We Love The 90’s


I’ve somehow remained on the mailing list for concert organising company Bergen Live, almost two years since we popped over to Norway to watch a-ha there. They (Bergen Live, not a-ha) have been in touch again to tell me about an upcoming concert, conveniently arranged for our wedding anniversary (although Natt Till 1.Mai, as well).


That’s quite the line up (completed in no small part by the MC: Howard). From headliners Hanson (Mmmbop, obvs), through German techno experts Scooter (The Logical Song, Nessaja), with a touch of Dutch Eurodance in The Venga Boys (We’re Going To IbizaBoom Boom Boom BoomWe Like To Party) and some Spanish Latin Pop and Dance with Los del Rio (Macarena)*.

And we haven’t even begun on the third, fourth, fifth and sixth lines of the bill.
(Although we did jump ahead and mention Howard already.)
(Just too exciting to resist, see?)

Lob in some American House from Robin S (Show Me Love), a bit of the infamous Italian Eurocheese outfit Capella (U And Me, Move On Baby, U Got 2 Let The Music – you know, this one):

…mix it up with some Trinidadian/German legend Haddaway (What is Love?LifeI Miss You) and add a pinch of the Swedish/Nigerian hip-hop/reggae sounds of Dr Alban (It’s My LifeHello Afrika) and you’ve already got way more than half your 1993 Dance MegaMix Double CD covered.

And some Hanson. Sticking out like an aging, long-haired hippie trio.


Tickets for this amazing gig are an absolute snip at anywhere between 794 NOK (R1,202) and 1,209 NOK (R1,831).

And given the ages (Dr Alban is sixty years old. Eish.) and energy of the performers, you’d surely be foolish not to go top end for what must likely be one of their last ever performances.

To be honest, I can’t afford the time or money to go to Bergen again next month. But if I could, I would.

The concert (and Howard) would just be an added bonus.
Bara pappa pappa pap baam.


* And you thought some of the others were one hit wonders!

A video

Busy day. Done lots. Achieved lots. But now tired, and leg hurts.
Stitches out tomorrow.

So, here’s a monochromatic acoustic lyric video from a-ha:

So much moss…

Because when life is just a bit of a struggle, it’s important to retreat to one’s happy place.
Smoky black and white images of Norwegian boathouses, coupled with that voice, seems to be mine.

Bergen love

I have waxed lyrical about Bergen several many times on here. And here we go again.
Remember Faded by (Bergen-based producer) Alan Walker? Well, then came the “acoustic version” of that track, documented here.

After that came the follow up, Alone. It featured here, not just because of the jaunty EDM beats within, but also because everyone was on their way to Bergen. Now, there’s an acoustic version of Alone, too.

It’s called Alone (Restrung):

Once again, there is a mad rush with everyone trying to get to Bergen, but this time there’s a FPV shot of some of those individuals (having arrived bang on time, I’ll bet) leaving the local railway station.
And that’s significant in that there’s one of those round, poster billboard things (they must have a real name, but I don’t know what it is) in shot across the road.
That round, poster billboard things is the very one that my partner in crime and I – fuelled by expensive beer, cocktails and whale meat – may have liberated an a-ha concert poster from on our final night in the city.

You’ll want to run through to 2:29 to see it. Or you could just look at this helpfully annotated screenshot below:

Oh, the memories! Such a carefree time of alleged poster borrowing and general liberty. (Sadly, we were cruelly reminded of the crushing reality of our return to South Africa the following morning when we passed a beagle while walking down Kaigaten moments later, but that’s beside the point.)

Acoustic a-ha

Just when you thought it was all over…

a-ha will make a live acoustic album and concert film from a series of intimate performances to take place between June 26 – June 30, 2017.
The album, DVD and broadcast are scheduled for release in November 2017.
In early 2018, a-ha will take this special acoustic set on the road, giving the fans a new way to experience the music they love.

So… where are we going to see them this time, I wonder? After all, there’s still time to slip a couple of tickets into my Xmas stocking, darling…

The a-ha.com page is currently oversubcribed, suggesting that there is significant interest in this endeavour. The venues for the “series of intimate performances” haven’t yet been announced, but the first confirmed dates are in January 2018 and are in Germany, Switzerland and Austria.

Presumably, the Cape Town leg of the tour will be in February or March.

I guess we’ll find out soon enough.

Briefly Back

I was wandering through Instagram yesterday evening, waiting for the rest of my family to return from a rest of my family outing. It didn’t take long before I found this breathtaking image on the VisitBergen timeline:


What a view.
I was transported back to May and those halcyon few days that we spent exploring that little bit of the west coast of Norway.

Sadly, this was merely bittersweet, pseudo-escapism though, as I was brought firmly back to the dark reality of the Cape Town evening by the beagle farting as it wandered past me and into the kitchen in search of food.

The trouble is, as I remarked beneath this vaguely similar (i.e. of some fjords near Bergen) photo:

I desperately want to go back, but equally, I desperately don’t: there’s simply no way that a return visit could ever be so perfect.

But the need to see more of Scandinavia is real.
I’m even beginning to consider adding an Iceland2017 category to the blog…