just answer the following question:
We love Eurovision. Mostly we love eating dill crisps with dip-mix at every Eurovision oppportunity.
This year, we especially love The Hump. The Hump. The lovely, little Hump. Here he is, in all his former Orange glory:
Here's The Humperdink pretending to be Liam Gallagher
And here's the Hump getting academic
The HOT looking Humpsie Dumpsie
The mini Hump? Is there is connection there or what?
Is it a coincidence The Hump sang a song called The Lesbian Seagall? Sorry, Seagul?
Engelbert Humperdink is not singing tongiht at the semis because Uk always qualify - so tonight, please supposrt Denmark, Finaland and Iceland: We're trying to make it an all Scandi-esque final this year.
Tomorrow evening, Sweden’s roads will be empty. Nobody will venture outside. Sales of Estrella crisps will be up by 500%. Why? Because it is Melodifestivalen final, the evening when Sweden (after 5 long regional heats) finally choose their song to represent them in Eurovison.
Our bets are on this one
This year for the Eurovision final in Baku, we quite like Russia’s old grannies - mainly because they are only doing Eurovision to raise funds to repair their church
We are totally in love with Engelbert Humperdink (bet he thought he was going to be the oldest one there, but nope...)
Norway’s entry (Is it Eric Saade?)
Denmark’s entry written by one of Bronte’s mates
In case you missed the other news, Ireland this year is represented by Jedward. Again.
She's gets weird fads, our Bronte. A few weeks back, it was Engelbert Humperdink. Now she's back to Lionel.
Danish singer Rasmus Seebach just recorded a song with Lionel, even if he doesn't get to actually sing much, but he does get to dance around a lot in the backkground and touch his chest and stuff. He looks like he really, really, really wants to sing a bit more. Poor Rasmus, Lionel hogged the micro.
And if you haven't had enough Lionel after that, try "hello" below. Clever.
It is no secret that we love Eurovision and all the glitter balls that come with it.
Right now, the Scandi countries are in full swing choosing their acts to send to this year’s final in Baku, Azerbaijan. The Eurovision finals will take place 22nd, 24th and 26th of May 2012.
The most excellent Schalgerfiasko is a great place to keep up to date with the latest gossip, songs, interviews and other interesting stuff, so pop by there if you need to find out if Norway is preparing to send along a violinist or of Sweden may ask Carola to enter. Again. With her wind machine.
Our Bronte is hoping her friend Lars’ song will win the Danish entry this year (on Danish TV this coming Saturday, by the way) – it is sung by a lovely girl called Soluna Samay. Bronte is very proud to be almost-directly-linked to the Danish Eurovision and may even bring out her Clap-Hat again.
Meanwhile, the trip to Baku is not proving to be popular with that many die-hard Eurovision people this year (if rumours are to be believed) so it may even be possible to get tickets (yes, Eurovision shows usually sell out immediately).
Some random facts about Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan is so far away from Western Europe that the competition starts at midnight for them so we can watch it at 8 pm.
They love their chess and Garry Kasparov the famous chess champion comes from there
Azerbaijan is one of only TWO countries that start with, but do not end with, the letter A (guess the other one)
Baku has several Irish and English pubs. You’re set.
The national dish of Azerbaijan is Yarpag Dolmasi and Plov. Plov is another name for Pilaf.
Flights to Baku are currently around £400 for the Eurovision week. £800 if you want to fly direct. Phew.
Fancy going to the Royal Albert Hall to see Swedish pianist Robert Wells? At 50% discount? Now you can.
Swedish Superstar - ROBERT WELLS - Rhapsody in Rock – China Edition at THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY - EXCLUSIVE – Monday 28th November 2011
Scandinavian Kitchen customers and friends are offered 50% discount to Robert Wells - Rhapsody in Rock - China Edition. To book and buy tickets, simply go to The Royal Albert Hall Tickets page here and enter discount code 9322 or if you go to the Box Office personally or call then please quote stu456, and please mention Scandinavian Kitchen when booking.
This will be a truly amazing evening, so please tell all your friends and come along to watch Robert Wells, one of Sweden’s biggest stars, play at the world's greatest music hall, London’s famous Royal Albert Hall – this is for one night only, so don’t miss it.
This spectacular concert will be filmed for Television for Sweden and China so will be seen all over the world.
13th December every year is the celebration of St Lucia (or St Lucy) – a festival widely celebrated across Scandinavia. Girls dress in white robes and carry candles in a long procession and sing the hymn about Lucia.
The candles symbolise the fire that refused to take St. Lucia's life when she was sentenced to be burned. Traditionally a Catholic festival, it is thought that this tradition survived in Scandinavia because it is celebrated during the very dark days of winter. Some people believe that back in the day when us Scandies celebrated Yule (or Jol) at Winter Solstice, it was both a season of giving, kindness and celebration - but also a season of fear of dark forces – the scariest night of all at that time was called the Night of Lussi – Lussinatta. Some believe that the festival of light is from this time to fend off the evil forces.
Across Scandinavia, people celebrate St Lucia with singing traditional songs – and bearing candles. We appreciate that it is hard to attend Lucia events outside Scandinavia, so we put on several mini Lucias every year for those of you who fancy a Lucia-fix before Christmas – or perhaps is just curious to know what it is all about. Cecilia is a professional jazz singer and she together with five of her singer-friends make up the Scandi Kitchen Lucia Train. They will sing songs such as Jul Jul, Staffan, Sa mork ar morgondagen,A child is born and more.
The shop will close during each event. All the lights will be switched off and we will enjoy the singing and the candle light. Tickets cost £5 each and all the cash goes directly to the singers. Each Lucia event lasts about 30 minutes. Please note that there is a strict limit of 40 tickets per session as we simply do not have any extra space.
There will be no tickets sold on the door on the day. Children under 8 go free, but please, pretty please, advise us in the notes if you will be bringing younger children because we need to make sure we have space allocated for them. Please also note that Lucia sessions start promptly on time and the doors will close at start time.
You can buy your tickets from the online shop here - make sure that you choose "collect from store" on checkout or else you will be charged postage. Your order confirmation is your ticket, just bring it along on the day.
These are the sessions: Saturday 10th December 8:45, 9:30, 18:30, 20:00 Sunday 11th December 8:45, 9:45, 16:30, 17:30 Tuesday 13th December 18:00, 19:30
SK's new uniform? From l to r: Sebastian, Anna, moa and Claes. Maybe.
Last week, Bjorn Ulvaeus of ABBA (not Benny, the other one, you know, the one with no beard and extra tight trousers) revealed that ABBA’s songs had hidden political messages in the lyrics.
“It was our curse that we were regarded as simple and happy” he said and went on to explain that for example the song “The Visitors” was about the Soviet Union and about freedom.
“These walls have witnessed all the anguish of humiliation And seen the hope of freedom glow in shining faces And now they've come to take me Come to break me And yet it isn't unexpected I have been waiting for these visitors” (repeat over 19 times)
We’re very surprised. We never knew the deeper meanings of ABBA and now we shall proceed to analyse all the songs as we listen to them again (and again) during our working day at the cafe.
Upon reading this article we also did a bit of googling about interpreting ABBA lyrics. It’s worth doing, even for the excitement of realising what Dancing Queen is really all about.
Still, a few dubious ones popped up.... Maybe political?
What about Livingstone
What about Livingstone?
What about all those men?
Who have sacrificed their lives to lead the way
Tell me, wasn't it worth the while
Travelling up the Nile
Putting themselves on test
Didn't that help the rest?
Wasn't it worth it then?
What about Livingstone?
I work all night, I work all day, to pay the bills I have to pay Ain't it sad And still there never seems to be a single penny left for me That's too bad In my dreams I have a plan If I got me a wealthy man I wouldn't have to work at all, I'd fool around and have a ball
Dum Dum diddle
Dum-dum-diddle, to be your fiddle To be so near you and not just hear you Dum-dum-diddle, to be your fiddle I think then maybe you'd see me, baby You'd be mine And we'd be together all the time Wish I was, dum-dum-diddle, your darling fiddle But I think you don't know that I exist I'm the quiet kind, woah-oh
(read the article in Danish here - if you read Danish, that is... if not, you may enjoy the pictures only sorry.)
We got a note about a Swedish band playing at the Water Rats Pub in London. Fancy going to watch them? We quite like the idea, so maybe see you there. You can buy tickets here
This is what has been said about the band:
'Royal Republic have advanced at light speed in their homeland into one of Swedens hottest tips thanks to their explosive energy, a certain irresistible charm and an arsenal of songs aimed at your head like guided missiles. Now theyve loaded up the trucks with their tight-as-a-bugs-ass live show and their Britpop, punk and funk-influenced repertoire to conquer the fabled rest of the world!
Founded at the end of 2007, Royal Republics sound is not only refreshing; its refreshingly different, as evidenced by the rapturous reactions to their September 2009 debut single, All Because Of You. Big, twangy guitars stab their way along a rumbling, tumbling bassline, all punctuated by knockout punch drumming and adorned by frontman Adam Grahns distinctive, streetwise vocals for an unmistakable dose of uniquely Royal Republic über-coolness.'
Sweden is the last Nordic land to decide its Eurovision entry this Saturday. Before then, however, Melodifestivalen has to overcome a difficult few days caused by a technical problem that caused some people to vote for the wrong performers in the 'Andra chansen' (second chance) round. It was a schlagerfiasko (ahem) all round, as the four favoured acts (at least in the Harcourt) were all knocked out. Even über-producer RedOne's Love Generation girls failed to win.
So we're left with The Moniker (annoying Pop Idol contestant dressed like George Harrison in his Indian period channelling the very worst of Eurovision 'humour' - yes, even more so than Jedward) and Sara Varga, singing a lovely, bossa nova-infused song. It also happens to be about domestic violence. Anyway, the results are still being debated - if you really want to get into it, pay a visit to Schlagerfiasko.nu - I have been cogitating for days.
So, the two hot tickets for the final are Danny Saucedo's In The Club and Eric Saade's Popular. Danny's on first, Eric's on last. Danny dances. Eric smashes glass - and there's rain.
But can either of them win?
Post by Schlager David. He's the King of Schlagerfiasko - check him out.
Eurovision season is well and truly in full swing in the Nordic lands now. Indeed, three of the five countries have already chosen the acts that they’re sending to Düsseldorf. Meanwhile, the Melodifestivalen juggernaut thunders on in Sweden, while the Danes wait patiently to do their choosing over the course of a couple of hours. None of this marathon contest nonsense for them.
The big news so far is from Norway, were Stella Mwangi’s Haba Haba took 36% of the votes to win. It’s a fabulous, African-inspired sound that was a world apart from the rest of the entries. Its popularity is such that Norway is the only country where Lady Gaga isn’t number one in the iTunes chart, because Stella refuses to budge. Haba!
Finland has picked a 19-year-old lad called Axel to sing an eco-ballad called Da Da Dam. He’s performing with the name Paradise Oskar, and from a mediocre selection, it’s probably the best song to represent the country. And he’s a lovely chap as well.
Iceland was hit by the sudden death of Sjónni Brink, one of the participants in its Eurovision search, which seemed to change the entire focus of the competition. Despite having Jóhanna Guðrún Jónsdóttir (she came second in Moscow a couple of years ago), Iceland went for Sjónni’s song, Aftur heim (Almost Home), which was performed by his friends. It’s unclear whether the song will be allowed to go to Germany yet, but I don’t think anyone cares really – it was a very emotional moment when Sjónni’s widow, Þórunn Erna (also the song’s writer) accepted the prize.
Meanwhile, Denmark will have Ace Of Base’s Jenny Berggren in competition, while Sweden is falling in love with schlager again. Sanna Nielsen topped the leader board last Saturday, while Jenny Silver’s ABBA-tastic Something In Your Eyes is also tipped to be in the final. With Shirley Clamp and Linda Bengtzing also back, it’s all very exciting.
Usual competition rule apply. No employees of Scandi Kitchen can enter the competition, correct entries will be pulled out of a fancy hat and randomly chosen by a lady wearing a very glittery frock and so forth. Only one entry per person. No cash alternative. The judge's decision is final so don't try any of your funny business. Ba da bam.
It's Eurovision time again soon, and you know how much we all love the season here at Scandinavian Kitchen. This year, we've asked the folks at Schlagerfiasko (schlagerfiasko.nu) to keep us up-to-date with who we should be listening to, and they'll be telling us all about it from next week.
In the meantime, the best event of all is about to take place over six weeks in Sweden from 5th February. Melodifestivalen is bigger than X Factor and Talent combined, and has the whole country watching. As always, the Harcourt Arms will be screening it live, so if you fancy joining Schlagerfiasko there, visit www.theharcourt.com for details.
It's almost too good to be true: Elvis singing about smorgasbord. Bronte got very excited: she loves Elvis - and never knew about this song until today. She actually loves Elvis so much that in two weeks, she's dragging Jonas to Las Vegas and they're even getting married by The King in one of those little chapels. Yeps, really.
Enjoy the King and his smorgasbord dance. We wonder if Mr and Mrs Aurell to be will choose this one as their song at the Chapel?
For many years, Bronte has wanted to go to see a real Eurovision show. Back when she was a nipper in rural Denmark, she stood there, every year, in front of the TV singing pretend songs into a hair brush. She dreamt she could be as famous as German Nicole (Of "Ein bisschen frieden" fame) and have golden shoes like the guys from Herreys.
Sadly, Bronte's singing days never came - and she never made it to Eurovision Live. Never the less, over the next while leading up to the Big Event in Norway, we'll be re-visiting some of Bronte's favourite Eurovision moments.
This is one of the only times Germany ever won eurovision, by the way. It's their own fault: they kept sending bands called "wind" and people with mono-brows and curly mullets.
Anyway, in a last ditch attempt to see if it would be possible, Bronte tried to get some tickets. The result? YES, you can still go - if you don't want to sit next to anyone you know (fair point). Grand price for two tickets for the final will set you back only 3,300 Norwegian Kroner. That's about £350 of today's money.
If you find that this is a bit steep, billettservice.noalso offer you tickets for the School of HØVIK who are putting on the show GLASNOST at the Culture House in Bærum. So there.
news: the running order of this years songs has been announced.The only song guaranteed a spot in the final
is Norway.First semi (25th May) is with Iceland
and Finland, the secodn semi (27th May) it’s Denmark and Sweden. The final is on 29th May. Cancel all prior engagements.
The Kick Out the Jams Festival takes place on the 19thMarch at 229 Club (Great Portland Street).
This is your chance to see the band Sabatta, who’ll be performing their
showcase (as one of twelve bands).Sabatta have got rave reviews for their performances
and their last album and magazines like Kerrang are saying they are one of the
Must Se acts of 2010. So, if rock is
your thang, you should check it out.
The event will be held at the 229 Club, 229 Great Portland Street,
London, W1W 5PN (020 8333 7777) Doors open at 7:00 pm
So far, we've featured Denmark, Norway and Finland. To be fair, this year we have less chance than ever of winning. Not to worry: as long as someone makes the final, we have an excuse to stay in and scoff dill chips with dip mix and shout at the TV.
Sadly, whilst Iceland has wonderful geysers and prtty people, it has a pretty rubbish Eurovision entry this year. It sounds a bit like Bonnie Tyler stuck in a nineties EuroPop beat produced bya spotty teenager from Bavaria. Not pretty, not pleasant.
Still, who watches Eurovision for the music, eh?
Next week: Sweden. Finally. They've only had 37 regional contests, 7 semi finals (maybe) and the final is on Saturday. As in tomorrow. Bring out the godis.
Hmmm... this is the 2008 entry. Not that it's similar...
When we first watched the Norwegian entry for this year's Eurovision we got concerned that one half of Jedward had become taken refuge in Norway. although, a closer look reveals this is sadly not the case.
The sound card on our PC is not working, so we could not hear the wonderful song - but the lyrics are meaningful and deep and the dude's frequent gazes at the screen tells us this man has had a crash course in "blue steel".
We're dissapointed to find no Russian style dancers, mono brows or women playing harps/accordians/trumpets.
This track was a huge hit across Scandinavia this summer. Some of us wish we'd never heard it and had spent a week in Majorca listening to Latino Beats # 4 and Ricky Martin's Un, Dos, Tres instead.
We had Basshunter in Scandi Kitchen last week - they were filming an interview with him. Basshunter is also Swedish and did stuff such as this track, also a huge hit across Scandi land a few years back (Sebastian has the extended version on vinyl if you want to hear it). It was eventually made into a UK hit also - called "Now you're gone".
We see quite a few famous people in and around our area, but we're never quite been as excited as when Morten Harkett stopped by. The A-ha boys even signed a Norwegian flag for us, posed here by our Louise (who is back for the summer, by the way).
Woo hoo - we can't wait. Thsi is SUCH a good festival. This year, the End of the Road festival is on in Dorset from 11th, 12th and 13th September. There's a fantastic line up and magically, still a few tickets available - so don't delay in getting yours.
Scandi Kitchen was there last year, serving up the hot dogs and the meatballs and we'll be there again this year as well.
Back in the days of double cassette players, most of us (or at least the ones of us who were born then) made mix-tapes. Some for our own pleasure and some for the people we fancied. What a wonderful way to spend an afternoon and what a shame we don't do that anymore.
Well, sort of. Henrik and Jonas are making mix tapes at the moment. Well, mix CDs, really. They compiling a list of our best Scandinavian classics and they need your help. Did you put ABBA's "The Winner Takes it All" on your mix tape to Freddie from Farnborough when he dumped you for Suzie with the big boobies? Or did you listen to Whigfield and dance your little bottom off on holidays in Spain? We want to know about it.
Okay, share and share alike, here are some of ours:
Bronte was into a band called Dodo and The Dodos and played their songs endlessly during one particularly heartbreaking summer (1988). She is not sure she ever made a mix tape for the boy in question, though.
Henrik made mix tapes for a girl called Carolin and Jonas for all the girls in his class that were called Maria (most of them). Both included the song by Europe called "Carrie".
Over to you - we want to know your fave cheesy Scandi tunes and ideally, why. It's for our own special mix tape.
Oh yes. Seb is so happy: Aqua has reformed. Whether it was the bank balances that started to dwindle or it was the music that pulled them back together, we don't care. With lyrics such as these, how could you not want them back together to terrorise us for another while?
"When Eminem was just a snack And Michael Jackson's skin was black Back when the coolest thing in store, oo-oh-oh Was a Commodore 64"
Back in the Eighties, Jonas went to his first ever concert. It was Europe and the song of the moment was The Final Countdown. He had curly hair and so did Joey Temptest, the lead singer. Peas, pods and all that.
The guys at Scandi Kitchen are excited, of course. Will it be the same as back then? Will Joey Tempest still have big curly hair? Will they wear tight trousers? Will they do The Final Countdown on their new tour?
Do you have any cringy EUROPE stories? We'd love to hear them and may even rewards you in nice coffees if we see fit.
A bit of trivia: Did you know that Joey Tempest's real name is Rolf Magnus Joakim Larsson? Talk about killing the magic. Sorry.
We've done the work for you to find the truly worst song of Eurovision 2009. Forget all we ever said about Sweden's Scary Lady and the zzzzz.. sorry, Danish Ronan Keating (we were dosing there for a second...).
Nope, Holland is our winner. Both lyrically, visually and videocally (can you even say that?)
Best dance moves as well. We're reassured to know this is one of Holland's highest selling artists. No surprise there, then.
We're excited, as per usual: It's nearly Eurovision time and nearly time for in-country votings, eating grill chips with holiday dipmix and flying the flags of Norway/ Sweden / Denmark / Finalnd and Iceland.
The bookmakers are actually making Norway the favourite this year - but here are the 5 clips so you can make up your own mind.
The semi-finals are on 12th and 14th May and the final is on 16th May. Unfortunately, Terry Wogan will not be commentating this year, but hopefully Graham Norton will be just as sarcastic in the job.
NORWAY - little chap with the violin trying to appeal to the Eastern block voters
DENMARK - Ronan Keating re-incarnated, except not as good
SWEDEN - scary women. We're hiding.
ICELAND - Zzzzzzzzzz
FINLAND - euro-chewing gum mixed with some lordi style guitar that sounds like Aqua on speed