The terror on the night of 25 June, in which two were killed and several injured, led to Oslo Pride’s parade being cancelled.
– Following the cancellation, Oslo Pride has been in dialogue with the audience, the festival’s volunteers and the queer organisations. Many people have called for an opportunity to find together and take back their visibility and freedom, and Oslo Pride writes in a press release that they are therefore inviting a rainbow train with a subsequent solidarity marking on 10 September. Here are the music artists who will perform at the solidarity marking at Kontraskjæret, as presented by Oslo Pride:
Fay Wildhagen: Artist, songwriter, producer and guitar virtuoso Fay Wildhagen debuted with the critically acclaimed and award-winning “Snow” in 2015, which was followed up with the album “Borders” in 2018. During her career, Fay has toured much of Norway, as well as festivals in Europe. She has also composed film music for, among other things, “Aksel”, the documentary about Aksel Lund Svindal. Fay has been open about her orientation for a long time, and is today a role model for many young queers, also with the song “Different”, which came out in 2019.
Matilda: 26-year-old Matilda Gressberg from Norway dropped out of school to focus on music as a 16-year-old. She is successful as an artist and songwriter, as well as a producer, and has been signed to Sony Music since 2013. She released the albums “A Heart” (2013) and “Serendipity” (2015), “Odyssey EP” (2018) and the mostly self-produced “Retrospect” (2020). In addition, Matilda has millions of views on the videos for, among others, “Naked”, “You” and “Apologize”, which have garnered her international attention, and given Matilda a fan base in the USA, UK, South America and the Nordics. In autumn 2022, she debuted in Norwegian with the song “Fri”.
Nils Bech & OMVR: As both artist and stage artist, we find Nils Bech at the crossroads between music and performance art. Bech gained an even larger audience by performing “O Helga Natt” in a decisive romantic moment in NRK’s hit series SKAM. With roots in R&B and soul, OMVR has proven over the years to be one of Norway’s great voices. OMVR is not just a vocalist, he works to build a clear identity as a songwriter. He is currently working on new music in both English and Norwegian, with a planned launch in winter 2022.
DJ Fride Moksnes x Austinat To welcome the parade and end the commemoration at Kontraskjæret will be DJ Austinat and DJ Fride Moksnes. They both co-produce their own lesbian club concepts, Fride with Moxy in Stockholm, Austinat with DRAMAqueen in Oslo. On Saturday 25 June, they played for the queer environment at Elsker, with flags raised high and tearful hugs. Together they give the audience a genre mix of rnb, pop, disco and guilty-not-guilty pleasures.
Henrik Wilhelm Wilhelmsen his song “Signaler” was chosen as this year’s Oslo Pride song 2022, and was to be performed on the main stage in Pride Park on the day of the parade, 26 June. – Finally live!
Cham Leon: Stjerneskuddet has created a gender-neutral pop universe where the music draws inspiration from a wide range of genres – electronica, jazz, film music, R&B and classical.
Big Daddy Karsten & Ferdinand: Karsten is the first openly gay rapper in Norway. “BDK” is as versatile as they come, drawing inspiration from artists such as Busta Rhymes, Kevin Gates, Devlin, Jaykae, Drake, Flume, Sam Smith and more. He’s not afraid to let the world know exactly who he is. Ferdinand represents freedom of prejudice, openness and anti-Jantelaw in a young and hungry generation.