For Akia rocks Akisuanerit Festival 2015!

If you’re into music and also Greenland, then the Akisuanerit Festival is for you. Organised each year in October by Atlantic Music, the festival based in Nuuk pulls in some heavyweight names during the multi-day festival. This year’s busiest night was Saturday evening, with For Akia opening for Nanook, Small Time Giants and alternative rock superstars Dizzy Mizz Lizzy from Denmark.

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Photo: Visit Greenland, Tanny Por

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For Akia’s got talent

Up-and-coming band For Akia was probably the unexpected surprise for many of the concert attendees. Some festival fans had not heard of the band’s psychedelic old-school disco grunge tunes before, although their talent is becoming more widely recognised. Consisting of Jesper Van on bass, lead singer Hans Mortensen and Jakob Høg on drums, the band won the Danish talent contest ‘KarriereKanonen’ in 2014. They released their first single ‘Recognizer’ in June with Sony. About the song, Mortensen has said,

“’Recognizer’ is about not being anyone in particular, not pandering to anyone and is about creating a stand against the celebrity craze that characterizes the 21st Century.”

Greenland roots

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At the Akisuanerit festival, fans were rocking out to the catchy tunes in a chilled-out way. For Akia’s lead singer Hans Mortensens grew up in Qaqortoq in South Greenland until his teenage years so he had many local fans in the audience. Now based in Odense, a lot of the songs are about a general feel of longing and restlessness, which is shaped by the cultural shock Hans experienced when going back to Denmark after spending the main part of his childhood and young adulthood in Greenland.

“Always feeling like a bit of a stranger in Greenland, it came as a surprise for me that I felt just as strange in my native country Denmark. The songwriting often reflexes upon this issue, and the offspring issues that came in the wake of this experience.”

A journey that creates great music. Thanks for this time, For Akia, we’ll be following you with interest!

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For Akia. Photo: Visit Greenland, Tanny Por

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