The party’s starting

Norwegian pop star Astrid S embarks on Party’s Over Tour with shows near you

Photo: Stian Andersen
Portrait of Astrid S taken in September 2014.

Molly Jones
The Norwegian American

Labeled “Scandinavia’s next breakout pop princess” by music blog Idolator, 20-year-old Norwegian singer and songwriter Astrid S is certainly on the rise—not just in Scandinavia but around the globe.

Finishing fifth in the Norwegian version of Pop Idol, Astrid Smeplass experienced her breakthrough into Norway’s music scene at the age of 16. The following year she moved to Oslo from her small hometown of Berkåk in Sør-Trøndelag to pursue her music career. And she has never looked back.

Astrid S released her self-titled debut EP in 2016, and her international fame flourished. The single “Hurts So Good” gained more than 136 million streams on Spotify, charted in 21 countries, and led to tours in Europe and North America with Australian singer and songwriter Troye Sivan.

Following sold-out shows in Los Angeles, New York, and London, in early June Astrid S announced her largest headline tour ever: the Party’s Over World Tour with over 30 concerts this fall in North America, Europe, and New Zealand. The five-track album Party’s Over was released on June 30, featuring the electro pop hit “Breathe.” The lead single was an instant hit, and the emotional song has already racked up more than 25 million streams worldwide.

“‘Breathe’ could be about that overwhelming feeling of being in love, but for me it’s about these moments over the past year that took my breath away, like having a hit single, going on my first tour, and playing some of the festivals back home in Norway that I’ve always dreamed of. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve had to pinch myself,” wrote the artist on her website.

She hopes that her music will instill a sense of belonging and joy in her listeners. “I want them to feel happy and just forget about all their worries for a bit. It’s nice to think that I have the opportunity to make someone’s day a little better. Because the focus for me is on bringing people together because they like to listen to my music and that’s where they feel like they belong,” she says.

The Norwegian will start her tour in Canada and the U.S., where she will be supported by 16-year-old British singer Jasmine Thompson, followed by a series of other countries and ending with almost a dozen shows in her home of Norway.

Tour dates:
Toronto, Ont.
Sept. 12, doors open 7:00 p.m.
Velvet Underground

Allston, Mass.
Sept. 14, doors open 7:00 p.m.
Brighton Music Hall

Philadelphia, Penn.
Sept. 15, doors open 7:00 p.m.
The Foundry at Fillmore Philly

Washington, D.C.
Sept. 16, doors open 7:00 p.m.
U Street Music Hall

New York, N.Y.
Sept. 19, doors open 7:00 p.m.
The Bowery Ballroom

Brooklyn, N.Y. (Sold Out)
Sept. 20, doors open 7:00 p.m.
Rough Trade NYC

Chicago, Ill.
Sept. 22, doors open 7:00 p.m.
Subterranean

Minneapolis, Minn. (Sold Out)
Sept. 23, doors open 4:00 p.m.
7th St Entry

Los Angeles, Calif.
Sept. 25, doors open 7:30 p.m.
El Rey Theatre

Santa Ana, Calif.
Sept. 29, doors open 8:00 p.m.
Constellation Room

San Francisco, Calif. (Sold Out)
Sept. 30, doors open 8:30 p.m.
The Independent

Visit astridsofficial.com to purchase tickets. Please note that several concerts are already sold out.

This article originally appeared in the Sept. 8, 2017, issue of The Norwegian American. To subscribe, visit SUBSCRIBE or call us at (206) 784-4617.

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