The weekend-long "festival for innovative electronic music" will take place later this month in Tromsø, Norway.
Insomnia is an annual non-profit event that aims to "create an artistic melting pot and an important platform for innovative artists." It takes place in what organizers call "an environment that gives creative energy and mental space," namely Tromsø, a small island city surrounded by mountains north of the Arctic Circle, which happens to be one of the best places in the world to see Aurora Borealis. Tromsø has been at the vanguard of Norway's house and techno scene since the late '80s, and produced some of the country's best-known electronic artists, including Röyksopp (who will DJ at this year's festival) and ambient pioneer Geir Jenssen, AKA Biosphere.
The program at Insomnia blends concerts and club nights with seminars, exhibitions and film screenings. This year's performances will come from Portable, Gus Gus, Emika, Jori Hulkkonen and Axel Boman among others. Events will take place at venues around the city, from an old cinema called Verdensteatret to a student house where many of the city's most famous artists cut their teeth.