Oslo’s city streets will come alive nearly every day this week with the music and marching of military bands taking part in the upcoming weekend’s Norwegian Military Tattoo, held every other year at the Oslo Spektrum Arena. The outdoor marching was all set to kick off, quite literally, at midday on Monday.
That’s when the Norwegian King’s Guards would start strutting their stuff in a concert and drill team performance at Studenterlund and Universitetsplassen downtown at 12:30.
That will be followed by concerts and marching by the Danish royal guards (Den Kongelige Danske Livgarde) at the same spots along Karl Johans Gate from 4pm on Tuesday. The Royal Netherlands Army Military Band will also perform there at 11am on Wednesday and the Arméns Musikkår from Sweden at 4:30.
There will be a free concert at the Radisson Blu Oslo Plaza Hotel at 8pm on Wednesday to mark the opening of the Tattoo, followed by all the participating bands marching in a Tattoo parade from the Akershus Fortress to the City Hall Plaza (Rådhusplassen) at 1pm on Friday. That will be followed by an outdoor concert on the plaza from 2pm.
The actual Tattoo gets underway Friday night and runs through Sunday.