At Pinkpop 2015, AURORA was one of the bands I was most surprised by. Her hit single Running With The Wolves had just been released and I immediately liked the poppy rhythm, the angelic voice and the fairytale-feel. Her performance turned out to be one of the best of the festival and the band’s debut album is one of the records I’m looking forward to in 2016.
Last Thursday, I went to see AURORA again, in TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht. It was a wonderful performance, without many surprises, but an incredible talent.
AURORA is the stagename of a young singer-songwriter from Norway, who is the exact same age as yours truly. As someone who is only 19 years old, it’s truly remarkable to see AURORA perform. She is passionate, confident yet shy, but completely performing in her own signature way. As she sings, her whole body moves with it, as if the music is guiding her muscles.
The young singer stood in front of the stage, surrounded by her bandmates, as if they were both protecting as following her. Because of this connectivity, the atmosphere in the concert hall was so very positive. As the concert progressed, Aurora took the time to introduce and thank each one of her bandmates personally, in her very own distinctive, almost shy, manner.
Apart from her debut hit single Running With The Wolves, AURORA premiered tracks from her upcoming album, “All My Demons Greeting Me As A Friend”, and will be released on March 11, 2016. If the album is just as good as her live performance is, it promises to be a great success. AURORA provided the audience with rhythmic pop songs, epic drums, enchanting synths and an angelic voice. Her songs deal with adolescent themes, such as love, growing-up and leaving the familiar, but dressed in a fairytale-feel. A dark fairy-tale, as the whole band was dressed in black and the lighting scarce. AURORA did not just play their tracks, they delivered a full performance, from the first until the last second.
The band ended their set with the euphoric Conquerer, which will also be the next single to be released. They were rewarded with an overwhelming applause, which brought them back for two more tracks and a David Bowie cover. The encore would not have been necessary, but AURORA’s performance at TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht was a passionately performed, dark fairytale.