Ja Ja Ja X The Great Escape: Soleima, aYia + Ronya

Mar 30 2017 19:30 - 21:30

The Lexington, 96-98 Pentonville Rd, N1 9JB London

Spring is approaching quickly, and so is next Ja Ja Ja!

The first Ja Ja Ja of the year kicked of with a bang, and we can’t wait to do it all over again! This time we’re teaming up with one of our favourite UK festivals The Great Escape, who are known to be one of the best events in Europe at which to discover new bands. Showcasing the world’s finest new music, the festival transforms the bustling seaside town of Brighton into a mecca for music lovers and performing musicians year after year.

Handpicked by the TGE team, we are delighted to announce that our March night will be filled with performances by some of the finest new Nordic artists; Denmark’s pop gem Soleima (DK), abstract electro-pop trio aYia (ICE) and sensational singer-songwriter Ronya (FI). Get acquainted with the full line-up below, and we’ll see you at The Lexington on Thursday 30th March.

Sign up HERE to become a Ja Ja Ja member for discounted tickets, free merch and other Nordic delights. Tickets on sale now via Billetto; £7 in advance and £5 for Ja Ja Ja members. Tickets also available on DICE.


Danish pop artist Soleima is back with her new single “Breathe (feat. Hoodboi)”, the latest from her debut EP “No. 14” which is out on April 21st on Parlophone / Warners. The track epitomises Soleima’s sound; her unique vocal and infectious melodies wrapped up in slick pop production.

Soleima made marks in the underground music scene with her single “Wasted”, which was released this past summer and followed on from . With remarkable and fragile vocals and melodies, combined with organic beats and inspiration from Sukumaland song tradition after living in Tanzania, her music is offers a unique and irresistible combination. Having worked with producer John Calvert (Nao, Ghost Poet) on her previous single ‘Cracks’, Soleima now returns with Soleima is back with her new single “Breathe (feat. Hoodboi)”, the latest from her debut EP “No. 14” which is out on April 21st on Parlophone / Warners.

“'Cracks'… is a brisk, buoyant return - laden with energy, it's a snappy, intelligent pop gem.” – Clash Magazine

>> Listen to ‘Cracks’ HERE.



In English, bands are usually referred to as the plural “they.” But when it comes to aYia, “it” feels more appropriate. The band’s sudden appearance in October 2016 felt like the arrival of a new entity - or the discovery of a new place - more than the launch of a project by three individuals. It materialised quietly, as if out of nowhere, the faces of the people behind the music shrouded beneath hoods and hidden in shadows. The presentation felt purposeful, and it was immediately apparent that aYia was something with a personality all of its own. With the recent release of “Ruins”, 2017 is proving to be an exciting year.

"Ruins" pulls back the curtain on the landscape aYia occupy: it's a vast and expansive wilderness of sound and voice, intelligently channeled into a singular musical vision.” – The Line of Best Fit

>> Listen to “Ruins” HERE.



Somewhere in the outskirts of a small town in the south of Finland, Ronja Gullichsen wrote songs in her bedroom, and secretly trained her voice with downloaded instrumental tracks of Aretha Franklin, Christina Aguilera and Beyonce songs. From the age of 14 she performed original songs along with jazz and R&B covers at local venues in her hometown and Helsinki and at 16, she recorded a demo with the help of a family member and landed a deal with Warner Music Finland. Having made her debut in 2012, she then joined the independent Finnish record label Cocoa Music and released a string of singles and the album “Tides”. She is now finishing up a collection of new songs due to be out in 2017.

>> Watch “Great Escape” HERE.



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