Ahead of the international release of their album, ‘Camp Echo’ and a follow on promotional tour of Europe, Norwegian band Highasakite struck gold when they were invited to join ’80s singing wunderkind, Aled ‘Walking in the Air’ Jones on his ITV chatshow, ‘Weekend’, which he has been hosting since April 2014.
The band appeared on Aled’s show on Saturday morning, and their performance, which was nothing short of remarkable, sent both the in-house audience and TV viewers into raptures, to which the remarks posted on the Highaskite FB page can attest. Take this one from an Alex Cameron for example: “I had never heard of you before today (sorry) but your performance was absolutely superb on TV this morning. Immediately bought the album and only have 6 days until I get the next one I believe :-). Will try to get to Manchester to see you.”
or this one from a Matthew Lee on Ingrid’s vocal delivery: “Her voice is so full in those high notes“.
If ever there was an ad for the power of a positive television performance, this is certainly it.
In a brave but clever move, Highaskite opted to perform a cover of Adele‘s ‘Hello‘, the lead track from her third and most recent album. Brave, because not everyone is brass-ballsy enough to take on a song by one of the world’s most renowned and recognisable vocalists and, more-so to the point, it’s not everyone can get it right. BUT it was also a cannily clever move, as by choosing a song that was bound to be at least hazily if not instantly recognisable to 99.99% of the viewing audience, and by nailing their performance, Highaskite were bound to stamp their name on x*millions people’s minds. And nail it they did!
With a vocal delivery to challenge the tour-de-force that is Adele and give her a serious run for her money, Håvik hit those top notes with varying but well judged degrees of power and emotion. Undoubtedly gifted with a truly wonderful, textured voice, Ingrid’s performance was both emotionally honest and vocally immense. Instrumentally, the performance was immaculate and confident, with a choice of percussion that was ingenious.
Highasakite’s delivery was remarkable for both the simplicity, and creativity of its styling and interpretation. Overall from song choice through to execution, this was a PR and performance master-stroke, so much so I think you could safely say, that Highasakite have arrived. Just to compound that arrival, the following day, the band’s song, Golden Ticket, received visi-play on Channel 4’s ‘The Big Breakfast’. #arrived
Btw…I checked to see if Adele had posted a comment about the cover, but so far nothing! Shame. It’d be interesting to see how she receives it!
I am now more than a little excited at the prospect of seeing Highasakite live again this coming Sunday (22nd), when they play Whelan’s in Dublin on the second night of their Europe-wide tour which kicks off at The Great Escape Festival in Brighton. Having seen them last December when they played Dublin’s Olympia with OMAM, I already knew they were ‘smokin” live. Now having heard the singles from the new album and seen this cracker of a performance, I am stoked to be getting the chance to see them again on this their first headline tour.
Viewers in the UK can watch the full programme ‘Weekend’ here, while the rest of us ‘mere mortals’ can make do with the video below of Highasakite performing ‘Hello’ live on the show. Their new album ‘Camp Echo’ will be released this Friday, May 20th, via Propeller Recordings.
You can follow Highasakite on social media or check out the finer details via their website…Full details of their Camp Echo promotional tour are below, together with a link to buy tickets!!
19 MAY 2016 | THE GREAT ESCAPE (UK)
22 MAY 2016 | WHELAN’S, DUBLIN (IE)
23 MAY 2016 | DEAF INSTITUTE, MANCHESTER (UK)
24 MAY 2016 | VILLAGE UNDERGROUND, LONDON (UK)
26 MAY 2016 | PARADISO UPSTAIRS, AMSTERDAM (NL)
18 JUNE 2016 | BERGENFEST, BERGEN (NO)
24 JUNE 2016 | HURRICANE FESTIVAL, SCHEESSEL (DE)
25 JUNE 2016 | SOUTHSIDE FESTIVAL, NEUHAUSEN OB ECK (DE)
28 JUNE | GLEIS 22, MÚNSTER (DE)
29 JUNE 2016 | BI NUU, BERLIN (DE)
30 JUNE 2016 | BRÅVALLA FESTIVAL, NORRKOPING (SE)
1 JULY 2016 | ROSKILDE FESTIVAL (DK)
17 JULY 2016 | LATITUDE FESTIVAL (UK)
30 JULY 2016 | TROLLROCK, BEITOSTØLEN (NO)
12 AUGUST 2016 | ØYAFESTIVALEN, OSLO (NO)
19 AUGUST 2016 | PSTEREO, TRONDHEIM (NO)
20 AUGUST 2016 | PARKENFESTIVALEN, BODØ (NO)
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