2020 Headliner Announced – Enslaved & Guest Curator Ivar Bjornson
It’s about that time. We have two pieces of news to share to present our first announcement for Fire In The Mountains 2020, and in doing so it is our honor to reveal a new element of the event that will take place with this iteration. The first piece of news, that we share with great excitement, is that our headlining act will be the incomparable Nordic Metal Giants ENSLAVED – making an exclusive North American appearance for this special set.
The second, is that for the first time we will be working alongside one of our artists in organizing elements of the festival as a whole – and thus are honored to introduce our first ever Guest Curator – Enslaved’s own IVAR BJORNSON. The legacy and impact of Enslaved is inimitable, and to bring this music that has been so influential here below the stars, surrounded by the Rocky Mountains is an experience we are honored to facilitate, and eager to take part in. Ivar had this to say of the band’s appearance: “Our Northern hearts rejoice as we are part of this announcement for Fire in the Mountains 2020! To come to these beautiful parts of good ol’ Vinland and headline an outdoor festival is nothing short of a dream come through. We will present a very special show and cannot wait to share this weekend with the other artists, audience and the hard working folks behind the festival! To the mountains!!”
We are very inspired to be working directly alongside Mr. Bjornson in creating an experience to match its incredible surroundings. His curation involves a selection of hand picked artists, as well as other elements to be revealed over time, all of which comprise a feature presentation of next summer’s event. He speaks to it here, and reveals the title of his presentation: “It is a massive honor to be asked to be the first guest curator for the Fire in the Mountains festival. I have decided to name my curator showcase “On Wings Over Utgard”; inspired by the thematics from the coming Enslaved-album. Modern man is a being that has forgotten how chaos, darkness and decay are as important and beautiful parts of existence as all the bliss, youth and light we over-feed ourselves in the (dis-)Information Age. What better scenic metaphor to realize this part of the overall vision than at Fire in the Mountains; surrounded by wild, chaotic nature. Where life is how it was meant to be; uncontrolled, balanced and unified. I cannot wait to start showing you all the artists I am inviting to sonically and lyrically illustrate all this!” A lot to look forward to, next summer at the Grand Tetons. We have so much more to share. Keep an eye here, and we will see you in the mountains.