Rickard Eklund from Närpes is an award-winning singer-songwriter and dialect poet, winner of both “Finnish-Swedish Song of the Year” for his song Finland, as well as Solveig von Schoultz Poetry Prize 2016. Last year he released his debute album 1. (ätt), which was praised by critics.

He will bring a full band to Humlefestival, including a cellist, brass and drums. This coordinated yet unorthodox set of musicians give justice to his melancholic songs and gives the music a special kind of dynamic. Rickard is an unique singer with a wondeful sense for lyrics, a combination deemed to be nothing less than fantastic.