Vilnes, press photo 2020
Vilnes 2020

V I L N E S is the artist name of the Norwegian singer songwriter Eivind Vilnes. His songs are heard from playlists and radio stations everywhere. A Million Smiles was released in January 2021, and soon found it’s way to German radio stations.

There is always something inescapable catchy to his songs! The single Play With Me was presented on the New Music Friday Norway by the Spotify editorial team and selected as the single of the week by NPS. The single Story Unsaid was listed by NRK P1. (National Broadcaster of Norway). In October 2019 he was awarded Best Male Artist of 2019 by Radio Wigwam (UK). VILNES EP was released in December 2019. The Debut album is scheduled for release on June 4, 2021.

Eivind Vilnes, singer and songwriter

Eivind Vilnes is top class singer and songwriter. His talent was apparent at an early age. He won contests and refined his craft by studying music. He gained even more prizes with the different band he joined, but it was not until he decided to go solo the world took notice of this extremely talented singer and his amazing songs.

Eivind Vilnes was born and raised on the small island of Atløy in the fjords of Norway. He and the band is living in Bergen, the musical capital of Norway.

Vilnes in concert

Vilnes 2020
Vilnes at the Blest Festival in Førde 2019

Vilnes is a performer with great stage presence! His voice and singing is truly amazing, and his catalog of great songs keeps the audience under his spell! Vilnes in concert is a great experience.

Vilnes has performed at Bergenfest, Øyafestivalens Klubbdag, Bergen Live Sessions and showcase festivals like Vill Vill Vest, Blest and 100 Dagar.


His first self-released single ’ Demons’ was released in late October 2018.  ‘This really is 2 minutes 40 seconds of indie pop genius’ is a quote from a review by Nordic Music Review (UK).

The VILNES EP was released by Lekrofon in December 2019. Nice reviews and mentions keep coming!

Eivind Vilnes with the Best Male Artist price from Radio Wigwam
Vilnes – Best Male artist 2019 by Radio Wigwam.

Quotes from music reviews

  • …In short, a very tasty combination! – Gobsmag’s review of Hey There
  • Irresistible, catchy and uplifting , Phonograph Me (Portuguese)
  • Norwegian frontman channels the wistful folk aesthetic of Fleet Foxes, Mystic Sons (UK)
  • …a delightful slice of indie, Unheard Indie (Podcast Sondcloud | Google | Spotify )
  • I want to hear more from Vilnes! (Hilde Zahl, NRK P1)
  • Vilnes creates indie pop magic! (NPS, NO, Norwegian)
  • We all hereby formally request a full album  (Nordic Music Review, UK)
  • Yet again we have to look to Norway for a new name appearing in the heaven of pop music (, Sweden)
  • ..we ask ourselves “Why is this single so good?”  (Comeherefloyd, UK)
  • Play With Me is a irresistibly catchy song. The mood is uplifting and inviting. (Hot Lunch Music, USA)
  • The organic nature of this release adds immensely to its strength and appeal. (Stereo Stickman, UK)
  • This really is 2 minutes 40 seconds of indie pop genius.  – Nordic Music Review (UK)
  • Regardless of your previous mood, Good Old Days by V I L N E S will make you happy. –Studentradioen I Bergen
  • Vilnes shows a striking talent for pop music, (Bergens Tidende, Norwegian)

Reviews and awards

  • Best Male Artist for 2019 by Radio Wigwam.
  • His superior songwriting and performance gave him awards at both the Bandwagon and Emergenza showcase festivals.  



This is Vilnes performing his song Back To The Start with only vocals and piano.

Live band

  • Eivind Vilnes, Lead vocal, guitar and piano
  • Stian Brungot, Bass
  • Felix N Rudi, Drums
  • Ella Hélen Bukkøy, Backing vocal and fiddle
  • Erik Rolland, Guitar

Vilnes tour dates

Vilnes tour dates

Eivind Vilnes by the piano
Vilnes at the Blest Festival in Førde 2019