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Emiliana Torrini headlines Ja Ja Ja Festival – London’s celebration of Nordic music, food & film – 13th, 14th & 15th November.

Now in it’s second year, the Icelandic singer tops a bill of the best Nordic music, alongside a cutting edge food programme curated by Antto Melasniemi & Screenings from the Nordic Music Video Awards.
Event to take place over two nights at The Lexington (13th & 14th november) concluding with an all-day performance at Queen Mary University’s Historic Great Hall (15th november).
Music line-up also includes When Saints Go Machine, Jenny Wilson, Highasakite, Asbjørn, Death Hawks, Rytmeklubben, Blaue Blume & many more.
Iceland’s Emilíana Torrini is to headline the second Ja Ja Ja Festival – London’s celebration of the best Nordic music, food and video.
This year the festival will be spread over two venues, with extended editions of the acclaimed Ja Ja Ja club night to take place at The Lexington on 13th & 14th November, before moving on to a special all-day event on Saturday 15th November in the beautiful environs of Queen Mary University’s historic Great Hall.
Ja Ja Ja Festival will showcase the best new music from Denmark, Iceland, the Faroe Islands, Finland, Norway and Sweden alongside an innovative menu of mouth-watering cuisines, exclusive screenings and more.
In a celebrated career that has encompassed major European-wide hit singles (“Jungle Drum”), a Grammy-nominated co-write for Kylie Minogue’s Slow, and a showstopping performance on the soundtrack to Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers, Emilíana Torrini’s most recent studio album Tookah was released by Rough Trade in 2013. A string of positive reviews followed, with Tookah described as “magical and mystical” by Clash Magazine, Q proclaimed it was “worth the wait”  and MOJO loved how “warm and addictive” the record is. Find out for yourself and stream Tookah here.
Joining Emilíana in her headline Ja Ja Ja Festival performance at the Great Hall will be When Saints Go Machine, Jenny Wilson, Highasakite, Sin Cos Tan and Byrta.
Artists playing The Lexington include some of the brightest up-and-coming names in Nordic music, such as Asbjørn, Death Hawks, Rytmeklubben, Blaue Blume, Low Roar, Sumie, Fufanu, Nils Bech and Noah Kin.
The festival will offer an equally innovative food programme curated by the Finnish chef and restauranteur – and former member of legendary rock band HIM – Antto Melasniemi. Promising “culinary experiences that go beyond food and drink” and exciting collaborations with artists playing the festival, Antto has received international acclaim for his signature combination of seasonal simplicity with conceptual dining, launching a series of award winning restaurants and pop-ups, including Design & Dine at London Design Festival this week, Kuurna, Ateljé Finne, Hel Yes!, The Solar Kitchen and The Open Kitchen project.
Festival goers at the Great Hall will also be free to enjoy an exclusive programme of screenings from the Nordic Music Video Awards.
More exciting additions will be made in coming weeks.
Quite simply, the Ja Ja Ja Festival is the closest UK audiences can get to that famed “Nordic cool” without reaching for their passport.
Tickets for the Ja Ja Ja Festival go on sale today exclusively from Billetto via the following link:
Entry to all events, Lexington and Great Hall (13th-15th November) – Ja Ja Ja members £35/ non members £40
Great Hall Seated Ticket (15th November) – £30
Great Hall Standing Ticket (15th November) – £25
Lexington club tickets (13th & 14th November) – Ja Ja Ja members £8/non members £10 per night
For all media enquiries about the festival, please contact:
Adam Webb: / 07947 062360 or Debbie Ball / 07790 676962
Now in its second year, the Ja Ja Ja Festival is an extension of the much-loved Ja Ja Ja club night and online magazine – which this year celebrates its fifth birthday.
The festival is supported by the Embassies of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden in London, the Nordic Culture Fund and New Nordic Food.
Hosted monthly at The Lexington, and brought to you in association with The Line of Best Fit and Record of the Day, the club is now firmly established as London’s premier destination for the very best new Nordic music – promoting early London performances by artists including , Niki & The Dove and Samaris.
Queen Mary University’s Great Hall is in the heart of East London, and only a 10 minute tube journey from Liverpool Street. The 1930s art-deco treasure (built on the site of the original ‘People’s Palace) was reopened in 2013 after a £6.3m refurbishment, and has previously played host to the Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac and Thin Lizzy. Most recently, Damon Albarn premiered his solo album Everyday Robots at the venue last May.
The full Ja Ja Ja Festival line-up is as follows:
Thurs 13th November – The Lexington – 7pm until 11pm
Asbjørn (DEN)
Death Hawks (FIN)
Low Roar (ICE)
Sumie (SWE)
Friday 14th November – The Lexington – 7pm until 4am
Rytmeklubben (NOR)
Blaue Blume (DEN)
Fufanu (ICE)
Nils Bech (NOR)
Noah Kin (FIN)
Saturday 15th November -The Great Hall, Queen Mary’s University – 1pm-11pm
Emiliana Torrini (ICE)
When Saints Go Machine (DEN)
Jenny Wilson (SWE)
Highasakite (NOR)
Sin Cos Tan (FIN)
Byrta (FO)
The Lexington
96-98 Pentonville Road
N1 9JB
5 minutes from Angel underground (Northern line) and 8 minutes from Kings Cross.
The Great Hall,
People’s Palace
Queen Mary, University of London
327 Mile End Road
E1 4NS
5 minutes from both Mile End underground (Central, District/Hammersmith & City lines) and Stepney Green (District/Hammersmith & City lines).


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