By Nivetha Dayanand, photos by Guki Giunashvili
On the third day of SPOT, people rushed from one venue to the other, trying their best to cover as many concerts as possible as there will be a long wait until the next edition of the festival.
It was a casual weekend for the people hanging out on Åboulevarden until Hjalte Ross started to perform on SPOT Royal stage beside Magasin. Shoppers and bystanders stopped by to listen to his music and pretty soon the bridge over the river and the surrounding areas filled up with people of all ages.
Hjalte Ross is a young up and coming Danish songwriter, singer, and guitarist. He started his music career early at the age of 14. His debut record called ‘Embody’ was released in the Autumn of 2018 and its songs, composed on acoustic guitar and tape recorders appeal to a diverse audience. The lucidity and tactility in Ross’s calm vocals and his bold fingerpicking give ‘Embody’ the intense and timeless sound.
This time, for SPOT Festival, Ross was accompanied by other musicians: Gustav Ljunggren on the Organ, Johanna Anderson on Cello, Mads Lang and Astrid Matthesen on bass guitar. While the artist never played alongside cello and the organ before, he said was thoroughly satisfied by the outcome.
As his performance came to an end, people gave the musician a huge round of applause and went about their business, this time with their hearts filled and minds refreshed.
This was one of the free concerts offered by SPOT Festival. It is a way for the organizers of the event to reach a wider audience and give as many young artists as possible the opportunity to showcase their work.