MUSIC: KMF - The Feel Good Six Piece Come to Angel

Written by: Violet Myers

Norway is so hot right now… Figuratively.

Move over Hollywood, today is all about sturdy knitted pullovers, smoked fish and brooding noir dramas, we just can’t get enough of the Scandinavians!

With this in mind, it is with great pleasure that we throw open our arms to the feel good Norwegian six piece Kakkmaddafakka (don’t worry we have no idea how to pronounce it either…) 
Who, on their first visit to the UK since 2010, will be hitting our own Islington Academy this fair month.

We caught up with the boys to talk saunas, Spice Girls and how to make our lives a little more Scandinavian.

You’re getting ready for a gig in Islington, where in North London do you like to go when you’re over here?

“We have no idea.  This will be our first show in London, or even the UK since 2010.  So we don’t have any favourite places yet.  We play so many shows all over Europe so we have many cities, like Berlin or Barcelona, where we have it all worked out.  But it’s going to be exciting to explore a new city for us and discover our own places.”

Great band name by the way… How the flip do you pronounce it and what does it translate as?

“Wasn’t it Shakespeare that said ‘what’s in a name?’, turns out quite a lot! We were 15 to 18 years old when we made that word, actually, before we even formed the band.”

It’s a made up word, but people have attached their own meanings to it. I think the most common one we hear is Party Animal

“…or something like that. We’ve also heard many different pronunciations over the years! But again, feel free to pronounce it how you like.”

Your new song ‘Young You’ has been called a summer anthem, what’s on your go-to summer playlist?

“Sunshine makes some music come to life. At the moment I’ve been listening to Letta Embulu ‘Normalizo’ and Great News ‘Secrets’, but also our friend from Germany, Roosevelt, made a great summery remix of our track ‘Someone New’.  Most of Roosevelt’s own tracks make a good summer soundtrack.”

We hear you love to sauna. What other Norwegian traditions are Londoners missing out on?

“That’s very true. We call ourselves sauna extremists and try to get in there three times a week, with the ice baths also, the works. But I guess in London you don’t get to do the other great Norwegian pastime of walking in the mountains. Bergen is surrounded by seven mountains and we go for long walks as often as possible, or when the weather lets us. It’s great to clear the mind and keep the body moving. We will try the famous Primrose Hill mountain hike when we are over in London.”

When you’re all over here in old Blighty, let’s say you go out dressed as the Spice Girls one night, who dresses as who?

“Haha, that’s pretty easy actually. Axel (guitar) would be Ginger, Sti (bass) would be Scary, Kristoffer (drums) would be Sporty, Emin (piano) would be Posh, and that leaves Baby Spice for me! We also have Helmik on percussion, he could be David Beckham.”

Speaking of the Spice Girls who are your musical guilty pleasures? 

“We don’t really believe in guilty pleasures, a pleasure is just a pleasure, no need to put yourself on a guilt trip.”

When we DJ we are known to play a little bit too much Shaggy.

“…and we’re unashamed fans of Max Martin’s pop output.”

You’re festival regulars, which can we catch you at this year?

“Unfortunately, we won’t be on the UK festival scene this year as the album came a bit late, but if you have a passport then you can find us on my festivals around the world. The most exciting one for us will be Roskilde in Denmark. That was the festival we all went to when we were younger, and it’s sort of like the Glastonbury of Scandinavia.  Hopefully, next year you will be able to catch us playing without leaving the UK. We’d love to play Glastonbury!”

Who would be on your dream lineup? Alive or no longer on this mortal coil…

“Something like this: Simon & Garfunkel, The Beatles, Eminem & Dr Dre, Motorhead, Metallica and Prince could headline. Maybe we’d have to pop ourselves in the line-up too, would be great to be part of that night.”

Finally, if you weren’t musicians you would be….?  


KMF will be performing at O2 Academy Islington on the 31st of May. Watch the video for ‘Young You’ here.

Close up of brisket burger being held in two hands at Brave Sir Robin for North Four Magazine
Eat & Drink

Eat/Drink: A Love Letter to Cue Point and Brave Sir Robin

When danger reared its ugly head, Brave Sir Robin turned and fled… to his namesake pub on Crouch Hill for a craft beer and a top-notch meal from kitchen residency Cue Point. Warm globes of light hang above intimate booths, specially commissioned wall design offers a rich backdrop, and cosy sofas, deep armchairs and plentiful cushioned stools ensure no one is without a seat.

Bahn Mi Baguette at Pho Hot Vietnamese restaurant in Holloway North London shot for North Four Magazine.
Eat & Drink

Banh Mi and Friends at Pho Hot Holloway

Flocking to Holloway Road on one of the many Sundays that we’ve spent at the Nag’s Head Car Boot Sale, we spotted a new Vietnamese place called Pho Hot getting ready to open up their doors. Being the nosy folks we are, we peeked inside and spotted a menu. Banh Mi was on it. It's a baguette, but not as you know it. Glory of all glories! It’s been far too long since I last consumed this distinctive sarnie and I'm happy as Larry that there's a new Banh Mi joint on my doorstep.

Lee Garrett standing on stairs with window in background for North Four Magazine

Top 4 Tips to Protect Your Skin From London Winter!

Baby, it’s getting cold outside, and what better way to aide our frostbitten noses than a chat to a professional skin person? We’re talking to Lee Garrett, founder of The Garrett Clinic, accomplished skincare specialist and heralded by many as the UK’s leading Skin Guru. Read on to find out his insider tips for surviving this winter season with your skin looking as radiant as the moon that breaks a stormy night.

Illustration of tank with duck in it reading 'peace is coming' at Atom Gallery for North Four Magazine

Tomorrow's World at Atom Gallery

Joined by over 50 other artists incorporating printmaking, painting, digital art, photography and small-scale sculpture, Tomorrow’s World presents us with utopias, dystopias, predictions, prophecies and visions of the future. We hit up the private view last Friday and it was pretty damn bleak, in the best sense of the word.

Brave Sir Robin Opening 14th December 2017
Eat & Drink

Local Thinking, Craft Beer Drinking: Brave Sir Robin Launches in Crouch Hill

Carouse founders Chris, Theo and Ben – the charming folk behind Kentish Town’s Rose and Crown – have a new venture afoot and we couldn’t be more bloody excited to see it. We’ve been creeping in their windows, peering through the paint and sneaking glimpses at builders’ bums for a few months now (okay, maybe not the last one), watching these guys transform this cosy corner of Crouch Hill into a rather cool little boozer. Now they’re opening and everyone is invited. Come one, come all, and try all 20 of their beers on tap with us.

Back of persons head with cigarette tucked over ear

Body Hammer: Clubbing, but not how you know it

Last month I decided to try clubbing again. I don’t quite know what came over me, but I actually (brace yourselves) enjoyed it. I went to Body Hammer’s monthly party in Manor House and I’m here to tell you to go too, whether you love clubbing, hate clubbing, or really couldn’t care either way. #notspon

Close up of person shoving a stuffed potato skin into her mount at Skins in The Magic Roundabout for North Four Magazine
Eat & Drink Events

Go Your Own Way at Skins' Fleetwood Mac & Cheese Night

Rich, fried, buttery, potato-y vessels loaded with flavor combinations that go down rather well with craft beer, late nights and good times. Ha, who am I kidding, EVERYTHING goes down well with beer. You heard that right buddy, loaded potato skins are back with a bang (and a generous portion of bacon) and are currently being served at Old Street's The Magic Roundabout by street food pop-up Skins and we could not be any happier. Well, unless they were to stuff it with, say, Mac and Cheese or risotto. Oh, that's exactly what they do? Well paint me green and call me a cucumber.

Christmas Gift Guide by Pretty Shiny Shop in Stroud Green North London
Lifestyle List

A Very Pretty Shiny Christmas Gift Guide

Magical gifts, wonderful gifts, marvellous gifts, beautiful gifts, gifts, glorious gifts glo-ri-ous giiiiiifts. Please Sir, I want some more. It’s that time of year again and whether you love it or loathe it gifts will be purchased and presented into expectant hands. Stroud Green's very own Pretty Shiny Shop have compiled a gift guide to help ease the shopping shock. Imagine only having to trot to your local gift shop and tick off your entire shopping list in one fell swoop. Done, finito, terminado! To make it that little sweeter, it's also all very affordable... so you won't even have to pick a pocket or two.

Three people clinking plastic glasses in the air in a tent with people in the background at Thor's Tipi Bar in Regent's Place
Eat & Drink Events

Drink, Feast, Conquer, Repeat. Thor's Tipi Bar Has Arrived.

Alright guys, it’s happening. The frosty charm of December is, once again, being beaten to a pulp by the capitalists’ wet dream: Christmas. The hideous twinkling of artificial outdoor lighting is starting to appear, with tourists flocking from far and wide to watch D-list celebrities press a button. Invitations to Christmas parties flood in from your multiple part-time jobs, ensuring you make bad decisions bi-weekly til next year. Supermarkets are selling 12-day advent calendars containing confetti, cookie cutters and candles for a flawless £50. And oh, how the mulled wine flows.

Girl peeking through gold and pink balloons at Top Balloon in Shop Stroud Green for North Four Magazine
Eat & Drink Events

Shop Stroud Green Christmas Trail 2017

Who doesn’t love a cheeky statistic, correctly sourced? You know we do. Well, did you know that for every £1 spent with a small business, 63p is re-spent in the local area, as opposed to a measly 40p in every £1 re-spent locally with larger businesses? An absolute travesty, am I right? That 23p has to mean something, right, guys?! Guys? Guys, where are you going? Wait, there’s freebies involved too!

Eat & Drink Events Lifestyle List

Top 4 'Christmas is just a bad excuse for a' Winter Markets

By gum there are a lot of winter markets this year. Fueled by sickly sweet mulled wine and overpriced pulled pork sliders, we’ve managed to wade our way through the murky waters of winter markets and find some decent looking ones round this here part of town. Don’t let our Grinch-esq vibes put you off (I’m more of a Pancake Day person myself) because, if you’re into markets, you’ll probably like these. Read on, if you’re merrier than us.

The Vinteriors team and Mary le Comte at Moseyhome in Finsbury Park, North London for 'Style My Shop'.

Style My Shop: Vinterior x Moseyhome

Take a short walk along Finsbury Park’s own sunset strip and you’ll find MoseyHome, an interiors retailer and styling consultancy who have invited us to collaborate with them on an exciting new series titled 'Style My Shop', in which they invite some of London's most talented interiors experts to quite literally style their shop. Interiors porn at it's finest.

Eat & Drink Events List

Top Five "It's That Time Of Year Again" Things To Do This Winter

Why was the snowman sad? Because he had a meltdown. Much like us, every year, when winter comes. It’s cold, it’s dark, and we know Christmas is on its way. But hey, it’s not all bad – the events round this time of year can be pretty swell. So don your scarf-shawl-blanket and get your frolic on, it’s time for fairy lights, scarfing mulled wine and stuffing your face!

Hand feeling colourful splashes of artwork at Smith and Sinclair Flavour Gallery
Culture Eat & Drink Events

Suck it at The Flavour Gallery

Touch, taste, smell, hear and create art. Smith & Sinclair, purveyors of the Edible Cocktail, presents The Flavour Gallery: a multi-sensory adventure that’ll seduce your senses and tickle your taste buds beyond all imagination. Ooh matron!

Hodgepodge on Crouch Hill, North London. New restaurant opening November 2017
Eat & Drink

New Opening: Hodgepodge Crouch Hill

Offering modern British cuisine with a smokey twist, Crouch Hill's newest contender to its foodie scene, Hodge Podge, is all minimal styling and hearty yet inventive dishes.