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Rock poet Erlend Ropstad is without a doubt one of the most important and great artist in Norway.
For 15 years, Erlend Ropstad has built his career as an artist step by step. Described as solid and colossal, Ropstad has gone from supporter slots in Norway and Europe, to performing on small club scenes, and after over a hundred concerts, he sold-out bigger venues and played at the biggest Norwegian festival, Øya. From the performance at Øya, Norwegian newspaper Klassekampen wrote «It was emotional to witness yet another chapter of Erlend Ropstads’ career on his road to truly master rock. He is ready for the stadium stages».
In 2019, Ropstad was awarded the Prøysenprisen (award of honour in Norway), and his release «Brenn Siste Brevet» (Eng.: Burn the last letter), was awarded the best album of the year in the highly acclaimed list made by 50 journalists for the newspaper Dagsavisen. His music has also appeared in movies and on TV-adverts, both in Norway and abroad. His proper breakthrough came when he started to write all his songs in Norwegian, resulting in much praise, which we still haven’t been able to compare to any other artist in Norway. All albums from this point on, scored 5 or 6 out of 6 on all reviews, and all were nominated for a Norwegian Grammy Spellemann. In 2020, a play was set up at the National Theatre combining his songs and poems from Nils-Øyvind Haagensen. With Erlend Ropstad as one of the performers on stage, they put up the premier in February followed by 10 critically acclaimed shows before the lockdown.
Erlend Ropstad is without a doubt one of the most important and great artist in Norway in 2020, and we are greatly looking forward to hearing what’s next in his discography.