‘Intimate’ a-ha concert sold out quickly

Hard-core fans of the Norwegian pop group a-ha didn’t seem to mind paying NOK 4,000 for a ticket to sit in on what’s billed as an “exclusive, intimate concert” on an island off north-central Norway this summer. The 500 tickets available sold out in 30 minutes. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported that the three members of a-ha […]

New conflict hits the Norwegian Opera

Disharmony at the Norwegian National Opera & Ballet has now risen to fever pitch, after its brand-new music director, Karl-Heinz Steffens, announced that he’s already decided to leave his post next year. Steffens was popular and had been viewed as a unifying force in an organization riddled with conflict, but he claims he simply hasn’t found a good tone […]

Stavanger band warms up for Metallica

As thousands of metal music fans stream back into Oslo this week for the annual Inferno festival, always held during the Easter holidays, one of Norway’s most popular metal bands has lit an even bigger fire of its own. It’s been asked to warm up for none other than Metallica, when that legendary band launches its “World-wired” […]

‘Bylarm’ festival comes of age

Norway’s annual Bylarm music festival and conference was getting underway on Thursday for the 20th time, now at its home base in Oslo. It’s evolved into a premier showcase for new talent, and attracts scouts and attention from around the world. More than 150 different and new names are on the program this year, set to […]

Crew serenaded Paul Simon on Hurtigruten voyage

Legendary US singer Paul Simon took a holiday voyage on board one of Norway’s famed Hurtigruten coastal vessels last week, the Trollfjord. The crew ended up serenading him on his last night on board on Friday. “It was an honour to have Paul Simon on board,” wrote Hurtigruten officials on the vessel’s own Facebook page. “We can […]

Marcus & Martinus win ‘artists of the year’ award

They did it again: The teenage duo from a small town in north-central Norway won the country’s annual Spellemann prize as artists of the year. Veteran violinist Arve Tellefsen won the equivalent of a lifetime achievement award. Neither Marcus nor Martinus nor Tellefsen were on hand to receive their prizes at the annual gala in […]

Marcus & Martinus set another record

Two teenage twins from a small town in north-central Norway have been making and breaking records since they started singing and dancing as children. Everything Marcus and Martinus Gunnarsen do seems to turn to gold, with even a documentary about them now pulling in record crowds. The scene outside Oslo’s large Colosseum cinema complex last weekend was […]

‘Hellbillies’ band sues concert organizer

The members of one of Norway’s most popular bands, Hellbillies, think they were short-changed of ticket revenues at a concert they held in Levanger last year. Now the band and the local civic organization Levanger Vel will face off in court in January. The band claims the organization violated the contract for the concert, which attracted […]

Police were ‘prepared’ for new Bieber mania

Police in Oslo and Bærum claimed they were prepared to handle crowds and chaos when teen idol singer Justin Bieber held concerts once again in the area on Friday and Saturday. Bieber’s earlier appearances in Oslo set off pandemonium and controversy. Bieber’s avid fans, mostly teenage girls, were already forming long lines by 3pm in pouring […]

Hectic week for Norway’s Kygo

Kyrre Gørvell-Dahll, better known as Kygo, was heading into an unforgettable weekend on top of an extremely hectic week. In the space of just a few days, the young electronica musician from Bergen launched a new clothing collection, geared up to perform at two festivals and then announced he’d be flying down to Rio, to play […]