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Music Editorial

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Norway’s Aurora cemented her place as one of the best new leftfield popstars around with the release of her second album earlier this year. She’s playing Boilershop in Newcastle this November.

A little bird tells me (ie the Internet) that Aurora inspired Billie Eilish to “make music”, which means that she’s top of my pops from the get go. And despite only being 22-years-old she’s already got a body of work behind her that screams quality. Her first album was 2016’s ‘All My Demons Greeting Me A Friend’ and it confirmed to the world that a new folktronica fairy was moving among us. It caught the ear of everyone from Katy Perry to Troye Sivan who championed her along with The Chemical Brothers who snapped her up as a guest vocalist. Even the John Lewis advert people were enamoured, grabbing her to cover an Oasis song for one of their Christmas extravaganzas. This year’s ‘A Different Kind of Human (Step 2)’ saw her adding some electro-pop bangers to her ever-evolving sound, which now takes in elements of hip-hop and tropical EDM. She was a wow on the John Peel stage at this year’s Glastonbury but that was surely a mere warm-up for the kind of fireworks she’s going to be pulling out of her bag when she visits Newcastle.

Aurora, Saturday 9 November, Boiler Shop, South Street, Newcastle, 7pm, £18.50. boilershop.net