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Culture, Europe, Festivals and events

Not your usual music festival

GeiloFor music fans who fancy something a bit different, this could be just the ticket. Scandinavia abounds in ice hotels and ice bars, so an ice music festival shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise! Since 1999, Norwegian percussionist Terje Isungset has used instruments made from ice to develop a unique sound. American expert ice sculptor Bill Covitz crafts drums, horns and guitars for the festival, from huge ice blocks cut out of glaciers and frozen lakes. In the small town of Geilo, between Oslo and Bergen in Norway, the temperatures are low enough at this time of year to prevent the instruments from melting. Here, wrapped up warm, audiences listen to a hypnotic mix that sometimes includes the ancestral song of the Sami people of northern Scandinavia. Everything that contributes to the sound is made from ice, apart from the strings, electronics and vocalists. The festival takes place from 3-5 February this year, see www.icefestival.no


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