Right on cue, the rain subsided in Brighton to allow us to really appreciate the next live showcase on our agenda, on day 2 of The Great Escape. We were massively fortunate in the change of weather because pencilled in on the schedule was an acoustic set by Norway’s major pop export Dagny as part of the Vevo Dscvr stage, in the open-air courtyard of Wagner Hall.
As far as I was concerned Dagny was a must see act at all costs. As I’ve been following the Tromsø based artist since she first created a wave of interest with her catchy, hand-clappy pop effort “Backbeat” back in 2015. I have said enough times, that I find Dagny’s tracks made to measure for entertaining a festival crowd, so this open-air set was the optimum opportunity to put my theory to test.
Joined by our friend Joe Copplestone (aka emerging artist Lostchild), the three of us were quite ready I’d say to take in the pristine pop delights, offered up by Dagny in the afternoon sun. It was also quite refreshing to partake of an acoustic set. A little bit of respite from the general hustle and bustle of the festival during what was to be a very busy and productive day.
Dagny and her band made their entrance by introducing the fair-weather loving crowd to a preview of the new single “Wearing Nothing”, whereby her stellar vocals circled around us before floating up into the sunny heavens. The rest of the set was majorly comprised of material from the debut “Ultraviolet” EP and even though the dizzy heights of pumping electronic beats where not the aim of this intimate set. The stripped-back tracks were beautifully administered and did an enormous justice in showing us that Dagny is more a tour de force of singer/songwriter artistry than merely a festival crowd puller. On the back of this charming set, Raj, Joe and myself witnessed Dagny come into her own. Whatever dynamic she chooses to bring to the table Dagny can comfortably flick the switch back and forth between simplified performance and whipping up a pop storm. Dagny has the mark of longevity about her. You should settle down and get to know her!