V I L N E S is the artist name of the Norwegian indie pop artist Eivind Vilnes. He is a singer performing his own songs with a band or on his own. There is always something inescapable catchy to his songs. He was recently called an “indie pop genius” by an english blog. 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). In november 2019 Vilnes and his band performed at the ceremony of the Rafto Foundation when the annual price for human right was given to Rouba Mhaissen, a great honour.


Vilnes. Photo Jim Hansen

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.

Vilnes soon discovered that the finest musicians wanted to join him in his new ambition! One of them was Felix Rudi, already a winner of the Norwegian Grammy with MK’s Marvellous Medicine. He brought on his former manager Gaute Singstad to take promote Vilnes and his magic band.

Vilnes and the magic band is a six piece orchestra of highly skilled and dedicated musicians, ready to play the amazing music created by Eivind Vilnes.

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.

Reviews and awards

  • Vilnes – Best Male artist 2019 by Radio Wigwam.

    Best Male Artist for 2019 by Radio Wigwam.

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). Further three songs was released by Lekrofon in the first half of 2019. Nice reviews and mentions keep coming!


  • 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)

Demons was listed on major regional radios, Ordentlig radio and Radio 102). It was also played by the legendary Radio Caroline (UK), got heavy rotation on Radio Wigwam (UK) and others.   

His superior songwriting and performance gave him awards at both the Bandwagon and Emergenza showcase festivals.  

V I L N E S will be releasing a string of songs in 2019, and the live band will hit the road this same year. After packing the house at the club Underlig in the home town Bergen, Vilnes and his magic band was booked to Bergenfest

Vilnes tour dates

Vilnes tour dates


Music Releases


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

Live band

  • Eivind Vilnes, Lead vocal, guitar and piano
  • Einaras Baltrimas, Saxophone
  • Øystein Høynes, Bass
  • Felix N Rudi, Drums
  • Ella Hélen Bukkøy, Backing vocal and fiddle
  • Miriam Tumyr, Backing vocal

Vilnes at the Blest Festival in Førde 2019