When Patti Smith co-headlined Øya Festival in Oslo at the weekend, the crowd was a proffering of adoration before she even sang her first note. When she jumped, they jumped, when she performed seminal tracks like ‘Horses’ and ‘People Have the Power’, they let the momentousness of the occasion wash over them.

Not only was this set by one of music’s original riot grrrls a timely reminder that it’s okay to rail against the patriarchy, with around 60,000 punters attending over the entire four festival days (approx. 15,000 per day), it was an intimate affair with one of music’s last living legends.

But while 71-year-old Patti commanded the stage and put many of her contemporaries to shame, a colossal sea of zealous bodies had amassed on the other side of the festival grounds at Tøyen Park. They spilled as far back as the bathrooms and filled much of the space reserved for an adjacent stage.

They were there to see Cezinando, a breakthrough Nordic pop artist with a #1 album recorded almost entirely in Norwegian.

Cezinando’s debut record Noen Ganger Og may have topped Norway’s local chart and had two tracks synced to the country’s top-rated webseries Skam, but just seven years into his career, he’s far from locking in arena tours. So why was this 23-year-old given the mainstage headline slot to showcase his largest stage production yet? Because as is now tradition, each year Øya Festival organisers give the coveted spot to a local emerging artist.