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Sunday, May 19, 2024

Last stop for music festival

The weekend’s Outdoor Extrema Norway music festival on Kalvøya outside of Oslo, may very well be the last hurrah for Norwegian electronica lovers. Odd Reinsfelt, mayor of Bærum municipality, announced on Sunday that the event should not be held next year, and police stated Monday afternoon that they would like to see an end to the festival altogether.

Outdoor Extrema Norway is a one-day festival featuring DJs who cater to fans of club house, techno, disco, tech house and trance music. Extrema festivals are also held in Holland and Belgium, and the Norwegian event has been held at Kalvøya for the past two years. Bærum police also spoke out after last year’s festival, after heavy complaints from neighbors about the high volume, littering and rampant substance abuse that goes on, but local politicians eventually decided to allow the festival to return.

“We are not opposed to festivals being held on Kalvøya, but we have to realize that this particular type of event must be discouraged,” Torodd Veiding, chief of police in Bærum and Asker, told newspaper Aftenposten. Police warned in advance that they would arrange for a large presence at this year’s festival and a total of 75 police officers, many dressed in civilian attire, arrested more than 180 people on drug-related charges.

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