“Winter music, the kind that grabs your attention and doesn’t let go.”
–The Daily Indie–
“Pure indie pop, with cinematic stretches and guitar eruptions among its ingredients.
These guys have delivered a record that’s top-class.”
Hailing from the north of the Netherlands, Vikings in Tibet is based in their self-built studio in the catacombs of an abandoned university complex. In tune with bands like Grizzly Bear, Real Estate and Balthazar, they describe their music as cinematic indie with a good solid groove.
The band was formed by two brothers with Danish roots, who soon ran into a light-hearted Englishman and pulled a drummer straight out of the Dutch clay. In the wake of their EP “Petrichor“, which was well-received in their hometown of Groningen, they started recording with producer Matthijs Herder (The Black Atlantic, The Horse Company). This led to the release of their debut album “Alchemy Ave.” in 2017.
A pub in the Welsh mountains was the scene of Vikings in Tibet’s first ever overseas gig, across the road from a cottage where the band spent time working on new material. This trip was captured in their latest video “Shire“. Back home, they hosted a showcase event in a synagogue during ESNS 2018. Next the Vikings are headed east, with gigs in Germany and Russia on the horizon.
2018 ▪ Released “Shire” (single) ▪ First edition of Synagogue Showcase ▪ Selected for GPVNL
2017 ▪ Released “Alchemy Ave.” (album) ▪ Recorded Pelican Sessions & Solar Sessions ▪ First international show
2016 ▪ Released “Silhouette” & “Löwenweise” (singles) ▪ Shows at Melkweg Amsterdam & Popronde
2015 ▪ Released “White Room” (single) ▪ POPgroningen Talent Award winners
2014 ▪ First appearances at Eurosonic Noorderslag & Bevrijdingsfestival
2013 ▪ Released “Petrichor” (EP) ▪ First show at Vera Groningen
Guitar & lead vocals
Niels de Jonge
Guitar & keys
“…like a hero out of some impossible mythology – of Indians in Iceland, of Vikings in Tibet“
–Aldous Huxley, Island (1962)–