Last year's winners of the Norwegian Blues Union's Union Bluescup return in 2022
During Notodden Blues Festival 2021, Soft City was named the winner of the Union Cup and next summer they will return to the festival to do a full concert for a grateful audience.
The Oslo-based band consists of Thea Paulsen (vocals), Ask Vatn Strøm (guitar), Håvard Ersland (organ), Kim André Tønnesen (bass) and Bård Berg (drums). The band has been inspired by artists such as Knut Reiersrud and The Meters and influenced by soul, afrobeat and rock. With musicians from bands such as Kanaan, Dark Roast and Klossmajor, a live performance with this band is packed with hard-hitting riffs, suggestive rhythms, soulful melody lines and virtuoso solos.
The jury's reasoning during the Bluesup 2021: "Good dynamics, generous stage performance, great interaction and good at making room for each other".