Øya Festival 2015: Day Two - Run the Jewels, Honningbarna, Florence & The Machine

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Øya Festival 2015: Day Two - Run the Jewels, Honningbarna, Florence & The Machine

Day two at Øya held more familiar faces than day one—Father John Misty, Run the Jewels and Florence & The Machine all made appearances—but the highlight of my day, by far, was Honningbarna (“Honey Children”), a punk-rock band from Norway that captivated me for its energy. Working with what I imagined to be a tough time slot—they went on the smaller Hagen stage 15 minutes before Florence’s headlining set began—the crowd was thick with adoring fans and the music was loud, intense and fun. Lead singer Edvard Valberg didn’t strike me as a punk rock frontman with his cardigan, pressed colored shorts and a knee-high cast. But within minutes of the set beginning, Valberg was diving into the crowd and screaming into the mic, making a mockery of the “No Crowd Surfing” sign posted clearly beside the stage (and giving me an inkling as to where that broken bone may have come from, too). It was such a blast that I found myself returning to the small stage after a few minutes at the headlining stage, and by that point half the crowd was on-stage dancing with the band.

That’s not to say that the acts I knew and loved didn’t deliver. Lianne La Havas, whose freshly released full-length Blood is already racking up rave reviews, impressed with standout tracks like “Elusive” and “Never Get Enough.” Run the Jewels landed plenty of jokes, riffing on everything from themselves to American politics (FWIW, Killer Mike, you’ll always have my vote) while bringing noise on hits like “Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck) and getting a chant going for “Lie, Cheat, Steal.” There were plenty of squealing fans out for Father John Misty’s set, which as usual could easily have been described as a stand-up set with musical interludes.

My night concluded with the heavenly sounds of Florence & The Machine. I don’t think it’s possible to hear Florence Welch perform “Shake It Out” live without coming away from the experience feeling like you could conquer the world, and judging from the emphatic response when she asked that the audience take the place of her choir on the chorus, I’m not the only one who felt that way. The way Welch bounds around a stage is nothing short of inspirational, and I hope she’ll continue to make her way up festival bills for years to come.

Check out photos from the second day of Øya Festival in the gallery above.