Norwegian pop sensation Dagny has been tipped for great things in 2017 and is headed for the UK this May. Ever since her single ‘Backbeat’ was given it’s debut on the airwaves courtesy of Beats 1 in 2015, everything looks as if it is falling into place for the London-based songstress. Having been placed on an abundance of ‘Ones to Watch’ lists including Vevo, Apple and Spotify; Dagny is in good company, being spoken of in the same breath as The Magic Gang and Raye. The Norwegian is set to bring her empowering, energetic vibe to The Great Escape festival alongside the two previously mentioned and GIGsoup’s Ben Bowman caught up with her for the latest installment of the ‘In Their Own Words’ series for this year’s festival.
How does it feel to be playing The Great Escape 2017?
It feels great! I love playing in general but this festival is special because it’s about giving new musicians a chance to showcase their music. We played there last year and it was one of the funniest, sweatiest, most ‘vibey’ shows of the summer.
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What do you know about the festival?
I know it’s a mix of industry and fans who all come down to Brighton to hear new music. I’ve been before and it’s just an overall great supportive vibe. And it’s surrounded by ocean and cosy streets – two of my favorite things.
What can we expect from your set at The Great Escape?
I think as always you can expect a band driven pop band with a lot of energy, but Great Escape kicks off our festival season – and it will be the first time for everyone to hear all this new material that’s been developed and written over the winter and spring.
What do you know about the other acts playing this year and who would you like to check out?
I’m planning to dive into the lineup and really “plan my days” so I get to go to as many shows as possible this year. There’s a lot of fellow Norwegians I’ve been meaning to see; Sløtface, Sigrid and Julie Bergan. A few other names on the top of my head would be Tigertown, Charlie Straw, Ider and Flyte.
What is the best thing about Brighton? / Have you been to Brighton before?
I try to come down in the summer when I have time off. I love the sea side and grew up in a town that’s much more similar to Brighton than London. The town itself has a great atmosphere and allows me to escape out of the big city life occasionally.
What were you doing this time last year?
This time last year I was finishing my first EP in Los Angeles. Everything was so new and I was probably trying to grasp it all It’s crazy to think that that was a year ago. I feel like I have grown so much as an artist since then and especially the live sound has come along way and I am really proud of that.
When you go to the Beach what can you not go without? Sunglasses, Pennies for the slot machines? A Ball of some sort?
A bathing suit – I’ll be the first in. I normally always bring a book, but rarely actually read it. I’m quite active and would prefer jumping around the beach with a football, frisbee and friends. More than anything I’d love a surfing board. I’m not particularly good, but I just love surfing.
What is the best seaside holiday you’ve been on?
A few years ago I went on a surfing holiday to Portugal that was incredible. I am one of those people that constantly has to be moving or doing something so it was perfect for me. In the evening we would BBQ and bicycle around the little village.
What’s your favourite thing to get from the Ice Cream Van?
Probably chocolate ice cream with chocolate sauce and little chocolate bits in it. Just chocolate, chocolate, chocolate.
What are your plans for the rest of the Summer?
Play, play, play and releasing more music! My next single is releasing just before summer, so I’m quite excited about that. I’m gonna be living out of Norway for the first time in years and there will hopefully be tons of trips to the ocean in between all the festival shows we’re playing.
Tickets for The Great Escape festival are selling fast, for the full line-up see below