Harry Potter and Game of Thrones star to take to the Adnams Spiegeltent stage with Molotov Jukebox

Molotov Jukebox. Photo: © Mike Massaro. Molotov Jukebox. Photo: © Mike Massaro.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014
2:46 PM

A colourful kaleidoscope of swing, Calypso, disco and more will bring the late night Adnams Spiegeltent festivities to a close this weekend as Molotov Jukebox takes to the stage.

The fiery six-piece band is fronted by Harry Potter and Game of Thrones actress Natalia Tena who spoke to arts correspondent Emma Knights ahead of Saturday’s show.

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NNF14 - Molotov Jukebox. Photo: © Mike Massaro.NNF14 - Molotov Jukebox. Photo: © Mike Massaro.

“Tropical urban gypsy with lots of colour and vibes” is the way singer and actress Natalia Tena enthusiastically describes her band Molotov Jukebox which flamboyantly blurs musical boundaries in its dance-inducing shows.

“Why we call ourselves Molotov Jukebox is because if we come up with a riff or a sound that people don’t expect from us we can still do it. I don’t like to be constrained by how we sound,” said Natalia, who started busking on the London Underground at 16 and was one of the founding members of the band.

“It started five years ago when me and Sam, who plays the violin, were in another band, and slowly but surely we have grabbed other musicians,” she said, adding that this month is a particularly exciting time as the band’s debut album, Carnival Flower, is being released on Monday.

“We’ve got this amazing album. It’s the fruits of our labours for years and we are finally putting it together how we wanted it to sound.”

Just ahead of the album release, Molotov Jukebox will be in Norwich on Saturday for the Norfolk and Norwich Festival and Natalia said she was looking forward to the Adnams Spiegltent gig.

She said: “We’ve done quite a few Spiegeltent shows. They’re great because of how the tent gives a circus feel, and I like it how the audience already comes ready for action.”

Alongside her success in the music scene, Natalia has also carved out a career as an actress with roles in the Harry Potter films and the HBO television series Game of Thrones among her most high profile to date, and her acting and music world collided when Molotov Jukebox performed at one of the Harry Potter film premiere parties.

Natalia played Nymphadora Tonks, one of the aurors who fight against the dark arts in the film adaptations of wizarding series.

“I like how rebellious she was, but a good kind of rebellious,” she said about her character, adding that it was great fun working with David Thewlis whose character Remus Lupin married Tonks in the film.

When asked what it was like being part of one of the biggest film franchises of all time, she said: “I cannot really describe it. It took me a year not to get lost on set, but it really only hits you exactly how big it is when you go to a premiere.”

In Game of Thrones she plays wilding Osha, a woman of the Free Folk.

“I like how feral she is and her instinct to protect and survive,” Natalia said.

Series four of the show is currently being aired on TV and Natalia said she was sworn to secrecy about what is still to come in the series.

“It’s amazing to be a part of, I love it so much,” she said.

“I cannot watch the series while it’s on TV. I have to wait until it is all done and then I watch it all in one day.”

When asked about her favourite character she has played, Natalia replied: “Usually I prefer the character that I’ve just recently played.

“I’ve just been working in a film called SuperBob (with Catherine Tate and Brett Goldstein). I play a Colombian cleaner called Dorris. I’m the love interest. It’s going to be an absolutely hilarious film.”

• Molotov Jukebox is at the Adnams Spiegeltent on Saturday, May 24 at 10pm. Tickets £15. For more information and to book tickets visit www.nnfestivalorg.uk or call 01603 766400.

• For more NNF Festival Focus features click here.

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