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Tomas Ponga

Tomas Ponga, a sami designer and silversmith from Ånäset. His works have been exhibited in different forms, displaying Sami and alternative culture. Tomas Pongas fashion designs were a main attraction of the “Fashion Week” 2013 at Rådhustorget in Umeå City, where his unique design was shown.

With the fashion show “En bevingad värld- A winged world” he ended his fashion design education “Kläder och Design” in umeå 2013. 2016, Tomas Ponga made a dress for the hair stylist “Art by Wixner”, which was shown at the Royal Albert Hall in London. These are just examples of Tomas Pongas work. Now his works will be a part of the Art Obscura exhibition.

Tomas Ponga är en samisk designer och silversmed, bosatt i Ånäset. Han har presenterat sig och sin konst vid många tillfällen i olika former där han kombinerar samisk och alternativkultur. Exempelvis fick han inleda modevisningen på Rådhustorget i Umeå under ”Fashion Week” 2013, där han visade sin unika kläddesign.

Genom modevisningen ”En bevingad värld” avslutades hans sin utbildning i ”Kläder & Design” i Umeå 2013.2016 anlitade ”Art by Wixner” Tomas Ponga att designa och sy en klänning till deras hårkreation som visades i ”Royal Albert Hall” i London. Detta är bara en liten del av vad Tomas Ponga kan bjuda på… Vi får se vad det blir på Uma Obscura 2018!


Blastromen is an electro cyber punk duo from Finland. Their energetic electronic music with unique custom-built light system and light suits make their live show a rousing experience.

Their music is a mix of old school electro, synthesizer music, modern techno and synthwave that salutes the past and greets the future. Blastromen’s musical themes drift between futuristic landscapes and sci-fi, where complex and accurate modern production methods, catchy melodies and vocoder singing makes their music unique.

Blastromen is releasing new album, Cyberia, in March 2018 and for that they are doing multiple shows around Europe. In April they hit Sweden and Uma Obscura Festival.

Den finska elektroniska cyberpunkinfluerade duon Blastromen är känd för sina visuella och energifyllda liveframträdanden med specialbyggda ljussystem och ljusdräkter. Musiken är en mix a modern techno, syntwave och old school electro.

De släpper sitt nya album Cyberia i mars och turnérar i samband med det runt Europa. I april kommer de till Umeå och Uma Obscura!

Anna Öberg & Härsk

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

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

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.

Thank you all for a fantastic 2016!

Ras Bolding, Photo by Thomas Kieselbach

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.


Lots of new artists


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.

Music acts released for RTSI-evening

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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, first bookings out

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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.

Tickets are out for 2016!


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!

See you in October at Uma Obscura.

Dates are set!

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‘Uma Obscura 2016 will be held on October 6-9 in Umeå Sweden. The main venue will be Umeå Folkets Hus.  Stay tuned for more information and tickets.

Next Uma Obscura: autumn 2016

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!

Thank you for 2014

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.

photo by Petter Senften

Programme released

We have now released the official programme with times and information you will need.

We have also changed the structures of the homepage a bit, so it will hopefully be easier to navigate.

Also, a lot of new interesting participante have been added the past week, like for example Petra Shara Stoor, Ja! and Curiomira.