Bodø is know as a vital cultural city. Here, the city’s most acclaimed young band shares their local tips on what you should see and do while visiting Bodø.
While many Norwegian pop groups used to sing in English, there has been an influx of bands who now sing in their native language.
One of the great, young ones is Kråkesølv, an indie group hailing from Bodø in Nordland county. They also sing using their dialect, a feature which not only sets them apart, but also gives their music a distinct signature.
Take a listen to the song called “Syrinen”, from their new album “Pangea”. Highly recommended for fans of bands such as Dungen and Radiohead.
“I’m not sure how growing up in Bodø has influenced our sound. It’s always difficult to say, since we were born and raised in the city and still live here”, the guitarist and vocalist Kristoffer Magnus Nohr Unstad explains.
“However, what I can say is that the local government always has been really generous to us, giving lots of support and letting us use spacexs for practice. And Bodø is a vibrant city with plenty of arenas where we can play concerts”.
Here are three insider tips from Unstad and Kråkesølv for those visiting Bodø.
“I’ve really fallen in love with the forests and mountains surrounding Bodø as I’ve gotten older. When I was young, I didn’t really pay attention to the nature, as I was too busy playing football or whatever. But when I started running, I really discovered the magic of the scenery”, Unstad says.
On Kråkesølv’s first record, there was a song called “Vågøyvannet rundt”, meaning “all around Vågøyvannet” – a lake where Unstad used to run.
“The beauty of these areas is their accessibility, whether you live in the city center or outside. And the nature is so varied. Lately, I’ve even started hiking to the mountain tops”, he says.
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“If you’re going out looking for cultural experiences, I highly recommend a place called Dama di located in the street Sjøgata. Every thursday they have a concept called “Halv ti på torsdag” (meaning Thursday 9.30 PM), where you grab a beer and check out a band”, Unstad explains.
On stage, you have both local bands and bands from other cities performing.
“Because the club is so small, it’s a perfect opportunity for new, young bands to test themselves in front of an audience. For us, though, it’s a great arena to discover new talents”, the guitarist says.
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Like many cities in Norway, Bodø have a lot of cafes where you can buy high-quality roast.
A place called Melkebaren stands out in one important way:
“Actually, they are now the only place in Bodø selling physical copies of new music. If you want to buy the new Kråkesølv record on vinyl, you have to go here”, Unstad says.
The selection of music is limited to local releases, however, because the focus is to make the best possible coffee, coming straight from a local roaster called Bønner i byen.
“I’d also like to recommend two bars, Roast ad Topp 13. They are located in two of the tallest buildings in downtown Bodø, with a fantastic panoramic view. Here, you should go for a drink, preferably after a concert”, Kristoffer Magnus Nohr Unstad says.
Bodø is home to the world’s strongest maelstrom Saltstraumen. The largest city in the county of Nordland is also just a boat ride away from both Moskenes in Lofoten and the old trading post at Kjerringøy.
As the Høstscena festival manager, it’s his job to ensure great cultural experiences for others in town. This is where he himself goes to enjoy the city.