New Nordic Music Festival returns in 2017

For the second year in a row, you can kick off the new year at the New Nordic Music Festival with three weeks of concerts by world famous artists from Norway and Sweden. In the beginning of 2016, New Nordic took a big leap forward when they organised their very first music festival at the outdoor venue in the garden of New Nordic Marcus in Pattaya. Both holiday guests and local expats were invited to a total of nine concerts with famous musicians from the North.

Stephen Ackles
Stephen Ackles

According to Bjørn Holbæk-Hanssen, who is the promoter of the New Nordic Music Festival, the festival was a success, and New Nordic was suddenly on the map as a provider of high quality events with great atmosphere. Therefore, after that first success, New Nordic has decided to throw their second music festival, this time even bigger.

“In 2017, we have taken another step forward and invited more famous international artists,” Bjørn Holbæk-Hanssen says.

He says that New Nordic’s vision is to create a community in Pratumnak Hill where the customers not only come to stay in their apartments, but also become a part of a vibrant village, explaining that entertainment is a big part of this vision.

Jan Johansen
Jan Johansen

“Since the very beginning, New Nordic has arranged weekly entertainments for our guests, and over the last few years, live music and other forms of entertainment have become very important,” Bjørn Holkbæk-Hanssen says and explains that they now have more focus on professional artists.


So from 16 January to 4 February 2017, the second edition of the New Nordic Music Festival will be held at New Nordic Marcus in Pattaya.

According to Bjørn Holbæk-Hanssen, the eight concerts at the 2016 edition were almost sold out, which is why they in 2017 have decided to throw no less than 11 concerts with top famous artists from Norway and Sweden.

Øjvind ElgenesDuring the three weeks, you will have the chance to listen to Tommy Körberg. The Swedish singer is mostly known for his time as a musical actor, where he has had success in both London, New York and Sweden, and for what he has won several prizes. But Tommy Körberg is also one of Scandinavia’s best singers with more than 40 released albums since 1969 – the last one in 2012 which is called Songs for drinkers and thinkers.

Norwegian ELG, who is also known as Øjvind Elgenes, will also be playing during the festival. This singer is from one of Norway’s most popular bands, the rock band Dance With A Stranger, but in addition to this, he has also released five solo albums. He and Dance With A Stranger have been awarded four Spellemannsprisen, which is the Norwegian answer to the Grammy Award, in 1988 and 1991.


Also Swedish Tommy Nilsson is to be found on stage during the festival. He is one of Sweden’s most popular artists who has released nine albums and a lot of singles with three no 1 hits in the charts. Tommy Nilsson was given an award for best Swedish male artist, and in 1990, he received a gold disc for his album Follow The Road.

Next on the list is a real rock ’n’ roll entertainer – Stephen Ackles. This beloved Norwegian vocalist, pianist and songwriter has worked with a number of world-renowned artists such as Johnny Cash, Little Richard, Linda Gail Lewis, and many others. In addition, he has released 15 albums and participated in numerous TV-shows in Norway.


Last, but definitely not least, is Swedish Jan Johansen who is well-known in Scandinavia. He has had five top 10 hits in the charts where the song ”Se på meg” was the biggest no 1 hit both in Sweden and in Norway. The song stayed at the top of the charts for 15 weeks, charting for thirty weeks in total.

The New Nordic Music Festival takes place from 16 January to 4 February 2017 at New Nordic Marcus in Pattaya. The ticket price is at 1,500 baht, and this does not only include the 11 concerts, but also an international buffet.

Tickets can be ordered at [email protected], or by telephone: +66 061 490 0055.

About Maria Jønsson

Maria Jønsson is a journalist trainee working at ScandAsia from 1 August 2016 till February 2017.

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