Heavy Hops Ep. 095: My Best Friend (Live at VivaSounds w/ Amira Gluhic, Lilia Ohls, Oskar Fredén)

This week’s Heavy Hops episode comes from a panel discussion I moderated on December 3rd at Viva Sounds – a conference and live music showcase that takes place annually in Gothenburg, Sweden, hosted by West Side Music.

This panel – titled “My Best Friend” – looks at the live music sector from a small, independent venue owner and operators’ perspective. We venture beyond the headlines that dominated mainstream and trade media that generally portrayed a triumphant return of live music – and into what types of internal and external challenges these crucial members of the sector face while the industry collectively attempts to find its footing again after pandemic closures. 

While this conversation is a snapshot in time, I think it’s extremely relevant not only now, but to be able to look back on when we try to understand music business challenges more broadly. I’ve provided information on each of the panelists and their spaces, as well as the conference in the episode notes.


Amira Gluhic, HeadQuarters, Aarhus, Denmark 
Lilia Ohls, Hafenklang, Hamburg, Germany
Oskar Fredén, Fyrens Ölkafé, Sweden

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Audio editing, mix and mastering: Esben Willems/Studio Berserk

Music by: Sam Cangelosi

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