This edition of Uma Obscura will be filled with many interesting artists and happenings. First out we give you two music acts, both that will perform on Friday April 27th: White Birches Jens Gustavson
There will be a lot more to come… Save the dates for april 27-29!
Swedish synth pop with elements of new wave, industrial, BDM, punk etc. The musician, composer and artist Anna Öberg goes solo with her new music. It’s old synthesizers and drum machines from 1972-1986 used together with instruments such as flute, glockenspiel and voices. Pretty noise plays a central part. Live, Anna brings her band Härsk with distorted guitars, Simmonsdrums and birch-harp!
Anna Öberg from Gothenburg, has since the 80s been the composer and musician in various bands, first in her birth city of Helsingborg and later in her hometown of Gothenburg. Synth- and stringbased band ”Ladomir” was long as her main residence. Now she will visit Uma Obscura for the first time alongside Härsk!
Svensk syntpop med inslag av new wave, industri, ebm, punk mm. Musikern, kompositören och artisten Anna Öberg tar med sig bandet Härsk och kommer till Uma Obscura i april.
Det är gamla syntar och trummaskiner från 1972-1986 som använts ihop med instrument som blockflöjt, klockspel och röster. Fina oljud har en central roll.
Anna Öberg från Göteborg, har sedan 80-talet varit kompositör och musiker i olika band i födelsestaden Helsingborg och sedermera hemstaden Göteborg. Synt – och stråkbaserade bandet ”Ladomir” var länge hennes huvudhemvist. Med bandet Härsk tar hon nu ut sin egen musik på vägarna. Bandet med Linnea Mossberg på Simmonstrummor och Adam Olsson på distad baritongitarr tar syntpopen, industriljuden och de upproriska svenska texterna ett steg till. Anna spelar även på björkharpa.
White Birches mixes alarming guitars and dissonant synthesizers with haunting pop melodies. In April 2015 the dark wave duo White Birches released their critically acclaimed debut album ”Dark Waters”. An album nominated for “best synth” at the Swedish “indie grammy” Manifestgalan. In 2017 the band signed with Progress Productions. On February 9 they finally release their second and much anticipated album “When the Street Calls”.
The duo consists of Jenny Gabrielsson Mare on vocals, guitars and of Fredrik Jonasson on synthesizers, drum machines and samplers. White Birches’ music has been compared to Cocteau Twins, Depeche Mode, Sisters of Mercy and Kate Bush.
White Birches blandar larmande gitarrer och skeva syntar med fängslande popmelodier. I april 2015 släppte dark wave duon White Birches sitt kritikerrosade debutalbum “Dark Waters”. Ett album som också var nominerat i kategorin “bästa synth” på Manifestgalan
2016. Hösten 2017 plockades bandet upp av Progress Productions. 9 februari i år kommer den efterlängtade uppföljaren “When the Street Calls”.
Duon består av Jenny Gabrielsson Mare på sång, gitarrer samt Fredrik Jonasson på syntar, trummaskiner och samplers. White Birches musik har jämförts med bland annat Cocteau Twins, Depeche Mode, Sisters of Mercy och Kate Bush.
Jens Gustavson – a singer, guitarist and songwriter from Brunflo who has been active on the music scene in Östersund in the swedish midlands for 3 decades. He has played base in ”Doggybag Bluesband” and has been a frontman of progrockband ”Andras Ungar”. Jens musical style could maybe be described as a collision between swedish troubadour music and melancolic electric rock. His latest release is the soloalbum ”Voodoo” from 2016 but new material is on the way and about to be released during the year. On stage is also Ronny Dahlberg on percussion.
Jens Gustavson -- sångare, gitarrist och låtskrivare från Brunflo som varit verksam i Östersunds musikliv i 3 decennier. Har ett förflutet bl.a. som basist i bluesbandet Doggybag Bluesband och senare som frontfigur i proggrockbandet Andras Ungar. Jens stil kan kanske beskrivas som svensk visa på kollisionskurs med melankolisk elektrisk rock. Senast utgivet är solovinylen ”Voodoo” från 2016 men nytt material är på gång och beräknas komma ut under året. Jens backas upp av Ronny Dahlberg på percussion.
Uma Obscura 2016 is now over. We would like to thank all visitors, particpating artists, performers and our crew for a wonderful weekend! We will update the site with pictures from this year as soon as they arrive from our photographer’s editing desks.
We now look towards the future and what could better suit our dreams of future Uma Obscura-festivals than this picture of Ras Bolding and miss black & miss white to inspire us to build yet another festival lineup.
A lot of artists have been released for the ”Art & The Black Market” section of Uma Obscura (presented in cooperation with KF Blackbird), among others: Elinda Creates, Kai Reichwaldt, Tomas Ponga and Tinker Tailor to name a few.
In cooperation with the RTSI – Rätten Till Sin Identitet project (working against the discrimination of subcultures) we present an evening with some of the artists who have participated in the RTSI-campaign. We bring you, from Denmark: the subculture icon and electronic music pioneer Ras Bolding, from Finland: the industrial act Älymystö and finally from Sweden the first concert in a long time from metal band Netherbird! What a lineup for friday october 7!
Dance Obscura is the stage where we embody and capture the many different shades and colours of dark subcultures. We invite you to this year’s dance programme filled with great dance acts. This year we have invited Dud Muurmand from Copenhagen, one of the finest tribal dancers from the nordic countries, to join us. We will also reunite with Entropy, who will also hold lectures/workshops in dance during the festival. This, and a lot more in this year’s Dance Obscura.
Finally, tickets are out for 2016! We hereby release a limited amount of 2 day-passes for the festival, available for pre-orders to the price of 300 SEK.
We still have not released any bookings. This does not mean there are no bookings. It simply means, we are sneaky and have not yet released them! So: buy a pig in a poke and order your tickets now and you will save quite a lot compared to the one-day tickets available later. One might call this crowd-funding in a way too.
So, are you willing to take a chance on us? Then surf right onto the TICKETS page and buy one or more while they’re available!
The next edition of the Uma Obscura festival will be held autumn 2016 in Umeå! This has just been announced, so more info will follow.
The bookings are starting from now on, but please be patient since we need time to answer all incoming requests and to plan.
The reason the festival will not be held 2015 is that we need to gather our strength and resources and we simply need some time to rest (we have been going on for 7 years in a row counting Sunset Park festival) since this festival is done on a non profit basis. Still, there may be a few interesting happenings in autumn 2015… keep your eyes out.
And we can assure you: Uma Obscura 2016 will be a blast!
Uma Obscura 2014 is now over!
We would like to say THANK YOU for a fantastic festival to all the visitors, artists, volontary crew, crew and our partners and sponsors out there!
We will be back with updates, pictures and more.
We are very proud to present this year’s film programme with a theme of ”Nordic Science Fiction”. It was gathered by Peter Öberg, author of ”Science Fiction så in i Norden” in cooperation with Yttre Rymdens Nation from Umeå.
We give you a full evening with movies, all with free entrance (ltd amount of seats) and with movies like the Swedish Star Wars movie ”Threads of Destiny” and short films like ”Nightsatan and the Loops of Doom”. Enjoy