‘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 […]

Sveaas donates Stradivarius

Wealthy Norwegian businessman and investor Christen Sveaas is sharing his fortune yet again. Now he’s given away a violin and a cello, both made by the legendary Italian instrument maker Antonio Stradivari in the 17th and 18th centuries. Newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) reported this week that Sveaas, known for being generous, donated the violin and […]

Legendary Club 7 set for a revival

Oslo’s legendary Club 7, an entertainment spot that thrived for years in the cellar of the city’s Concert House in Vika, looks set to get a new lease on life. Local music and concert organizers including Jørgen Roll have been working to convert the venue into a cultural club once again. It won’t be called […]

Norwegian Wood chops festival program

Norway’s highly acclaimed Norwegian Wood music festival is being chopped down to just one day this year, and moved from its home at Frognerbadet to the waterfront at Bjørvika. Organizers cited “challenges” in booking bands to play. That hasn’t appeared to be a problem in the past, with Norwegian Wood regularly billing top performers over its 24-year […]