On May 11, Eurovision stars and fans will #ComeTogether at Stockholm’s Hard Rock Cafe for the inaugural #WiwiJam. Kicking off at 6pm and running until late, the event is free and open to everyone. Due to overwhelming interest, you’ll need a ticket to enter. You can get your ticket here. Come listen to the stars live, meet the team behind wiwibloggs and absorb the atmosphere of one of Stockholm’s premiere music venues. You can admire memorabilia from the likes of Madonna, Michael Jackson, Nirvana, Slash and ABBA — and create some new memories of your own! Let’s do this!
Norway’s The Hungry Hearts at the #wiwijam
Established as a contemporary art band in 2006, The Hungry Hearts have toured all over Norway — and the world. Among other things they sing about the female body, love and sexuality — all with with a distinct edge and multiple layers of meaning and musicality.
This year, during the final of Norway’s Melodi Grand Prix, the experimental group told us the touching story of Laika, the Soviet space dog who burned to death in outer space. Connecting that story to modern-day companionship and isolation, it was a tribute to love and loss.
They failed to reach the superfinal at MGP, which remains, in our minds, one of the biggest crimes of the most recent national finals season. But hey: they still made the Top 5 of our 2016 national finals song list. They love the disco. They are The Hungry Hearts!
The Hungry Hearts feat. Lisa Dillan at Melodi Grand Prix 2016 – interview
Their MGP entry “Laika” resulted in one of the most divided Wiwi Jury reviews ever.
Some found the song extremely annoying while others were touched, describing its lyrics as poetry. As one of our jurors wrote:
This isn’t just a tribute to the Soviet space dog — it’s a touching and poetic look at isolation, lost love and our never-ending journey to nothingness. The Hungry Hearts use accents and intonation to great effect, taking us to the Cold War and back, all the while making us want to dance. And when we do it’s with love and nostalgia and an acute awareness of our missed opportunities and disappointments. I just love this.
The Hungry Hearts, along with featured vocalist Lisa Dillan, will bring the disco to the Hard Rock Cafe and are now the third confirmed act for the Wiwi Jam.
There’s plenty more to come so make sure to come back for more reveals in the days ahead.